Sem Trio Sign D1 Letters Of Intent
KINGSTON — Tiana Wren has a winning sports pedigree.
The former Holy Redeemer softball standout has adjusted to a new role, though, with Wyoming Seminary’s field hockey team.
“I’m like the team mom — they call me ‘Mama T,’” Wren laughed. “Whenever they need something, I’ll get it or I’ll hold their stuff for them. It’s something I’m not used to, sitting on the sidelines.”
But, her teammates say, despite Wren not playing a minute of playoff field hockey, she’s certainly contributed to the Blue Knights’ dominant postseason.
“She’s been a really big factor in getting us all mentally ready,” said Sem defender Kelsey Reznick. “She knows what it’s like to be in a really big game.”
One of the biggest weeks in their young athletic careers continued Wednesday, when Reznick, Wren and Aubrey Mytych all signed their National Letters of Intent, confirming their long-known college plans at Division I programs.
Wren will play softball at Providence. Reznick will play field hockey at Duke. Mytych will play field hockey at Penn State.
“I remember my freshman year, Kelsey and I were just starting at Sem,” Mytych recalled. “Now, we have one last game on Saturday and that’s kind of it. Then I only get to play against her, and not with her.”
Saturday’s season finale will be 10 a.m. at Whitehall High School, where Sem and Newport play for the PIAA Class A championship.
Sem field hockey is one of two local teams playing for state championships, as Holy Redeemer girls volleyball is slated to play against Bald Eagle 1 p.m. Saturday in Mechanicsburg for the Class 2A crown.
Wren, of Glen Lyon, transferred from Holy Redeemer to Wyoming Seminary prior to her senior year, saying Sem’s academic standards will best prepare her for college.
Wren played field hockey at Holy Redeemer, too, but her specialty is softball.
Wren is a three-time Citizens’ Voice softball-all star with a career .478 batting average, 23 home runs and 97 RBIs in 68 games.
She said she now finds herself reminiscing on Redeemer’s 2016 season, which, when she was a mere freshman, ended with a state championship.
“I’m just so happy that these girls get to experience that, because it was such a good experience,” Wren said. “I’ll remember it for my entire life — winning a state title.”
Wren verbally committed to Providence early in her sophomore year, around the same time Reznick, of Drums, gave her pledge to Duke.
“For me, it was both athletics and academics,” Reznick said. “Coach Pam Bustin and Ralph (Boersma) and Wesley (Drew), the assistant coaches there, were amazing. They really worked with the team and the players both on the field and off the field.”
Mytych has been verbally committed to Penn State since March 2017.
Mytych, who wants to major in forensic science, said she fell in love with the atmosphere at Penn State from her first visit.
“As soon as I met the team, I knew that it was 100 percent the place for me,” Mytych said.
One of Mytych’s teammates will be Bree Bednarski, Wyoming Area’s all-time leading scorer who’s in her junior year after transferring from Michigan.
Mytych and Bednarski grew up in the same neighborhood in Wyoming.
“She was a role model for me,” Mytych said of Bednarski. “She was somebody I really looked up to. Then, when I committed to Penn State and I heard she was transferring to Penn State, I got in contact with her as soon as I heard.”
Wednesday was the first day high school athletes in the Class of 2019 — with the exception of football — could officially sign their letters of intent.
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