Four Sussex Tech student-athletes to play at next level

GEORGETOWN – On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 27, four Sussex Technical High School student-athletes made their college decisions official in a brief ceremony in front of family and friends inside the school’s gymnasium.

Two-sport star Madison Parker, who is currently in her final season of high school softball for the Lady Ravens, chose to further her field hockey career. Parker will be playing for Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland next fall.

Tech swimmer Justin Alloway isn’t quite ready to give up his competitive swimming career and will be jumping in the pool for Arcadia University’s swim team in Pennsylvania next year.

A pair of Tech lacrosse stars – Teddy Letonoff and Hunter Severs – will be staying a bit closer to home as they plan to further their respective football careers as teammates at Division I Delaware State University next fall.

Front row (L-R): Hunter Severs, Madison Parker, Justin Alloway. Back row: Teddy Letonoff (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

Madison Parker

Heading into her senior field hockey season this past fall, Madison didn’t even think she’d be playing anywhere in college.

Throughout Sussex Tech’s 2017 state tournament run – a run that would culminate in a state championship appearance at University of Delaware – Parker made sure to take everything in because she didn’t think she’d have the chance to continue playing the sport.

“I came into my senior season accepting that I wasn’t going to play in college, and maybe I’d just play club somewhere,” Parker said. “But, as soon as I started my senior season, I just knew I wanted to continue to play. So, I had limited options but in the semifinal game of the state tournament the Washington College coach, coach Kietzman, was there and she had emailed me, but I didn’t get to see until a few weeks later.”

She knew it was the right fit for her almost as soon as she stepped on campus.

“I went over for a visit just to see if I liked it, and as soon as I got there I knew it was the play for me. It took me a little while to make that commitment but I’m definitely glad I did. Where I picked is going to be a good fit for me.”

While she’s excited for her next chapter, Madison knows she’ll miss the time she’s spent at Sussex Tech. Especially considering how close her and her teammates came to a state championship.

“It was great, I think about it every day,” she said of her team’s championship appearance in the fall. “It’s sad that we didn’t get to achieve the goal of winning, but I wouldn’t change anything with my teammates. It was a great experience and I loved it.”

Madison plans on studying pre-med while attending Washington College.

Justin Alloway

For Alloway, academics and study abroad opportunities factored heavily into his college decision. It just so happens Arcadia University has a highly successful swim program as well.

“I really liked the educational opportunities there and how the learning experience was personalized,” Alloway said of Arcadia. “I really like their study abroad opportunities because at Arcadia all students have huge opportunities to study abroad and that was a really big part of why I wanted to go there. Also, their swim program is top-notch.”

Although he’s been swimming since he was a young kid, Justin says he didn’t start ramping things up until after his sophomore year.

“I’ve been swimming since I was a little kid, but I started swimming seriously and swimming year-round after my sophomore year,” he said. “I really started doing more practice and putting in more work in the pool and that really drove my success.”

After receiving an email from Arcadia’s coach during his junior year, Alloway visited the campus and loved it.

“The coach emailed me my junior year and said, ‘we really like your improvement this year, if you’re interested we’d like you to come visit our campus and see our team’ so I accepted that offer and I went to visit the team,” he said. “I really liked everyone on the team and so that really helped my decision. Arcadia was just a mesh of everything. It was the perfect place.”

At Arcadia, Alloway will be learning from a familiar southern Delaware face.

Head coach Nate Parsley is a former Milford High swimmer, so he knows Sussex County well.

“It was really cool to hear that he used to swim at Milford, so he knows what swimming down here is like.”

While at Arcadia, Justin hopes to study either political science or history. He’d like to become a lawyer one day.

Teddy Letonoff & Hunter Severs

Teddy and Hunter have been good friends since they were about nine years old, having met while playing on the same travel lacrosse team.

They’ve remained good friends over the years and continued playing football and lacrosse together, including at Sussex Tech under head football coach Mark Quillin and head lacrosse coach Don Golacinski for four years.

Now, the pair of Tech student-athletes will play another four years together while suiting up for the Delaware State University football squad.

“It’s pretty cool, because me and him have been good friends since we were nine years old,” Severs said. “We first met playing lacrosse for a travel ball team and we just stayed friends over the years so it’s actually pretty cool going to the same college as one of my good friends.”

After Delaware State University discovered Teddy, they asked to see his lacrosse film so they could get another look at his athleticism.

That’s how they discovered Hunter.

“They saw him on his football film, and they saw me on his lacrosse film,” Hunter explained. “They said ‘who’s that big guy in goal?’ So that’s how they discovered me and they pulled up my film and contacted me about a visit, with only three days’ notice, and I just fell in love with the school when I got there.”

For Teddy, he’s been playing football ever since the sixth grade and he’s been dreaming of playing in college ever since his high school career began.

“That’s when I got serious,” Teddy said of high school. “I actually used to like lacrosse more, but once I got to high school things kind of switched over to football.”

While the pair of Tech seniors are looking forward to beginning the next chapter, they know they’ll miss a few things from their past four years in high school.

“I’m really going to miss all of my friends and the coaches who I’ve been surrounded by over my last four years,” said Teddy. “My four years here taught me of the importance of academics and it really helped me prepare for college. They definitely prioritize academics before athletics.”

“I’m probably going to miss my coaches, playing on Friday nights with the friends I’ve made over the last four years and just coming to school every day,” added Hunter.

Teddy will study business at DSU and would like to own his own construction business.

Hunter will study general agriculture and would like to be a herd manager for a dairy farm.

Teddy, Hunter and Madison have unfinished business prior to leaving for college, as Madison is in her senior season with the Lady Ravens’ softball squad, vying for a state championship, and Teddy and Hunter are in their final quest for a state title as members of the boys’ lacrosse team.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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