Five Avondale High School Soccer Players Sign to Play College Ball – Two are From Rochester Hills
Avondale high School announced five soccer players who signed to play college ball and pursue their degrees at some of the state’s most competitive college soccer programs. The high school celebrated the success of the athletes in front of a packed crowd of parents and siblings as well as coaches and teammates during one of the many college signing days the school will host this year. Avondale School District Athletic Director, Keith Gust, introduced the students with heartfelt pride – he has known all of the students throughout their high school careers. “This is a great group of student athletes,” said Gust, “very hard-working – on and off the field – very deserving of this recognition and the commitment demonstrated by the colleges.”
Irvin Castro came to Avondale high School in the 9th grade, joined the soccer team and has been a four-year Varsity starter ever since and also ran high school track. He is the son of Edward Lemus of Pontiac. Avondale High School Varsity coach, Doug Steinard called Irvin a dynamic leading goal scorer who creates scoring opportunities. He signed with Lawrence Technological University.
Troy resident Kassidy Embrey, who is the daughter of Sue and Scott Embrey, played basketball and volleyball in middle school and joined soccer in the 9th grade where she won a spot on the Varsity team and has played for four years. In addition, she was on the Varsity swim team this year. Coach Steinard described Kassidy as tremendously skilled and technical. She signed with Northwood University.
Griffin Kubert, of Rochester Hills, is the son of Christine and Mike Kubert. In middle school, Griffin played basketball and track. He continued in track into high school, as well as joining lacrosse and soccer. He is a two-year lacrosse player and a four-year Varsity soccer starter and has been the team’s captain for two year. “Griffin is a hard worker and loved by his teammates,” said Coach Steinard. He signed with Northwood University.
Katelyn Mather, who resides in Auburn Hills with her parents, Jennifer and Daniel, played middle school basketball and volleyball and also ran track. In high school she made the Varsity soccer team in 9th grade and was also on the junior varsity volleyball team. Coach Steinard shared Katelyn’s positive impact on younger players as demonstration of her leadership skills as team captain. She signed with Lawrence Technological University.
Rochester Hills resident Laura Silverman is the daughter of Lisa and Rob Silverman. In middle school, Laura played volleyball and basketball before coming to the high school to play junior varsity and Varsity volleyball as well as Varsity soccer. She has been on the Varsity soccer team for four years where she was also the team captain. Coach Steinard called her a vocal leader on the field with a lot of passion. Silverman signed with University of Detroit Mercy.
“These student represent a long list of Avondale Yellow Jackets who graduated and went on to play their sport at the college level,” Gust said. “They’ve turned their high school experience here into an opportunity to start building success in their adult lives,” he added.