Sports Desk: May 3, 2017

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St. John’s to add varsity sport

The St. John’s equestrian club, which has been at the school for four years, will be recognized as a varsity sport in the fall of 2017, the school announced on April 19.

This year, the team won Reserve Champion in the Inter-School Horse Show series, which is a competition among 42 schools in the region, 15 of which are highly competitive.

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The squad, coached by Kate Fernandez and Marie Gelso, has a slew of standout athletes, including Antoinette Centanni, Rachel Novosel, Amalia Grobbel, Calli Singdahlsen, Zoe Schmitt, Andrea Aresta-Katz, Iris Moseley, Claire Gehran and Zoe Dolge.

Gonzaga football stars honored

The regional chapter of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame honored 45 scholar-athletes from the greater Washington area on Sunday at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington. Six seniors from Gonzaga were recognized: Miles Brown, Sam Brown, Johnny Jordan, Roger Mellado, Cameron Warfield and Joseph Zuccari. They were chosen from players at 105 schools in D.C. and its Maryland and Virginia suburbs.

Former Cadet inks NFL deal

Former St. John’s football standout Mitchell Kirsch may not have been selected during the NFL draft over the weekend — but shortly after, his phone rang with good news and he signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent, according to a post on his personal Twitter page.

The 2012 St. John’s graduate starred for James Madison University for five years and blossomed into a stud offensive tackle. In his final year in Harrisonburg, Va., the former Cadet was a Consensus FCS First Team All-American.

Prior to playing for the Dukes in college, Kirsch was a first-team Washington Catholic Athletic Conference selection and the Cadets’ offensive player of the year.

St. Albans grad gets NFL shot

Chris Fraser, a 2013 graduate of St. Albans, was a standout punter at Cornell for four years. He didn’t hear his name called during the NFL draft, but The Cornell Daily Sun reported over the weekend that he still has a chance to make his NFL dreams a reality. Both the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers have extended him invitations to their rookie minicamps — which doesn’t guarantee a roster spot, but does give him a chance to audition for the teams.

While at Cornell, Fraser won a slew of awards, including Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and was named first-team All-Ivy League four times. At St. Albans, Fraser was a three-sport athlete and played multiple positions on the football team, including kicker, punter, wideout and defensive back.