Five student-athletes have committed to continuing their athletic careers in college by signing National Letters of Intent. Lindsay Bleistein, Nick Casella, Lauren Sabatino, Sam Ward and Cassandra Vnook donned their new collegiate clothing as they were recognized for their accomplishments. 

Lindsay will attend Wagner College as a member of the lacrosse team. A well-rounded and dedicated student, she is a three-sport varsity athlete, playing field hockey, basketball and lacrosse, and is captain of the field hockey and lacrosse teams. Lindsay has earned many Section VIII honors, including All-County Honorable Mention in lacrosse and All-Conference in field hockey and lacrosse. She played a key role in the lacrosse team’s conference championship season in 2014. 

Nick will become a member of the University of Maryland wrestling team. He has been on the LVHS varsity wrestling team since eighth grade and has emerged as one of the top wrestlers in his weight class in the state, earning All-State honors three times and advancing to the state finals twice. He won the Division II county title multiple times and most recently he was a key cog in the success of the 2014 Division II NYS championship team. Nick continues to wrestle throughout the year and has earned All-American honors at the national competition.

Lauren will join the SUNY Oneonta softball team. She is a talented three-sport varsity athlete in field hockey, basketball and softball. A starter in all three sports, Lauren is a diversified athlete. She brings enthusiasm and tremendous spirit to her teams. Starting as pitcher last season, she earned a perfect record in conference play at 16-0 and also pitched a no-hitter. She is a powerful hitter as well and led her conference in home runs. Lauren earned All-County honors as a junior and All-Division honors as a sophomore in softball. Her outstanding play both offensively and defensively assisted her team in capturing the conference title.

Sam will continue his wrestling career at Columbia University. As a junior, he placed third at the state championships, earning All-State honors. He has won multiple individual county championships and was an integral part of the success of the high school’s 2014 Division II state championship team. Sam also wrestles at the national level, where he has earned All-American honors. He is considered by his coaches and teachers to be an exceptional leader. He is also a caring and supportive friend and teammate, and embodies the true characteristics of a successful student-athlete.

Cassandra will join the Bryant University lacrosse team. Cassandra has established herself as one of the top lacrosse goalies in the county. As a junior, she earned All-County honors and gained All-Conference honors as a sophomore. Her skill was a key ingredient to the lacrosse team’s conference championship season in 2014. Cassandra was also a longtime member of the varsity tennis team and has served as captain of the lacrosse and tennis teams.

“We have talented students who excel both academically and athletically,” said Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, Mark J. Dantuono. “These students worked hard to achieve success on and off the field and I have no doubt they will work just as hard at the collegiate level.”

Congratulations to these accomplished student-athletes!