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NCAA early signing period for non-football recruits starts Wednesday

The NCAA's early signing period for several Division I and II sports (football isn't one of them) runs from Wednesday, Nov. 8 to Nov. 15, with several schools set to hold signing ceremonies during that stretch to celebrate the achievements of their respective student-athletes.

Williamsville East and Sacred Heart are among the schools that will hold signing ceremonies Wednesday.

Those from Williamsville East who will announce their commitments at 2 p.m are Charles Mack, who will sign to play baseball at Clemson; Hannah Nurse, an All-Western New York goalie who will play field hockey at Slippery Rock; and girls lacrosse star Heather Greenway, who's heading to Mercyhurst.

Former Williamsville East girls basketball standout and 2016 News Player of the Year Erica Martinsen, who is now at IMG Academy in Florida, signed her letter of intent to attend Virginia of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Sacred Heart announced recently it will hold a ceremony for its athletes at 3:15 p.m. at the school. Those who are signing are Lauren Aichinger (Clarion, volleyball), Kayla Blas (Northwestern, field hockey), Micaela Ryan (basketball, Elon) and Gina Perna (lacrosse, Mercyhurst).

Lake Shore girls lacrosse standout Ivy Santana and former Silver Creek/Gowanda boys lacrosse standout Chase Scanlan, who is now at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., will take part in a signing ceremony at the Seneca Allegany Nation Office Building in Salamanca. Santana is heading to Albany, while Scanlan will sign with Loyola (Md.).

Nichols' Athletic Director Rob Stewart said his school would hold one at 8 a.m. Monday. He's still compiling the list of signees.

Canisius will hold an event at 10 a.m. Thursday at its field house as Jack Collins will sign to play baseball at Binghamton, while swimmer Jacob Ruffolo is set to continue his student-athlete career at St. Bonaventure.

St. Joe's plans to hold its signing ceremony for all its commits throughout the year in the spring, but those who will make it official over the next week are rower Joshua Costolnick (Syracuse) and lacrosse standouts Trevor Folsom and CJ Goss, both of whom are heading to Canisius College.

Another lacrosse standout from the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association, Christian Watts of Bishop Timon-St. Jude, is heading to Siena and will sign his letter of intent at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Timon.

Lancaster will hold a signing day for its athletes at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Legends who are signing letters of intent are boys lacrosse standouts Brett Beetow (Tampa), Bryce Benham (Hobart), Carlos DiRienzo (St. Bonaventure), Andrew Hersey (St. Bonaventure) and Ben Mazur (St. Bonaventure); baseball players Tom Bednarski (Niagara), Max Giordano (Niagara) and Alec Tamburri (W. Virginia Wesleyan), All-Western New York girls volleyball selection Julia Kurowski (Colgate), girls lacrosse standout Laura Zimmerman (Edinboro) and softball pitcher Jenna Patterson. Patterson, a 2017 All-Western New York softball selection, is expected to sign with Niagara.

Another All-WNY softball player, Kenmore West's Abby Borkowski, is signing with St. Bonaventure.

Hamburg lacrosse goalie Jake Phillips is committing to Manhattan. Orchard Park goalkeeper Matt Holowka is heading to Mercyhurst.

Nardin Academy's Julia Stoll is continuing her rowing career at Duquesne. On Monday, Emma Sabio (crew) will sign with Canisius and Alyssa Coons (softball) will sign with Mercyhurst. Swimmer Julia Connerton will stay in the area and head to Canisius College.

Clarence's Carly Reynolds will sign Thursday to play D-I basketball at Central Connecticut State.

Grand Island boys lacrosse player Thomas Cecere is signing with D-II North Greenville University in South Carolina. Fellow Viking Lauren Chadwick will sign to play volleyball at Slippery Rock.

Multi-sport All-Western New York pick Abby Stone signed her letter of intent to play softball at St. Bonaventure.

St. Mary's of Lancaster girls volleyball star Summer Slade signed to play at Duquesne. St. Mary's girls lacrosse player Erin DiPirro signed with Gannon.

Maryvale volleyball star Julia Carter signed with Texas A&M.

Eden boys lacrosse goalie Patrick Cuddihy will sign his letter of intent on Tuesday, Nov. 14, with D-II Walsh University.

Williamsville South will hold a signing ceremony at 2 p.m. Tuesday as lacrosse player Ivy Carey will sign with Gannon University, while field hockey's Marnie Reidell will commit to Lindenwood University.

Williamsville North will hold a press conference on Friday, Nov. 17, at noon for Marina Adelizzio and Gabrielle Gaygen. Adelizzio will play lacrosse at Edinboro University, while Gaygen will compete in track and field at Towson University.

Any other schools holding ceremonies or with athletes signing Division I or II letters during this period, send information to and

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