By: Matt Rothman
The tradition of incredible talent continues when three Marjory Stoneman baseball players sign with college teams.
Chris McKenna signed to play at Gardner Webb University in North Carolina. Kyle Morse will play at Nova Southeastern, and Tyler Novik will play at Wingate University in North Carolina.
Mckenna has been on the varsity baseball team since he was a freshman. He had one hit on three bats in 2019 and then scored five races and had five RBIs in the shortened 2020 season.
Parkland natives follow in the footsteps of brother John, who played college baseball at Army West, and sister Jackie, who is a junior who plays softball for Mississippi State.
McKenna grew up playing for Parkland Little League for six years and is extremely excited about the opportunity to continue playing after high school.
“It means the world to me to play at the next level,” McKenna said. “I have worked hard since I was eight to achieve this goal of playing at the next level. Gardner-Webb gave me a chance to do this. ”
Morse is from Coral Springs and will be an important pitcher for the Eagles later this season. He grew up playing in a small league in North Springs.
“I’m so excited to play at the next level,” said Morse. “I have worked so hard to get to this point, and I am proud that my hard work and commitment is yielding results. I have been playing the game since I was seven years old, and this has always been a dream for me that has become a reality. ”
Morse is grateful to Scott Foresman for BioCore Sports Performance for training to make him a better baseball player.
Novik is also a pitcher who beat two games last year and did not allow a race. Like Mckenna, Novik lives in Parkland and started playing baseball in the small league at a young age.
“I am very excited to play baseball at the next level and it really humiliates me for my friends and me to have this opportunity,” said Novik. “I’ve been playing with these guys since the beginning of my first eight years of baseball, and it’s really exciting to see us all sign this week.”
Much of his success goes to parents Scott and Jennifer, and sister Samantha, head coach Todd Fitz-Gerald, recruitment coordinator Josh Rudd, Foresman and Vic Ratmiroff at BioCore Sports Performance.
Before these three seniors go to college, they will all have one year left of high school baseball where there should be another strong Eagles team with many new and returning players returning.
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Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University and is receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. Originally from Long Island, he moved to Parkland shortly after high school. Along with Parkland Talk, Matt is the only contributing writer for the New York Islanders with The Hockey Writers. He worked as an assistant sports editor for the school newspaper Eagle News.