Student-Athletes Sign with Colleges
Student-Athletes Sign with Colleges
By Ginger Geoffery

Twelve Canisius High School student-athletes announced their plans on Thursday to continue their academic and athletic careers at the college level. Seniors Ken Bianchi, Alex Buczynski, Doar Doar, Matt Durkarm, Rae Qwon Greer, Clayton Karam, Will Lawrence, Steven Mooney, Patrick Weir, Jack Wiles, Jeremiah Young, and Jake Zeis took part in a signing ceremony in the Kennedy Field House. With their families watching, they each signed letters of intent. Here is the breakdown of the students, their colleges, and their sports:

  • Ken Bianchi – LeMoyne College (swimming)
    Kenny is an all-around team player and a model student-athlete. His year-round commitment toward the sport of swimming and his academic performance in the classroom, are testimonies to the teachings of Canisius High School and one that personifies the true meaning of being a Crusader.
    -Tri-Captain for 2016-2017 Season
    -2017 CHS Team Tri-MVP
    -2017 All Catholic Champion in the 200 Medley Relay
    -2017 All Catholic Champion in the 100 Butterfly
    -2017 All Catholic 3rd Place Finish in the 100 Backstroke
    -2017 Team Alternate for the NYS Swimming Championships in Long Island
    (Ken was serving as a leader at retreat during the signing event and was unable to attend.)

  • Alex Buczynski – SUNY Albany (track)
    Alex has become known for his consistent jumps. He has jumped to new heights in each of his seasons at Canisius. He is the two-time defending long jump champion for the CHSAA in indoor track. Last year, he won the long jump in outdoor track at CHSAA. He is the only athlete in school history to jump over 23 feet (23'1.25 - school outdoor record). Alex has always been willing to work with the younger athletes in the program and has been an incredible leader.

  • Doar Doar – St. Bonaventure (rugby)
    Doar started playing rugby his freshman year and has done much since to improve his skill sets and become a very dynamic rugby player. He's one of the hardest working athletes on the team and always leads by example. He's done well to adjust to his new leadership role as a team captain.

  • Matt Durkarm – Franklin and Marshall (squash)
    Matt is the most accomplished squash player to come through the Canisius program. He has been a standout player, teammate and captain throughout his four years at CHS. He has been and continues to be nationally ranked in his age group and consummated his senior year by winning the City of Buffalo open singles and doubles tournaments. That is a first for a Canisius player.

  • Rae Qwon Greer – Alfred University (football)
    Rae Qwon was a team captain and two-way starter for the state champion Crusaders. He was one of the most feared players in the area for his relentless physical play. Coaches and players around the league made stopping Rae Qwon a top priority and no one was able to do it. Rae Qwon was an All-WNY and All-Catholic selection at defensive back and running back as a junior and senior. Coach Robbins says, "Rae Qwon is the toughest kid pound for pound that we have ever had in this program, and that is some high praise considering some of the players we have had here at CHS. He was our team MVP along with Mason Hoose '17 and we would not be state champions without him." Rae Qwon will attend Alfred University to continue his athletic and academic career on his way to being an engineer.

  • Clayton Karam – John Carroll (lacrosse)
    Clayton is a three-year starter on varsity lacrosse and was a 2nd team All-Catholic selection as a sophomore and 1st team All-Catholic selection as a junior. Clayton currently has one goal, three assists, and 37 ground balls on the season. Karam plays very good one one defense with great take away checks. His versatility enables him to play both as a close defenseman and as a long stick middie. Karam has an excellent stick, is able to intercept passes, pick up ground balls, and push the ball in transition.

  • Will Lawrence – Niagara CCC (baseball)
    Will is a three-year starter on varsity who has improved his skill level each of the three years. As a junior Will batted .407 with 6 doubles, 3 triples and 21 RBI's. Will gained 1st team All-Catholic honors and followed that by being selected as a 2nd team All-WNY member. Will is a team leader and looks to have a solid collegiate career.

  • Steven Mooney – Clark University (baseball)
    Steve showed his dedication and drive by securing a spot on the varsity team after being one of the final cuts as a junior. His perseverance paid off as he contributes a live bat from the left side, and holds down both right field and first base positions on defense. Steve is a great teammate and the coaching staff looks for a solid season from him.

  • Patrick Weir – Canisius College (golf)
    As a senior, Pat had a top seven finish and earned All-Catholic honors for his efforts. Pat will be playing in the New York State Catholic championships on June 2, 2017. He served as a team captain this year. He had the second lowest scoring average in the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association in his senior year.

  • Jack Wiles – St. Bonaventure (rugby)
    Jack has been an impact player since he joined the team his freshmen year. He has started all four years and has been a leading scorer each year. He's a two-year captain, a leader on and off the field, and he's played a major role in the team's success. Jack will be the first player in Canisius rugby history to receive a Division I athletic scholarship.

  • Jeremiah Young – Alfred University (football)
    Jeremiah was been a four-year member of the Crusader football program. His fearless attitude and love for the game are his strengths. After starting and being a key contributor during his junior year, Jeremiah suffered a very serious leg injury and was unable to play as a senior. He handled the news like a true Crusader and became a player/coach. Coach Robbins says, "His passion, confidence and the work he did with players and coaches day in and day out were a big part of the team's success in 2016." Jeremiah will be continuing his football career at Alfred University and studying health and wellness to become a physical therapist and help others who have injuries like his.

  • Jake Zeis – Penn St. Behrend (basketball)
    Jake has been a staple in the basketball program for four years. He has worked incredibly hard and that is the main reason he was such an integral part of the team's Manhattan Cup championship run. For four years Jake has put in the work, did everything the right way and that is the reason he played his best when it mattered most. Jake's big shots and play-making ability were so important during the stretch run.

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