Another student-athlete from Cazenovia will continue on to compete at the highest level of college sports. Tori Widrick signed her NCAA Division I National Letter of Intent on Friday Feb. 4 in the Cazenovia High School Library. Widrick played an integral role on this year’s field hockey team, which won the Class C state championship in November.
Widrick will attend Ball State University in Indiana next year. Even though she had incredible success as an attacker, she says she would be happy to play any position on the team.
“Where ever the coach puts me, I’ll play,” Widrick said, “Next year, I’d like to get a good amount of time on the field, really get to know my teammates, understand what they play and how they like to play on the field.”
Cazenovia’s field hockey team had worked their way to the Section III championship four times before. The team followed suit with their fifth attempt and on Nov. 20 they defeated Pierson-Binghamton to win the title of Class C state champions. Widrick led the team in scoring, with 31 points and 18 assists for the season. Even with her strong statistics, Widrick was sure to share the spotlight with her fellow Lakers.
“It takes teamwork. It wasn’t just me, it was all of my teammates,” Widrick said, “It was a fun year.”
Cazenovia Field Hockey coach, Lorraine Scheftic, helped the team to finish with a record of 21-2. At the letter signing, she admitted that she and the team will miss Widrick’s field presence next season, but are very excited to see her excel in Indiana.
“Tori is going to do great at Ball State, I think she’ll fit in very well. Division I athletes don’t come around every day; when they do, it’s something special,” Coach Scheftic said, “Our team is looking good for next year, every season is different. We are losing a lot of seniors, but we will have many returning players. I think we’ll be competitive.”
Widrick was the seventh Cazenovia High School senior to sign an NCAA Division I National Letter of Intent this year. Student athletes from the women’s lacrosse, women’s basketball, and men’s lacrosse team also held signing ceremonies.
The event was originally slated to take place on National Signing Day, Wednesday Feb. 2. However, due to weather, signings around the area were re-scheduled for Friday.
Cazenovia’s Athletic Director Mike Byrnes conducted proceedings and thanked those that were present to witness the signing. Widrick’s teammates and friends, members of the media, school personnel and administrators all packed into the library to congratulate her and her family.
As Widrick finishes her time at Cazenovia High School and graduates in June, she will look to begin her career at Ball State University. In addition to playing on the field hockey team, she plans to major in Fashion Marketing.
To see which other Cazenovia High School students have signed NCAA Division I National Letters of Intent this year, click here: http://www.cazenoviarepublican.com/Articles-c-2010-12-08-95799.114134-sub-A-taste-of-the-limelight.html