Derek Crowley – Albion College – Football
Derek is leaving Pinckney and heading west to Albion College where he will continue his athletic career playing football for the Britons while pursuing a degree in accounting.
Dereksaid his most favorite thing about Pirate football was playing with the guys and the guys shared his sentiment. Teammate Jared Hess said, “He was the leader of the offensive and defensive line.” Teammate Levi Collins also credited Crowley with contributing to his record breaking season stating that “Derek is definitely a big part in why my senior season was so successful.”
Head Coach Rod Beaton also shared in the praise for Derek. “He was a two year starter on the OL and started both OL and DL as a Senior. Program kid who did whatever was asked of him. Worked really hard in the weight room to put himself in a position to be an All-Conference Offensive Lineman. Going to be a great lineman at Albion because of his work ethic and never quit attitude.”
Derek is a true student athlete that works hard in the classroom as well as the football field and was honored as an SEC Scholar Athlete for the Pirates this season.
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Erica Pankow – Concordia University (WI) – Field Hockey
Erica will be crossing Lake Michigan this fall and heading to Concordia University in Wisconsin where she will continue both her academic and athletic careers. She plans to pursue a degree in nursing while playing Field Hockey for the Falcons.
Head Coach Alison Wink said “Erica’s work ethic, sacrifice, and positive attitude made this opportunity possible.” Erica has indeed worked hard to learn her sport, specifically the goalie position, as she just began playing the sport two years ago. She said she loves it and one of her biggest accomplishments was being selected to the USA Futures Field Hockey team.
Along with field hockey, Erica has also interned as a Student Athletic Trainer for the Pirates for the past four years, is a member of the Varsity softball team, and carries a 3.5 GPA.
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Rachel Kuzcjada – Alma College – Bowling
Rachel is heading to Alma College to pursue a degree in nursing while continuing to bowl competitively for the Scots.
Rachel began bowling in elementary school with her family and joined the high school team in 9th grade. Although she is ready to move on to the next step, she has certainly left her mark on the Pirate Bowling program. She was named to the 2016-2017 All State Bowling Team her Junior Year and named to the 2017-2018 Academic All State Bowling Team this past season.
“We as coaches see student athletes enter our programs who either excel as an athlete or at a leadership level but very rarely at both. Rachel is one of those student-athletes who excelled at both and led her team to school records including winning 12 meets in a row and leading the SEC in average. I will miss Rachel being around with her positive attitude but I look forward to watching her excel at the collegiate level.” – Head Coach Jim Paradise
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Lexi Sanchez – The Evergreen State College (WA) – Volleyball
Lexi is heading to the great state of Washington to pursue a degree in elementary education while getting the opportunity to play volleyball for the Geoducks!
Head Coach Susan Bostian said “Lexi has certainly left her mark on our Volleyball Program and her enthusiasm, positive attitude, and drive will be missed. She will be a great addition to the Evergreen State College voleyball program and I can’t wait to watch her play this fall….Right Here – Right Now!”
Colin Duffy – Siena Heights University – Golf
Colin is a multi sport athlete for the Pirates, earning his varsity letter in basketball along with golf this year. He is also active on the Renaissance Team and in the History Club. His favorite golf memory was shooting a score of 72 at the KLAA conference championships last spring at Bay Pointe Golf Club where he earneda spot on the All KLAA Conference Team. He has a contagious personality along with his ability to shoot low scores and help to lead his team on the course.
Varsity Golf Coach Bruce Rabbitt said, “Colin has developed into a great asset on the golf team. He has scored in all of our events this year in our inaugural SEC campaign. He has cheered on his teammates during practice as well as meets. He has also worked hard on our team chemistry and fostered camaraderie amongst the team during van rides to meets as well as food stops after events. Colin is a great young man to have on the golf team and will undoubtedly do well in life as he moves on from high school.”
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We are so excited to watch these athletes represent the Pirates in the collegiate level of competition…..Once a Pirate, Always a Pirate!