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Five Dobbs Ferry Athletes Commit to Colleges

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Five Dobbs Ferry High School athletes have committed to colleges in the past week and are set to begin their careers at their respective universities.

John Yozzo-Scaperrotta will attend Brown University to play lacrosse. The senior played football, basketball and lacrosse in his time as an Eagle, but said he always preferred the latter sport.

“Lacrosse was really the sport that I loved most,” Yozzo-Scaperrotta said. “Football, I grew up with it – played it since I was 4 or 5,” he added, “but as soon as I picked up a lacrosse stick, it integrated all the games that I played into one sport.”

Yozzo-Scaperrotta said he was in discussion with several Division I coaches about his future, but he gave Brown top priority when the Ivy League school entered the equation. He accepted the school’s offer immediately.

Eddie Ritch will go to American International College to play baseball. The program, coaches and players at the university impressed Ritch, he said.  He said he made his decision quickly, which, “took a lot of pressure off coming into this season.”

Dobbs Ferry coach Matt Arone and American International coach Nick Callini were both instrumental in Ritch’s decision.

“Both coaches helped me throughout the whole process,” Ritch said. “If it wasn’t for them, I probably wouldn’t be going to college right now to play baseball.”

Thomas Fleming will head to a more tropical location as he will play basketball for Chaminade University in Hawaii. Fleming said he did not expect to go to college in such a beautiful place. Even when he visited the university, he thought it was “a long shot.”

But his father contacted Chaminade coach Eric Bovaird after Dobbs Ferry’s season and the Bovaird said he wanted Fleming on the team. Approximately two to three weeks later, Fleming had made his choice.

When he arrives, he will have basketball and sunshine competing for his attention, but the senior said he can handle it.

“I feel like it’s going to be harder, but I think it’s going to help because it’s a small school, too,” Fleming said. “I’ve got a better environment of people and also just playing basketball, I’m really going to be just working on that most of the time.”

Danny Crowe, who was preparing for the Eagles’ baseball game against Irvington on Tuesday, had a contusion on his face when he participated in a showcase at Elon University in July. Elon’s coach approached the senior, asked him a few questions and later made an offer. When Crowe got the phone call, he said “that was it.”

Crowe said the opportunity is important not only for him, but for Dobbs Ferry athletics, as well.

“It’s huge for the program,” Crowe said. “Being that it’s a small school and we have a lot of guys that just want to compete and play. It shows them that if you put in the hard work, you can accomplish anything. So that’s how guys look at it.”

Darien Bica, who was not available for interview on Tuesday, will attend Manhattan College to play lacrosse. Bica was the first member of the Dobbs Ferry lacrosse team, which began playing at the varsity level in the spring of 2010, to receive a scholarship to play Division I lacrosse.

“The final deciding factor (on choosing Manhattan) was the overnight I spent over at Manhattan,” Bica told The Daily Dobbs Ferry in November. “I enjoyed myself a lot and was able to determine it to be my final choice. I'm really excited to have officially signed and look forward to officially becoming a Jasper.”

Yozzo-Scaperrotta said he is the first member of his family to go to college. His parents run a local deli. His brother works in New York City at Local 147. His sister re-entered school and is training to be a dermatologist. The senior will attend an Ivy League school as the first of his family to receive higher education.

No pressure, though, right?

“No pressure,” Yozzo-Scaperrotta said with a smile.

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