Pearson is studying at RIT; basketball career continues | local sports

ROCHESTER, NY – Sydney Pearson wasn’t ready to leave the snow. Leaving his ties to Crawford and Erie County for a trip north to Rochester, New York, was one way to ensure that didn’t happen.

Snow or not, she was accepted into one of the best schools in the country at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and had the chance to play basketball there; he would have been crazy not to take the opportunity.

“People who go here get jobs very easily,” Pearson said of why she chose RIT. “Having biomedical engineering was also a big factor because it’s also not the most common major in the world.”

Pearson also mentioned the world-renowned co-op opportunities available to biomedical engineering graduates at the institution and that program was one that her older sister, Bailey, recently graduated from.

Pearson is currently in her second year as an RIT student and will soon enter her second season with the Tigers women’s basketball program. Pearson had an immediate impact on the program in his first season of college basketball, starting 19 of the team’s 24 games. Her combination of size and skill makes her a nightmare for opposing defenses, as she is listed as both a guard and a post player.

She finished her first campaign averaging 6.9 points and 3.8 rebounds, while helping the team qualify for the Liberty League Tournament. Although their season ended earlier than they would have hoped, Pearson and her teammates have something to rely on.

“I think I did pretty well considering I was put in a position I wasn’t very used to coming from Villa (Maria Academy Victors), a place where I played center and I was a role player. Here I have been pushed into this guard position and the coaches tell me I can try to score all the time if I want. I hope that in the future I will get used to this position more and that we can go even further.

Pearson came to RIT from Villa Maria Academy Victors, a school that has since merged with Cathedral Prep. Pearson played on the second-to-last Victors team in program history and helped the program make more history. She graduated after winning three letters, three regional titles, three District 10 titles and playing in three PIAA playoffs.

“It was worth it,” Pearson said of going to Villa Maria Academy as a Crawford County resident. “I didn’t play college in my first year, but I think that feeling pushed me to be even better. I loved the process it takes to play at Villa and the work that you have to do to get those minutes. I think it’s very valuable and I appreciate every minute that he (Doug Chuzzie) coaches me. I think he did a fantastic job and it shows a lot here at RIT .

As an alumna of Seton Catholic School, Pearson got to know many of her future Villa teammates and classmates while playing basketball in the Erie Diocese leagues. Coached by Jason Longo in her youth, now a college basketball coach for the Lady Bulldogs of Meadville, Pearson listed Longo as one of the people who helped teach her the game and helped her fall from it. in love when she started acting in elementary school. Playing basketball for Seton are days she treasures dearly, but her basketball career quickly expanded beyond Crawford County borders.

She eventually joined organizations like the Erie Saints and Erie Magic to play basketball with several of her future college teammates on the AAU Tour. Eventually, it became an easy decision to go to Villa despite living in County Crawford due to the comfort and camaraderie she had already built with her teammates.

No matter where basketball or her career takes her, she continues to make her parents Christine and Robert proud. It was worth the sacrifice they all made to enter such a respected institution as the RIT, while still being able to pursue their basketball career there.

“My dad was one of my assistant basketball coaches for a while and my mom was very important to my upbringing. She was a teacher all my life and now my dad is also a teacher. They’ve been there for me through everything.

Although life has changed and the Villa Maria Victors are now Cathedral Prep Ramblers, Sydney Pearson and several of his former high school teammates carry with them the pride of being among the last Villa Maria alumni to represent their school at the college level. She’s done well with that responsibility so far, being a sensational player for the Tigers in her first college season. But the best is yet to come as she prepares to face the sophomore college season.

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