MILFORD – Throughout the 2016-17 school year, Milford High School has continued to add student-athletes to its long list of future college athletes.
Last week, five more Milford seniors – reaching across five different sports – signed on to play at the next level, including colleges and universities from both Division II and Division III.
Ethan Hurd – baseball at Lebanon Valley College
Ethan has played the game of baseball from tee-ball level all the way through high school. Now, he’ll be putting in another four years at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA.
“It’s been very rewarding,” Ethan’s father, Wayne Hurd, said of his It’s been a life-long goal of his to play college baseball. I had a chance to do that myself, and he’s always aspired to do so himself. So, seeing him reap the benefits of his hard work has been good to see.”
“It’s just kind of been an escape for me,” Ethan said about his love for the game of baseball. “I like that any good player can have a bad day and any bad player can have a good day. I just really enjoy the grind, too.”
Ethan looked at a couple other schools, but once he visited campus and spoke with the head coach he knew he’d fit right in at Lebanon Valley.
“I’m more impressed with his development as a young man as opposed to his growth as a player,” Milford’s head baseball coach Nick Brannan said. “You could always see the work ethic was there with him. Everything Ethan has gotten he’s earned 100%. To see him come up through the program primarily as a catcher and then to make the transition last year to outfield and then being named First Team All-Conference his first year on varsity is a testament to his work ethic. He’s going to develop into a very good college player.”
While attending Lebanon Valley, Ethan will study physical therapy.
Holly Tesoro – cross country at Goldey Beacom
Holly has been running since sixth grade. Now that her high school career is dwindling down, she couldn’t bring herself to hang up her running shoes.
“I’ve been running since sixth grade, so it’s been a while,” Holly said. “It’s fun. People think I’m crazy, but it’s very fun for me, honestly. And there’s a great family atmosphere with the team, so it helps.”
Prior to the Goldey-Beacom cross country coach approaching her about running for the school, Holly hadn’t even thought about competing in college. But once the idea was out there, she set her mind to making it happen.
“I honestly have no idea how he found me – I still have yet to figure that out – but he just came up to me one day and said, ‘hey you’re a great runner, we’d love for you to run for us,’ and that was pretty much it.”
She didn’t even need to look at other schools, she was set on Goldey Beacom.
“The coach is really great, I love that it’s a small campus. I didn’t really look at any other schools,” Holly said of her college choice.
While attending the school, she plans to study sports management and hopefully branch out into PR as well.
Madison Rogers – tennis at Shenandoah University
Though she’s only been playing tennis since her sophomore year of high school, Madison’s tennis skills have already progressed far enough to take her career to the next level.
There’s still a month left of her senior season, but she already plans to play the sport at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA next year.
Madison’s only regret is not picking up a tennis racket sooner.
“My passion for tennis has really grown, and I wish I had started sooner than I did. I probably could have developed my skills even more than they are now,” she said.
Madison believes her past volleyball playing experience has helped with the quick development on the tennis courts.
“I’ve been playing volleyball for a long time, so some of the movements with tennis and volleyball are kind of similar so I think that helped me out a little bit,” she said.
Now, in her third year playing tennis, she has jumped from the No. 3 singles player as a junior to the No. 1 singles player and co-captain as a Milford High School senior.
Madison has been accepted into Shenandoah’s guaranteed masters program, which accepts just 10 students – meaning she’ll be able to get her Masters in occupational therapy in five years.
“They only take 10 people into the program, so I had to go and do an interview along with getting 10 observational hours for OT and then you go in for your interview and they let you know whether you got it or not,” she said of the program.
Kate Melvin – field hockey at Long Island Post
Kate is one of four seniors on the Milford field hockey team who will be playing in college. But she’s the only one competing in a Division II program.
“I really wanted to go to school in New York, it’s DII, and it seemed like a good fit for me,” Kate said of her college decision. “Their nursing program is beyond what I could have imagined.”
She’s been playing field hockey for about seven to eight years now, and head coach Andrea Fleming McPike has enjoyed watching her progress over the last few years.
“She has been a huge part of our program,” Fleming McPike said. “Her freshman year we had a small senior class without a lot of verbal leadership. So even as a freshman she kind of took over that leadership role, and it’s hard to as a freshman being on a team of older girls.”
She started every single game as a freshman and made an immediate impact with the Buccaneers’ program.
This past fall, Kate helped the Bucs’ field hockey program finish the season 13-2 and make a second-round appearance in the DIAA state tournament.
Kate also ran track in high school, but stuck with field hockey for the team chemistry aspect.
“Track really introduced me to the individuality of sports, but I really missed the chemistry with the team,” she said.
“She always knew she wanted to be in New York,” Kate’s mother, Nicki Melvin, said. “When she met the coach at LIU she knew that was the right fit. Her father and I are super proud.”
While playing for the LIU Post field hockey program this fall, Kate will be studying nursing.
Margaret Amory – synchronized skating at Adrian College
Ever since she can remember, Margaret Amory has been ice skating.
Since sixth grade, she’s been competing in synchronized skating.
Since it’s not offered at Milford High School, she would travel up to Newark every weekend to practice and compete with Team Delaware’s synchronized skating team. The team is comprised of high school students across Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Last month, Margaret tried out for the varsity synchronized skating team at Adrian College in Adrian, MI.
She made the team.
“There were 78 girls trying out for 68 spots, so they were going to end up cutting about 10 people,” Margaret said of the try-outs. “I was a little nervous about that part, but I felt I had a stronger chance since I had competed on a nationally-ranked team and we had won our eastern sectional competition.”
While the school can’t offer a full ride, she was offered full tuition.
Adrian College is one of only two schools across the nation that offers varsity synchronized skating.
“It’s pretty incredible to have the chance to be able to compete on a collegiate team,” she said.
“Skating has been a huge part of her life growing up, and she has really had an opportunity to develop life-long friendships and learned a lot of life skills as a result of her skating,” Margaret’s mother, Bridget Amory, said. “She’s very excited to join the team there.”
Her competitive season is over with Team Delaware, but this summer is booked up with on and off-ice training and working out to prepare for the start of her synchronized skating collegiate career.
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