Three Watertown student-athletes sign letters of intent

Kourtney Kennedy (UConn), Olivia Venezia (Holy Cross), and Shannon Murphy (Holy Cross) make their college plans official

Raider Times staff

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Watertown High School student-athletes Kourtney Kennedy, Olivia Venezia, and Shannon Murphy, made their college plans official  Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in an afterschool ceremony surrounded by friends, families, coaches, and a number of teammates.

Kourtney Kennedy (UConn field hockey), Shannon Murphy (Holy Cross basketball), and Olivia Venezia (Holy Cross field hockey) made their college plans official at a signing ceremony at Watertown High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

Kourtney Kennedy (UConn field hockey), Shannon Murphy (Holy Cross basketball), and Olivia Venezia (Holy Cross field hockey) made their college plans official at a signing ceremony at Watertown High School on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

All three athletes will be remaining in New England next year. Kennedy will be playing field hockey at UConn, Venezia will be playing field hockey at Holy Cross, and Murphy will be playing basketball at Holy Cross.

All three have been part of history-making teams while playing for the Raiders — Kennedy and Venezia working toward their fourth straight state title in field hockey, while Murphy helped the WHS basketball make the state title game last spring.

All three made their college choices a while ago. Kennedy picked UConn as a sophomore, while Venezia and Murphy decided last fall.

The choices were more than about sports.

“I would have gone there [Holy Cross] even if I wasn’t playing field hockey,” said Venezia.

For Kennedy, she said clicked with the coaches and her future teammates. For Murphy, she knew the first time she stepped on campus.

“It was a feeling,” she said. “I just knew [Holy Cross] was the place for me.”

Olivia Venezia (front right) and her family pose during a letter of intent signing ceremony held Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, at Watertown High School.

Olivia Venezia (front right) and her family pose during a letter of intent signing ceremony held Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, at Watertown High School.

 

Kourtney Kennedy (front) and her family pose during a letter of intent signing ceremony held Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, at Watertown High School.

Kourtney Kennedy (front) and her family pose during a letter of intent signing ceremony held Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, at Watertown High School.

 

Shannon Murphy (third from right) and her family pose during a letter of intent signing ceremony held Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, at Watertown High School.

Shannon Murphy (third from right) and her family pose during a letter of intent signing ceremony held Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, at Watertown High School.

–Nov. 10, 2016–

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