Five Falcons sign letters of intent to colleges
Five Fairfield Ludlowe High School seniors signed national letters of intent to attend college in 2014-15 and to continue their athletic careers on Monday morning in the school auditorium. Each has received a full or partial scholarship to attend college. Three of them are Falcons' athletes while two young ladies rowed for an elite local all-girls club.
Isabell Fitter, of the Connecticut Boat Club in Norwalk, will attend the University of Southern California in Los Angeles next year having a received a full scholarship. She was on the Falcons' swimming and diving team as a freshman but gave it up for rowing by her sophomore year in 2011-12. In the fall of 2011, she began her rowing career in the Novice 8 boat but moved up to the Varsity 8 by spring 2012. In her junior year she was in the Varsity 8 both seasons.
Last summer she attended a rowing camp in Spain that accelerated her. "I got to have a nice, new experience, and it helped me with my technique," Fitter said. "It was showing me how people compete around the world."
She was recruited by head coach Zenon Babraj and assistant coach Ligita Kaviere, Fitter said, after she reached out to them in May. They saw videos and photos of her rowing and expressed interest in her joining the Trojans with little delay. Fitter made her decision to accept the scholarship offer in the middle of September.
Fitter's club teammate Jessica Ferrante announced she will attend Boston College and will receive a partial scholarship. Ferrante played field hockey for the Falcons as a freshman in 2010, then switched to rowing only. In the spring of 2011, she was in the Novice 8 boat where she rowed in the fall as well. By the next spring (2012), she had moved up to the Junior Varsity 8 where she stayed for nearly a year before being asked to row in the Varsity 8 this past spring.
Last February, she expressed interest in Boston College and the coaching staff responded in kind. Coaches saw her row in July for the Southeast Juniors, a developmental rowing camp, in Chattanooga, Tenn. She decided on BC last month.
"I loved the town (Chestnut Hill, Mass), and they really have a fun dynamic on the team, which I loved, too," Ferrante said of her future teammates.
Brenna Martini played ice hockey as a freshman as well as softball for the Falcons, then switched to the diamond only as a sophomore. She will attend Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., in 2014-15 on a partial scholarship.
As a ninth-grader, Martini was honorable mention All-FCIAC. She was first team all-conference as a sophomore and junior. As a 10th-grader in 2012, Martini hit .441 with two home runs and 32 runs batted in, along with a .487 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .735. Martini's productive junior year stats were stagnant for RBI, with 32 again, but she showed marked improvement in the other categories by hitting seven homers and compiling a .548 batting average with an on-base percentage of .580 and a 1.048 slugging percentage. She scares pitchers.
Martini likes Long Island's proximity to home but family legacy attracted her as well. Her grandfather, Joseph Martini, was inducted into the Adelphi athletic Hall of Fame in the early 1960s. He played football and participated in track & field for the Panthers.
Mikey Arman, a wide receiver and defensive back for the Falcons' football team, has received a partial scholarship to play baseball at Central Connecticut State University next school year. He played baseball only for Ludlowe as a freshman and sophomore but joined the indoor track team last winter and plans to participate in the 50-meter sprint and high jump next season before playing in the outfield again in the spring.
As a ninth-grader, Arman played junir varsity baseball but was called up to the varsity for the state playoffs. He hit around .300 as a sophomore and junior, playing all three outfield positions while batting anywhere from first through seventh in the batting order. Blue Devils' coaches saw him play in last spring's FCIAC semifinals and in summer ball for the Team Connecticut Blue Jays based in Bridgeport.
Arman decided to accept Central Connecticut's offer in early August. Arman said he was attracted by Central's size, success on the field and competitive league (NEC).
Arman's Falcons' teammate, Kevin Hickey, received a partial scholarship to pitch for the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C. Hickey is 6-foot-8½ inches tall. He played basketball for the Falcons as a freshman and sophomore before taking his junior year off. He is trying out for the basketball team in the winter and hopes to earn significant playing time on the varsity.
As a sophomore as varsity pitcher, he sustained an injury and shut down his mound work and played first base. He pitched the first part of his junior year, then switched to first base. He plans to pitch again this spring. South Carolina Upstate coaches saw him play in summer tournament is 2012 and 2013 with Xplosion Baseball, of Trumbull. He elected to accept the Spartans' offer in the middle of August.