By: Matt Rothman
Marjory Stoneman Douglas officially had two more juniors officially make their college pick.
Goaltender Ella Stevens of the girls soccer team is committed to the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She became the second team player to commit in the past month, joining Gianna Rizzo, who committed to the University of Charlotte.
“It’s a big relief being committed,” Stevens said. “I feel really happy with my decision and can’t imagine going somewhere else.”
Stevens started playing soccer when she was three in a rec league and then on a club team with the Cooper City Cobras five years later. She later switched to Sunrise Sting and ended up at FC Prime. She has been on the varsity team for two years and split time in net as a freshman with Carly Brodsky. In 2022, she led the Eagles to a record of 16-2-1 while the team had 13 shutouts.
“I am so proud of Ella and look forward to watching her continued development as she prepares for the next level,” head coach Laura Rountree said.
Steven’s decision came down to two schools, and she ultimately went with Umass because of their coaching and the program they built.
“They made me feel like family when I went up for my official visit, and just the overall feeling while I was up there felt like home,” Stevens said
She is set to play this year for MSD when they open their season on November 1 against Boca Raton Community High School before playing for a school that is 7-3-3 this year. Before that, she hopes to work on the mental aspect of soccer and try not to let rough games affect her.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas infielder Erick Torres is officially committed to playing college baseball at Eastern Kentucky University.
“I would love to thank my family, friends, teammates, and coaches that have helped me through the process and to get to where I am today,” Torres said.
Torres has been on the varsity baseball team for two years and has won a pair of State and National Championships. After occasional playing time in his first year, Torres hit .319 last year in 21 games with two RBIs and eight runs scored.
He also has played for a pair of Original Florida Pokers teams, winning a BCS National Championship with the 2024 team. He is set to join a team that went 29-30 a season ago and recently joined the Atlantic Sun Conference.
- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism and then graduated from the University of Florida as a graduate student. He also works for the Mohave Valley Daily News in Bullhead City, Arizona covering high school sports.
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