On Tuesday, November 14, three standout senior student-athletes were recognized and celebrated in front of friends and family for the tremendous accomplishment of moving on to participate in collegiate athletics at the NCAA Division I level:
- Kelly Gouin will play Lacrosse at Mount St. Mary's University (MD)
- Lucas Stalman will play Baseball at Boston College
- Harry Walker will play Tennis at Harvard University
*Evan Townsend-Henry will play Football at Army West Point, but due to NCAA guidelines, will not sign his official letter of intent until later in the school year.
Kelly Gouin: Kelly is a hard-working, team leader with superb field vision. A versatile player in both lacrosse and football, he is adaptable, powerful and composed. As a lefty midfielder in lacrosse, he uses his size, strength and skill to overpower defenders. Kelly will enter his senior season as team captain sitting at 224 career points - 152 Goals and 72 Assists. He will be a 4-year varsity starter and has been named Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA) All-Star three times and All-New England twice. In 2017, he was instrumental in leading the King Lacrosse Team to a FAA Tournament Championship. This past summer Kelly had a strong showing at the Epoch Inside Lacrosse Committed Academy as a member of the Northeast conference team. On the varsity Football Team, Kelly is a 4-year starter and 2-year captain. He earned All-FAA honors twice and was named King Football 2016 Special Teams Player of the Year. Kelly was a key contributor on the 2016 NEPSAC Class C Championship team and has helped lead the Vikings back to a Bowl Game this fall (Saturday, 11/18 at King at 1:00pm). Off the field, Kelly has been active in helping to raise funds for Harlem Lacrosse and student-athletes in Houston affected by Hurricane Harvey. Kelly looks forward to playing lacrosse at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD.
Lucas Stalman: Lucas will finish at King having played three years of Varsity Baseball. Although primarily a middle infielder, he has caught and played the corner outfield positions as well. Last spring as a Junior, he helped lead the Vikings to the New England Championship Game. Lucas received all-league recognition each of his first three years of high school baseball and was named his team's most valuable player his Freshman and Junior years. Outside of King, Lucas played for Team Elite Prime, a selective travel team out of Winder, Georgia, and also for the Argentine National Junior Team at the 2012 Pan-American Games in Honduras and at the 2014 World Cup in Mexico. Coach Bobby Valentine, who Lucas worked with for many years, has said about Lucas that his "versatility on defense and above average arm strength make him a valuable addition at any position," and that "he has a very high baseball IQ and leadership qualities that can help a team win on and off the field." Lucas also gives back to the community by working with Pibes, an Argentinian foundation started by his family. Lucas will move on next year to play Baseball for the Eagles of Boston College.
Harry Walker: Harry Walker has played competitive tennis since he was eight years old. He was ranked number one in the United States for Boys 16 and under, and, six months later, earned the #1 ranking in the Boys 18's. He is a Blue Chip on Tennis Recruiting, with a rating as high as tenth for his recruiting class. He won a Silver Ball in the 2017 National Clay Court Championships in Boys 18's Doubles, and has led the Eastern Section playing in the one spot for Intersectional Davis Cup, Intersectional Championships, and the Zonal Team National Tournament. He joined the King Varsity Team in 8th grade, playing in the top singles position ever since, was named team MVP each of the last three seasons, and won a Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA) Title in 2016. He has been a King Scholar since freshman year, and was inducted into the Cum Laude Society in his Junior year. He has also served on the junior board of the CT Alliance for Tennis and Education. Harry is excited to head to Harvard in the fall and will play Tennis for the Crimson.
Congratulations to all our student-athletes!