Three WVHS seniors sign letters of intent


Three WVHS seniors sign letters of intent

June 7, 2018

A ceremony celebrating the signing of National Letters of Intent by three Warwick Valley High School athletes was held June 6, in the media center.
The mid-day event  was attended by the graduating seniors’ parents, siblings, friends, teammates and coaches.

A group photo of three athletes, team mates, and coachesCongratulations to:

Catherine Smith

Catherine signed a Letter of Commitment to attend Cortland State and play soccer for the Red Dragons.
Catherine was recruited by Head Coach Heidi Axtell to play for the Cortland Red Dragons as a center midfielder.  She chose Cortland over Kings College and the College at Brockport. She plans to study psychology.
Catherine is the daughter of Sean and Shauna Smith of Warwick. She has two sisters, sister, Emma, a freshman,  and Hope, a fifth grader at Warwick Middle School.

three female athletes hold up college t-shirts

Athletes Emily Welling, Catherine Smith, and Lauren Desrats hold up their new college T-shirts.

Career Highlights

  • Four year varsity athlete, girls soccer  (2015, 2016, 2017 Division Champions; Section 9 Finalists 2016 and 2017)
  • Fall 2017 season stats: 8 goals, 6 assists and served the team as senior captain
  • Times Herald-Record All-Star (First Team) as a center midfielder
  • Section 9 Coaches Association All-Star
  • Exceptional Senior Game nominee
  • Girls varsity soccer team MVP (junior and senior year)

Academic Highlights

  • Graduates with a GPA above 92
  • NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete for soccer (4 years)
  • Member of the Warwick National Honor Society and Sports Medicine Club
  • Served on the School Senate
  • Enrolled in AP psychology and AP language for college credit

Lauren Desrats

Lauren signed a Letter of Commitment to attend Mount Saint Mary College and compete as a guard for the Knights.
She was recruited by Mount Saint Mary College by head coach Mike Coppolino and will compete as a scoring guard.  Mount Saint Mary competes in the Skyline conference against teams such as Old Westbury, Farmingdale, and SUNY Purchase.
She is the daughter of Jon and Julie Desrats of Warwick. Her sister Kristen is a freshman and a standout basketball and soccer player. She also has a sister, Megan, in grade 7, and a brother, Matthew who is in grade 4.

a coach takes a photo with a cell phone of three athletes

Athletic Director Gregory Sirico takes a photo of the college-bound athletes.

Career Highlights

  • Four year starter for varsity basketball;  three year captain for basketball (State ranked)
  • Two time team MVP
  • Three  time Times Herald-Record All-Star  
  • Four Year Coaches Association All-Star
  • Three  time New York State All-Star
  • Scored her 1,000 point on January 15th vs. Red Hook. Finishes her career with 1156 points.
  • Ends career with 72-7 career record
  • Four year starter for State ranked soccer team
  • Senior year captain and leading goal scorer
  • 2017-2018 Times Herald-Record All-Star

Academic Accomplishments

  • GPA of 95
  • Three year NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete, basketball and soccer
  • Student Senator for four years
  • President of the Sports Medicine Club
  • Enrolled in AP government and AP psychology for college credit
  • Volunteer coach at St. Stephen’s and current AAU coach

Emily Welling

Emily signed a Letter of Commitment to attend Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts and compete as a forward for the Rams.
She was recruited by head coach Ed Leyden. Suffolk University competes in the GNAC conference against teams such as Johnson and Wales, Emanuel, and Albertus Magnus.
Emily is the daughter of Kathryn and Frank Welling of Warwick.  Her brother, Morgan, is a sophomore in college pursuing a degree in finance.

Career Highlights

  • Four year starter on the state-ranked Warwick Valley basketball team
  • Two time Defensive Player of the Year
  • Coaches Association All-Star
  • 2018 Times Herald-Record All-Star
  • Two year captain
  • Team leader in blocks, steals, and rebounds
  • 2017 Pentathlon Orange County champion

Academic Accomplishments

  • GPA of 98.3; top 10 percent of the class
  • Four year NYSPHSAA scholar-athlete (basketball, track and field)
  • Volunteer at St. Stephens and Warwick Valley modified team
  • Enrolled in AP biology, AP government, AP language, and OCCC calculus for college credit
  • Member National Honor Society and Sports Medicine Club.


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