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Seniors commit to college athletic career during National Signing Day

Seniors commit to college athletic career during National Signing Day

Congratulations to three CBHS seniors who will continue their athletic career at the college level by committing today during National Signing Day:

Landon Kelly, baseball infielder and right-handed pitcher, Austin Peay State University. Landon is the son of Pete and Stefanie Kelly of Southaven, MS. Landon is a three-year starter who plays second base, shortstop, third base, and pitcher. He batted .360 as a junior and was named to the All Metro and All Region team. He was also a Tennessee Sunbelt Selection (top 20 juniors in the state).

Sam Ross, lacrosse goalie, University of Maryland. Sam is the son of Jeff and Danica Ross of Collierville. Sam entered CBHS in the fall of 2014 as a junior transfer student from Blue Ridge Academy in Virginia. During the 2015 season, Sam led the TSLA in save percentage and helped the Brothers to their first Final Four appearance in sixteen seasons. For his efforts, Sam earned TSLA First Team All-West Region, TSLA First Team All-State, and was a finalist for the Commercial Appeal’s “Best of Preps Lacrosse Players of the Year”. As a member of True Lacrosse Tennessee, Sam helped his club team win the 2015 Memphis Summer Time Blues Tournament, the 2015 Trilogy Baltimore Tournament and claim runners-up in the US Lax Events: Chicago Shootout. Sam will continue his career at the University of Maryland, a traditional Division I power, that has appeared in the NCAA National title game in three of the past five seasons. The Terrapins claimed runners-up in 2015, 2012, and 2011. CBHS Head Lacrosse Coach, Collin Welsh, expects Sam’s successful to continue as the programs seeks its first TSLA State Championship in 21 years.

Greg Gionfriddo, golfer, Seattle University. Greg is the son of Jennifer Gionfriddo. "Greg is the student athlete that all coaches love to have on their team," said Coach Canale. "He is driven, hard working, smart, well mannered, and very much a team player. Greg was always a leader, but especially his senior season, pushing the other guys to be their best. He medaled numerous times in matches over his four years, and this year had a very strong third place finish in the State Championship! Greg always looked out for the good of the team, always putting his teammates first and himself last. He sums up what is means to be a Brother's Boy. He is mature well beyond his years, and his determination is second to none. In every competition, he gave it all he had, and left it all on the course. Greg possesses great natural talent, and his success on the golf course was equally matched in the classroom. It was an honor to coach Greg and watch him succeed, and I wish him all the best at the Seattle University!"

Thanks to head coaches Buster Kelso (baseball), Collin Welsh (lacrosse), Ford Canale (golf), assistant coaches, CBHS administration, faculty, and staff and all parents, family members, and friends who helped make this day possible.