College Signing Day, February 2021

By Ginger Geoffery, APR


Eleven Canisius High School seniors took part in a college signing ceremony in the Canisius High School Scaccia Auditorium on Wednesday afternoon, February 3. In front of a small gathering of family and friends, spread out in the auditorium to maintain distance, these young men announced the colleges where they intend to continue their academic and athletic careers.

Ryan Adams - Eastern University, soccer

Ryan is a two-year varsity starter and served as a captain during his senior season. He was a second Team All-Catholic selection as a senior and leader in the midfield for the last two years. Ryan scored key goals against St. Joe’s, St. Francis, and Timon during his career and added eight assists. Ryan’s skill and ability to distribute the soccer ball will be a huge asset at the next level.  

Joe Dixon - Sacred Heart University, football

Joe and his family made the decision to join the Crusaders after his sophomore season. He was instantly a favorite of his teammates and coaches. His tenacity, competitive attitude, and hard-working demeanor made him a leader for the Canisius football program. In the 2019 state championship game, during the final winning drive, Joe caught a pass in bounds and fought through all eleven Cardinal Hayes defenders to get out of bounds and stop the clock. Canisius scored on the drive and had three seconds left to run the final play -- a play that would not have been possible without Joe's toughness and sacrifice. Joe was named to the All-Catholic, All-Western New York and All-State teams as a junior. Local media outlets have named Joe one of the top five players to watch in Western New York for this year's spring season.

Hunter Glaser – University at Buffalo, football

Hunter has been a starter and leader for the JV and varsity football programs over the last four years. Hunter’s combination of size and athleticism made him a tough match up for any opponent. He has always been a talented route runner and pass catcher from the tight end position but what set him apart last season as a junior was his physical play in the run game. Hunter's development of a complete skill set at his position is what really caught UB’s attention. After returning from injury Hunter made several key catches for the Crusaders last season and was part of an offensive line that helped produce over 2000 rushing yards. 

Jay Granto - Nazareth College, soccer

Jay is a two-year varsity starter and served as a captain during his senior season. Jay earned a First Team All-WNY Large School selection and First Team All-Catholic selection as a senior, and he scored the lone Canisius goal in a 2-1 Monsignor Martin championship loss to Nichols. Jay was the key connection between the Canisius defense and offense at the center midfield position and will be difficult to replace next fall.  

Malik Jemison - Fredonia, basketball

Malik is an all-around player who particularly excels on the defensive end. He's one of the top on ball defenders in Western New York. He is expected to be a major force for Canisius this season and he's one of the reasons why the Canisius coaching staff is excited to be able to start this basketball season. Malik's selflessness and attitude were key to the success of the Canisius basketball team last season.

Andrew Kerwin - University at Buffalo, football

Andrew is a four-year player for the Crusaders who came into his own during his junior year at offensive tackle. His blocking on the blind side at left tackle was crucial during Canisius' playoff run. He gave up zero sacks in the state title game against a Cardinal Hayes team that had four Division I defensive linemen on the field. Andrew's toughness, work ethic, leadership and dedication to his teammates and the school were key factors in the state championship run. Andrew is a true "man for others" and will be missed by the entire Canisius football family.

Will Knauss - Vassar College, lacrosse

Will is a four-year varsity player who will serve as a captain for the 2021 season. He is a multi-sport athlete who also competes in cross country, ski racing, soccer, and squash. Will provides character, toughness, finesse, and leadership on and off the field. He is part of an impressive recruiting class at Vassar College.

Maxim Kruglov - Ball State University, swim

Maxim has been a champion in the pool for Canisius since first arriving as a freshman. He earned the Canisius "Instant Impact Award" that season by compiling nine first-place finishes, seven second-place finishes, and five third-place finishes throughout league competition. His sophomore year he qualified for the New York State championships in the 200IM. Maxim served as a junior captain for the Canisius team last year, and again qualified for States, this time competing in the 200IM, 100 Backstroke, 200 Medley Relay, and 400 Free Relay. He was also a NCSA Junior National Qualifier in the 200IM and 100 Backstroke last year. Maxim is again a team captain this year and is currently undefeated in league and inter-league competition.

David Medley - Mercyhurst College, football

David is a hard hitter and a physical presence on the field for the Crusaders. He made an immediate impact upon joining the team and started in the secondary right from game one. David improved every week and worked hard to learn the playbook at his new school. David’s quiet strength and calm demeanor was an important part of the defense’s success, especially late in the 2019 season. His leadership and care for his teammates has made him a favorite in the locker room. He leads by example and works hard every day. 

Rehn Pielechowski - D’Youville, soccer

Rehn is a three-year varsity starter and served as a captain during his senior season. He earned a Second Team All-Catholic selection as a sophomore, First Team All-Catholic selection as a junior and senior, and First Team All-Western New York selection as a senior. Rehn scored five goals and added four assists as an outside back at Canisius. He has a knack for scoring key points, netting two goals against rival St. Joe’s and adding a key assist in a playoff semi-final overtime victory over St. Joe’s this past season. Rehn was a leader and defensive star for the Crusaders over the last three seasons and will continue to progress at the next level. 

Riley Simpson - Grand Valley State, football

Riley started on both sides of the ball as a junior for Canisius. He was named to the All-Catholic team and was an honorable mention for All-Western New York recognition. After two years at Starpoint, Riley and his family decided Canisius was the best place for him and he has excelled on and off the field as a Crusader. His football IQ and knowledge of the game as a player is second to none. He communicates effectively with teammates making sure they're doing their jobs while being an exceptional safety and receiver himself. Riley made big plays last season with none bigger than his interception with one minute to go in the Monsignor Martin championship game, sealing the win for Canisius. He was an integral part of a defense that through the 2019 postseason held all three opponents to 20+ points below their season averages. 

Photo at top of page, front row left to right: Knauss, Granto, Kruglov, Pielechowski, Simpson. Back row: Principal Andrea Tyrpak-Endres, Adams, Glaser, Jemison, Kerwin, Dixon, Medley, and President Fr. David Ciancimino, S.J.

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