ELMIRA- Three premier athletes at Elmira High School signed National Letters of Intent on Thursday in the Express auditorium.
Dan Fedor signed for Division I Buffalo for football, Kendra Oldroyd penned her intent to attend Division I Stony Brook for soccer and Alexus Boorse will continue her career at Division II College of St. Rose for soccer.
Fedor has been a starter for the varsity football team for four years, leading the team to a 6-5 record during his senior year and a sectional title.
Over his four year career as a starter on the offensive line, Dan has blocked for 15,416 yards rushing and 1,019 yards passing. He has been selected as a Section IV Division I All-Star as a senior, junior and sophomore. He is the Kiwanis Athlete of the fall season award winner as a senior, and a second team All-State pick as a junior and senior.
“Dan has displayed remarkable growth and maturity over the years,” said Elmira head football coach Jimmy McCauley. “He has become a strong leader and role model to all. He leads by example, inspiring his teammates, fellow students, and children in the community to work hard, be responsible and respectful, and to rely on each other as true team members.”
For Fedor, the University of Buffalo was an easy choice, and always his first choice of where to attend college after committing during the summer and signing in December.
“When I committed, I knew I was 100% committed and nothing would change my mind,” Fedor said. “It just had a really good vibe to it. It’s not too far, they have a good coaching staff and good players. I can’t wait.”
Oldroyd fielded offers from the like of Penn State for her services after setting the record for goals scored in Elmira history with 103, breaking EFA’s Johnny Phummany’s record of 101, but wanted a quieter atmosphere than the larger schools.
“I liked the school (Stony Brook) as soon as I visited it,” said Oldroyd. “It’s not too big where I feel like I am just a number in the school. The school is just as beautiful, so it was an easy fit.”
Oldroyd’s resume speaks for itself, helping lead the girls soccer team to four STAC West Titles, one STAC Final, four NYS Section IV Class “AA” Girls Soccer title games and three sectional titles.
In light of her excellent career, she has taken home multiple awards including STAC all-conference three years in a row, (‘15-’17) an All-State third team in 2017 and All-State fourth team in 2016.
“She has to be one of the best athletes I have ever coached - not just soccer players,” Elmira head coach Zach Sarno said. “She has worked hard to raise her game up to play at the levels she can currently and also to have had the opportunities for the playing experiences she has.
It has always been Oldroyd’s dream to play at the next level.
“I always knew I wanted to play Division I soccer, because that's the highest level you can go, so I've just shot for that," said Oldroyd. "It’s good to finally make it here and finally put it on paper.”
Boorse shared in the success with Oldroyd, netting 37 career goals and handing out 57 assists during her time with Elmira soccer along with being named STAC All-Conference from ‘15-’17.
“She has been a huge part of our soccer program here for the Express, and par of many, quality, winning and well-rounded teams on and off the field in her high school career,” said Zarno. “She has worked hard to get to where she is today.”
Boorse plans to major in Biology at St. Rose, which played a factor in her decision to choose the school along with soccer.
“The school is nice and they have a really good biology program,” said Borse. “The team is really outgoing and opened up to me when I went out there, so I felt right at home.”
In addition to soccer, Boorse has played varsity basketball for the Express, but always knew she wanted to play collegiate soccer.
“Soccer has always been my number one sport to play,” said Borse. “I knew I wanted to play (in college) last year. When it came time to end the season, I didn't want to stop playing soccer.”