Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

 

PRHS Seniors Participate in National Signing Day

 

More than a dozen student athletes participated in National Signing Day on November 9, 2016 at Pine-Richland in addition one student has been named a preferred walk-on for the fall. More students will be signing February of 2017. Here is a profile on each senior who signed so far this year.

GREEN LINE
 
 
Baseball

 

Athlete Senior Maxx Harpalani
Presbyterian College

Senior Maxx Hapalani signed to play baseball for Presbyterian College, where he will study business.

He is a pitcher and outfielder. At PRHS, he was named to the WPIAL AAAA 1st Team All-Section as a junior for out fielding.

He pitched a perfect game preseason and was named a Post-Gazette Underclassmen All American for 2016. Academically, he is an honor roll student.

“This means that I have the opportunity to continue playing baseball a competitive level in the Big South Conference,” said senior Maxx Harpalani.

 

Athlete Senior Jacob Maggi
The George Washington University

Senior Jacob Maggi will attend The George Washington University to study business economics and public policy. He is a baseball middle infielder. He earned a varsity letter as a junior. He finished in the top 20 overall hitters out of the top 1,000. He maintains a 3.8 GPA through a tough academic schedule. Most notably, he is the cadet commander of the school’s AF-JROTC unit. Through AF-JROTC, he participates in many community service projects and works closely with veterans in the area, which he says is one of his favorite aspects of community service.

“This means that all of the time and effort that my parents, and I have put in over the past couple of years is finally paying off,” senior Jacob Maggi said. “ We always believed it would, but this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I couldn’t be more excited for.”

Athlete Senior Ryan Okuda
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
& State University

Senior Ryan Okuda will study engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University while playing baseball. The pitcher earned WPIAL All-Section his sophomore year and made the playoffs last year. Ryan threw a nine-inning, 112 pitch win against Butler his sophomore year. He also enjoyed a 19-strikeout game during the summer of 2015. Academically, he earned the highest honor roll each year since 2013. He also earned a STEM Department award. 

“It’s an opportunity to continue playing the game that I love, while also studying at a top university,” said senior Ryan Okuda.

 


Athlete Senior Hunter Treece
Mercyhurst University

Hunter Treece, who is a pitcher and an outfielder, signed a letter of intent to play at Mercyhurst University and plans on playing the same position at college. He is going to study media/communications. He has been playing varsity ball since his freshman year. He earned gold and silver medal when he played in the Keystone State Baseball games. He is an inline hockey player and lettered his freshman and sophomore years and was a member of the PRHS Ice Hockey Team. Academically, he achieved merit scholar status. When it comes to community service, he has been a member of the Wolfe Pack and Miracle League.

“I am blessed and honored that I got to choose where I am going to college, and the baseball coaches/team that I will play for,” said Hunter Treece.

 

Cross Country

Athlete Senior Thomas Zbezinski
Newberry College

Senior Thomas Zbezinski signed with Newberry College and plans on studying pre-engineering. He currently is a pitcher and recruited to take the mound at college as well.  He earned a WPIAL Honorable Mention his junior year at PRHS. He has been a varsity baseball player since his sophomore year.

He is a member of the National Honor Society, which involves maintaining a 3.75 GPA and 50 service hours annually.  

Thomas is an active member of the Wolfe Pack, which services many community organizations. He also volunteers at the West Deer Dog Shelter.

“This offer means that I can continue playing a game that I love, while obtaining a degree in engineering,” said Thomas Zbezinski.

 

Senior Tessa Franchi
Duquesne University

Athlete Tessa Franchi is signing to Duquesne University, where she will run cross country and track and study finance. She is the captain of the girls’ cross country and girls track team this year and lettered the two years she has been participating. She broke a school record at the Marty Uher Invitational Course at Cal U. She was in the top one third of runners at the PIAA Competition. She is an Iron Woman winner for the PR Girls’ Cross Country Team and earned the PR Outstanding Runner Award in 2015 & 2016 and scholar athlete award. For track she has lettered four years and earned a spot at the WPIAL Championships for all four years for the 1600. She earned a spot at the WPIAL Championships in 2015 for the 3200 and earned sixth place and broke the all-time PR record for the 3200 at PR with a time of 11:17. Academically she has achieved the highest honor roll every year and earned the Business & Computer Science Department Award for Outstanding Achievement & Excellence in 2016. She participates in Key Club and Morning Devotionals at the high school and volunteers at church. She volunteers for the Western PA Humane Society with the Butler County 4-H Club and has taken mission trips to Appalachia.

