If you like diversity, than the 14th edition of the 2020-21 College Signings will suit you just fine.
Four different sports are represented this time, including basketball, baseball, softball and swimming. And, to boot, this edition also includes a rare, two-sport athlete for the next level.
In addition, two sets of teammates are also featured this time around.
The Advance/SILIve.com will once again share the good news below.
We also have a number of past signings in recent months at the bottom, including the previous 13 College Signings.
Give another look at them as well, if you wish.
Mike Alongi, St. Joseph by-the-Sea
From high school to the major leagues, you occasionally see the third-base coach and third baseman chitchat during a baseball game.
For the most part, it’s usually just that — chitchat.
But don’t tell St. Joseph by-the-Sea’s Mike Alongi. The two-year varsity player, who plays travel ball for the Richmond County Baseball Club, engaged in conversation with the opposing coach during a travel game last summer and it helped pave the way to college.
“He just asked me at some point, ‘where are you thinking about going to college,’’ explained Alongi, who had a few hits and made several nice plays at the hot corner that day. “I told him one of the schools was Montclair St. and he said he knew the coach there (Dave Lorber) well.’’
The rest, as they say, is history. Within an hour after that game ended, Alongi received a phone call from Lorber and that got the ball rolling. He sent the second-year coach some clips and he’ll be attending the Division 3 New Jersey school beginning next fall.
Alongi, who bats and throws right-handed, is capable of playing most of the infield positions, but will likely play second base for the Vikings this season. However, he was recruited to play third for the Red Hawks.
“Third base was a position of need, so that helped,’’ said 17-year-old Alongi. “(Lorber) saw the clips and said he liked my hands and the way I swing, and that definitely made me feel good.
“(Lorber) didn’t say anything to me specifically about playing time,’’ added the Tottenville resident. “But he did say if I earned the spot, it could be mine. And that was nice to hear too because I wanted to go somewhere where I can get the best opportunity to play right away.’’
Alongi, who is planning to major in Business Management, also received interest from Pace.
Nick Fazio, St. Joseph by-the-Sea
St. Joseph by-the-Sea outfielder Nick Fazio will continue his baseball career at Rowan University of Glassboro, N.J., beginning in the fall.
Fazio, who plays travel ball for the TKR Reds, was recruited to play outfield by the NCAA Division 3, nationally ranked Profs. He said Tom Kain, his travel coach, was instrumental in getting him connected with Rowan as Kain played for current Rowan coach Mike Dickson at the former Gloucester County College.
“I really didn’t care if the school I was going to was near or far. I just wanted to go to a school with a good baseball program,’’ said Fazio, who started speaking with Dickson, who was a Hall of Fame player at Rowan, before visiting the school late last October. “By the time my visit ended, I knew it was a good fit for me and that it was the place I wanted to go.’’
Dickson got to see Fazio on video before offering him a spot with the currently No. 11-ranked Profs.
“He compared me to what type of player he was, he said we have similar styles — fast, athletic and a leadoff-type of hitter,’’ explained Fazio, who’s a two-year varsity player for Sea. “That made me feel pretty good because i know he was a good, Hall of Fame player when he was there.’’
The 17-year-old Fazio said he was the only outfielder recruited in the current class.
“He’s got a bunch of outfielders returning, so I know I’m going to have to work hard (to get time right away)‚’’ said the Annadale resident. “I have to prove to him that I have a good work ethic and at least act like I’m competing with those players returning. I’m looking forward to it.’’
Fazio is undecided on a major, but is considering Business. He also received interest from Holy Cross, Salem St., Bridgewater and Pace.
Casey Love, Notre Dame Academy
Point guard Casey Love of Notre Dame Academy has chosen Mount St. Mary College (MSMC) of Newburgh, N.Y., as her new home for the next four years.
The 5-foot-5 Love, who plays travel ball for the Diamonds, said she heard nothing but positive things about MSMC and was interested in its five-year Education program. She then emailed and eventually started speaking to second-year coach Colleen Ames.
“I sent her a video of myself and i took a virtual tour and really liked everything I saw about the campus,’’ said the 17-year-old Love. “I just got a good feel for everything and thought it was the right place for me.’’
Because of the pandemic, MSMC, which finished 20-6 during Ames first season a year ago, has a number of players returning next season. Nonetheless, the slick-dribbling Love is looking forward to competing on the next level, although she’s currently not certain if she’ll play the point or shooting guard with the Division 3 Knights.
“I know they have a lot coming back and that there’s no guarantee for playing time, but I’ll work my hardest for a spot,’’ the Annadale resident said. “(Crowded rosters) will be a common thing because of the pandemic, but I’m going to just play to the best of my ability and hope for the best.’’
Love also received interest from FDU-Madison and Mount St. Vincent.
Madison Petricevic, Notre Dame Academy
Sometimes, opportunities fall on your lap. Madison Petricevic can vouch for that notion.
The Notre Dame Academy swimmer, who also competes for the Trident Aquatic Club at Wagner College, received a call from a former Trident coach who became an assistant at Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Fla.
