"This Is The Day That Every Kid Dreams About"

Three scholar-athletes at Daniel Hand High School gathered at the school Wednesday morning for a signing ceremony, showing off the best of what the school and community has to offer, family, friends, and teamwork.


Brendan Bilcheck, Peter Gerson, and Matt Walsh are first and foremost teammates. So it was appropriate that on Wednesday morning, they signed the documents that signified their impending transition from high school to college, together. 

Daniel Hand High School Football Coach Steve Filippone's announced that Bilcheck formally accepted an offer from Bowdoin to play at the Division III level. Gerson signed an acceptance note to play at Yale University. Walsh signed a letter of intent to play Division I football at the University of Connecticut, on a full scholarship. 

Filippone noted that this is the first time Hand High School has had a Division I full scholarship offered for football during his 25-year tenure at Hand.

But he said he was as proud of the young men's academic achievements as their accomplishments on the field, and noted that all three schools are academically rigorous. 

The three young men, their family members crowded into the College and Career Center along with camera crews and reporters from all over the state, and with their friends in the hallway flashing them the thumbs-up sign, said the signing ceremony was a day they would always remember. 

"This is a day every kid dreams about," said Gerson. "I'm just so grateful to be able to share it with my family and teammates and coaches."

eileen banisch February 06, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Very impressive. Congratulations to all three outstanding young men and their families!
Stephen McIntyre February 07, 2013 at 03:23 AM
It isn't the first time Hand has had a D1 scholarship player, just the first one since Steve Filippone has been coach. Jim Bell 1984 went to Boston College, Dave Thompson went to BC in 1985 and Craig Thornberry went to UVA in 1984
Rob February 07, 2013 at 04:20 AM
Congrats to these three, but how about all of the other seniors who are going to play sports in college?
Pem McNerney (Editor) February 07, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Thanks, I will clarify that. That was my mistake. I do think Fillippone did say since he's been coach.
Pem McNerney (Editor) February 07, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Congratulations to them too.
MadMom February 07, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Congratulations to them too?? Wow....


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