High School Sports: Hard Work Pays Off for Lacrosse Players Weaver and Diblasi | Oswego County
OSWEGO COUNTY – Emma Weaver and Joe Diblasi shone among the best lacrosse players and brightest minds in Oswego County classrooms ahead of their recent graduates, and each has been recognized accordingly.
Weaver of Fulton-G. High School Ray Bodley and Diblasi of Oswego City High School have been named to the recently announced US Academic Lacrosse team.
Weaver will play Division I women’s lacrosse for the University of Albany next year while Diblasi has pledged to play for the Division III men’s lacrosse team at the SUNY Polytechnic.
The two area stars finished with cumulative averages at or near the top of their respective classes and completed an application process to be considered for the prestigious USA Lacrosse honor.
“I was so excited, because I knew I was in the race, but there are so many great athletes and lacrosse players right now in Section 3, so it was really exciting and I’m really grateful. to have this recognition. said the weaver.
Weaver finished his senior season for the Red Raiders with 71 goals and 30 assists while helping to lead the program to an appearance in the Section 3, Class C title game.
She started her career for the Great Danes earlier this week attending the ‘Committed Academy’, where she and other incoming freshmen compete against newcomers from opposing teams.
“I’m really excited,” said Weaver, “I think now that the high school season is over I’m doing all I can to get ready for college. I want to be the best player I can be and be the best I can be, so I’m going to be working really hard this summer and I’m delighted to be part of a varsity team and to gain that experience in general.
Weaver’s 101-point lacrosse season total nearly matched his final GPA, which was around 102 at the start of the last quarter. She finished as the top-ranked student in her class.
Weaver plans to study biochemistry at university and is considering a possible career path in medical research. Her interest peaked at a seminar she attended as part of an advanced level biology class, which came after several previous projects she had completed that involved hospitals in the area.
“It opened my eyes to all this part of research in the medical field and it struck me as interesting, so I want to pursue internships in this field while I am at university to see if it is. something I would like to do for a career, ”said the weaver.
Diblasi, meanwhile, will undertake studies in mechanical engineering while continuing his lacrosse career as a defenseman for the Wildcats. He finished with a GPA of around 99 to place just outside the top five in his class at Oswego High School.
He was drawn to engineering as a freshman and said he spent much of his free time in his favorite class that year – designing and drawing for production – which serves as an introduction to engineering concepts. He then took more in-depth courses on the subject over the years.
“I would be working on using all the equipment we had there like the 3D printer, laser engraver, vinyl cutter, just trying to get familiar with it all and I really enjoyed it. and I wanted to keep doing it, ”Diblasi said.
Last year, the senior worked with the New Vision program through CiTi BOCES for more hands-on lessons, including a seven-week rotational stint at Universal Metal Works in Fulton.
“It was a great place,” said Diblasi. “I learned a lot, and this program definitely influenced my decision and made me want to study engineering for at least my first semester.”
Weaver and Diblasi both emphasized time management, prioritizing schoolwork and the desire to achieve perfection as the main reasons they managed to be successful in their studies while winning all-league honors in lacrosse. .
They each hope to maintain this mindset as they seek to make a similar impact in college.
“You just have to work hard, and that’s it really,” Diblasi said. “There’s nothing you can’t do if you work as hard as you can. “