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Three scholar athletes sign national letters of intent to play college football

| February 3, 2016
Brandon Barlow, Andrew Bolton, and Brendan MacPhee with Head Coach Greg Sheeler.

Brandon Barlow, Andrew Bolton, and Brendan MacPhee with Head Coach Greg Sheeler.

Three of the Shaker High School football program’s most decorated athletes from its 2015 season signed national letters of intent to play football at the collegiate level. Brandon Barlow signed to Boston College, Andrew Bolton signed to Brown University, and Brendan MacPhee signed to Yale University.

“One thing that has never changed with these three young men is their enthusiasm for the game, their enthusiasm for leadership, and their efforts on and off the field,” said Shaker Football Head Coach, Greg Sheeler. “The caliber of the academic schools they’re going to is indicative of their performances. I’m really proud of the way they have conducted themselves in this building and in the community.”

All three athletes thanked their families, coaching staff, teammates and school administrators for their support through the years. 

“Without my mom’s guidance and my dad pushing me to be the best I can, I wouldn’t be able to be sitting in this position today,” said Barlow.

“Every single one of my teammates has shaped me into who I am today, and I am so thankful,” added Bolton. 

“I can’t thank my parents and sister enough. Whenever I needed to talk to someone, they were there,” said MacPhee. He also went on to thank his teammates, saying, “We became our best in practice, because we knew we faced the best competition from our own guys.”

More information on the scholar athletes from Coach Sheeler:

Brandon Barlow enjoyed one of the most successful and highly awarded seasons by any defensive player at Shaker. Barlow was named Liberty Division Player of the Year, Troy Record Defensive POY, Schenectady Gazette Defensive POY, Times Union Defensive POY, 1st Team NYS USA Today All American defensive end, and 1st Team NYSSWA defensive end. He led the Bison with 9.5 sacks this fall and had over 70 tackles. Barlow will be joining Coach Steve Addazio and the Boston College Eagles next fall.

Andrew Bolton is coming off a highly decorated four year varsity career with the Bison. Bolton was part of the Section 2 championship team in 2012 as a freshman running back. Over the course of his 4 years, Bolton has become one of the most versatile players for the Bison. This past season he enjoyed success as a returner, a defensive back, and as a running back. Some of Bolton’s accolades are: 1st Team Liberty Division RB, 2015 Liberty Division All Purpose POY, Times Union 2nd Team Defensive Back, Honorable Mention NYSSWA Defensive Back, and Time Warner Scholar Athlete of the Week. Bolton will be joining Coach Phil Estes and the Brown University Bears next fall.

Brendan MacPhee is one of the most decorated student-athletes to come through the Shaker program. MacPhee not only received attention for his on-the-field play, but also for his success in the classroom. MacPhee was a first team defensive back this past season in the Liberty Division. He was also voted to several area all-star teams including: Times Union defense, Troy Record defense, Schenectady Gazette defense, and 5th team NYSSWA all-state team. MacPhee was also a Time Warner scholar-athlete of the week, and one of the top award winners for the Capital District National Football Foundation. MacPhee will be joining Coach Tony Reno and the Yale University Bulldogs next fall.

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