MERCERSBURG - Four Mercersburg Academy senior athletes have verbally committed to continue their athletic careers at NCAA Division I universities. They include baseball players Jamie Cooper (Holy Cross), Colin Gibbons-Fly (George Washington) and Tiger Smith (Cornell), and lacrosse player Michael Hutwelker (Virginia Military Institute).

All four are postgraduate students at Mercersburg.

Cooper is from McLean, Va. and played at Gonzaga last year. The catcher/outfielder was a second-team All-Washington Catholic league (WCAC) pick and played in the D.C. Classic All-Star Game at Nationals Park.

Gibbons-Fly is from College Park, Md. at played at DeMatha Catholic. The shortstop was also a second-team WCAC selection and team MVP at the PA Top Prospect Games in October.

Smith, a right-handed pitcher from Dallas, was named to his league's all-star team for four years. He was named one of the top 100 prospects in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Blue Storm baseball coach Karl Reisner said, "Jamie has an excellent throwing arm and hits for power. He'll be counted on to drive in runs. Colin is an excellent fielder and a line-drive hitter. Tiger is an exceptional talent - we should have a good chance to win every time he takes the mound. He averages high 80s and his fastball tops out at 92."

Hutwelker is from Lehaska and lettered all four years at Valley Forge Military Academy. The goalie had more than 200 saves last spring and led his team to an unbeaten league record with a 2.75 goals-per-game average.


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"Michael has very quick hands and, in addition to being left-handed, poses problems for opposing offensive players because of his athleticism. It takes everyone a few shots to get used to his setup and style," said Mercersburg boys lacrosse coach Mark Schindler.