GROTON -- Monday afternoon inside the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School administrative office, senior golfer Brendan Hunter, and senior girls' hoops player Rachel McCarron signed their letters of intent.
Hunter has agreed to compete for the St. Thomas Aquinas mens' golf program. St. Thomas Aquinas competes at the Division 2 level in the East Coast Athletics conference.
Hunter will join head coach Stephen Ferrara and the rest of the Spartans' golfers next season. St. Thomas Aquinas is located in Sparkill, N.Y., just outside of New York City. Hunter placed third at the state invitational tournament with a score of 74. He was a pivotal part in the Crusaders CMass. Division 2 District title season.
"Ever since I started in golf I always thought of progressing in a career," said a smiling Hunter. "This is the first step to see how far I can take it. I ended up qualifying for a very prestigious school."
Hunter made his decision on the Spartans based on their small campus size and the level of connection he felt with Ferrara.
Groton-Dunstable head coach David Bean was more than pleased to see his star golfer play in college. "Brendan is one of the better players in Massachusetts," said Bean. "He has been a great player ever since freshman year. He has great course-management skills, and he has been very helpful to me and all his teammates."
McCarron averaged 13.2 points per game for the Lady Crusaders basketball team last season and was named Mid-Wach B Most Valuable Player her sophomore and junior year. According to McCarron, choosing UMass Lowell was an easy decision.
"It was pretty simple for me. I pictured myself playing there and I loved thinking about playing for head coach Sara Behn, and her staff," said McCarron. "Everything seemed perfect for me. I can't wait for the season next year."
McCarron offers a fast-paced style of play, and her three-point shooting will mesh well with the Riverhawks up-tempo style of play. The Riverhawks finished 11-16 a year ago. UMass Lowell competes in the NorthEast-10 Conference of Division 2. McCarron attributes her success to Lady Crusaders head coach Mark Hennelly, and her AAU coach Scott Hazelton.
Hennelly was on-hand for the ceremonious occasion, and was happy with McCarron's choice.
"We are thrilled having her play so close at UMass Lowell," said Hennelly. "It is extremely exciting knowing that we can all go down and see her play after we practice on Saturdays."
McCarron and the rest of the Lady Crusaders' basketball open up regular season play Friday Dec. 11 at Leominster.