By John Anderson
The Hall of Fame Hallway at Auburn High School was packed yesterday morning as coaches, family, friends, and teammates gathered to witness Jamie McNamara and Will Greelish sign their college letters of intent.
Jamie was offered a field hockey scholarship by St. Anselm College in New Hampshire where she has been accepted into their highly competitive nursing program.
Will was offered a football scholarship by Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. Although his major is undecided at the moment, he has an interest in graphic arts.
Both students have done well academically at Auburn High where they are also 3-season athletes. After the fall season, these seniors were named to the Telegram & Gazette’s All-Star Team in their respective sports. McNamara was also named Player of the Year for her remarkable field hockey performance.
Greelish chose Stonehill because of their quality football program, 8-3 last fall. He liked the camaraderie of the players and felt the coaches offered a solid learning path over the next four years. When touring the Stonehill campus he said, “It felt like home.”
Will was one of the very few Auburn players to earn a varsity spot in his freshman year, and he also plays basketball and spring track. He is the son of William and Monica Greelish of Auburn.
McNamara said she has always wanted to be a nurse. With her grandmother living in the family’s home, she regulary cared for her, and when her father became terminally ill, she likewise cared for him.
Jamie is prepared for the field hockey challenges at the college level. Her mother, Tina McNamara, added, “She’s going to a school that will give her a great education, and she gets to play field hockey.” What could be better?
Jamie runs indoor track in the winter and plays softball in the spring. She made the varsity field hockey team in her freshman year and joined older sister Molly on a quality team that made it to the State Final game.
Mrs. McNamara is grateful for that 2010 season. Her late husband Bruce got to see his beloved daughters Jamie and Molly playing together on an award winning team. Surely Bruce McNamara would have been equally proud last fall.