By: Matt Rothman
The tradition of incredible talent continues as three Marjory Stoneman baseball players sign with college teams.
Chris McKenna signed to play at Gardner Webb University in North Carolina. Kyle Morse is set to play at Nova Southeastern, and Tyler Novik will be playing at Wingate University in North Carolina.
McKenna has been on the varsity baseball team since he was a sophomore. He had one hit in three at-bats in 2019 and then scored five runs and had five RBI’s in the shortened 2020 season.
The Parkland native is following in the footsteps of his brother John who played college baseball at Army West, and his sister, Jackie, who is a junior playing softball for Mississippi State.
McKenna grew up playing for Parkland Little League for six years and is extremely excited for the opportunity to continue playing after high school.
“It means the world to me to play at the next level,” McKenna said. “I have been working hard since I was eight to achieve this goal to play at the next level. Gardner-Webb gave me a chance to do this.”
Morse is from Coral Springs and will be an important pitcher for the Eagles later this season. He grew up playing little league in North Springs.
However, he is also so happy to follow his brother and uncle to play collegiate baseball. His brother, Ryan, played at Furman University and his Uncle John played at Louisiana State University.
“I am so excited to play at the next level,” Morse said. “I have worked so hard to get to this point, and I am proud my hard work and dedication are paying off. I have played the game since I was seven-years-old, and this was always a dream of mine that has become a reality.”
Morse is thankful for Scott Foresman at BioCore Sports Performance for training to make him a better baseball player.
Novik is also a pitcher who pitched in two games last year and did not allow a run. Like Mckenna, Novik lives in Parkland and began playing baseball in little league at a young age.
“I am very excited to play baseball at the next level, and it really humbled me for my me friends and me to have this opportunity,” Novik said. “I’ve been playing with these guys since the beginning of my first eight years of baseball, and to see us all sign this week is very exciting.”
A big part of his success goes to his parents Scott and Jennifer, and his sister Samantha, Head Coach Todd Fitz-Gerald, recruiting coordinator Josh Rudd, Foresman, and Vic Ratmiroff at BioCore Sports Performance.
Before these three seniors head to college, they will all have one more year left of high school baseball in which should be another strong Eagles’ team with many new and returning players coming back.
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- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism and then graduated from the University of Florida as a graduate student.
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