Recognizing their tremendous accomplishments and their hard work and devotion, Byram Hills High School is celebrating its student-athletes who have committed to playing their sport in college next year, including several headed to Division I programs.
“We wholeheartedly congratulate these fine athletes for their commitment, dedication and passion for their sport, and are extremely proud of all of their achievements,” said Rob Castagna, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics for Byram Hills. “We wish them the best of luck as they continue playing their sport at the collegiate level.”
At a ceremonial signing day in the high school gym in late April, Byram Hills honored eight students taking their talents to the next level.
They were Mike Caporale, Union College, basketball; Ciara Dalton, Manhattan College, swimming; Eva Duffy, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, soccer; Carson Frye, Georgetown, baseball; Ben Leff, New York University, basketball; Brett Perlmutter, Middlebury College, swimming; Willy Samsen, Union College, basketball; and Daniel Vataj, Williams College, football.
“We’re here to celebrate the accomplishments and to recognize our student-athletes who have worked very hard at their craft,” Mr. Castagna told the crowd of parents, coaches, teammates and school administrators.
Several other Byram Hills students have committed to playing next year in college as well. Sam Alvis is headed to Eastern Connecticut State University to play soccer, Tyler Harp will play soccer at Carnegie Mellon University, Griffen Rakower is headed to Princeton for lacrosse and Lauren Selkin will run track at Mount Holyoke College.
Here’s a closer look at the Byram Hills athletes continuing their athletic careers in college:
Sam Alvis is a soccer goalie who will play at Eastern Connecticut State University. He is deeply committed to his sport and has become an incredible goalie with great hands and a vocal leader as well. He spent his final high school season training within the GPS International Soccer Program in Spain. Although he was unable to complete his career at Byram Hills, his international experience will serve him well at the college level.
Mike Caporale is a 6-foot-6-inch power forward headed to the Union College basketball program. At Byram Hills, he averaged 11 points per game and made 57% of his shots, and had eight rebounds a game and close to two blocks a game.
Ciara Dalton will swim for the Division I program at Manhattan College. She was a four-year All-League and three-year All-Section swimmer, and for three years, she advanced to the state level to compete in the 100-butterfly and the 200-individual medley. She holds the school records in the 200-individual medley, 200-freestyle, 100-butterfly, 100-breaststroke, and this year, she broke the 500-freestyle record.
This season, she placed first in the 100-fly and 200-IM at the divisional meet, placed in the top eight in both events at sectionals, and in the top 30 at states.
Eva Duffy is headed to John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she will play soccer and hopes to be a walk-on for basketball. A midfielder, she played for the Byram Hills soccer program for four years, and made a big contribution to the team on and off the field.
Carson Frye is a right-handed pitcher headed to the Division I baseball team at Georgetown. He throws a 90 mph-plus fastball and recently won the prestigious Con Edison Scholar-Athlete of the Week award. He is regarded as one of the best pitchers in Westchester County.
Carson finished last season with a 4-1 record in five starts. He led the team with 0.73 ERA with 58 strikeouts in only 38 innings pitched. A major highlight came when he pitched a no-hitter against the Rye Garnets as he struck out eight batters.
Tyler Harp, one of the strongest soccer midfielders to have worn the Byram Hills jersey, will take the field for Carnegie Mellon University. An All-Section selection, he was regarded as a fierce competitor who controlled the central area of the field.
Ben Leff, a 6-foot-8-inch power forward, is headed to play basketball at New York University. He’s regarded as one of the most skilled big men in Byram Hills history. He had 729 career points on over 50% from the floor, with nearly 10 rebounds per game and over a block per game. He demanded a double team in almost every game during his junior and senior seasons.
Brett Perlmutter, who swims freestyle, is headed to Middlebury College. Brett started at Byram Hills as a junior. This season, he was named All-League and All-Section, and represented Section 1 at states in two events. Brett broke the Byram Hills record in the 50-yard freestyle this season by completing the event in 22.14 seconds. He was also a member of the relay teams that hold Byram Hills school records for the 200-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard freestyle relay.
Griffen Rakower is a lacrosse goalie headed to Division I Princeton. As a junior, he had a 62.7 save percentage and finished the season with 132 saves. He held his opponents to under 10 goals in 14 out of 16 games. He earned an All-Section honor last year, after being an All-League player in his sophomore year.
Willy Samsen, a 6-foot-4-inch shooting guard, is heading to Union College to play basketball. He is a four-year varsity player at Byram Hills, has 661 career points and 115 3-pointers. With the Bobcats, his career record was 74-20 with four league titles, a Gold Ball and a state final four berth.
Lauren Selkin will run track for Mount Holyoke College. She was new to the Byram Hills Track and Field team. She only began competing this past winter, and won a League Championship title in the 3,000 meters. In the spring season, Lauren placed second at the League meet in the 1,500 meters with a time of 5:06.11 and in the 3,000 meters with a time of 11:01.36.
Daniel Vataj, a lineman, will play football at Williams College. He was a four-year starter on the offensive line, and a three-year starter playing offense and defense.