5 North Broward Prep Baseball Players Set to Continue Athletic Career in College
Nathaneal Coupet, Leah Finkelman, Aubrey Sheppard, Mauricio Bejarano and Riley Weiss. {NBP Athletics}

By: Matt Rothman 

Mauricio Bejarano and Nathaneal Coupet of the North Broward Prep baseball team officially signed their letter of intent to play in college, while three other student-athletes are officially committed.

Mauricio Bejarano

Bejarano is signed to play at Eastern Kentucky University after he graduates from North Broward Prep this spring. He has played with the Eagles for two years and won a pair of State Championships. The middle infielder has recorded 37 hits and has driven in 20 runs.

EKU finished competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference for the first time and reached the final of the Conference Tournament after winning 38 games.

He says it feels like a dream come true to be able to play baseball at the division I level.

“It’s one step closer to hopefully playing baseball in the bigs one day,” said Bejarano.”  Never satisfied with myself though still gotta keep grinding each and every day just like I would before signing. Looking forward to Bringing home a state title ‘3-peat’ this year for North Broward Prep.”

Nathaneal Coupet

Coupet signed to play with Georgia Tech in the ACC. He has been on the varsity team for three years and was also a key contributor at catcher to both State Championships. Coupet started his baseball career playing for the EWest Boca Cobras before enrolling at NBP. This past season, he hit 316 with four home runs and 19 RBIs. He is set to join a school that won the ACC Championship this past season and 36 wins, including a pair in the NCAA Tournament.

“It feels perfect being able to finally relax a little bit now, said Coupet. “It was a long crazy process for sure. Now I can just focus on my grades and going all the way with my team again in my last year.”

Both players will still have one more year left on the varsity baseball team at NBP. With the fall season wrapping up, they are set to begin their final season in March 2023.

Leah Finkelman, Aubrey Sheppard, and Riley Weiss

Leah Finkelman is now verbally committed to play at the University of Pennsylvania. The senior already has two goals and three two assists this year and previously set the all-time single-season record last year with 34 goals. She now has 80 in her career and 198 points.

Aubrey Sheppard is set to play at Cal State Fullerton. She will play beach volleyball for a team that won 11 games during the 2022 season, while Riley Weiss will play college basketball at Columbia University.

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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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