Canisius volleyball players Griffin Schmit and Devin Joslyn have been selected to the 2016 USA Boys’ Youth National Team, which will compete in the NORCECA Continental Championships in Havana, Cuba, June 22-30, according to a release from Canisius .
The two juniors helped the Crusaders post an unbeaten season last fall. Schmit earned American Volleyball Coaches Association of New York State All-WNY Player of the Year for a season in which he finished with .506 hitting percentage and 477 kills. Joslyn was a second team All-Catholic selection.
Both earned spots on the team by making it through the national tryout route. Schmit has been playing for the U.S. team for three years but this will be his first time playing with the team in an event on foreign soil.
The U.S. Boys Youth National Team is the highest level of programming for players born in 1999 and 2000.
College signings news this week includes Wednesday’s announcement from St. Joe’s that senior track and field Julian Smallwood has signed with Division II Belmont Abbey of Belmont, N.C. Smallwood, a two-time All-Catholic champion, placed second in the shotput during the indoor New York State Catholic High School Athletic Association meet last winter. He placed fifth at the same meet as a junior.
A two time All-Catholic champion, Smallwood currently has the fourth-best throw among Western New York competitors this spring at 51-feet even.
In other signings, a pair of Depew females, Sara Snyder and Sarah Godfrey-Singleton, have locked up the Division I scholarships.
Snyder will continue her bowling career at St. Francis (Pa.). The senior averaged 190 pins per game during her six varsity seasons with the Chiefs. She was the high qualifier at sectionals in 2015 and helped Section VI win the state crown that year.
Godfrey-Singleton signed with Niagara to continue her women’s golf career. She led Western New York in nine-hole stroke average with a 38.6. The women’s Porter Cup participant has also played in four-time state public high schools tournaments, placing eighth and third her past two seasons.