Four student-athletes signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday morning on the first of four signing days this year.
Aliya Catanzarita ’19 (Cheshire) signed to play softball at Hofstra and will be Cheshire Academy’s first Division I softball player. Sabrina Sands ’19 (Wallingford) is headed to play lacrosse at Hartford, Tommy Cattaneo ’19 (Guilford) will play baseball at Saint Rose and Molly Guglielmino ’19 (Cheshire) will compete in equestrian at Sacred Heart.
Catanzarita, a full International Baccalaureate student, helped lead the Cats to a Class B title last season. She batted .475 with a .568 on-base percentage and .754 slugging percentage and boasts an impressive glove at shortstop. She also plays for TNT National Gold, a national power travel program. She will be playing at a Top 25 program at Hofstra.
“It’s an honor,” said Catanzarita, a shortstop, about being the Cats first Division I softball player. “I really hope to leave behind a legacy here. I hope young girls come to the Academy, get a great education and play for a great softball program, and continue their softball careers like I am.”
PHOTO GALLERY: Signing Day
Cattaneo, a right-handed pitcher, is doing a postgraduate year at Cheshire Academy. He helped lead Guilford High to the state semifinals last season and the CT Bombers travel program to the Connie Mack World Series. Cattaneo will bolster a Saint Rose pitching staff, a program that competes in the Division II Northeast-10 Conference.
“I really wanted to take another year to develop athletically and in the classroom,” said Cattaneo about doing a postgraduate year at Cheshire Academy. “It’s really going to get me ready for college. It’s a lot of work, but I know, ultimately, it’s going to benefit me.”
Sands never played lacrosse before coming to Cheshire Academy. Now she will be on a Division I roster next season. Sands, a midfielder, is also a standout soccer player for the Cats. She helped the Cats to the Girls’ Lacrosse Invitational Class B Tournament last year.
“CA’s really molded me as a student-athlete and being around other student-athletes who want to excel in their sport,” Sands said.
Guglielmino has been competing in equestrian for 14 years. She has earned many accolades over the years. That includes fourth overall at the CT Morgan Horse Show, St. Peters Horse Show overall high point champion and junior exhibitor champion at this year’s GB Morgan Horse Show.
“I never expected any of this,” Guglielmino said. “I didn’t go into the college process thinking I would be riding in college. To have it end with riding in college is pretty special.”