Daniels, Rapposelli to Take Athletics to College

Posted on January 29, 2015 by


With senior year coming to a close, college searches are narrowing down. Many athletes are trying to matriculate in a school and further their education and career. Two Fleetwood student-athletes know where they are committing already. Seniors Tyler Rapposelli and Kayla Daniels know where they are headed.

Kayla Daniels has played soccer for Fleetwood Area High School.  She was brought into a winning tradition right away, picking up a County Championship as a sophomore.

Daniels was then faced with an injury. She tore her ACL in her first year playing.

After missing her first season, Daniels wanted nothing more than to be out there with her teammates. They would go on to win the County Championship.

“She is one of the bravest people I have met,” brother Nick Daniels said.

The following year, Daniels would go on to tear her ACL a second time. At this point, she did not know what to do with her future. She has played the game her whole life and was scared it was coming to an end. Once again, Daniels overcame the injury and returned to the field. In February of 2014, Kayla would tear her ACL once more for a third time. Daniels feared she was going to miss her senior season.

Daniels missed half of the season, but would return in time for playoffs, where she helped the team in playoffs.

Kayla Daniels wants to further her education at Cedar Crest. The coach has recently contacted her to ask if she would like to play soccer. She accepted the challenge.

Tyler Rapposelli has also played soccer for all four years at Fleetwood Area High School, having three great seasons but never winning any trophies.

Rapposelli did not want that his senior season. He knew he would do whatever it took to help his team win a trophy. Rapposelli started the season off great. Fleetwood was faced with a roadblock halfway through the season, when they lost two straight games.

Tyler, as captain, stepped up and pulled his team in for a meeting. This meeting must have had a magical effect on the group of soccer players. They turned around and won the season. Rapposelli and the Tigers reached counties where, unfortunately, they would fall to Kutztown.

Tyler knew that his options were to win or to go home. The team went  back to work and made an incredible playoff run. Rapposelli helped his team reach the district final to face Gettysburg. The Tigers would go on to win the District title.

Rapposelli then helped his team reach the State Semifinals. This was where the season would end.

“I wouldn’t have wanted this with any other group of guys,” Rapposelli said.

Tyler’s college search was wide open. The senior forward had many options. Rapposelli visited Washington & Jefferson College, Lafayette, and Lehigh. After taking an overnight visit up to Washington & Jefferson, Tyler may have found the right fit for him.

“I enjoyed the beautiful campus, along with the students there,” Rapposelli added.

Tyler has applied to Washington and Jefferson and been accepted. He received the Deans’ award, which would see a total of $16,000 per year for Rapposelli. Tyler is still awaiting other scholarships.

“I have not committed fully yet, but it is my number one choice as of now,” Rapposelli said.

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