Holy Ghost Seniors Commit to Play Collegiate Sports

With family members, coaches, teachers, and healthy number of classmates all gathered together in the school’s Frank Frederico Performing Arts Theater cheering them on, eight Holy Ghost Prep students signed national letters of intent during a Nov. 14 ceremony.

The eight Holy Ghost Prep seniors who signed binding commitments with colleges and universities on Nov. 14 are:

·       Colin Costello, La Salle University (baseball)

·       Nkosi Graham, University of Evansville (soccer)

·       Liam Hart, Drexel University (golf)                         

·       John McNamee, Rider University (baseball)          

·       Ethan Ruppersberger, East Stroudsburg University (soccer)                   

·       Phil Stahl, Monmouth University (baseball)                       

·       Ryan Staropoli, Lehigh University (baseball)                             

·       Greg Sylvester, Chestnut Hill College (baseball)              

“We are so proud of the successes these young men have had at Holy Ghost Prep, and we look forward to continuing to watch and cheer for them as they play at the next level,” said Jim Stewart, Holy Ghost Prep’s athletic director.  

National Signing Day capped quite a whirlwind time for three of HGP’s biggest fall sports stars—golfer Liam Hart, the 2017 PIAA Class 3A state champion who finished third at this year’s state golf championship and will continue a recent trend of excellent HGP golfers attending Drexel University, as well as Nkosi Graham and Ethan Ruppersberger, a pair of first-team All-BAL soccer performers who led the Firebirds to a magical 20-2-1 season that included trips to the PIAA District 1 title game and to the state quarterfinals.

“It’s still kind of strange to realize that my Holy Ghost Prep playing career is over,” says Graham, who scored a school record 73 career goals for the Firebirds. “But we had a great (2018) season, and I feel like that Holy Ghost Prep has totally prepared for college, both academically and soccer-wise.

“I am excited to attend the University of Evansville, to live in a different part of the country, to meet new people, and to take on new challenges.”

For the five baseball signees, there are still some important high school to-do list items to achieve before they graduate from Holy Ghost Prep and head off to college.

“Our goal is to win playoff games this year at both the district and state levels,” says Stahl. “And we have to talent and the motivation to reach those goals.”

In the case of Stahl and McNamee, they will go from Holy Ghost Prep teammates this spring to being conference rivals starting next year as Monmouth and Rider both compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

“It’s going to be a lot of fun going against Phil in league and hopefully in MAAC playoff games,” says McNamee. “But that’s next year. We still have some things we want to accomplish together here at Ghost.”

There was a common denominator among most of HGP’s eight signees. Seven of them—the lone exception being the University of Evansville-bound Graham—signed with colleges in either Pennsylvania or New Jersey, which will allow their parents to drive rather than fly to see them play as collegians.

“Rider is a short drive away, so my parents can come to a lot of my games,” says McNamee. “I wouldn’t be where I am today, signing to play to college baseball, without all that they have done for me.

“So it’s awesome that they’ll be able to continue to come to my games once I am in college.”