By Kyle Harris
Volume 69, Issue IV
With a year full of great athletic achievements, it is no surprise that the senior class has five student athletes playing a sport in college next year. These students are Ian Becker, Alex Cabeca, Finn Hossfeld, Maddie Plank and Caleb Schumacher. The 9th annual NCAA press conference began with opening remarks from Coach Drosopoulos and Dr. Heltzel, both of whom highlighted how successful the athletic careers and lives of these fives seniors will be. After this, a synopsis of the accomplishments of each of the athletes in their four years in high school was read and applauded.
The first honoree was Ian Becker, who has committed to Washington University in St. Louis to play football. Ian was successful in both basketball and football in high school, going to a state final four during basketball, along with being a 2-way starter for the football team and having various academic achievements.
The second athlete being honored was Alex Cabeca. Alex will be attending Ithaca College, playing soccer with former Briarcliff teammate Alex Leahy. Cabeca finished with 25 career goals and 19 career assists, went to all state finals, and was part of a New York State finalist team.
The Duke fencing commit, Finn Hossfeld, was the next to be honored. With a number of good placings in various European and North American Cups, Finn is heading to North Carolina hoping to qualify for the NCAA Championships next year.
Up next was Maddie Plank, who is going to play for the Princeton Women’s Basketball team next year. Maddie racked up various accolades including 1st team All-State and being the 23rd best prospect in NY.
With over 1250 career points, 550 career rebounds and 475 career assists, it is safe to say that Maddie is ready for the collegiate level.
Finally, Caleb Schumacher was called up for his excellence in squash and for committing to Fordham for the sport. Caleb brought squash to Briarcliff, founding the Varsity team and leading the team to being ranked 11th in their division nationally during his senior season.
With the last honoree sitting back down, photos were taken, and the ceremony was over. It was clear by this press conference that all five of these student-athletes are perfect examples of the high standards Briarcliff High School holds for their students and the ever-growing lineup of talented athletes to pass through its halls.