Six James Caldwell Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Class of 2013 Chiefs commit to play college sports.

Six James Caldwell High School seniors have signed letters of intent to play college sports, Caldwell-West Caldwell Schools announced Thursday.

  • Rachael Curtiss, an outfielder and catcher for both the Chiefs and the Parsippany Thunder, signed with Ave Maria University, Fla., to play softball. During the spring 2012 season, with a batting average of .295, Curtiss scored 16 runs, had three doubles and two home runs, had 21 hits, 20 RBIs (runs batted in), and three stolen bases. Curtiss also played basketball for the Chiefs.
  • John Gallagher, a tight end and defensive end known for his kicking, will travel to North Carolina to play Division I football for Elon University. In addition to Elon, Gallagher had scholarship offers from Maine, Lehigh, Holy Cross and Marist. In 2012, Gallagher had 30 touch backs, and knocked down six field goals, including four that were more than 35 yards and a school record of 47 yards.
  • Ijeoma Ikpe will head to Old Dominion University, Va., to play girls’ lacrosse for the Monarchs. The senior, who also played soccer, volleyball and basketball for the Chiefs, made 26 goals, had 17 assists and 56 ground balls during the spring 2012 lacrosse season.
  • Charlie McPeters will head to the University of Michigan next fall to play lacrosse for the Division I Wolverines. McPeters, a varsity defenseman and long stick middle for the Chiefs plays club for Trilogy North Jersey, and attended the Brine National Lacrosse Classic, earning All-Star honors.
  • Bill Pierce, who plays football, lacrosse and wrestles for the Chiefs, will head to Stone Hill College in Easton, Mass., next fall to play football for the Skyhawks. Pierce, a defensive end, was named to the third team for All-Group 2 defense, and was on the SEC All Conference First Team for 2011 and 2012.
  • Goal keeper Joe Vogt will head to South Carolina to play lacrosse for Division I Furman University. Vogt, who also ran cross country for the Chiefs, has 280 saves, allowed 116 goals, and has 15 wins and five losses going in to the spring 2013 season.


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