Infinity Players In The News!
Ryan Alu, Libero for Infinity 18 Blue, commits to D1 Saint Francis University!
Ryan Alu (2017) recently signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his playing career at Division 1 Saint Francis University. We are extremely proud of this young man, and look forward to following along in his athletic career for the Red Flash. The write-up from The Intelligencer is below.
Giving Central Bucks West senior boys volleyball player Ryan Alu a call was Saint Francis University
(Loretto) coach Mike Rumbaugh, and Rumbaugh wanted to know if Alu was interested in becoming part
of the Red Flash.
“I was really surprised when he called, because it was kind of late for recruiting,” said Alu, who signed
the commitment papers Wednesday in a ceremony at the high school.
“But I jumped at it because of the chance to play Division I volleyball. I had been looking at a couple of
Division III schools but to be able to play at a place like Saint Francis is a great opportunity, and it’s very
exciting. I couldn’t pass it up.
“I’ve known the coach for a while, and he likes recruiting East Coast guys and, when I visited the school,
I just fell in love with it.”
When he gets to Saint Francis, Alu, who plans to major in computer science, will get the chance to
return to his old position as a libero.
He played that spot for the Bucks as a freshman (he’s been a four-year starter for West) but was
subsequently moved to different spots his next three seasons out of necessity.
“It will be nice to go back to my home position,” Alu said with a laugh. “I haven’t played it in high school
since freshman year but I’ve still been playing it in club.”
It’s that willingness to help his team that has helped the Bucks be a steady district playoff contender.
“Ryan is the definition of a team player,” West assistant coach Rick Fehrs said.
“He has always done what was needed to benefit the team. He was a libero as a freshman and then,
during his sophomore and junior years, he played as a right side hitter, and this year he has played right
side, left side and setter.
“And wherever we’ve played him, he has excelled and is always working hard to improve. Because of
Ryan’s dedication to the team concept, he should excel for coach Mike Rumbaugh at Saint Francis.”
Alu is well aware of what he’ll need to do to play at the next level.
“It will be a lot faster pace,” Alu said. “You need to get used to that, and I’ll do my best to get ready.”
Jenna Schumann, a 2018 OH for Infinity 17 BLue, gets recognized for her leadership!
Congratulations to Jenna Schumann from 17 Blue! She was the recipient of the Widener University High School Leadership Award last week at a ceremony at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
The award comes with a scholarship to Widener University should she attend there, and is given out to students who achieve academic excellence, while demonstrating integrity and exceptional character in their communities.
Information about the award from Widener University is below.
Widener University and the Oskin Leadership Institute, in partnership with NBC10, founded the High School Leadership Awards program in 2011 to identify the region’s high school students who embody the university’s commitment to develop and inspire leaders who affect positive change.
Each year, principals of high schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware are encouraged to identify one current high school junior who has demonstrated courage by standing up for what is right, found a way to address a wrong, or made a difference in a significant way at his or her school or community. Each year winners are recognized at the National Constitution Center and invited to participate in a leadership development conference at Widener.
High School Leadership Award winners who choose to enroll at Widener are named Apogee Scholars and receive a $20,000 scholarship over four years.
Tayana Bennett, a 2018 Opposite/Middle Hitter for Infinity 17 Blue, receives a scholarship from the Joe Frazier Foundation!
Congratulations to 17 Blue’s Tayana Bennett! She was a recipient of a sports scholarship on behalf of the Legacy Exists – Joe Frazier Scholarship Fund! Great job Tayana, way to represent yourself, your family, and Infinity well!
For information on The Legacy Exists and the Joe Frazier Foundation, please see below.
The Legacy Exists
This (501)©(3)is a non-profit scholarship fund that was created to exemplify the embodiment and humanitarianism of “Smokin’ Joe Frazier”. His generosity was evident in the many acts of kindness extended toward others. We expect to see these positive traits in our applicants.
Our mission is to pay homage to and honor the legacy of the late, great Boxing Champion, Joe Frazier. Scholarships will be awarded for educational, recreational and social programs to At Risk youth, 13-19 years of age. These applicants must reside in Philadelphia and the surrounding Counties.
The quest is to implement the “Champ’s” philosophy of hard work, unity and self-motivation. He adamantly verbalized how crucial these characteristics were to the growth-potential of young people’s lives. This provision has been made through the implementation of a Scholarship Fund. This funding source will provide services to recipients’ whose families would otherwise not be able to afford the costs involved. It will assist in the development of well-rounded young people who are making a positive impact on society.