Six More Indian Athletes are Headed to the Next Level

Heather Braswell, Contributing Editor

Finn Laskowski, defensive end for the Indians, commits to playing collegiate football at Brown University this upcoming year. For Laskowski, being a Brown Bear means carrying on a family legacy. Laskowski, three year varsity player, has had fifty-two tackles and eight sacks during his high school career. Senior year, he averaged five tackles during every game.

Laskowski was just one of six student-athletes who announced their intentions for after high-school during singing, on Wednesday, April 12th in the middle of Champions Hall.

Haley Hendricks and catcher, Corynne Martin, will continue playing softball, but they will no longer be together. Hendricks committing to Broward College and Martin to Liberty University. Coach Steve Constantino admits, “my hair was totally brown before meeting these two young ladies, they helped me turn grey,” especially Hendricks. Martin holds a special place in his heart, knowing the lady that she has become on and off of the field is inspiring. Constantino chokes up while sharing, “she truly is a great person, she is someone you want to be a part of, I promise you that.”

Tanner Gauthier was the workhorse for Venice during last year’s run to the Class 7A state, final-four game. Gauthier committed to playing beach volleyball at Coastal Carolina, home of the Chanticleers. Her perseverance helped progress her team, as captain, to a 24-4 overall season record senior year.

Venice coach, Craig Faulkner, supports Eric Shrader moving out of state to play at Central Alabama. Faulkner says that, “he is a leader and an enthusiast. His best quality is that he is just a team guy, he cares more about the teams’ wellbeing than his own.” Shrader, pitcher, is dedicated and ready to be a part of another team that he can look to as a family.

Hannah Whitney was found in the weight-room, pounding out some pull-ups before being spotted by Track & Field coach, Brenda Clark. Little did Clark know that by recruiting Whitney, she would ignite a passion for pole vaulting. Clark says, “it has been an absolute pleasure watching this athlete progress so far, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for her.” Whitney is extending her branches to continue pole vaulting at Trinity College.

The pipeline from Venice High School to collegiate athletics continues for the class of 2017.

Tanner Gauthier
Beach Volleyball-Coastal Carolina
Hannah Whitney
Pole Vault- Trinity College
Haley Hendricks
Softball- Broward College
Finn Laskowski
Football- Brown University
Eric Shrader
Baseball- Central Alabama
Corynne Martin
Softball- Liberty University