“He gave me a call and said he had a really good opportunity for me,’’ said Petricevic of assistant Chris Grimmett-Norris. “They were looking for good athletes and they wanted me to join the program.’’
The 18-year-old Petricevic, who’s a four-year swimmer for the Gators, recently received a partial scholarship to the NAIA school, which competes in the Sun Conference.
Petricevic primarily competes in the 100 back and 50 free, but her versatility allows her to take part in a number of other events, including the 200 IM. She owns the CHSAA record of 57.2 seconds in the 100 back and also clocked a sizzling 24.3 ticks in the 50 free with Trident.
The Castleton Corners resident is looking forward to joining Grimmett-Norris, head coach Adam Epstein and the Seahawks’ program.
“Once I get down there, I’ll adjust to the practice schedule, start lifting in the gym and if I adjust quickly, hopefully I get some time (right away),’’ said Petricevic, who is hoping to turn pro someday. “(Making the adjustment) is a mental thing. I’m usually the hardest on myself, but I’ll probably make the adjustment.
“I’m looking forward to the experience,’’
That’s not the only thing she’s looking forward to.’’
“I’m exciting about learning how to surf,’’ she laughed. “The beach is only 10 minutes away from the school.’’
Petricevic is planning to major in Criminal Justice with a concentration in forensics. She also received interest from Fresno St., Hawaii-Honolulu, Florida International, LSU and Air Force.
Amanda Zuntag, Notre Dame Academy
Amanda Zuntag had already made a connection with SUNY-Oneonta softball coach Sara Curran-Headley when she got thrown for a loop in the utmost positive way.
“She told me she’d reach out to (Oneonta women’s basketball coach Daphne Thompson) about playing for that team too,’’ added Zuntag. “When I started looking at colleges, I didn’t think I’d get the opportunity to play both sports, even though it was always a dream of mine.
“Suddenly getting the chance to play both — I was crying tears of joy.”
Zuntag, a two-year varsity basketball player and three-year varsity hoopster at NDA, recently made her decision official and will indeed be playing for both the Red Dragons’ softball and women’s basketball teams beginning next fall.
Zuntag is tabbed to play a combination of shortstop, third and first for the Gators when the season kicks off in about a month, but her position at Oneonta has yet to be determined. Nonetheless, Curran-Headley is pleased to have landed the West Brighton resident.
“She said she likes my attitude and personality and that I have a lot of potential,’’ said Zuntag, who plays travel ball for the Staten Island Saints. “She saw me play over the summer and I did well. She thinks I have the size, strength and ability to be a good addition to their program.
“I know freshman don’t usually get a lot of time right away, but I’m not worried,’’ she added. “I’m going to try my best to play to my potential and just work hard.’’
As far as hoops goes, Thompson got to see Zuntag on the hardwood through videos and got to speak with the long-time coach through Zoom.
“She thought I was aggressive and had a nice shot. She too likes my attitude and thinks I work hard,’’ the 6-foot-1 Zuntag added. “She was also able to speak to some of my coaches and believes I’ll be a good fit for them as well.’’
Zuntag is undecided on a major, but is considering Early Childhood Education and Psychology. She also received softball interest from FDU-Madison, Scranton, Widener, Salve Regina, DeSales, Manhattanville, Susquehanna and Rowan.
Other recent signings
NDA’s Aileen Hoban (Track & Field)
Mater Dei’s David Shkolniy, Andreas Von Fricke (basketball)
Curtis’ Osagie Noruwa (Football)
Monsignor Farrell’s Dylan Hach (Football)
New Dorp’s Jessica Prentice (Track & Field)
Susan Wagner’s Katie Altieri (X-C, track)
Curtis’ Eric Dukes (Football)
Moore’s Justin Lacks (Football)
Sea’s Julianna Ryan (Soccer)
SIA’s Elizabeth Gallagher (Soccer)
Sea’s Jackson Tucker (Baseball)
St. Peter’s Johnny Sokoll (Track & Field)
Sea’s Angela Rutherford (Track & Field)
St. Peter’s Nick Chiaia, Matt Zguro (Baseball)
Staten Island Academy’s Allie McGinn (Basketball)
St. Peter’s Michael Kehoe, Ryan Kehoe (Baseball)
Moore Catholic’s Alyssa Polemeni (Softball)
Monsignor Farrell’s Matt Wessels (Baseball)
Bishop Loughlin’s William Polanco Jr. (Baseball)
College Signings 1 (Nov. 18, 2020)
College Signings 2 (Nov. 19, 2020)
College Signings 3 (Nov. 23, 2020)
College Signings 4 (Nov. 26, 2020)
College Signings 5 (Dec. 24, 2020)
College Signings 6 (Jan. 15, 2021)
College Signings 7 (Jan. 28, 2021)
College Signings 8 (Feb. 1, 2021)
College Signings 9 (Feb. 11, 2021)
College Signings 10 (Feb. 17, 2021)
College Signings 11 (Feb. 19, 2021)
College Signings 12 (March 12, 2021)
College Signings 13 (March 19, 2021)