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Saltus trio win spots at US colleges

Gonsalves will be heading to Marymount in Virginia (Photograph by Akil SImmons)

Three Saltus Grammar School students have won places in United States universities renowned for their excellent sporting programmes.

Tyquann Perinchief has accepted an offer to attend NCAA Division I school, Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina and be a part of their football programme.

Bryce Gonsalves has committed to join Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, in their basketball programme and will start his freshmen season in August, while Zakiyah Durham has accepted an offer from NJCAA Division I Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas where she will join fellow Bermudians Micah Pond and Dashae Darrell in the football programme.

Jason O’Keefe, the head coach at ASU, is delighted to have Perinchief join the school’s programme.

“Ty is a tremendous competitor. His work ethic combined with his skills will be a great asset to our programme and we can’t wait for him to join us in August,” O’Keefe said.

“He will be one of the foundation pieces that help raise our programme to new heights on and off the field over the next four years.”

Gonsalves has been attending basketball camps in the US in recent years with US Global Basketball Academy.

Coach Alexander at Marymount said: “Bryce was never a major stat-stuffer and his tremendous value rarely showed up in the box score. Bryce’s intangibles are off the charts and allows him to impact the game on many levels.

“Bryce gained the attention of several college coaches, including Marymount, because of his ability to defend.

“Bryce has the size, six feet five inches tall, and length to defend around the basket. He also has the versatility to guard on the perimeter.”

Robert Williams, the Brookhaven College assistant coach, is excited about the prospects of Durham at the college.

“After watching video footage of Zakiyah I have no doubt in my mind that Zakiyah will be a huge success here in Dallas and she’ll do her family, Saltus and Bermuda proud,” Williams said.

Darrin Lewis, the Director of Athletics at Saltus, said the school’s athletic department “works extremely hard to prepare their student-athletes to ensure they are eligible for the next level of education and athletics”.

Lewis added: “These three student-athletes are a testament of their hard work in the classroom and on the playing field.”

Athletes who represented the school in at least one interschool event were also recognised at the fifth annual athletic banquet where the guest speaker was triathlete Tyler Butterfield, a former Saltus student and two-times Olympian.

Durham was named female Athlete of the Year while Conor White repeated as male Athlete of the Year.