Blodgett, Stiles and Maple Sign Letters of Intent
L-R: Recently, Lily Blodgett, Jackie Stiles and Sarah Maple signed their letter of intent. Lily Blodgett will attend Merrimack and play volleyball. Jackie Stiles will also attend Merrimack and play golf and Sarah Maple will be at American University in Washington and run cross-country.
Leslie, Lily, & Paul Blodgett. Photo by Robert Mingolelli
Tracy, Jackie, & Ken Stiles. Photo by Robert Mingolelli
David, Sarah, & Frances Maple. Photo by Robert Mingolelli
By Robert Mingolelli
Ken and Tracey Stiles are the parents of Jackie Stiles who signed a letter of intent to attend Merrimack College where she will play golf and major in Criminal Justice. “I loved the location, the golf coach, the opportunity to play tournaments and be close to home,” shared Jackie. Groton-Dunstable golf coach Dave Bean credits Stiles’ success to her self-discipline, motivation and willingness to put in the hard work necessary to play well, consistently reflected by several sub 40 rounds and a close match against Westborough when Jackie was medalist on the day, carding an even-par round of 35.
American University in Washington DC will claim Sarah Maple next fall. “What better place to study political science and run cross-country,” smiled Sarah who is the daughter of David and Frances Maple. “The coaches are so positive, texting me daily to see how I’m doing. They make me feel like they are really interested in me as a person,” she said. Recently, in a field of 178 elite runners (All States), Sarah placed thirteenth.
Led by Sarah, the Crusaders captured the Mid-Wach B league championship taking the second through fifth place at Hollis Hill Farm course. A dedicated, motivated runner, Sarah runs daily. “It is so relaxing and allows me to get in a zone and de-stress. That’s very important!”
Middle blocker is where you would find Lily Blodgett on the Groton-Dunstable championship volleyball team. She will take her powerful slams and blocking technique to Merrimack College next year where she has signed her letter of intent to play volleyball and major in Health Science. In a game this past season, Lily managed 14 kills helping the Crusaders defeat Marlborough 3-1. The Crusaders earned a trip to the State Championship game by defeating North Finalist, Lynnfield, 3-2 in the Div. 2 state semifinal and Lily had an amazing 27 kills in that contest!
“My Dad played volleyball in college and certainly knows the game well. Both my parents, Paul and Leslie Blodgett, have always been so supportive and important to my success,” commented Lily.