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Yesko ready to attack for Pioneers

(Dec. 26, 2014) A lacrosse starter on attack since she was a freshman, 17 year-old Blair Yesko announced her signing to the Division I Sacred Heart Pioneers during a ceremony at Stephen Decatur High School on Nov. 25.

Stephen Decatur senior Blair Yesko, with her dad, Fred, and mom, Louise, announced her signing to play Division I lacrosse for the Sacred Heart Pioneers during a ceremony at the Berlin high school, Nov. 25. [Lisa Capitelli]
Yesko will play one more season with the Seahawks before moving on to the Fairfield, Conn. school next fall, where she will play on an athletic scholarship.

A basketball standout at Decatur and member of the Sea Bay Lacrosse travel team, Yesko has played lacrosse since kindergarten.

“I’m looking forward to playing at Sacred Heart,” she said. “It’s a good opportunity. It’s perfect for me academic-wise also.”

Yesko committed in March 2013 and signed to the school in October.

“It was amazing,” she said. “It’s a big weight lifted off my shoulders. I know where I’m going. It’s nice having everything in place.”

Yesko met the school’s other recruits during her official visit, and said she has spoken with the coach “three or four times.” She plans to major in chemistry and hopes to have a career as a pharmacist.

The atmosphere, Yesko said, is what drew her to Sacred Heart.

“It’s a lot like down here,” she said. “It’s an hour from the city, 10 minutes from the beach so it’s nice to be able to kind of relate. My goals are just to get good grades academic-wise and work my hardest.”

Balancing sports and academics, according to Yesko, can be tricky.

“I go to practice and then come home and immediately start homework,” she said. “I make sure studies come first.”

During her remaining time at Decatur, Yesko hopes to make it back to the state semifinals.

“Hopefully this year we’ll make it back to where we got last year – hopefully farther,” she said. “I think we’ll have a good season this year, and I hope to keep up academic-wise.”

Decatur Coach Bob Musitano had high praise for the standout.

“Blair has been a starter since she got here,” he said. “She never came in without the ability to play. Just knows the game. She knows where to be and she works very well with the other girls on attack. They just kind of mesh.”

Many of the girls have been playing together, on various teams, for the better part of a decade.

“These kids have been together for nine or 10 years,” Musitano said. “They just have played together for so long they know each other. You don’t think that makes a big difference, but it makes a huge difference.”

Yesko’s dad, Fred, mom, Louise and sister, Abby were with her during the signing.

Picking a school, said her dad, was a long process.

“It’s the next step in her life,” he said. “I think she’s making the right decision. She loves the school. She loves the coaches. We’re happy for her. She’s growing up on us.”

Fred played double duty, as both father and coach, during her rec-league and club-league play.

“I had a lot of time and effort into it, but it was worth every second,” he said. “I wouldn’t change it for the world, and it’s a great group of girls. They’re the best kids in the world.”

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