Warwick Valley High School (WVHS) seniors Lauren Desrats, Catherine Smith and Emily Welling signed National Letters of Intent on Wed., Jun. 6.
Desrats will attend Mount Saint Mary College to compete as a scoring guard for the Knights. She was a starter on the womens’ varsity basketball team at Warwick for four years and served as captain for three years. She was awarded team MVP twice. Desrats was named a Times-Herald Record all-star three times, a New York State all-star three times and earned the Coaches Association all-star status all four years. She finished her year with 1,156 points and a 72-2 career record. Recruited by Mount Saint Mary College by head coach Mike Coppolino, Desrats will be participating in the Skyline conference playing against teams such as Old Westbury, Farmingdale and SUNY Purchase. Desrats also started all four years on the womens’ state-ranked varsity soccer team where she was captain and leading goal scorer her senior year and was named 2017-18 Times Herald Record all-star. With a grade point average of 95, Desrats was a three year NYSPHSAA Scholar–Athlete. She served as a student senator for four years and was President of the Sports Medicine Club. On top of this, she volunteers as a coach at St. Stephen’s and is a current AAU coach.
Desrats is the daughter of Jon and Julie, of Warwick. Her sister, Kristen, is a freshman at WVHS where she is a standout basketball and soccer player. Her sister, Megan, is a seventh grader at the Warwick Valley Middle School. Her brother Matthew is in fourth grade at Sanfordville Elementary school.
Catherine Smith will attend SUNY Cortland to play soccer for the Red Dragons, who usually compete for a Division III National Title and finished last year with a record of 10–3 with two ties. While at WVHS, Smith was a four-year varsity athlete for the womens’ soccer team who were Division Champions in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as well as Section 9 finalists in 2016 and 2017.
During the 2017 fall season, she scored eight goals, contributed six assists and served as senior captain of the team. She was named Times-Herald Record All Star (First Team) as a center mid-fielder and a Section 9 Coaches Association all-star. Smith was nominated for Exceptional Senior Game and was selected as the Warwick girls’ varsity soccer team MVP both her junior and senior years. She was recruited by Head Coach Heidi Axtell to play for the Cortland Red Dragons as a center mid-fielder. SUNY Cortland is in the Competitive SUNYAC Conference along with Brockport, Plattsburgh, Purchase, etc. As a student-athlete at SUNY Cortland, she plans to study psychology.
Smith will graduate from Warwick with a grade point average above 92 and she was named a NYSPHSAA scholar–athlete for soccer four years in a row. She is a member of the Warwick National Honor Society and the Sports Medicine Club and also served on the School Senate.
She is the daughter of Sean and Shauna Smith, of Warwick. Her sister, Emma, is a freshman student-athlete at WVHS and her other sister, Hope, is a fifth grader at Warwick Valley Middle School.
Emily Welling will attend Suffolk University in Boston, MA to compete as a forward for the Rams. A four-year starter on Warwick’s state-ranked womens’ basketball team, Welling is a two-time defensive Player of the Year, a Coaches Association all-star, a 2018 Times Herald Record all-star, and she served as captain for two years. She was the team leader in blocks, steals and rebounds and was the 2017 Pentathlon Orange County Champion. Welling was recruited by head coach Ed Leyden, of Suffolk University, which competes in the GNAC Conference against teams such as Johnson and Wales University, Emmanuel College and Albertus Magnus College.
Welling ranks in the top 10% of her class with a grade point average of 98.3 and was named a NYSPHAA Scholar-Athlete for four years. She volunteered at St. Stephens and for the Warwick modified team. On top of this, Welling is a member of the National Honor Society and the Sports Medicine Club.
She is the daughter of Kathryn and Frank, of Warwick. Her brother, Morgan, graduated in 2016 and is currently a sophomore in college looking at a degree in finance.