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Three Seacrest athletes sign to colleges

By Nicholas Idler of the Naples Daily News

Three Seacrest Country Day School athletes, representing three different sports, signed their names onto their letters of intent on Thursday in the Seacrest gymnasium.

Anna-Marie Kuenzle signed her name using the same pen her father used to sign his commitment letter. Her father, Bill Kuenzle, signed to play baseball at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She’ll play Division I golf at High Point.

“I looked into it (High Point) and I really enjoyed it,” she said. “I was like, ‘I want to go to school there. I want to play on that golf team.’ I’ll definitely be competing for spots next year, which is exciting. I love the competition.”

Kuenzle began playing golf at seven years old and started playing varsity golf at Seacrest in eighth grade. The Stingrays didn’t have a girls golf team, though, so she teed off with the boys during the regular season.

During the postseason, Kuenzle played individually in the girls division. She qualified for district and regional play four consecutive years and reached the state tournament during her final two seasons. She had a top-20 finish at the state tournament as a senior.

“(Golf) has always been a part of my life,” she said. “Playing college golf was always a dream of mine and for it to finally come true is a blessing.”

Soccer player Abigail O’Hara will take the pitch at Division III school Franklin & Marshall College next season. She spent four years playing defense for the Stingrays’ varsity squad, where she received the team Coach’s Award.

O’Hara decided to sign with Franklin & Marshall when she noticed some familiar qualities.

“I chose it because it has this really nice, community feeling that I got when I got to Seacrest,” she said. “It’s something that I wanted to recreate and be a part of in college.”

Kelly Worthington will play Division III tennis at Southern Virginia University. She began playing varsity tennis as a sophomore at Naples High School, then played her final two seasons at Seacrest.

After being named team captain and competing at the No. 1 position during her senior season, Worthington is confident in her game, particularly in singles. She capped off the year by receiving Seacrest’s team MVP Award.

“I am proud of the game I built with singles,” she said. “I’ve really become stronger mentally and physically (when) playing on my own.”

Worthington felt she had a good chemistry with her teammates at Seacrest, and intends to try and build similar bonds when she takes the court with the Knights.

“You never know who’s going to be your doubles partner, so it’s great to have a good relationship with all your girls,” she said.

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