St. Mark's High School seniors Jenna Wolff, Carly Alexander and Joey Giannaras recently signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college.
Wolff will be a member of the women's basketball team at Alvernia University, a Catholic university in Reading, Pa.
Alexander signed with the University of Delaware/Thomas Jefferson rowing program. Alexander was a member of the Saint Mark's Rowing Club before it disbanded and has also rowed for Wilmington Youth Rowing Association.
Giannaras was signed as one of the top five recruits to play on the Lynchburg University Division III lacrosse team.
The three Spartan seniors sat down with the Hockessin Community News to discuss their decisions to continue their stellar athletic careers.
Q Why did you choose this college to further your playing career?
A WOLFF The coach was really friendly and they focus on defense. That's what we focused on here at St. Mark's. But, I didn't just choose Alvernia for basketball. I chose it because of their five-year, master's occupational therapy program.
A ALEXANDER I'm in the same boat as Jena. I picked the school because their conjoined program with Thomas Jefferson is really hard to get into. I felt really privileged to get into it [to study occupational therapy]. From an athletic standpoint, I guess just being able to go to a DI school is crazy. I knew I wanted to row wherever I went. And it's kind of cool because they row out of the same boathouse that I already row out of [off the Christina River in Wilmington]. The team is very big and I've never been part of a huge rowing team before; their program is pretty awesome for the women.
A GIANNARAS The coach was very friendly and he focused on helping out the community and stuff like that. And he makes the team feel more like a family, not just a team. Then, I always knew I wanted to go to a smaller school, not a Division I school, because I just felt I would fit in there better. I guess you could say it was really a perfect fit. I'm looking to study something around mathematics – finance or accounting.
Q How did St. Mark's prepare you in the classroom and on the field?
A WOLFF I've definitely been challenged here academically, especially math and science. A lot of the teachers help. On the sport side, I've had great coaches in the four years that I've been here and they definitely made me become a better athlete.
A ALEXANDER Academically, you can phase up in classes and there are more opportunities here. There are tons of clubs to get involved in. Also, they had crew, so I wouldn't have even been doing the sport that I do if it weren't for St. Mark's. They got me started. I row at WYRA now.
Page 2 of 2 - A GIANNARAS St. Mark's really prepared me in the classroom as well as on the field. They instilled a great work ethic in me. I guess that carried over into my play on the field and working as a team for one goal.
Q What was one of the highlights of your playing career for the Spartans?
A WOLFF The last game of our regular season this year against Caesar Rodney I had a game high of 26 points and six 3-pointers, which was the most I've ever had in one game.
A ALEXANDER We went last year to Head of the Charles in Boston and that's the biggest race in the world. People come from all over and there are about 70 boats in our event. We got 15th and top 20 is considered the best of the best. It was pretty awesome Last year in general we were a really fast team and it was really fun being that team that people feared.
A GIANNARAS When I was a sophomore, we were in the first round of the playoffs and we went into overtime. I scored the winning goal against DMA [Delaware Military Academy].