Five MHS Athletes Sign College Letters Of Intent At April 11 Signing Day

Wednesday April 11 was signing day for five Middletown High School athletes who signed letters of intent to play their respective sports at the college level. Middletown Radio attended the event which took place at 3pm in the Middletown High School library.

The five athletes were field hockey star Camirin Rae Cook, lacrosse star Cole Crawford, softball star MacKenzie Hymes, volleyball star Madison Keller, and baseball star Luke Wootten.

Camirin “Cami” Cook signed to play field hockey at Division II Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina. Cook, a defender, has been named to the All-Conference team the past three seasons and was Delaware’s Rookie of the Year in 2015 on Middletown’s Flight A state championship team. She has maintained a double-digit record of saves each season. Besides playing for MHS, she also plays on the elite Delaware Shore field hockey travel team. She will play for Coach Jessica Mulhorn and the Limestone Saints who were the regular season champs of the Eastern College Athletic Conference last season. Cook says she is looking forward to the warm weather in South Carolina and is excited for the change and what she describes as her “amazing opportunity ahead”. She is the daughter of Buddy and Cindy Cook. Her mother serves on the Townsend town council.

Cole Crawford signed to play lacrosse for Division III Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania. He has been on the Cavalier’s varsity lacrosse team for the past two seasons where he plays defense/midfield and his speed and power make for a formidable combination according to his coach, Dave Fulton. Fulton said he is “a quick and willing learner” and “a true student of the game”. He will play for Coach Carl Haas for the Alvernia Golden Wolves and Crawford says he loves the school and it has great student support. His parents are Tammy and Kurt Crawford. 

MacKenzie Hymes signed to play softball for Division III Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. She is a four-year varsity player as pitcher and first base and the 2018 team captain. This year she helped lead the Cavaliers to the state playoffs as a starting pitcher. She play for the Mount Saint Mary Knights, a Division III softball powerhouse who are Skyline Conference Champions in 2016 and 2017 and are favored again this season. Her coach Paul Damask says she “is a team player and role model, on and off the field” adding “it’s great to see her talent get noticed by a team who will continue to grow her skills and ability”. Hymes said MSMC has a beautiful campus and will give her the chance to experience life away from home. She also said the team is warm and welcoming. Her parents are Joe and Brenda Hymes.

Madison “Maddie” Keller signed to play volleyball for Division III Widener University in Chester, PA. She has a 3.72 GPA and holds the school record for assists with 536. She was named 1st team All-Conference this year and coach Greg Vetter said her versatility is a key to the team’s success and is matched by her attitude and determination. She will play for Coach Donovan Anglin for the Widener Pride in the Division III Mid-Atlantic Conference. She will also pursue a nursing degree and Keller said that Coach Anglin helped connect her with people in Widener’s nursing program saying the school “went above and beyond to make me feel welcome”  Her parents are Sarah Prather and Nathan Keller.

Luke Wootten signed to play baseball at Division I University of Maryland Baltimore County in Baltimore. He is a right-handed pitcher and infielder and helped lead the Cavaliers to the state baseball semi-finals in 2016 and helped the Blue Hens win Blue Hen Flight A Conference Championships in 2016 and 2017. Coach Mike Rausch said “Luke is a great talent” and the school has been fortunate to have him and “now it’s UMBC’s turn”.  He will play for coach Bob Mumma for the UMBC Retrievers who play their home games at the Baseball Factory Field in Baltimore. Wootten says he is looking forward to attending UMBC and the opportunity of taking his game to the next level. His parents are Gail and Jim Wootten. When asked, Jim Wooten said the UMBC choice was made before the school’s upset win over Virginia in the NCAA basketball tournament.

Photo credit of signees (clockwise from upper left; Cami Cook, MacKenzie Hymes, Maddie Keller, Cole Crawford, and Luke Wooten): Keith Thompson

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