Three outstanding Amherst Comets athletes signed letters of intent and scholarships Wednesday to play at NCAA Division I and II schools.
Ashlee Dahman will suit up for the Huskies softball team at the University of Connecticut (Division I, American Athletic Conference).
She will be a four-time letter-winner at the conclusion of the 2016 softball season. Dahman was 2nd Team All-Ohio last year as a junior, has been 1st Team All-Southwestern Conference twice, and twice 1st Team All-Lorain County.
In the past three years, she has batted .445 with 110 hits, 62 RBIs, .611 slugging percentage, and an on base percentage of .481 for the Comets. From her centerfield position, she has 88 total put outs with a .978 fielding percentage.
“I’d like to thank my parents for allowing me to follow my dream and pushing me to become the best I can be,” she said. “I also want to thank my little brother for putting up with all the softball and being my little helper when I practice. Special thanks to coach (Lacey) Reichert for turning this program around and supporting me through this process.”
Nick DeJesus will play baseball for the Lake Erie College Storm baseball team (Division II, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference).
By graduation, DeJesus will have earned six varsity letters — three in football and three in baseball.
Through his junior baseball season on the mound, he’s made 19 appearances with an 8-4 record and one save. He has thrown 64.1 Innings, striking out 45 batters with a 3.91 ERA.
“I would like to thank all of my coaches and teammates that pushed me to strive for success in both academics and athletics,” he said, naming coaches Matt Rositano, Doc Rositano, Mark Coughlin, Adrian Abrahomowitz, Tim Mudrock, and Al McConihe. “Also, my experience with the Lake Erie Warhawks organization has been instrumental in my growth as a baseball player.”
DeJesus also thanked Comets football coach Bill Fishleigh for teaching the value of teamwork, family, hard work, and what it takes to be a team leader both on and off the field.
“Lastly, the most important people in my life, I’d like to thank my mom and dad for encouraging me to follow my dreams. I thank them for going to every game and cheering the team on. I want to thank my brother and sisters for supporting me and making may days and nights all about me,” he said.
Ashley Makruski will don blue and gold to play volleyball for the Kent State University Golden Flashes (Division I, Mid-American Conference).
She is a four-time letter-winner at Amherst Steele High. Named 3rd Team All-Ohio last year as a junior, Makruski has been 1st Team All-SWC, 1st Team All-Lorain County, Lorain County Player of the Year, and 1st Team All District.
Makruski finished her Comets career with 1,150 kills, a .297 hitting percentage, 374 digs, 252 blocks, and 55 service aces.
“Throughout the years I have had many coaches that have taught me something when it comes to the game of volleyball. However, I’ve never had a coach like Adrian Williams,” she said. “He many not have taught me one volleyball skill, but every year he trained me and helped me get into top shape so that I can play at the highest level possible. He not only trained me to be a top level high school athlete, he taught me how to be a better person.”
Makruski also thanked family: “From my grandparents hauling me to all of my practices, to my mom being at every game and tournament, to my dad and brother being the loudest in the gym, I couldn’t have done all of this without you! Thank you for this support, without you I would never be where I am today.”
Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Comets standouts Ashley Makruski, Nick DeJesus, and Ashlee Dahman sign letters of intent Wednesday to play college sports.