“It’s an honor to have received a spot on the Duquesne’s Women’s Track & Cross Country teams,” said senior Tess Franchi. “Pine-Richland’s positive team spirit led by Coach Ken Judson has been an important part of the decision to continue to challenge myself running for the Division 1 Dukes. I’m looking forward to the potential to continue to improve as a runner and be a contributor to the team. And more importantly, I am looking forward to the quality education and the opportunity to learn from a top Pittsburgh university and the excitement of attending a local school offering culture, diversity and a spirit of respect.”
 

Basketball

Lacrosse

Athlete Senior Amanda Kalin
Duquesne University

Senior Amanda Kalin signed to play basketball at Duquesne University, where she will study psychology.

She is a basketball point guard and also a soccer forward. She will be a basketball combo guard at Duquesne. 

She was named to the 1st Team All-Section three years in a row, all-state 1st team her junior year and named the Post-Gazette Athlete of the Year.

For soccer, she was named to the all-section team her sophomore year and all-state her junior and senior years. She earned honor roll status for the past three years.

“This means everything to me,” senior Amanda Kalin said. “It has been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember.”

Athlete Senior Thomas Hanulak
Seton Hill University

Senior Thomas Hanulak signed to play lacrosse as a midfielder at Seton Hill University, where he will study sports management. In 2016, he was named to All-Section and All-WPIA teams. He was the leading goal scorer, second in points. He was named to the Under Armour Underclass Team for 2017. He lettered in 2016. In addition, he lettered in lacrosse and in football in 2016. In 2014, he was the first freshman to make varsity and ranked fifth in points with the top four being seniors. Academically he achieved the high honor roll three times. He has volunteered at St. Barnabas and the Good Shepard Food Bank and as a referee for girls’ softball and boys’ lacrosse., Thomas is a third-generation college athlete to play ball on a scholarship in his family. His dad Patrick Hanulak played baseball at the University of Maryland and his grandfather Chet Hanulak played football at the University of Maryland and then for the Cleveland Browns.

“This offer translates to the realization that hard work and dedication pays off,” said senior Thomas Hanulak.

 

Athlete Rowing

Senior Abbi Altman
University
of Tennessee

Senior Abbi Altman signed with the University of Tennessee to row. She will major in business.

Most notably, she won the Head of the Charles National Competition in Boston. She placed sixth at youth nationals and first with the junior national team at club nationals. She earned a spot on the Junior National High Performance Team. She is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America team and earned honor roll status all four years in high school. She helps younger rowers in developing skills to become varsity rowers. She volunteers with her sister
at the Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh, which provides services for people with intellectual disabilities and autism.

“It means a lot to me,” senior Abbi Altman said. “It shows all the hard work that I have done is now paying off.”

 

Athlete Softball

Senior Brie Horrell
University of Pittsburgh

Senior Brie Horrell is signing with the University of Pittsburgh to play softball and study accounting. She is an outfielder for the Pine-Richland High School in which she has been a three-year varsity starter with a batting average over .500. She is a member of the Ohio Outlaws Softball Team consisting of 12 Division 1 bound players. She has helped her team place first in more than 17 tournaments in the last six years. She is a member of the 2016 Premiere Girls Fast Pitch National Championship Team. Brie has earned high honor roll every quarter of high school. She earned the 2015 PRHS Business Department Award and was the recipient of the Regional Future Business Leaders Association (FBLA) Accounting II Award and was a FBLA State Competitor in 2016. She volunteers her time helping younger athletes enhance their skills and improve knowledge of the game.  

“It is rewarding to see my hard work translate into something that will benefit my future,” senior Brie Horrell said.

 

Swimming

 
 

Volleyball

 

athlete Senior Ryan Schonbachler
University of Pittsburgh

Senior Ryan Schonbachler signed with the University of Pittsburgh to swim and study industrial engineering. Ryan finished third in the WPIAL Championships in the 500 Freestyle and qualified for the PIAA State Championships for the 500 and 200 Freestyle. He placed third at the Speedo Sections in the 1000 Freestyle. Academically, he has earned the high honor roll. Ryan is a member of the PRHS Battle Bot Championship Team Grand Champion and a technology education award winner. He is a co-organizer of the high school Toys for Tots Toy Drive, which has collected several hundred toys for charity. He has also collected items for flood victims in West Virginia.

