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Fiorito, Martin, Young Continuing their Athletic Careers
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

Jenna Fiorito, Field Hockey

Jenna Fiorito initially resisted the move to attack prior to the start of her senior

season. However, she quickly embraced her new position.

"It ended up being my strength," Fiorito said.

The move worked out well for the player and the Indians, who captured the Pioneer Athletic Conference title, an appearance in the District One Class 2A and a victory in the state tournament. Fiorito blossomed in her role as a top offensive player, according to head coach Jamie Warren.

"The decision worked out well for everyone," she said.

Fiorito parlayed that success into a spot on the Stockton University field hockey team. She hopes to earn some playing time for the Ospreys, a Division III school located in southern New Jersey that competes in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

"I think she'll do well there," Warren said of Fiorito. "She works very hard, she's determined and she likes the game."

Fiorito, who expects to major in mass communication and journalism, expects to continue as an offensive player for Stockton University. She said it turned out to be her strong suit.

In the fall, Fiorito scored a team-high 16 goals for the Tribe. She scored in the team's 2-1 victory over Owen J. Roberts in the PAC championship game.

"I loved being on the attack," Fiorito said.


Matt Martin, Wrestling

Matt Martin fulfilled his dream of qualifying for the PIAA Wrestling championships last month. Now the Upper Perkiomen senior is looking to continue his career at

Wilkes University.

"I'm happy where I got," Martin said. "Now it's time to move forward."

Indians head coach Steve Adam described the wrestler as an ideal fit for most Division III programs. He said Martin's work ethic and demeanor will allow him to excel for the Colonels, a private institution located in Wilkes-Barre.

            "Matt is a real likable kid and a hard worker," Adam said. "He'll go right into (their practice room) and grind. He'll develop a rapport with his teammates immediately."

            Martin, who finished with a career record of 65-22, posted more than half of his victories during a successful senior season. He posted 34 wins, finishing second at Sectionals and third at Regionals at 113 pounds.

            "Matt had an outstanding season," Adam said. "He's a fierce competitor."

            According to Martin, Wilkes head coach Jon Laudenslager told him he "wrestled tough" at States. In Hershey, the two discussed how Martin could get better.

"He told me I needed to work on a shot," said Martin, who explained that he's leaning towards majoring in history. "I'm pretty good on top, and I can always improve on the bottom."

At Wilkes, Martin expects to compete for a starting spot at 125 pounds. He called the weight a good fit.

Adam suggested that the wrestler work on his shot defense.

"It's something he's going to need to have," the coach said. "Every wrestler in college needs it."


AiYi Young, field hockey

AiYi Young seemed destined for success on the field hockey years, even as an

elementary school student. During a first-grade youth camp, Young displayed unusual drive, according to Jamie Warren, Upper Perkiomen's head coach.

"I always knew she would have Division I college choices," Warren said.

Young, a senior who led the Indians to a pair of appearances in the PIAA tournament, has accepted a scholarship to play at the University of Connecticut. The standout midfielder rejected similar offers from Duke and Ohio State universities.

According to Warren, Young first caught the attention of the UConn coaches during a team camp before her sophomore season. The coach called it a good fit academically and athletically.

"I was hoping she would choose that school on her own," Warren said of the Huskies, who won three national championships between 2013 and 2017.

Relying on her excellent field vision and speed, Young helped lead the Tribe to the Pioneer Athletic Conference title, an appearance in the District One Class 2A and a victory in the state tournament. The player brings out the best in her teammates, according to Warren.

At Connecticut, Young – who will major in actuarial science – will have to earn her playing time. Warren says she has displayed the determination and drive necessary to excel.

"The sky is the limit for AiYi," the coach said. "Once she sets her mind to do something, she is determined to achieve it." 







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