Trio of Athletes Sign Letters of Intent


Three outstanding high school student-athletes – football player Cobie Rose and soccer players Brooke Skahan and Frankie Wolf – signed National Letters of Intent on Feb. 4 to play for colleges next fall.

They were congratulated during the Signing Day ceremony by their families as well as attending district administrators and educators including Islip Superintendent Susan Schnebel, Athletic Director Robert Panariello, Islip High School Assistant Principal Lisa Ward, and teachers James Lynch and Michael Reilly.

Star lineman Rose will play Division I football next year for the Tigers of Towson University in Maryland.

“I’m so excited,” said Rose. “It’s a big accomplishment and my family is very happy for me.”

A three-year varsity starter for the Bucs, Rose was dominant at his position last fall, earning him All-County, All-Long Island, All-State and All-Metropolitan honors. He had verbally committed to Bryant University earlier in the year, but when Towson showed interest, he knew it was the place for him.

“I loved the whole atmosphere in Baltimore, and the great facilities,” he said. “I’m a city type of guy.”

He hasn’t yet decided on a major but is leaning toward physical education or business.

For Rose, playing in the Suffolk Division III championship game against Sayville last Nov. 20 was the highlight of his Islip career. “It was a big thing for our team, even though we lost,” he said.

For now, he’s just looking ahead, saying, “I’m happy to be done with the recruiting process and looking forward to starting college life.”

Skahan will join the New York Institute of Technology’s Bears squad while majoring in nursing.

Skahan, who plays defense, was named All-State in 2013 and 2014, All-County in 2012, and All-League as a freshman in 2011.

The strength of NYIT’s nursing program led her to choose the school. Skahan enjoyed touring its Old Westbury campus and said, “I am really looking forward to playing with the team.”

Fellow Bucs defenseman Wolf, who played with her teammate on the school’s 2011 and 2012 county champions, signed with the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

“I always wanted to be away at college, and be down South,” she explained about her choice. The fact that the university’s Patriots soccer program has struggled a bit was actually a selling point for Wolf. “I didn’t want to join a legacy,” she said. “I wanted to create a legacy of my own, and help create a winning team.”

Wolf will major in political science with a dual minor in business administration and psychology. Her future plans also include law school and a career as a corporate lawyer.