Friday, 07 December 2012 00:00
Seaford senior Lindsay Montemarano has signed a national letter of intent to play softball at her dream school – the University of Michigan — next year. The athlete, who has played the sport with intensity since she was nine years old, will now set her sights on winning for the Wolverines and studying kinesiology, sports management or another major that will lead to a coaching career at the university or high school level.
“Lindsay is the epitome of a scholar-athlete,” said Tom Condon, Seaford’s director of athletics. “She is committed to being the best she can be; she makes all of us proud; she’s a true example of Seaford Pride.”
Ranked 15th in her class, Montemarano is a highly motivated student who is a member of marching band and pep band. She was all-conference track and soccer, and has played volleyball and basketball. A longtime back injury that became aggravated throughout the years almost made her question whether she could play sports again. But after surgery for a herniated disc that was disintegrating her spinal cord, she says she feels better than ever.
“She accomplished a great deal in a short amount of time,” said Coach Rob Perpall. “In terms of her potential, the sky’s the limit; that’s how good she is.”
With a true passion for the sport, Montemarano said, “What I love about the game is that it can change with one swing. I also love how it’s a team sport, but there are opportunities to challenge yourself when you’re at bat and it’s just you and the pitcher.”
Montemarano has competed on a traveling team from the time she began playing and by age 14 she played on the 18 U Gold traveling team and started showcasing for colleges and universities. When she was a sophomore, the Seaford softball team captured the Long Island Championship title.
“Hanging in the gym is a championship flag that has one last spot open for a championship title. I hope to fill it with the state championship title this year,” she beamed.