BRISTOL - When Southington High School lacrosse coach Jill Pomposi got up to speak about Blue Knights lacrosse player Molly Dobratz, it was obvious how emotional signing a letter of intent is not only for the player, but also for those who have had a meaningful impact on their lives, as Pomposi held back the tears of joy.
“I love her,” Dobratz said of Pomposi. “She’s a great coach and she’s always been supportive of everything.”
Altogether five Southington athletes signed their letters of intent to continue playing their respective sports at the collegiate level on Wednesday afternoon.
“It takes a village to make something like this happen,” the Blue Knights softball pitcher Kara Zazzaro said of all those that were in attendance. “We all couldn’t be more grateful for all the help that we’ve gotten from our families. It takes a lot of hard work but it’s all paying off and it’ll be rewarding for us in the future.”
Over one thousand miles will be separating Southington track and field teammates Amanda Howe and Megan Biscoglio.
Howe will be attending the University of Iowa for track and field.
“I chose the University of Iowa not only because not only was the gut feeling when I walked on campus really reassuring to me but also it’s a Big Ten school which is a power five conference,” Howe said. “For me that was a big reward for all the work that I have put in.”
Biscoglio decided to stay closer to home as she committed to UConn.
“There’s something about it being your home state school that I loved,” Biscoglio said. “I really got a sense of pride walking on campus and saying that I’m going to UConn.”
For Dobratz her lacrosse career at Southington had its ups and downs as she missed her sophomore season due to a torn ACL injury.
However, she bounced back in her junior season helping the Blue Knights make the tournament.
Her desired career path is a unique one as she is aspiring to become an F.B.I. agent.
She will embark upon that path at Post University as she decided to play lacrosse for the Eagles.
Similar to Biscoglio, the location of the university was an important factor in her decision located in Waterbury, Connecticut.
The Post University women’s lacrosse team is coming off of a 2-12 season last year and Dobratz will be hoping to help turn around the program similarly to what she did as a junior for Southington.
“I chose post University because of the proximity to my house as well as the feel I got from the team and the coach,” Dobratz said. “The first time I went there I felt like I was part of the team.”
On the softball diamond Zazzaro was the first junior to be selected as the captain for the Blue Knights under head coach Davina Hernandez, a testament to the leadership qualities she will bring to Iona University.
Unsure of what she wants to study academically, the range of academic options offered by the University to go with the competitive Gaels softball team that went 27-24 last season made her decision easier.
“I chose Iona because of the academics,” Zazzaro said. “They had the academics that I was looking for and it has a number of highly accredited programs. Since I have not yet chosen a major it has a lot of different options to choose from.”
Dylan Chiaro, a baseball player for the Blue Knights, chose to attend the University of New Haven, a highly regarded Division II program.
With the Chargers coming off of a 31-13 record last season, Chiaro believes that he will have a chance to become a key player as long as he puts in the work needed to become one.
“University of New Haven was always my number one school,” Dylan said. “They’re a top school for Division II in the Northeast and they won their conference last year and they made it pretty far in the regionals and almost made it to the College World Series so I’m excited to go there and continue to grow as a player. I know they have some players that have gone to the next level and play so I’m excited to see what happens in the future.”
Seeing some of its seniors sign their letter of intent to continue playing their respective sports is what the Southington slogan “chasing excellence” is all about.
For all of those in attendance it’s safe to say that it was an excellent day and the five colleges are getting not just five good athletes but also good people.
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