College commitments: 12 Owen J. Roberts senior student/athletes headed to next level

 
Twelve Owen J. Roberts seniors recently announced plans to continue their academic and athletic careers at the next level. The commitments/signings covered nine different sports and all three NCAA championship divisional levels.
 
All photos courtesy of Owen J. Roberts athletic department
 
Claudia Alldred – Softball – Thomas Jefferson University
Front row from left, Jennifer Alldred (mother), Claudia Alldred, Jason Alldred (father); standing Natalie Alldred (sister)
Position: Outfield
Anticipated College Major: Health Sciences/Physician Assistant studies
Parents: Jason and Jennifer Alldred
Club Affiliation: PA Chaos Fastpitch Organization
Major Athletic Honors: 4-year OJR varsity letter recipient, 2-year varsity team captain (junior and senior year)
Academic/Community Service: National Honor Society; Mu Alpha Theta member; National Spanish Honor Society
Other schools under consideration: Lafayette, Drexel
Why did you chose this school? “Strong program for intended major, the location of school and the athletics.”
Reflections on your high school career? “My senior season was unexpectedly cut short by a season-ending knee injury, however I am very happy with my performance prior to the injury. I provided consistency on both offense and defense throughout my four years. This year I led the team in batting average prior to my injury.”
Goals/expectations for college career? “Help the team win the CACC Conference and continue onto the postseason … Work to become a better athlete in order to bring success to the program.”
OJR Coach Stacey Kushner: “Claudia is the definition of a leader both on and off the field. Her athletic ability speaks for itself as she batted nearly .500 as our leadoff batter and her on-base percentage was well above that. Despite her injury, she has continued to support her teammates both during practices and at games. She is an overall team player and exhibits qualities that have our underclassmen looking up to her as a role model each and every day.”
 
Quincy Allem – Rugby – West Chester
Front row from left, Jeff Allem, Quincy Allem, Kim Allem (mother); back row from left, Scott Brown, Jim Lamb
Position: Inside center
Anticipated College Major: Business Management
Parents: Kim and Jeff Allen
Club Affiliation: Coventry Wildcats/Downingtown Rugby
Major Athletic Honors: PA All-State (15’s) 2019, PA runnerup in state finals (15’s) 2019, PA Fall state champion (7’s) 2020
Other schools under consideration: Penn State
Why did you choose this school? “I see great potential for myself at West Chester both academically and athletically while also being close to home.”
Reflections on your high school career? “Rugby in high school completely changed my life and focus. It created amazing relationships through the comradery of the sport. I was able to have awesome experiences like touring England and Wales with my team. I love the game.”
Goals/expectations for college career? “I expect college rugby to provide me with amazing new friends that I will have lifelong relationships with. I think it will also be and amazing and competitive challenge for me as an athlete.”
Coach’s comments (Mal Bland, Director of Rugby, Coventry Rugby Wildcats): “It has always been a pleasure to coach Quincy. From the start we could see his speed and athleticism. But this isn’t what makes coaching him rewarding. It is his willingness to question, listen and learn, to take the training and advice we give, and to work hard to implement and improve his play and the play of his teammates. He is a natural leader. I look forward to seeing great things from Quincy in the college rugby and academic career.”
 
Brendon Arcara – Track and field – University of Scranton
Front from left, Melinda Arcara (mother), Brendon Arcara, Coach Tracy Muthler; back row from left, Katie Arcara, Jeffrey Arcara (father)
Event: 110 high hurdles
Anticipated College Major: Microbiology
Parents: Jeffrey and Melinda Arcara
Major Athletic Honors: 4 varsity letters in track and field, varsity golf (2020-21), member of PAC championship cross country team in 2018
Academic/Community Service: Volunteer Gluten Intolerance Group of Chester County
Other schools under consideration: West Virginia, Ohio State, Saint Joseph’s, North Carolina State
Why did you choose this school? “The academics are what I prioritize, and Scranton will provide me with the tools to succeed.”
Goals/expectations for college career? “I simply hope to train to be the best athlete I can be while studying to become the best scientist I can be.”
 
