Student-Athletes Commit to College Athletics

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They have made their mark at Locust Valley High School by excelling on the field and in the classroom, and now eight seniors are signing letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college.

Alexandra Koniaev will join the tennis team at Wesleyan University after becoming one of Locust Valley’s most successful female tennis players in its history. She has been a four-year starter at No. 1 singles, has earned All-Conference and All-County designations, and is a three-time All-State honoree. Alex placed fourth in the New York State Championships as a junior and earned First Team All-Long Island. She will graduate with a Locust Valley Diploma with Distinction and an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors and Mastery in Mathematics and Science. She is a member of the Foreign Language Honor Society and a scholar-athlete. 

Tyler Liantonio, a three-sport athlete lettering in football, basketball and lacrosse, will continue his lacrosse career at Merrimack College. He is quarterback on the varsity football team, leading an explosive offensive unit and an undefeated team in a 9-0 season. On the lacrosse field, he has a cannon for a shot. He is a four-year starter and a major contributor, earning him the offensive MVP award on the first-ever County Championship Lacrosse Team in 2014. Tyler has earned All-Conference and All-County Honorable Mention honors in lacrosse and is expected to continue his success this spring. He is a scholar-athlete in lacrosse and football and will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma.

Joe Madsen and Mike Madsen are the varsity lacrosse team’s dynamic duo and will take their impressive lacrosse skills to St. John’s University, to which they both verbally committed as sophomores. Although they are each a force to be reckoned with on the field, they are easily distinguished, as Joe primarily handles the stick with his right hand and Mike plays lefty.

Joe has been a four-year starter on the lacrosse team and played a pivotal role in the team’s first County Championship in 2014. He is a two-time All-County player and received All-County Honorable Mention as a freshman. He will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma with Mastery in Science and Mathematics and a Locust Valley Diploma with Distinction. He is a member of the National Honor Society and a scholar-athlete.

Mike earned two-time All-County honors and All-Conference honors during his freshman season. He is also one of the pivotal players on the team, helping to lead them to the 2014 County Championships. Mike will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors and Mastery in Mathematics and Science, as well as a Locust Valley Diploma with Distinction. He is a member of the National Honor Society and a scholar-athlete.

Spencer Matthaei is an exceptional student-athlete and will be taking his talents to Yale University’s football team. Spencer is a three-year varsity starter in football and wrestling and captain in both sports, and was named a News 12 Scholar-Athlete this fall. He earned All-County honors in football as a junior and is a two-time Nassau County champion in wrestling. He was instrumental in the success of the 2014 New York State Championship Wrestling team and the 2014 Big IV Champion Football team. Spencer was selected as this year’s recipient of the Nassau Zone PS Student of the Year Award for Locust Valley High School. He will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors and Mastery in Mathematics and a Locust Valley Diploma with Distinction. He is also a scholar-athlete.

Kameron Palagonia will be joining the Sacred Heart University lacrosse team after proving to be an integral player on the Falcons varsity lacrosse team since the eighth grade. As a lefty, Kami provides a unique and dynamic advantage on the field, which contributes to her scoring success. She has earned two-time All-County honors and is a scholar-athlete in lacrosse and cross-country. She will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma.

Chris Schultz, a two-sport athlete for the Falcons, will become a member of the Assumption College lacrosse team next year. Chris has been on the varsity football team since his sophomore year and on the lacrosse team for the past two years. He is a starter at defensive line on the Falcons undefeated and least scored upon football team. Chris was an important member of the first-ever County Championship Lacrosse Team in 2014. He will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma. He is a member of the National Honor Society and is a scholar-athlete in lacrosse and football.

Owen Trepeta is a remarkable two-sport athlete for the Falcons and will continue his successful athletic career at the University of Hartford. Owen is a two-way starter for the undefeated Falcons football team and brings energy and excitement to the gridiron. He is a four-year starter on the lacrosse field and another major contributor to the first-ever County Championship Lacrosse Team in 2014. Owen earned two-time All-County Honors. He will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma and a Locust Valley Diploma with Distinction. He is a member of the National Honor Society and a scholar-athlete in lacrosse and football.

“Congratulations to all of these student-athletes on their success on the field and in the classroom, which has afforded them exceptional opportunities for the future,” said LVCSD Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Mark J. Dantuono.