By Tamas Mondovics
The current school year may be coming to a close, but for a number of student-athletes it was a season-long wait for a chance to prove their talents.
Baseball and the Wolves inaugural season for Lacrosse are just two spring sports that have churned out some dedicated players, two of whom celebrated their sport-inspired success, which they both committed to take to the next level alongside their further education.
Joining the list of student-athletes who have earned the spotlight last month by signing their commitment to a university is Wolves baseball talent Adam Gregorich.
Gregorich is a three year varsity starter and team captain, known for his dedication both on and off the field. With a current GPA of 6.28 he is a member of Student Government, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, was named to the principal’s honor roll every semester of high school and is a four-time High Academic Achieving Award winner.
“His ‘never quit’ attitude has got him to where he is today,” said his mom, Kelley Gregorich. “Adam knows that it starts in the classroom, and for him to be able to enjoy the experience of travel baseball for the last 10 years, he needed to get good grades. He has sacrificed a fair amount of social activities for homework and baseball.”
Adam is a Pershing Scholar (full academic scholarship including room and board plus stipend to study for a semester overseas) recipient at Truman State University, located in Kirksville, Mo.
Newsome Head Baseball Coach, Bill Highsmith, said that with a .300 batting average and a great attitude, Adam is one of the best center fielders on the diamond.
“He has been a pleasure to coach,” Highsmith said. “Adam’s dedication to baseball makes him a role model for his teammates.”
Former Major League Baseball pitcher and Manager of Ostingers Baseball Academy Select, Jim Osting also weighed in his player’s success.
“Adam is the true definition of student-athlete,” Osting said. “He has excelled in the classroom and has been the catalyst for a winning program. He knows the game and is a smart hitter working the pitchers and being a true team player. We will miss him, but the Bulldogs are getting a quality baseball player and a class act.”
Newsome High School senior Jennifer Lanuto, has also signed her intent to play for the Spartans as a member of the school’s Lacrosse Team at the University of Tampa while pursuing a degree in Marine Science.
Lanuto, a four-year starter and captain of the Newsome lacrosse team, reportedly exemplifies sportsmanship, the pursuit of excellence on and off the field and is known for her leadership among her peers, while she leads the team in draw controls, goals, assists and total points, promising to be great addition on the Spartan’s program.
“Her tireless work ethic, positive attitude and commitment to improving herself and her team has lead her to relationships with her peers from other schools that have transcended the game into true friendships that she will carry with her beyond competition,” Lanuto’s coach Chris Crusey said. “In addition to her on the field credentials, Jenna has been a regular volunteer within the community at the Florida Aquarium, SPCA, Relay for Life and Wounded Warriors.”
As a young athlete, she has also been an active supporter and contributor to growing the game of lacrosse by volunteering locally with the Fishhawk Coyotes as a volunteer coach, teacher and mentor to young ladies.
For more information, visit www.sdhc.k12.fl.us.