Sydney Roule, Brian D’Andrea, and Xavier Moore put pen to paper and laid out their futures in college athletics Nov. 9 at Amherst Steele High School.
Roule will play basketball at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis after registering 784 points, 288 rebounds, 165 assists, and 46 blocked shots in her first three years on the hardwood for the Comets.
Last year, she was named Southwestern Conference MVP, Lorain County Division I Player of the Year, First Team All-District, and Third Team All-Ohio.
She is a four-year letter-winner and earned First Team All-Southwestern Conference and First Team All-Lorain County honors after her sophomore season.
“I really love that Amherst basketball is a big family,” she said. “We’re all really close. I will take the leadership skills I’ve learned on this team with me to college. I’ve also learned a lot here in terms of academics. That is something I plan to take with me, too. My coaches and teammates have always challenged me and put pressure on me to become a better player.”
Moore and D’Andrea will play baseball at Ohio State University and Lake Erie College, respectively.
After transferring to Amherst from Lorain last year, Moore recorded a 1.93 earned run average on the mound while holding opposing batters to a .196 average. He also hit .276 at the plate and will be a two-year letter-winner following this season. While at Lorain High, he earned All-Lake Erie League recognition.
D’Andrea will also be a two-year letter-winner and notched a 2.03 ERA with an opposing batting average of .225 last season. He recorded three saves for the Comets and has also won letters the past two years in golf.
“I just want to continue my baseball career and get a good education,” said Moore. “I want to do something with my life. Amherst has shown me a great work ethic and how to be a leader.”
“I had a good time here in Amherst and that’s going to continue here through my senior year,” D’Andrea said. “Moving on to college means getting my degree, having another good four years, and becoming a better baseball player. Coaches here have always helped us have great practice habits and to be prepared for the right moments.”
Coaches have come to expect big things from the trio.
“There’s so many things you can say about Sydney,” said Comets basketball coach Kevin Collins. “My first year was Sydney’s freshman year, so we’ve grown together in this program and taken it to the level it’s at now. It’s been a special relationship. The biggest thing she’s instilled here is a great work ethic. It’s second to none and it’s great today to see her be rewarded for that.”
“One of the big things we noticed about Xavier when he got here was his coachability,” said baseball coach Matt Rositano. “This was a big change for him coming to a different school, but he’s always asking questions and wanting to learn. In his second start for us, it was a close game and he was pitching well. In a big spot, we made an error behind him. A lot of high school pitchers would put their head down there. Xavier, though, went over to his teammate, patted him on the butt, then struck out the next batter.”
“Brian is a bulldog,” he said. “He’ll help a team in any situation whether that’s a start or relief. In his first varsity start last year, he threw a six-inning, two-hit, one-run game and got the win on a day with snow and 30 mile per hour winds. We just kind of knew from that point that we had someone special.”
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Jonathan Delozier | Amherst News-Times Amherst Steele’s Xavier Moore, Sydney Roule, and Brian D’Andrea signed letters of intent Nov. 9 to continue their athletic careers at Ohio State University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and Lake Erie College, respectively.