Ten Canisius High School seniors took part in a college signing ceremony in the Canisius High School Kennedy Field House conference room on Wednesday morning, February 6. In front of family, friends, faculty, staff and the news media, these young men announced their intentions to continue their academic and athletic careers at the next level.
Derek Bartlo '19 will play soccer for Daemen College. Derek earned First Team All-WNY 2018 and First Team All-Monsignor Martin Athletic Association in 2018. He was the Monsignor Martin Offensive Player of the Year in 2017, a team captain in 2018 and scored 24 varsity goals as a Crusader including two in Monsignor Martin championship games.
"Derek has the ability to play any position on the field and has a knack for scoring timely goals," says Canisius soccer coach Chris Stuff.
James Desiderio '19 will continue his football career at John Carroll University after being a two-year starter and a stalwart on the offensive and defensive lines for the Crusaders. He was an All-WNY and All-Catholic selection as a senior as well as a team captain.
Saferino Dour '19 will play volleyball for Daemen College. Saferino played on the Canisius varsity team for two years after coming to the game relatively late. The first time he played volleyball was as a sophomore. He's a two-time All-Catholic second team selection. He recorded 226 kills and was a dominant presence at the net with 122 blocks.
Thomas Feeney '19 announced his intent to row for Colgate University. Thomas is a four-year member of the Canisius High School crew team, and is an accomplished sculler and sweep oarsman who has competed on local, state and national levels. He has represented Canisius twice at the Head of the Charles regatta. In his junior year, Tom was a member of the Canisius Junior 4 that won the New York State Championships and came in fourth place in the Scholastic National Championships.
Vincent Fiorella '19 is heading to John Carroll University where he'll play lacrosse. He's grown into a dominate left-handed midfielder. His acceptance onto the nationally-ranked JCU roster is a result of Vinny continuing to improve aspects of his game while enjoying the sport.
Joel Nicholas '19 will play football at Williams College. He was a three-year varsity player for Canisius where his athleticism, speed and power struck fear into opponents not only in New York but around the Northeast as well. His career is filled with highlight-reel runs and big hits on defense. Joel is a top student and musician at Canisius as well, and he's looking forward to the challenges that await at Williams College -- one of the nation's top academic schools.
Henry Popko '19 plans to play lacrosse for Colby College. He was a four-year starter at Canisius, a team captain in 2018 and 2019, and All-League in 2018. He has 67 goals and 40 assists. Henry has the potential to earn All-American accolades this spring in his final season as a Crusader.
Tristian Vandenberg '19 has committed to kick for the Ohio University football team. For the last two years Tristian has been the most dominant special teams force in the state. His kickoff, punt and field goal abilities were crucial weapons for the Crusaders. Tristian was named First Team All-State, All-WNY and All-Catholic as a kicker. He easily could have been named to those teams as a tight end or defensive end where he dominated the league with his combination of size and power.
Daniel Newton '19 will continue his lacrosse career at Manhattan College. Dan is a three-year starter for the Crusaders who provides skill, communication, and an attention to detail for the long-pole groups he has been a part of. His finesse style of play will be an asset for the Crusaders again this spring.
Joe Jamison '19 is headed to Duquesne to play football. Joe was a two-year starter for the Crusaders and played multiple positions on both sides of the ball, always putting himself in position to make big game-changing plays. He was named First Team All-State, All-WNY and All-Catholic. Joe is also a standout member of the Crusaders varsity basketball team.