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Rhett Moroses '13

Blair is proud to share news of a remarkable number of athletes who have continued to make an impact in their respective sportsThese former Bucs have made headlines over the past weeks and months for their collegiate and professional athletic achievements beyond the hilltop. 

Our football program has graduated several notable alumni who have gone on to successful careers, but Odafe Oweh ’18 and David Ojabo ’19 of the Baltimore Ravens have been in the headlines for their NFL playoff appearances against the Houston Texans. Both alumni not only played at Blair but have also ended up on the No. 1 seeded AFC team heading into the playoffs.

Adding to this legacy now is Sanoussi Kane ’20, who was also recently drafted to the Baltimore Ravens in the 2024 NFL Draft. Sanoussi had a standout career at Purdue University, leading the team in total and unassisted tackles with 72 and 54, respectively. He will join David and Odafe this summer at training camp, resulting in three alumni now playing for the NFL franchise. 

The boys’ basketball team has had an exceptional number of alumni in the headlines over the past few months as well. Dexter Akanno ’19 served as captain at Oregon State, where he was a senior guard. Jabri Abdur-Rahim ’20 had a great year as a senior guard for the University of Georgia Bulldogs, scoring 354 points. Michael O’Connell ’20 and Jaylen Blakes ’21 have both helped North Carolina State and Duke advance to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2024 NCAA Mens’ Basketball Tournament. Internationally, Tucker Richardson ’18 is playing professionally in Finland for the BC Nokia team in the Finnish Korisliiga league after attending Colgate University. Also in Europe, Jack Rauch ’16 is playing forward for Switzerland’s Vevey Riviera team. In the Middle East, Julius Coles ’07 is playing guard in the Bahrain-Premier League for Al-Muharraq. Former NBA star and Buc Charlie Villanueva ’03 was formally inducted into the University of Connecticut’s Huskies of Honor alongside his 2004 national championship team.     

Blair squash powerhouse Youssif Mostafa ’22 assisted Colby College with its first victory over Bates College in more than 20 years. Youssif was an Insley Hall prefect and respected leader on Blair’s campus.

Blair Wrestling had a few alumni who made headlines. Skylar Grote ’16, Matt Kolodzik ’15 and Joey McKenna ’14 all competed in the Olympic Trials this year. Joey placed third, earning him a spot on the USA Wrestling Men’s Freestyle National Team. Former Blair wrestler TJ Stewart ’22 won the ACC Freshman of the Year award after his dominant season for Virginia Tech, finishing the year with an overall record of 14-4 at 184 lbs.

Jordyn Humphrey ’20 has been dominant for the Stetson University women’s lacrosse team, leading the team in goals and points for the 2024 season.

Mallory Allen ’23 continues to stand out as a top pitcher for Skidmore College this softball season. She currently has a 1.96 ERA with 15 strikeouts in nine games. 

Lucy Barton ’23 and Chloe Barton ’23 led Gettysburg to a second place finish in the 2024 Centennial Conference Women’s Golf Championship. The Barton sisters both shot the lowest round of the weekend with a score of 164. Additionally, they earned all conference honors by both placing second in the championship.

Colby College’s Sydney Landau ’20 won the 2024 NESCAC Senior Sportswoman of the Year award. She is only the second Colby player in program history to receive this award, and earned 12 wins playing at second and third singles this season.

To share your athletics updates after leaving Blair, please email Assistant Athletic Director Rhett Moroses ’13 at Go Bucs!

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