Brody Bolyn – Basketball – Penn State-Berks
From left, Jeremy Bolyn (father), Brody Bolyn, Kim Bolyn (mother)
Position: Forward/Center
Anticipated College Major: Civil Engineering
Parents: Jeremy and Kim Bolyn
Major Athletic Honors: 2020-21 OJR Defensive Player of the Year
Why did you choose this school? “I always wanted to go to Penn State.”
Reflections on your high school career? “Getting to play with my brother, scoring the game-winning, buzzer-beater in my final game.”
Goals/expectations for college career? “To be a starter and major contributor at Penn State (Berks).”
OJR head coach Bill Detweiler: “Brody was one of the hardest working guys I ever coached. His improvement from sophomore to senior year was extraordinary. He stayed after practice for extra work so many times I lost count. This culminated in his second team All-PAC and honorable mention awards this year. He proves that hard work pays off. He was also a joy to coach. I believe his best days are ahead of him at Penn State Berks.”
 
Erin Hendershot – Track and field – Ursinus
Front row from left, Allen Hendershot, Erin Hendershot, Tina Hendershot, back row Grace Hendershot
Events: Thrower (discus, javelin, shot put)
Anticipated College Major: Undecided
Parents: Allen and Tina Hendershot
Club Affiliation: Savage Throwing
Major Athletic Honors: District qualifier sophomore year
Academic/Community Service: Leo Club, Anchor Club
Other schools under consideration: West Chester, Alvernia, Albright
Why did you choose this school? “The campus is beautiful and I love the close-knit campus community.”
Reflections on your high school career? “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Owen J. Roberts and will forever miss the time we lost during COVID.”
Goals/expectations for college career? “I expect to take full advantage of my educational and sports opportunities at Ursinus. I’m looking forward to meeting new people and making lasting memories.”
 
Jonah Kasznay – Swimming – Ursinus
Front row from left, Douglas Kasznay (father), Jonah Kasznay, Galen Kasznay (brother); back row, OJR coach Kevin Bott
Events: Individual medley, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Distance Freestyle
Anticipated College Major: Biology with pre-med concentration
Parents: Kymbra and Douglas Kasznay
Club Affiliation: Phoenixville YMCA
Major Athletic Honors: Academic All-American, All-American consideration in 200 and 400 free relays; 4-year varsity letter winner; District qualifier all four years; State qualifier in junior and senior years; member of the school-record holding 200 and 400 free relay teams
Academic/Community Service: National Honor Society, National French Honor Society, Volunteer firefighter with Ridge Fire Co.
Other schools under consideration: Ithaca, Bucknell
Why did you choose this school? “I chose Ursinus because from my first talk with Coach Feinberg and first visit to the campus, I felt a strong sense of community and knew I could see myself going there.”
Reflections on your high school career? “My time as a swimmer at Owen J. Roberts was one of great personal growth and full of wonderful experiences and people. I had the privilege to swim alongside some of the best teammates and swimmers I could ask for. I truly enjoyed my time on the team and I will miss it dearly.”
Goals/expectations for college career? “In college my first goal is to continue to improve my swimming as a whole and get to the NCAAs. I hope to form great relationships with my team and enjoy my time there.”
 
Sarah Kopec – Soccer – Messiah
Front row from left, Pamela Kopec (mother), Sarah Kopec, Mike Kopec (father); back from from left, siblings Michael Kopec, Ella Kopec, Hannah Kopec
Position: Midfielder
Anticipated College Major: Biology with concentrations in microbiology and neuroscience
Parents:  Pamela A. Kopec and Michael Kopec
Club Affiliation: FC Providence Lightning Soccer
Major Athletic Honors: Varsity letters in four years, broke freshman scoring record at OJR in 2017; 2 years of varsity letters in track and field
Academic/Community Service: 2 mission trips, Veteran’s Center Volunteer
Why did you choose this school? “To play on a Division III National Championship level soccer team at a faith-based school.”
Reflections on your high school career? “I met some really great people. I feel so blessed with the teachers and coaches who helped me get to where I am now.”
Goals/expectations for college career? “Improve in soccer, strengthen my faith.”
 
Pierce Marks – Soccer – Delaware Valley
Front row from left, Torrey Marks, Pierce Marks, Kristen Marks; back row from left, Sophie Marks, Trey Marks, Sabrina Marks
Position: Centre Midfielder
Anticipated College Major: Horticulture
Parents: Kristen and Torrey Marks
Club Affiliation: Lionville Jaguars 02
Major Athletic Honors: Most Improved Player at OJR 2019, OJR Team MVP 2020, OJR Team Captain 2020
Other schools under consideration: Penn State, Temple, Wilkes, Keystone
Why did you choose this school? “Coach Zip Lyons was very interested and Delaware Valley offered the majors I wanted.”
Reflections on your high school career? “I worked super hard every day to earn a starting spot my junior year.”
Goals/expectations for college career? “My goal is to get a good amount of college minutes and beat Messiah.”
 
