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      CBA and F-M athletes sign with D1 Schools

      Christian Brothers Academy had three student athletes sign National letter's of intend with division one schools on Wednesday, including one who's heading to the home town Orange. Ben Barrett says it was a childhood dream to play for the SU Football team, one that come true in front of his family and friend when he signed his name on the dotted line.

      "They're a school I was always a die hard fan for," says Barrett, "and the way they've recruited me, the coaching staff and the way coach Marrone and his coaching staff has taken this program, I want to be a part of it turn back around this program the way it should be and the way I knew it growing up."

      There were two other CBA Football players out of the class of 2012 who are also headed to D1 schools. Jonathan McGriff and Cam MacPherson also both had there families present as they officially announced their future teams, McGriff signing with the University of Albany, while Coach Mac's grandson signed with Georgetown.

      "Obviously I've got ties to Syracuse," says MacPherson, "it'll be tough to cheer for anybody but them, especially going to Georgetown, a heated rival, but maybe with the conference change it won't as difficult to choose."

      "(Albany) just felt like the right place," says McGriff," it felt so similar to CBA, we talked about being a family and working hard, and work ethic and things like that, it really means a lot".

      CBA's Michele Wiese is excited to be heading to Villanova to play soccer, while Aaron Benedict is off to Cornell to wrestle.

      Over at Fayetteville-Manlius High School it was three members of the National Champion cross country team signing on with division one schools. Christie Rutledge is heading to Dartmouth, Katie Sisco to Providence and Heather Martin is going to georgetown.

      "It's really exciting to finally officially sign," said Martin, "i've known where I was going for a while now but it was never official, so now it's exciting.

      Click on the video link to hear more from the athletes.