Signing Day: Five Windsor athletes to play in college
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Feb. 14, 2013
Many high school students’ athletic careers end as the final whistle or buzzer sounds, but some Windsor High School senior student-athletes will have a chance to bring their athletic talents to the next level. Five seniors made the next big step in their athletic careers on Feb. 6 as they signed National Letters of Intent to play in college and earn a free education.
“The kids are just really hardworking kids, they listen to their coaches and are self-motivated,” said Windsor High School Athletic Director Steve Risser. “This is an extraordinary group of five athletes, and I think we even have some more people signing later in the year in some other sports. This group is unprecedented and will go down in history in terms of what they did.”
Four of the athletes led Windsor to the Class L state championship in football: Cole Ormsby (University of Connecticut), his twin brother Lance Ormsby (Central Connecticut State University), Quinn Fleeting (Central Connecticut State University) and Ryheime Moore (American International College). The fifth athlete, Sydnee Over, is a three-sport star who will run track at Florida State University.
After originally committing to play at the University of Massachusetts, Cole Ormsby picked up a late offer from UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni and decided the Huskies were the perfect fit. The defensive leader for the Warriors said that he may have committed too early to the Minutemen, but is glad to be able to play closer to home in front of his family and friends. Last season the 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end recorded 87 tackles and led the state with 17 sacks, while being named All-Conference and All-State. Cole Ormsby hopes to improve his footwork and add 20 to 30 pounds to excel at the next level.
“I am blessed to receive this scholarship and I just want to represent my state,” Cole Ormsby said. “I have a good jump off the line and I think I am a good pass rusher, so I should be able to help UConn out in the long run.”
Lance Ormsby will play for the Blue Devils next season. Lance was a bit of a late bloomer, playing as a reserve last season before developing into a starter. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound athlete made great strides in just one off-season, as he recorded 53 tackles and eight sacks in his senior campaign, going on to earn an All-Conference selection. He said that he is a prime example of hard work paying off.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity,” Lance Ormsby said. “My mom is definitely excited for my brother and me. It was great knowing there’s someone in the same boat as you so you’re not lost, or you’re at least both lost.”
Joining Ormsby at Central Connecticut is quarterback Quinn Fleeting. When entering high school, Fleeting made a promise to his father, Windsor head coach Robert Fleeting, that he would not have to pay for him to go to college. Fleeting’s promise was not broken, after countless hours dedicated to learning the Warriors’ offense and developing his skills.
Fleeting was named All-Conference and All-State his senior year, completing more than 70 percent of his passes for more than 2,500 yards and 33 touchdowns. He also rushed for more than 600 yards and 10 scores. He is excited to get into camp and start the process of learning a new system. He says that once he firmly understands the offensive systems in place, he will be able to make things happen for the Blue Devils.
Lance Ormsby and Fleeting believe that they are coming to Central Connecticut at the perfect time, as the team is young and developing into a Northeast Conference competitor.
“I’ve always wanted to play D-1 football, so it feels good to make it happen. Hard work paid off," Fleeting said. “We have a tough program, great coaching staff and good players who want to be somebody and have good character. It’s sad that kids from Windsor want to leave to play at Catholic schools because we have the best school in Windsor right here.”
The lone football player leaving the state is Ryheime Moore, who will play at AIC. Moore recorded almost 1,000 receiving yards and scored 13 touchdowns. He expects to make an impact early on for the Yellow Jackets, contributing to their wide receiver corps.
“I want to thank my other teammates, because even though they don’t also get a scholarship, they pushed me to work harder during the season,” said Moore.
Sydnee Over is widely considered the most dominant middle-distance runner in the northeast, and she hopes to carry that reputation with her to Florida as she competes in the 400- and 800-meter races for the Seminoles. Over noted that her parents are also her coaches, and while she wanted to leave home for college, she wanted to be close enough for them to see her compete. Before leaving high school, she looks forward to defending her top spot in the 800 at the New England Championships and hopes to place first in the New Balance National Championships this spring.
“Off the track, I want to be remembered as a nice person; on the track, I want to be remembered as just a beast and competitor,” she said.