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Four area athletes sign letters of intent to play sports in college

Simsbury High senior Jack D’Onofrio, center, signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Notre Dame beginning in spring 2020. (Courtesy Simsbury High Baseball)

SIMSBURY, Nov. 15 – Several area athletes signed letters of intent to play in college on Thursday.

Simsbury senior Jack D’Onofrio signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Notre while Avon’s Chloe Miller, a senior at Ethel Walker School, signed a letter of intent to play girls lacrosse at Central Michigan University in the spring of 2020.

Granby’s Caroline Stent, a senior at Ethel Walker, signed a letter of intent to play girls lacrosse at Stonehill College, a Division II program. Ethel Walker’s Shay Ventresca (Oakville) signed a letter of intent to play lacrosse at Wofford.

D’Onofrio had an exceptional junior season for the Simsbury High baseball team last spring earning Class LL All-State honors. He hit .463 in 27 games with 25 hits and 14 RBI. Of those 25 hits, 14 were for extra bases. D’Onofrio had five doubles, five triples and four home runs. He also stole 13 bases.

When he wasn’t in the field, D’Onofrio went 3-0 on the mound with one save. In 18.2 innings of work, he struck out 37 batters.

D’Onofrio was surrounded by friends and family at Simsbury High.

At Ethel Walker, the three lacrosse players signed their letters of intent together. “We couldn’t be more proud of these three amazing scholar athletes,” said John Monagan, athletic director at Ethel Walker. “Their commitment to our school, this community and our athletic program has benefited Walker’s in immeasurable ways.”

From left, John Monagan, athletic director at Ethel Walker; Caroline Stent (Granby), Shay Ventresca (Oakville), Chloe Miller (Avon), and Amy Wheeler, Associate Head of School. (Kati Eggert photo courtesy Ethel Walker School)

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