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06/26/2022 12:00 AM

Hand Graduates Ready to Compete at the Next Level

A collection of 2022 Daniel Hand graduates who are moving on to play sports beyond high school were honored at a recent ceremony. Pictured are (front) Abby Chemacki, Skyler Skarsten Dooley, Sophia Coppola, Karleigh Kokoruda, Grace Sweeney, Ali Ciotti, Megan Hart, and Natalia Nolan; (middle) Kacie Wines, Peytyn Gies, Riley Kilbourn, and Claire Langille; and (back) Mario Mazzarella, Sean Portley, Danny Hilmer, Morgan Veth, Seth Sweitzer, Brendan Walsh, Patch Flanagan, Ethan O’Brien, Jack Gara, and Connor Powell. Photo courtesy of Bill O’Brien

A group of student-athletes who graduated from Hand this year recently attended a ceremony in recognition of their decision to continue playing sports in college. Twenty-two members of the Tigers’ athletic family were honored when the ceremony took place at Daniel Hand High School.

The student-athletes in attendance at the recognition ceremony included Abby Chemacki, who will compete in swimming at Loyola College; along with Ali Ciotti (cheerleading, New Hampshire), Sophia Coppola (basketball, Roger Williams), Patch Flanagan (football, Union), Jack Gara (lacrosse, Western New England), Peytyn Gies (lacrosse, Bentley), and Megan Hart (field hockey, Bryant).

Other college-bound athletes on hand at the ceremony were Danny Hilmer, who will run cross country and participate in track and field at Bucknell University; as well as Riley Kilbourn (lacrosse, Wheaton), Karleigh Kokoruda (lacrosse, Trinity), Claire Langille (tennis, Union), Mario Mazzarella (football, Western Connecticut), Natalia Nolan (field hockey, Williams), Ethan O’Brien (football, West Point), and Sean Portley (football, UMass Dartmouth).

Connor Powell, who will play baseball at Southern Connecticut State University, was among the athletes who took part in the ceremony. Also attending the event were Skyler Skarsten Dooley (crew, Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Grace Sweeney (swimming, George Mason), Seth Sweitzer (football, Choate), Morgan Veth (track and field, Westmont College), Brendan Walsh (football, St. Lawrence), and Kacie Wines (lacrosse, Lehigh).

Information courtesy of Bill O’Brien