By BRIAN JENNINGS
On Wednesday, Nov. 18, three Southington student-athletes inked their names. Michelle Stublarec, Drew Farkas, and Natalie Wadolowski signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level in front of friends, families, coaches, and teammates in the Southington High School library.
Stublarec chose to continue her volleyball career at for the Division II Warriors at Nyack College in New York, N.Y. “I never really thought I would go to Nyack and never really head of the school, but I met the coach (Raquel Shaffer) there and she was just so welcoming,” said Stublarec. “We had the same personality and kind of just clicked. The campus is absolutely beautiful. It’s a really good environment. They have a really good criminal justice program, which is what I’m majoring in, and a good volleyball team. It just felt like home. I’d go to other colleges, but wouldn’t feel the same way.”
Stublarec has been a three-year starter for the Lady Knights volleyball team as a right and outside hitter. Stublarec finished her high school career with 293 kills (127 in her senior year) on 922 attacks, 40 blocks, 48 digs, and 118 serves received.
Farkas will be joining the Division I Hawks to play baseball at the University of Hartford.
“I think it was just an overall great fit,” said Farkas. “Their sports are Division I and I love the coaches. Coach (Justin) Blood, coach (Steve) Malinowski, and coach (Elliot) Glynn are all great people. When I had my visit there, they were all so kind to me. They really helped me out. When I had my overnight and I was with the team, all the teammates were so friendly to me. Everyone was nice and we just enjoyed ourselves. It was a great time. I love UHart.”
Assistant Knights baseball coach Tim DeJohn will follow Farkas to the University of Hartford to serve as a new assistant coach to the Hawks baseball team.
“I love it,” said Farkas. “I loved him here. He was an awesome coach and now I’m going to have him for another four years. I’m happy about that.”
The left-handed pitcher has been one of the aces for the Blue Knights baseball team over the past couple of seasons. In his high school career, Farkas has been a part of a Southington team that has seen the semifinals three times and the finals twice. Farkas was a starter for the 2015 semifinal game against Amity.
He started nine games in his junior year and threw 62 strikeouts against 199 batters in 53.3. innings pitched, allowing just 39 hits and 17 walks. Farkas went 7-2 with two shutouts and four complete games, holding an ERA of 2.49.
This spring, Farkas will have one more season with the Knights before he begins his career with the Hawks. He plans to study mechanical engineering.
Wadolowski will follow a fellow teammate up to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to play Division I softball for the Eagles at Boston College. Wadolowski said the Lady Knights starting pitcher, Kendra Friedt, helped in her decision.
“I knew she (Friedt) committed to B.C., so I put them on my list to look at them because I like the school and the area of Boston,” said Wadolowski. “I looked at other schools in Boston too. I went to a camp, and they recognized me because they went to some of Kendra’s games…They knew where I stood already. They worked with me a little more, and when I got to where they wanted me, they offered me a scholarship.”
Wadolowski is the starting third baseman for the Lady Knights softball team, and she has already won three Class LL state championship titles. Through her junior year, Wadolowski has a batting average of .391 out of 192 at-bats, 75 hits, 74 RBI’s, and five homeruns in 69 games played. She has also scored 53 runs. She also has 10 stolen bases and a fielding percentage of .879 with 21 putouts.
Last season, Wadolowski held a batting average of .366 out of 71 at-bats, scored 19 runs, and had 26 hits, 24 RBI’s, and two homeruns in 23 games played.
Wadolowski will try for her fourth state title this spring. She is currently undecided about her major next year, but she said that she ultimately wants to be a doctor.
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