Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Catching Up on Commitments

Recently there have been quite a few NHIAA student-athletes who have committed to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

Kate Banys, St. Thomas Aquinas HS...Plymouth State University (ice hockey)
Kristen Hrubowchak, Campbell HS...Plymouth State (basketball)
Cielle Collins, Portsmouth HS...Bowdoin College (softball)
Sam Carney, Hanover HS...Ithaca College (football)
Scott McCallum, Milford HS...Colby Sawyer College (basketball)
Michaela Cowgill, St. Thomas Aquinas HS...American University (soccer)
Cara Richard, St. Thomas Aquinas HS...Michigan University (soccer)
Jared Orazio, Con-Val Regional HS...New Haven University (football)

Here is a press release which came from the St. Thomas athletic department:

SIGNING: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 11am / at St. Thomas Aquinas High School

Recently named to the Foster’s Daily Democrat dream team, two St. Thomas Aquinas High School soccer standouts will sign National Letters of Intent to top Division I colleges this month.

STA senior Michaela Cowgill of Portsmouth, NH will attend American University in Washington, DC.
It was another great season for Cowgill, a senior and last year's Foster’s Daily Democrat Player of the Year. She was a Division II first-team selection with 12 goals and 10 assists for the Saints this season. Michaela earned All-State Honors during her sophomore, junior, and senior years while competing for St. Thomas Aquinas High School. She was also named a Top-20 regionally ranked recruit by Top Drawer Soccer. Michaela plays club soccer for Seacoast United.

"Michaela carried the team on her back," STA coach Gary Karibian said. "She'd get the ball in our own end and beat four of five players with ease."

Michaela is one of seven newcomers that American University Head Women's Soccer Coach David Bucciero will welcome to the Eagles' program this fall.

"Michaela will be able to help us in both the back and midfield due to her ability to play in both spots," said Bucciero. "She is technically fantastic, passionate about soccer, and will add a positive mentality to our team."

STA senior Cara Richard of Rye, NH will attend the University of Michigan. She is a second generation Wolverine, joining both her mother and father. Her father, Dan, wrestled for U-M in 1978. This season, Cara was a Division II second-team selection with 14 goals and nine assists for the Saints this season. A member of the Seacoast United Premier, she was invited to the 2008 and 2009 Super Y League National Camp.

"In my opinion, she's one of the better players in the state," coach Karibian said. "She's always confident on the ball, and her field awareness is amazing."

University of Michigan Women’s Soccer Head Coach Greg Ryan also commented on Cara’s abilities.

"She is quick, has great skill and plays attacking midfield. She has great vision, is a great passer -- just a very dynamic central midfielder."

St. Thomas is extremely proud of the accomplishments of these young women, and wishes them continued success both on the field and in the classroom.

Located in Dover, NH, St. Thomas Aquinas High School is a coeducational, Catholic high school community where young people are called to be challenged academically, to stretch their hearts spiritually and to embark on a journey to make a difference. For more information, visit us at or call (603) 742-3206.

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