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Host of Marauders ready to storm the next level

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Brian Anken won’t play favorites when it comes to his outgoing senior classes of Student-Athletes as Athletic Director at St. Joe’s.

But the Class of 2023 will always mean a little more than the others.

“It’s the first one that I’ve been with from Day 1 with the camps all the way through today and including graduation,” said Anken, who’s in his 7th year leading the Marauders.

“I remember seeing them when they came through open house, then they are coming to our camps and you see them thinking about St. Joe’s. And then you see them as freshmen playing on our freshman and JV teams and just their development.”

Another reason it will be hard to forget the Class of 2023; 18 of its student-athletes will be playing a sport in college.

While he didn’t have the numbers in front of him Wednesday following the annual SJCI Athletics College Commitment & Letterman’s Club Celebration, Anken assured the Class of 2023 is certainly one of the highest in school history.

Tyler Smart is one of four Division-I signees in the group. A star for one of the most successful programs in Western New York among all sports, St. Joe’s Lacrosse, the midfielder will be playing for the Air Force Academy next year.

“I remember coming from the hospital with a lacrosse stick in my hand,” Smart said. “Ever since I was a kid I wanted to play Division-I lacrosse. My dad played Division-I lacrosse and he’s mentored me. It’s about working every day – in the classroom, on the field and in the gym.”


Tyler Smart of @marauderslax after officially signing with @AF_Lax This is brought to you by Western New York Immediate Care. Visit their website for hours and locations at https://t.co/KlBvQPbzfU pic.twitter.com/kOeubvPuNJ — WNY Athletics (@WNYAthletics) May 4, 2023

Power Hitter Anthony Greco is a member of another one of the Marauders’ most successful programs. Like Smart, Greco is also going D-I – playing baseball at William & Mary University.

“I’m really honored to be a part of this group,” Greco said. “At St. Joe’s, we call it the brotherhood. It might seem a little cliché but as a senior, after four years here I can truly say they are my brothers. To see them be able to play a sport (in college) that they love – it means the world to me.”


Anthony Greco of @SJCIBaseball after officially signing with @WMTribeBaseball This is brought to you by Western New York Immediate Care. Visit their website for hours and locations at https://t.co/KlBvQPbzfU pic.twitter.com/ub9H8Tpluf — WNY Athletics (@WNYAthletics) May 3, 2023

The Marauders also gave special recognition to its multi-sport athletes during the ceremony.

12 student-athletes joined the school’s Letterman’s Club. Only in its second year, the club honors student-athletes who earned six or more Varsity letters.

“A bunch of our coaches kept saying the number of multi-sport athletes we have here is dwindling,” Anken said. “So we thought why not recognize these guys who are not only achieving academically but are earning varsity letters in multiple sports? It shows our philosophy of getting guys involved in multiple things is working.”

Evan Lasky leads the group with a staggering 11 letters – four from golf and squash and three from lacrosse.

“It was a lot of hard work,” Lasky said. “It’s a very inclusive environment here at St. Joe’s. Every team I truly become a brother on.”


Evan Lasky one of 12 new members of the @SJCIAthletics Letterman’s Club – after earning 11 Varsity letters This is brought to you by Western New York Immediate Care. Visit their website for hours and locations at https://t.co/KlBvQPbzfU pic.twitter.com/p72ASCQF9F — WNY Athletics (@WNYAthletics) May 4, 2023

Dion Anderson of @SJCIfootball after officially signing with @AUSaxonFootball This is brought to you by Western New York Immediate Care. Visit their website for hours and locations at https://t.co/KlBvQPbzfU pic.twitter.com/Jsw2A0MO8s — WNY Athletics (@WNYAthletics) May 4, 2023

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