BUFFALO, N.Y.- Despite the sun shining bright on Beecher Mansion on Thursday, the largest beams came from 11 Canisius High School student-athletes.
"Awesome," "exciting" and "thankful" were the buzz words of the day as 11 seniors signed college Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers.
Canisius football went undefeated in 2012, thanks in part to offensive lineman Patrick Haley and wide receiver/defensive back Kyle Abernathy.
Haley, a former captain, signed with John Carroll University. Abernathy signed with Alfred University, after an impressive senior season was cut short by injury. Abernathy led New York state in interceptions through week 9.
Canisius boy's basketball also had an impressive 2012 campaign, going undefeated in the Monsignor Martin regular season. Senior Jamel Mosley was an "imposing big man," who was a key factor on both ends of the court. Mosley signed with SUNY Oswego.
On the baseball diamond, two more Crusaders head to the collegiate ranks. Co-captain Kyle Liszewski signed down the road with Canisius College, while fellow co-captain and Jack Trotman will go to UMass-Lowell. Liszewski's defense is a key reason for his success as a two-year starter at shortstop and second base. Trotman is a two-year captain and a three-year starter, who won the Georgetown Cup as a sophomore.
Boy's lacrosse will send three seniors to the next level. Michael Phillips will play for Gettysburg College, while Matt McHugh and Steve Leous will suit up for John Carroll University.
Swimmers Will McCauley and Chris Petrella also signed Letters of Intent. McCauley, a three-year swimmer, will head to Wheaton College. Petrella, a four-year varsity swimmer, will go to SUNY Geneseo.
And, Jack Sardinia will join the crew team at Georgetown University. Sardinia is a four-year member of the Crusader squad, and was a member of a group that rowed the length of the Erie Barge Canal for Juvenile Diabetes. Sardinia's team raised $71,000.