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Amsterdam’s May signs letter of intent to play for UMBC

AMSTERDAM — Antonia May has been an intricate part of the Amsterdam Lady Rams success over the past four years.

Thursday the senior foward signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her basetball career after graduation at Division-I University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

“The campus is so nice. It felt like home,” May said. “I can’t wait to be there the next four years. The coaches are very nice. I liked how they explained everything academically and how they play, too.”

May is the second player from an Eric Duemler-coached Amsterdam girls basketball team to move on to play at the D-I college level, joining Brittany Stahura who went on to have a successful career with the Bryant University Bulldogs.

“They [UMBC coaches] saw her when we played in New York City,” Duemler said. “Once she went a saw the campus she was hooked. It will be a good fit for her. She decided a while ago, but now it is sinking in.”

May was brought up to the varsity level near the end of the season when she was in eighth grade.

Duemler said he wanted to prepare her for the leadership role she has stepped into throughout her varsity career.

“I wanted to work with her and let her see how they practice, go through the drills and see the daily work they put in and then hope it carried over,” he said. “She has helped our teams win many games and two championships.”

May, who carries a 92-plus GPA, reflected on her seasons in uniform for the Lady Rams.

“There is not one bad memory being able to play for Coach Duemler,” she said. “One of my special memories is becoming so close to Andie [Gannon] and Jackie [Stanavich]. They are my two best friends. They both just recently commited also. This is just so special for all of us and we are all so happy for each other.”

Gannon will sign her letter of intent to play for D-II Roberts Wesleyan College on Tuesday, while Stanavich will sign to play for Mercy College on Thursday.

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