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May 15, 2014

Trio of Huskies playing at next level

Ebensburg — Bishop Carroll High School announced three student-athletes who will continue their careers at the college level.

n Nick Burk, son of Scott and Karen Burk of Portage, will play men’s basketball for coach Glen Gutierrez at Washington and Jefferson College. He will major in computer information systems. Burk played basketball for head coach Cosie Aliquo at Bishop Carroll and was a member of the team that won a district title, conference title, and went on a strong state playoff run during his senior year.

“Playing basketball at Bishop Carroll has taught me to work hard,” said Burk. “It also has showed me how anybody can do anything if they set their mind to it. We worked hard this year and proved that even a small school like Bishop Carroll can do anything.”

  n Alex Gruss, son of Eric and Cathy Gruss of Portage, will play soccer for coach Joseph Bergin next year at Marietta College. He plans to major in Petroleum Engineering and Leadership. Gruss was a leader on the Bishop Carroll soccer team under head coach Nick Damin, and was recognized as All-State this season.

“I was fortunate enough to have a coach that put a lot of time into the program,” said Gruss. “Coach (Nick) Damin allowed me a lot of freedom on the field to try to lead the team. He helped me learn how to motivate players and always encouraged me to push myself a little bit harder. Without him making me realize my potential, I wouldn’t have developed my skills as much as I have.” Gruss is one of 18 freshmen recruits heading to Marietta and said he chose the Division III school over Division I schools because he hopes to see playing time and feel optimistic that can happen as a freshman.

n Marcus Lee, son of Kara Bills and grandson of Terry and Sue Bills of Carrolltown, will play men’s basketball for Coach Greg Curley at Juniata College. He plans to major in engineering/physics and pursue a career in engineering. Lee was an all-state basketball selection this year, and was a starter on Aliquo’s 2013-14 team that won district gold, LHAC conference championship, and advanced to the state semifinals. Lee was MVP of the AmeriServ Senior Hoops Showcase and was named to The Tribune-Democrat Fab Five squad.

“Playing high school basketball at Bishop Carroll has really instilled in me that with hard work comes success,” said Lee. “I was fortunate to have a lot of success in my final season. At Bishop Carroll, I was able to prepare myself academically for the road ahead while also having great experiences on my sports teams.”

“We are so proud of these student-athletes,” Bishop Carroll Athletic Director Joe Skura said. “They have given their time and talent to our school and our teams, and they’ve been able to experience success in numerous ways. I have been blessed to not only serve as their athletic director, but to teach them in the classroom. All three have many talents and are wonderful students who will continue to represent Bishop Carroll positively. We wish them the best and are very excited to see how far they continue to go.”


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