Richie Nathan – Rugby – Mount St. Mary’s
Front row from left, Tessa Nathan, Richie Nathan, Rich Nathan; Back row from left, Ryan Nathan, Riley Nathan, Phoebe Nathan
Position: Prop/Second Row
Anticipated College Major: Sport Management
Parents:  Rich and Tessa Nathan
Club Affiliation: Coventry Rugby/Downingtown Rugby Club
Major Athletic Honors: 2xPA state finalist, International Tour, No. 24 national ranking
Other schools under consideration: West Chester, California (Berkeley), Louisville
Why did you choose this school? “It seemed like the best place to build my future from an academic and athletic standpoint.”
Reflections on your high school career? “Leading tri-scorer, top 25 national club ranking (were great achievements).
Goals/expectations for college career? “At least one national championship.”
 
Caleb Silkroski – Soccer – Penn State Abington
Seated from left, Marcia Silkroski (mother), Caleb Silkroski, Al Silkroski (father); standing from left Sydney Silkroski (sister), OJR head coach Eric Wentzel
Position: Defense
Club Affiliation: FC Delco U19 – Boys ECNL Composite Team
Anticipated College Major: Business/Accounting
Parents: Marcia and Al Silkroski
Major Athletic Honors: First team All-PAC Liberty in 2017, 4 varsity letters
Academic/Community Service: Dual enrollment at OJR and Montgomery County Community College junior and senior years
Other schools under consideration: Shippensburg, Millersville, West Chester
Why did you choose this school? “Penn State has a great reputation and (solid) business school. The Abington campus is very nice and close to home so my family can come to the games.”
Reflections on your high school career? “I learned a lot in the last four years. I grew academically. I was encouraged to reach for more – like Honors classes and the dual enrollment. I was challenged athletically especially when I moved from a small Christian school (West-Mont) to a large public school. I believe both schools and my club experiences under many different coaches has prepared me well for collegiate soccer!”
Goals/expectations for college career? “To have fun in college and focus on balancing athletics and academics. My expectations are that it will be challenging.”
Eric Wentzel (OJR coach, Interim Assistant OJR High School Principal): “I had the privilege of coaching Caleb for two seasons. One of Caleb’s many strengths was his ability to lead through his outstanding work ethic. He was one of the hardest working players we have ever had here at OJR and that was contagious throughout our team. Caleb is a very versatile player and can play anywhere on the field. His senior year we used him in many different positions and he excelled in all of them. Caleb is the ultimate leader and teammate. He is going to be very successful at Penn State Abington.”
Ptah Myers, FC Delco U19 ECNL Composite head coach: “Caleb is a very versatile player, he has the ability to play in many different roles due to his understanding of the game. Caleb loves to compete and always pushes himself and his teammates. Caleb has the skill and determination that will help him be a successful collegiate player.”
 
John-Robert Venza – Swimming and Diving – Elizabethtown
In picture, front row from left, Krista Venza (mother), John-Robert Venza, Matthew Venza (father); back row, OJR coach Kevin Bott
Events: 100 Butterfly
Anticipated College Major: Acturial Science
Parents: Matthew and Krista Venza
Major Athletic Honors: 3 varsity letters
Why did you chose this school? “Scholarships and actuarial program.”
Reflections on your high school career? “I have enjoyed improving my times and working hard. Hanging out with my teammates is one of my favorite high school memories.”
Goals/expectations for college career? “Continue working on my times and be the biggest asset to my team as possible.”
 
Morgan Zahorchak – Field hockey – Arcadia
In picture, front row from left, Mike Zahorchak (father), Morgan Zahorchak, Donna Zahorchak (mother); back row, Michael Zahorchak (brother)
Position: Defense/Forward
Anticipated College Major: Sports Management
Parents: Mike and Donna Zahorchak
Major Athletic Honors: 2018 OJR Most Improved JV Player
Why did you chose this school? “Arcadia was my top choice school.”