Smile For The Cameras

Mashpee High School seniors (from left) Sam Kersey, Colin Spencer, Sam Morry and Owen Balfour all smile through their masks as a group of friends and family members take pictures at their signing day on Wednesday.

It was a day for celebration at Mashpee High School on Wednesday, November 10, as four Mashpee High School seniors signed letters of intent to play college athletics. Mashpee High School Athletic Director Matt Triveri oversaw the festivities that saw Samantha Morry, Owen Balfour, Samantha Kersey and Colin Spencer all sign on the line to play at the next level.

Morry, who plays both soccer and lacrosse at MHS, inked with the University of Massachusetts-Lowell to play lacrosse. Balfour, who plays golf and lacrosse at MHS, will be playing lacrosse at St. Michael’s. Kersey, one of the top soccer players in Massachusetts, will continue her career at Fairfield University. Spencer, one of the premier golfers in the state, will be teeing it up at the University of Connecticut.

“This is a great day for Mashpee athletics. These players have made the school, and their families, very proud and they represent our community very well,” Triveri said.

Balfour was able to earn a spot with St. Mike’s despite having only played one season at Mashpee, back when he was a freshman. An injury cost him the time in between, but having played club lacrosse over the summer allowed him to get the exposure that he needed to find a college home. Now, he said, he is looking forward to teaming with his fellow Falcons this upcoming spring to put together a great last year in blue and white before exchanging his colors for purple.

“I took a visit up there and it was just the brotherhood there, all of the guys were really tight,” he said. “The last time that I played with (MHS) was freshman year because I lost sophomore year because of COVID, and then last year I tore my miniscus, so this year is a big year. We’re trying to go out and have a good senior year and finish strong with the high school.”

Morry said that she looked at a number of schools, but that UMass-Lowell was the place for her from the moment that she stepped on campus.

“I just felt like I was at home, it felt right,” she said.

She said that she knows that she will have to work hard to earn playing time, but can’t wait to take on that challenge and become a contributor for the River Hawks.

“I received the opportunity a lot later than most of the other girls. I went to a camp there and they offered me a spot. It’s always been on my top three list of schools because it’s a place that I knew that I could play at, and it’s a good academic school and they have a great nursing school, which is what I plan on majoring in. The mix of academics and athletics was just perfect for me,” she said.

Kersey had several offers to choose between, but said that Fairfield just felt right for her. She brings with her the all-time record for points at Mashpee High School, finishing with 95. That is despite missing all of last year to focus on club soccer due to the pandemic, and then missing two-thirds of this season with a leg injury. In seven games this season she scored 21 goals.

“It ended up working out because I committed last fall, my junior year,” she said. “I think everything happens for a reason. I was so excited at the start of the season, and started off really well, but the injury was obviously hard, especially with it being my senior season. Being able to come back, especially on my Senior Night, just felt amazing. It was so good to be back.”

Spencer was on many college coaches’ shopping lists the past few years. He was recruited by several big name schools, but in the end he chose Connecticut because he believes the program is top notch, he will be close to home, and will get the opportunity to play with a team that he feels comfortable with.

“I’m excited and it’s good to get the ball rolling on college,” he said. “This was by far the place where I felt the most comfortable at and where I had a chance to compete at.”

Spencer recently won the Massachusetts Division III individual state championship. He said he hopes that moving on from MHS to UConn will help him pave the way to do what he wants to do with his life, which is to play golf at the professional level.

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