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Celebratory Signings

Seven of our student-athletes announce their NCAA Division III plans – April 20, 2021

Signing Day is an exciting time for high school athletes across the country, as they announce their intentions to play collegiate sports at the post-secondary level.  At a small socially distanced ceremony held at the school on April 7th, seven of our senior student-athletes continued a tradition of excellence for the Athletic Department at Blackstone Valley Tech. Having been accepted to NCAA Division III institutions, they each signed a Celebratory Signing Form and formally announced their academic and athletic intentions for the fall.

 

 


Andrew Benoit of Douglas, Drafting & Design Technology, will take his academic and athletic talents to Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. He plans to study Architecture in a 5-year Master's program and compete in Division 3 Cross Country and Track and Field in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

"Andrew Benoit has been a force on the cross-country team since freshman year," said Head Cross Country Coach Caitlin Forgit. "He was named captain his junior year and rose to the challenge. He's the kind of athlete his teammates look up to, and I can always count on him to pump up the team and motivate everyone to do their best. I am so proud and know he will do great in college, both athletically and academically."


Connor Donahue of Uxbridge, Heating, Ventilations, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, will head to Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH, where he plans to study Sports Management and play Division 3 Baseball in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference.

"Congratulations to Connor Donahue and his family," said Head Baseball Coach John Burke. "Getting the opportunity to play baseball at the collegiate level is a testament to Connor's hard work and dedication. With the cancellation of sports last spring, we are excited to see the growth he has made over the past two years."


Kirsten Dinsmore of Upton, Culinary Arts, will take her academic and athletic talents to Keene State College in Keene, NH, where she plans to study Nursing and play Division 3 Field Hockey in the Little East Conference.

"A talented field hockey player from day one, Kirsten Dinsmore has grown into an invaluable play analyst," said Head Field Hockey Coach Laurie Borek. "She has learned how to explain what she sees and what she believes to be a good strategy for our team to employ in various situations. Last year Kirsten stepped up in a leadership role during the Covid pre-season, regular season and was instrumental in our success. With many assists and goals during her Field Hockey career, she will be an asset to her college team."


Ethan Lonergan of Milford, Heating, Ventilations, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, will head to Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA, where he plans to advance his academic and athletic talents by studying Criminal Justice and playing Division 3 Lacrosse in the New England Collegiate Conference for the Lions. With a grandfather and an uncle, who serve the State Police, Ethan is interested in a law enforcement career as an investigator for the Boston Police.

"As a member of the Boys Lacrosse Program, Ethan has played two seasons at the Junior Varsity level before this upcoming spring season. He has successfully played the position of attack, contributing to the offense," said Head Boys Lacrosse Coach Andrew Barksdale. "Ethan is a very hard worker, and I look forward to seeing him playing at the next level."


Victoria (Tori) Lopez of Northbridge, Heating, Ventilations, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, will take her academic and athletic talents to Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. She plans to further her career-focused education by studying Biomedical Engineering and playing Division 3 Soccer at the Commonwealth Coast Conference. The campus is only an hour away, convenient for her family and friends to see a few games.

"Tori has earned a reputation, not only at BVT but in the league, as a hard-working, excellent sportswoman who brings her best to every game and practice," said Head Soccer Coach Jay Porter. "I've had the privilege of watching her evolve as a player, a person, and a leader. She embodies the tenacity and motivation a coach hopes to find in all athletes. Never satisfied with the status quo, she always looks to improve herself and her teammates."


Shea Finnegan of Douglas, Plumbing, will take his academic and athletic talents to Rivier University in Nashua, NH where he plans to study Criminal Justice while playing Division 3 Basketball in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference for the Rivier Raiders and exploring a career path with the FBI.

"A four-year member of our Basketball program, Shea has demonstrated the ability to score from anywhere on the floor," said Director of Athletics, Michael R. Denise. "That ability helped propel BVT to the district semi-finals in 2020, where he dropped 35 points in the quarterfinals and then 31 points in the semi-finals. Playing at the next level, Shea will be an asset to his college team."


Trinity Gibbs of Northbridge, Automotive Technology, will take her academic and athletic talents to Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA. She plans to study Biology and Biotechnology, strengthening her vocational career path while playing Division 3 Softball in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference for the WPI Engineers. 

"An outstanding shortstop, I asked Trinity to play third base, which she hadn't done in years," said Head Softball Coach Peter Cardoza. "She responded by anchoring our D with shut-down plays at third base, hit over .500, and helped start the 2019 season with a long winning streak. All of which earned her recognition as a CAL All-Star. I look forward to her senior year, and she will be an asset to her college team."

In closing, Director of Athletics, Michael R. Denise, said, "We are proud of our seven student-athletes who have decided to further their education and career readiness by taking their athletic talents to the collegiate level. Congratulations to our talented group of our student-athletes. It is a proud moment for our school and athletics department to see you achieve your goals and dreams."