“The University of Pittsburgh is a great choice both academically and athletically,” senior Ryan Schonbachler said. “It has an excellent engineering department, and the education I would receive would be second to none. Being from the Pittsburgh area, I have a strong connection to Pitt. During my visits, I really liked the size and feel of the campus. I also feel that the University of Pittsburgh swimming program would be a good fit. The swimming program would provide a competitive atmosphere that would push me to reach my full potential as an athlete. I am so honored to be part of such a great program.”

 

Athlete Senior Coco Kordenbrock
University of Pittsburgh Johnstown

Senior volleyball player Coco Kordenbrock has signed with the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown to play volleyball and study nursing.

She lettered four years as a varsity player and has been a three-year varsity starter. She was named to the Big 56 First Team All-Conference in 2016, First Team All Section in 2016 and Second Team All Section in 2014 and 2015.  She earned Academic Honor Roll in 2014-2016.  

“This means that I am able to continue and play the sport I love,” said senior Coco Kordenbrock.

Athlete Senior Emily “Emma” Cottrill\
University of Notre Dame

Senior Emma Cottrill signed with the University of Notre Dame to play volleyball and study biological sciences. She is a middle blocker/hitter.  Emma lettered all four years in high school and was a starter for three years and captain her senior year. She was named to the Section All-Start Team during her sophomore, junior and senior years. She was named to the WPIAL All-Start Team last year and a member of the WPIAL Big 56. She participates in the Renaissance Volleyball Club in which the team earned bids to the girls’ junior volleyball national championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2016, she ranked number one in the Keystone Region and 42 nationally. She finished fifth place in the gold bracket at nationals. Academically, she earned an honor roll award during her freshman, sophomore and junior years with aa 4.3 GPA. She is a Western PA Regional Scholastic Art Award winner. She has helped coach camps for volleyball through St. Alphonsus and Pine-Richland Junior High programs. She is a member of Peer Buddies, Key Club and Global Relations clubs at PRHS. She does volunteer work at Grace Manor, St. Alphonsus Harvest Home/Fish Fry, Miracle League of Southwestern PA, YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee and Spencer Superstars Camp.

“I am so honored to be attending one of the top schools in the country and very excited to continue my volleyball career in the ACC,” said senior Emma Cottrill. “I am very thankful for all of the support from my family, coaches, teachers and counselors.”
 

Wrestling

 

Athlete Senior Hunter Baxter
The University of Maryland

Senior Hunter Baxter signed to wrestle at The University of Maryland, where he will wrestle and study civil and environmental engineering. As a wrestler at PRHS, Hunter is a three-time PIAA State qualifier and two- time PIAA state medalist, a three-time WPIAL medalist, a three-time all-county tournament finalist and two all-county tournament champion and a two-time Powerade tournament medalist. Hunter was voted PR Team MVP three straight season. He is the first PR wrestler to earn 100 wins before his season year. He was honored for the most take downs in a single season and most pins in a single season. He ranks fourth in all-time most career wins at PR (107), which is 11 wins behind the all-time career wins. Academically, he excels with a cumulative GPA 4.24 and a current GPA of 4.42. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has taken six AP and 12 honors courses in four years. Hunter volunteers by coaching with PR Junior Wrestling. He has volunteered marking trails and clearing paths at Chatham University and with Hosanna Industries by helping with construction and repair to homes. He is a member of the Bakerstown Presbyterian Church. Also notable, he is the student body vice president, president of the Spanish Club, a member of the Technology Student Association, a participating team member of BotsIQ Competition and a member of the Thursday Morning Devotionals.

“I’m thrilled to get an athletic scholarship and the opportunity to wrestle Division 1 in the Big Ten at a school with such a great academic reputation,” said senior Hunter Baxter.  “It’s always been my dream and the reason I put in the time and work both academically and athletically.  It would not have been possible without the support of my family and the help of all of my coaches and having such great workout partners.”

 

Athlete Senior Garrett Burnham
University of Maryland

Senior Garrett Burnham is a preferred walk-on wrestler at the University of Maryland and student business and economics. 

The varsity wrestler has been one to watch as took eight place at the Powerade Wrestling Tournament in 2015-2016.  The tournament is considered the third toughest tournament in the US.

Garrett is involved in the PR Wrestling Best Buddy Showcase. He helps with the Best Buddies program by teaching wrestling, team building and social skills to members of Best Buddies and then wrestles them during an annual tournament.

“This offer is an extreme honor, because this is something that I’ve always wanted ever since my brother committed as a senior,” said senior Garrett Burnham. It will be cool to be with Brendan and teammate Hunter Baxter for another four years.”