Brooklyn Prescott

General Amherst women’s softball player heading to Madonna University

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

When she started playing softball at the age of five, Brooklyn Prescott never dreamed she’d get this far.

“I’m so proud of myself for everything I’ve gone through and all of the hard work,” said Prescott. “It feels great, it’s a huge relief to finally get what I’ve been working hard for. This was the goal, but I never thought I would get here, so I’m excited.”

Brooklyn Prescott, currently a Grade 12 General Amherst student, signs her agreement to go to Madonna University to play softball after acquiring a scholarship package from both the athletic department and her for her merit.

After attending a camp at Madonna University in Grade 11, she started attending their games, went on to attend winter camps and through conversations with Jerry Abraham, women’s softball coach at Madonna University, she formed a rapport.

“I’ve watched her play a lot and travel, and she just fit in with our players,” said Abraham. “She’s a quality young lady and a quality player. She’s just a gem of a person. She’s a multiple asset for us. She’s a pitcher, she hits the ball well, she plays a variety of defensive positions, we’re very excited about it.”

Jerry Abraham, women’s softball coach at Madonna University, signs General Amherst Grade 12 student Brooklyn Prescott to play for him next year.

Abraham said their softball team at Madonna University is very successful, and they have been to a national tournament two of the last four years. He said he plans on also recruiting her sister down the road.

Prescott will be receiving a $10,000 scholarship through softball for the first year, on top of a merit, or academic scholarship, which has yet to be determined exactly.

Brooklyn Prescott (sitting, center) signs her agreement to go to Madonna University to play softball after acquiring a scholarship package from both the athletic department and her for her merit. Her mom Nicole Prescott (left), sister Savannah Prescott (center) and father Mike Prescott were present with flowers and gifts to congratulate and support her October 31.

Abraham explained, Madonna University, much like other Universities in the United States, puts together packages for their players which include merit scholarships, athletic money and other miscellaneous monies they can earn through other scholarships.

“I’m very excited and very proud, she has put in a lot of hard work,” said Prescott’s mom, Nicole. “It’s been many years, a lot of hours that she’s put in, sacrifices she’s had to make and she got her dream.”

Lady Gens competing in WECSSAA slo-pitch playoffs

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens are now in the WECSSAA girls slo-pitch playoffs.

The Lady Gens were scheduled to compete against the Leamington Lions yesterday, just after this issue of the River Town Times went to press. It was a semi-final game in the girls slo-pitch tournament with all games being at Co-An Park in McGregor.

The Lady Gens won both playoff games they had Monday. Their day started with a 9 a.m. game against L’Essor and it wasn’t close, as General Amherst ended up on the winning end of a 21-3 final score. Their next game was closer but still saw General Amherst come out on top. They defeated the Herman Green Griffins 15-10.

Brooklyn Prescott takes a swing at a pitch during a WECSSAA play-in game last Tuesday at Co-An Park in McGregor. Amherst downed Massey 27-3.

Brooklyn Prescott takes a swing at a pitch during a WECSSAA play-in game last Tuesday at Co-An Park in McGregor. Amherst downed Massey 27-3.

General Amherst qualified for the playoffs last Tuesday afternoon with a decisive 27-3 win over the Massey Mustangs in a play-in game that was also contested at Co-An Park. The Lady gens built up an 18-1 lead after two innings before tacking on five more in the third inning and four more in the fourth. It was called in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.

“I thought it was a good game to start the playoffs with,” said Brooklyn Prescott, who plays first base for the Lady Gens. “We came out strong and the bats were going.”

Prescott said she thought the play-in game would be a little more difficult but believed the practices they had in the days leading up to the game paid off. She said that win gave them confidence moving forward into the WECSSAA playoffs.

(UPDATE: The Lady Gens were eliminated Tuesday in the WECSSAA semi-final. More on that in the days to come.)

Lady Gens looking to improve as season progresses

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens senior girls basketball team has returned to the court with new and young faces.

The team features players that got a lot of time on the floor last year, some that didn’t and some that have little basketball experience.

“We only have one starter back,” said head coach Dom Silvaggio.

Other returning players didn’t get as much playing time last year.

“It’s a fairly inexperienced team I would say,” said Silvaggio. “We’re looking for improvement as the year goes on. It’s definitely going to be a rebuilding year for us.”

Some junior players from last year came in last June to help work on their games, he added, and that has helped.

Silvaggio said he hasn’t set his starting lineup for the coming season but seven players are in contention for the starting five spots.

Brooklyn Prescott shoots during a practice Sept. 15 in the General Amherst gymnasium.

Brooklyn Prescott shoots during a practice Sept. 15 in the General Amherst gymnasium.

Grade 10 players Ramie Tytgat and Taja Holmes show promise.

“They are really good Grade 10s,” said Silvaggio.

Grade 11 players Brooklyn Prescott and Hannah Bauer could make the starting lineup with Grade 12 players Grace Clifford, Hannah Daguerre and Nia Holmes also being in consideration.

Mac Bauer is another returning player this season for the Lady Gens.

As some players are just learning how to play basketball, Silvaggio said they have been working on a lot of individual skills in practice and not a lot of team drills.

“We’re starting with just the basics,” said Silvaggio.

Despite the younger team this year, Silvaggio said they will stay in the same conference as they have been during the last few seasons.

Hannah Bauer shoots during a General Amherst Lady Gens practice last Thursday.

Hannah Bauer shoots during a General Amherst Lady Gens practice last Thursday.

“We’re still going to play Tier 1,” he said. “I feel they need to play Tier 1 to get a better brand of basketball. That way, they are going to improve.”

The players coming back next year will have a year of Tier 1 under their belts and Silvaggio believes that will help them in the long run.

The Lady Gens will also have three out-of-town tournaments this season and will gain experience during those weekend tournaments.

How far the team progresses this season depends on how much they are willing to practice, said Silvaggio.

“This group has to come to practice and improve,” he said. “Players who miss practice won’t.”

The Lady Gens open the 2016 WECSSAA regular season Sept. 29 on the road with a 4 p.m. game at Belle River. They return home for a rare Friday home game the next day against Essex, also at 4 p.m.