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Three ICHS Student-Athletes Commit to Play for Division I

Signing Ceremony

(Nov. 9, 2017) On November 8, Ichabod Crane student-athletes Calista Phippen, Dave Yankowski and John Wheeler signed letters of intent to continue their academic careers and to play at the collegiate level - Division I.

Calista Phippen – Marist College – Div 1 – College Softball
PARENTS: Michael & Cheryl Phippen SISTER: Cameron

Calista Phippen, starting pitcher for the Ichabod Crane Varsity Softball team, has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her education and to play Division 1 softball at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
A member of the Varsity team since her freshman year, Calista has been named the team’s Most Valuable Player every season, compiling a three-year record of 57-7 over 421 2/3 innings with 836 strikeouts, 75 walks, and an ERA of 0.58. She also has 36 shutouts and 8 no hitters to her credit. Over the past three years she has earned several accolades including Times Union Small School All Star (2015-17), Colonial Council All Star (2015-17), Colonial Council Most Valuable Player (2017), New York State Sportswriters Class B All-State First Team (2015-17), New York State Sportswriters Player of the Year (2016), MaxPreps USA All American (2016), and Gatorade New York State Softball Player of the Year (2017). In 2015 she also played an integral part in helping lead the Ichabod Crane Varsity softball team to its only Class B state championship.

Calista would also like to extend a special thanks to her pitching coach Jen Hapanowicz from USA Elite Training in Cheshire, Connecticut, and to her travel coaches from the East Coast Impact Gold, Matt Hayes and Bud Saunders and formerly, Bob Burns, for the opportunity to play softball year round and to compete in high level softball tournaments and college showcases.

Additionally, Calista is a member of the National Honor Society, Habitats for Humanity, and is currently serving as President of the Ichabod Crane Girls Athletic Council.

David Yankowski – Canisius College – Div 1 – College Baseball
PARENTS: David & Colleen BROTHERS: Dan & Tom

David Yankowski will be signing a National Letter of Intent to play Division One baseball at Canisius College in Buffalo New York. David will be majoring in Finance and minoring in Criminal Justice.

David has been a starter on varsity baseball for the Ichabod Crane Riders since 9th grade. David has played a big role in leading the Riders to 3 straight sectional appearances and in winning the Colonial Council this past season. In 2015, as a freshman, David went 4-0 on the mound and was named a 2nd team all-star. As a sophomore in 2016, David hit .471 while going 2-1 on the mound, striking out 36 batters and was named a first team all-star. This past season, as a captain, David helped lead the Riders to become Colonial Council Champions for the first time in school history. David hit .470 with 3 HR while going 4-0 on the mound striking out 47, and posted an ERA of 1.31. David was named MVP of the Colonial Council and was also named first team all-state.

In addition to baseball, David is Vice President of Varsity Club and was inducted into National Honor Society this past spring. David would like to thank his family, coaches, and teammates especially his older brother Dan who set an example of hard work and a competitive spirit for David to follow.

John Wheeler – Siena College – Div 1 – College Baseball
PARENTS: Mike & Cynthia Wheeler BROTHER: Tim

John Wheeler, of Ichabod Crane High School, will sign his letter of intent to continue his academic career and play Division 1 Baseball at Siena College on November 8, 2017.

A starter since 8th Grade for the Riders, John has anchored down the position of catcher in this span, catching a record number of games. John has been a Colonial Council All-star 4 times, including a 1st Team Selection in 2017. Additionally, he has been named a Perfect Game All-American HM twice. In 2017 he posted a .391 BA with 24 RBIs, helping the Riders to capture their first ever Colonial Council title.

Academics being equally important to John, he is a three time NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete, having an overall GPA in the high 90s.

Outside of school, John Wheeler played for the Adirondack Heat (Saratoga, NY) from 2014-2016 and the East Cobb Patriots (Atlanta, GA) in 2017. The Patriots are the academic division of the East Cobb Baseball Program, which has sent countless players into the MLB including Brian McCann, Dexter Fowler, and Jason Heyward.

Lastly, John is a High Honor Roll Student, a member of his school’s NHS chapter, and loves spending time his brother Tim, helping to hone this future Rider’s skills.

Congratulations Calista, Dave and John!

Signing Ceremony