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Pijanowski, Miller to Continue Athletic Careers in College
Written by Bradley Schlegel Staff Reporter
2016-11-16

                Upper Perkiomen senior baseball pitcher Bryan Pijanowski has accepted a scholarship to play the sport at Flagler College, in St. Augustine, Fla.

                He expects to pitch and play center field for the Saints in the Peach Belt Conference, after dismissing interest from Villanova, West Chester, St. Joseph's and Lafayette College.

                "I want to compete at a higher level and see where it takes me," Pijanowski said Tuesday afternoon.

                He had been in contact with baseball coaches from a handful of local colleges. However, he wanted to test his ability in a warmer climate.

                The student said he got the idea to play baseball in Florida from his father, Larry, who collected 246 career hits for conference rival Rollins College, located in Winter Park, Fla., in the 1980s.

                "My dad told me how much he liked it," Pijanowski said.

                College coaches have been impressed by Pijanowski's speed and athleticism, according to Upper Perkiomen head coach Frank Mercon.

                "Bryan is a tremendous athlete," Mercon said. "He has the speed and an incredibly strong arm."

                According to the coach, Pijanowksi could easily be the Indians' best player in the spring.

                "He has certainly earned it," Mercon said.

Pijanowski has made significant strides on the mound this fall and is expected to be Upper Perkiomen's No. 1 starter, according to Mercon.

                "Bryan has improved at each level from the time he was in ninth grade," the coach said.

                "From what I've seen, he is going to be really good. He could be good enough to pitch in college, but he needs to make the physical jump to be able to do that," Mercon added.

                During the last two summers, Pijanowski helped Perkiomen's American Legion baseball team excel. In 2015, he helped Post 184 capture the Bux-Mont post-season title and qualify for the Region 2 Tournament.

                This past summer, he played an integral role in the team's regular season title and helped it reach the playoff title game.

                Upper Perk senior Darbie Miller also committed to college play next year and will continue her lacrosse career at Shippensburg University.

                Miller, an attacker, is looking forward to helping the Red Raiders improve their rebuilding program.

                "Darbie has been a very positive asset to our program," Indians head coach Susan Flack said of Miller, who completes with the PA Pride, a club lacrosse team that includes players from Montgomery, Bucks, Berks and Chester counties.

                "She works very hard at practice and has improved her game. She's very passionate about lacrosse. Her attitude and drive will take her far."


 

 

 

 

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