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Three ICC Student-Athletes Sign Letters of Intent to Continue Play at Collegiate Level

Letter of Intent signing ceremony

(March 21, 2017) On March 21 in the Ichabod Crane High School library in front of family, friends, teammates and staff, student-athletes Madison Saccento, Casey Rutkey and Joe Werner signed letters of intent to play at the collegiate level.

Madison Saccento – Mercy College – Div 2 – College Softball
PARENTS: Christopher & Kristin Sacceno SISTERS: Kaili & Sophia Saccento
COACH: Tracy Nytransky

Madison Saccento and familyMadison will continue playing softball while attending Division II Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Madison will be majoring in Exercise Science/Physical Therapy.

Madison has been a member of the Ichabod Crane varsity softball program for 6 seasons. As a five year varsity starter at shortstop, she was an integral part of the New York State Class B Championship team as a sophomore, and the state semi‐finalist team as a junior. She was named first team All‐Conference, first team Times Union Small School All-Star and NYSPHSAA Finals Sportsmanship Award in 2016.

In 2015, as a sophomore, she was a second team All‐Conference member and as a freshman, was named as an Honorable Mention to the All-Conference team. Madison is also a three‐year varsity starter in Soccer. Madison started playing softball as a six year old in the Northern Columbia Little League. She has continued to hone her skills with the Northern Columbia CHAOS, Electric City Bombers and Nightmare Gold travel softball organizations.

Academically, Madison consistently is on the High Honor Roll and, as a junior, was inducted into the National Honor Society.

Casey Rutkey – WESTERN NEW ENGLAND – Div 3 – College Baseball
PARENTS: John & Kristin Rutkey SISTER: Jenna Rutkey
COACH: Brian McComb

Casey Rutkey and familyIchabod Crane senior Casey Rutkey signed his letter of intent to play baseball for the Division III Western New England University Golden Bears in Springfield, MA beginning in the fall of 2017 where he will pursue an education in Sports Management.

Casey has enjoyed success at all levels during his baseball career. He has won a league championship and back-to-back District 15 titles as a little leaguer, played in the national World Series in Battle Creek Michigan as a 13 year old with the Tri-City Bombers, won the Joe Bruno Fall Classic in 2015 as a member of the Columbia Clippers, and helped his Ichabod Crane Riders to two consecutive sectional appearances.

Casey has played varsity baseball for the Riders since his freshman year. Although Casey plays multiple positions on the diamond, it is pitching that is his passion. Casey comes from a line of pitchers in his family but he is one thing they were not…left handed! As a left-handed hurler and captain for the Riders in 2016, Casey made six appearances, pitching 25 innings and posting a 3 – 0 record. He pitched to a 1.70 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .202 batting average. His efforts on the mound and in the field garnered him Colonial Council 2nd Team All Star honors.

Following the 2016 high school campaign, Casey played his summer and fall baseball for the Adirondack Heat, playing in numerous college showcase tournaments in and around Boston, Massachusetts. Casey posted outstanding numbers against top-level competition, throwing 33 innings and allowing only two runs, one earned. Casey posted a 5 – 0 record, a 0.43 ERA, struck out 40 while walking only 9, and held opposing batters to a paltry .131 batting average.

In addition to playing baseball at ICC, Casey also played varsity basketball, was inducted to the National Honor Society in the fall of his senior year, is a member of the Varsity Club, has volunteered as a baseball camp counselor for several years, and has performed numerous acts of community service locally and in the Capital Region.

Casey would like to thank his parents, sister, grandparents and teammates for their support, and his coaches who have devoted countless hours to help him develop his skills. In particular, Casey would like to recognize Coach Andy Howard, who coached Casey for over five years, including little league all-stars and Columbia Clippers travel baseball.

Casey is excited for the opportunity to play with the WNEU Golden Bears. WNEU competes in the Commonwealth Coast Conference, where they have won 9 conference championships and made 10 NCAA tournament appearances, including a College World Series berth in 2011. WNEU finished first in the CCC in 2016, posting a 30-11 record.

Joe Werner – SUNY CANTON – Div 3 – College Basketball
PARENTS: Walter and Dawn Werner
COACH: Will Ferguson

Joe WernerJoe has agreed to play DIII Basketball in fall 2017 at State University of New York at Canton where he will be majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

He is a three-year varsity starter co-captain, junior and senior year. Joe was selected as a Section 2 (3rd team) all-star after his junior year.

Joe was selected as the Register Star High School Player of the week (December 15, 2016). Joe was also recently selected as the MVP of Both Holiday at the Hill Maple Hill and Rensselaer High School Tip off basketball Tournaments during this past winter season.

Joe began his basketball career in third grade playing for St. Johns CYO Basketball program. He played for Uncle Sam’s Hoopsters AAU basketball team until spring of his sophomore year when he started playing basketball with his travel AAU basketball team – Team 518 Blue. This is when and where he grew as a player and demonstrated his ability to play at a college level.

Joe works hard both on the court and off. He has put in extra work both at night, weekends and in the off season since his sophomore year when he had set his goal of playing basketball at the college level.
Has been on High Honor Roll each quarter since 6th grade and was selected into the National Honor Society his junior year.

Congratulations to Madison, Joe, Casey and their families!