Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School girls varsity soccer coach Phil Simone (back, right) joined members of the Canfield HIgh School girls soccer team in congratulating senior Ashley Story (third from right) for signing her letter of intent to continue her academic and soccer career Ohio Dominican on Feb. 8.
Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School hosted a signing ceremony to recognize eight senior student athletes who will continue their academic and sports careers at the collegiate level on Feb. 8. Student athletes recognized were, from left, (front) Lily Polen, Hiram College, lacrosse; Ashley Ventimiglia, Youngstown State University, cross country and track and field; Ashley Story, Ohio Dominican University, soccer; (back) Peter Hallof, University of Findlay, football; Jared Tincher, Youngstown State University, football; Collin Ritz, Youngstown State University, football; Jad Jadallah, Westminster College, soccer and Matt Zaremski, Walsh University, football.
By ABBY SLANKER
Canfield High School hosted a signing ceremony to recognize eight senior student athletes who will continue their academic and sports careers at the collegiate level on Feb. 8.
Student athletes recognized were Jared Tincher, Youngstown State University, football; Ashley Story, Ohio Dominican University, soccer; Collin Ritz, Youngstown State University, football; Jad Jadallah, Westminster College, soccer; Matt Zaremski, Walsh University, football; Peter Hallof, University of Findlay, football; Lily Polen, Hiram College, lacrosse and Ashley Ventimiglia, Youngstown State University, cross country and track and field.
Canfield High School Athletic Director Greg Cooper welcomed family, friends, classmates and teammates to the ceremony.
“Good afternoon and welcome to our signing ceremony. Thank you very much for being here. It’s a busy day. We are here to celebrate an important point in the lives of these student athletes. We are proud of their accomplishments. We know they will do great things in college and do great things out in the world. We are proud to have had you as cardinals,” Cooper said.
Cooper then gave each student athlete’s coach a chance to say a few words.
Coach Angelo Ciminero spoke on behalf of Tincher, Ritz, Zaremski and Hallof.
“We are fortunate to have had these four young men in our football program. I know they will be able to go do great things at their respective colleges. Our group will always be here to support them. We wish them luck,” Ciminero said.
Tincher is a three-time letter winner in football, two-time all AAC, 2017 5 blocks of granite, 2018 First Team All NE Ohio and Honorable Mention All-State and a participant in the 2019 North South All Star game.
Ritz is team captain, First Team ACC linebacker, First Team NE Ohio linebacker, Honorable Mention All-State and member of Champions Club.
Zaremski is a three-time letter winner, team captain, two-time All Conference, Academic All State, First Team All-District, Second Team All-State and Second Team NE Ohio.
Hallof is a two-time letter winner, two-time All Conference, First Team NE Ohio and Third Team All State.
Phil Simone, CHS girls varsity soccer head coach, said a few words about his player, Story.
“First, congratulations to all the other athletes as you continue your journey into the collegiate realm. I have been coaching and working with Ashley since she was 10-years-old. She was the backbone of our backline for four years and our girls team has had great success the past four years. I know you will go on to do great things at Ohio Dominican. Congratulations,” Simone said.
Story is a four-year letter winner, team captain, runner-up District Player of the Year Division One and academic award winner for grade point average greater than 3.7.
Christian Silvestri, CHS boys varsity head coach, spoke about Jadallah.
“Congratulations to Jad, He is an awesome kid and is going to do great things. This was my first year coaching the varsity boys team and I enjoyed working with Jad, He’s a special kid,” Silvestri said.
Jadallah is a three-time letter winner, team captain, two-time All Conference, First Team All Mahoning County, Second Team All-District and received an academic award for grade point average greater than 3.7.
Steve Hlaudy, head cross country coach, spoke about Ventimiglia.
“To be a successful student athlete, you must have talent, be hard working, have good fortune and have good people around you. Ashley has overcome a great deal of things in her high school career. The one characteristic I would say Ashley possesses the most is the she has the sense to overcome anything that is thrown at her,” Hlaudy said.
Ventimiglia is a four-time letter winner, team captain, state qualifier outdoor 2017, state qualifier 2017, Conference Champions 2015 and 2016.
Melinda Guerrieri, CHS girls varsity lacrosse coach, spoke about Polen, who is the school’s first female lacrosse player to play in college.
“As a coach and a teacher, I am so proud of all these kids. I am especially proud of Lily. She is the first young lady from Canfield High School to play lacrosse at the collegiate level. She set a goal both on and off the field and decided early on she wanted to play at Hiram. She definitely knew what she wanted. She is the first, the first of many, but she will always be first,” Guerrieri said.
Polen is a three-time letter winner while maintaining a 3.5 grade point average.
Cooper then instructed the student athletes to ceremonially sign their letters of intent.
“I encourage you to enjoy the moment. You are among the finest student athletes in the Valley. We are excited to celebrate all your accomplishments. Statistics show that very few student athletes go on to play in college. It doesn’t just happen. It takes a lot of hard work from both the students and their families,” Cooper said.