BY JEFF FALK
SOUTH LEBANON – We humans feel more comfortable being around those whose interests we share. We like people who like the same things we do.
Josh Bucher, Nick Miller and Soren Frost have traversed similar athletic paths since they were old enough to hold a ball, and many times their ways have crossed. Now those courses have led them to the next chapters of their lives.
On Wednesday afternoon, within the confines of Cedar Crest High School’s LGI (Large Group Instruction) Room, Frost, Miller and Bucher, three members of the Falcons’ highly successful boys’ basketball team, committed to continuing athletic pursuits by signing national letters of intent. Miller, Frost and Bucher were joined in the ceremony by sisters-in-sports Delaney Cole and Rebecca Robbin.
But of the Falcons’ Fabulous Fivesome, only Bucher will be playing basketball at the next level. A combo guard for Cedar Crest, Bucher has signed on to play hoops at Division Three Juniata College.
Frost consented to play Division One men’s soccer at the University of Delaware, while Miller chose the same pursuit at D-One New Hampshire.
Bucher chose Juniata over Marywood, Penn State-Altoona and Lebanon Valley. Juniata made Bucher’s decision easier by showing the most interest in him.
“Josh is definitely a leader,” said Frost of the Falcons’ hoops captain. “He can control the game. You feel comfortable when he has the ball. He’s going to make good decisions when he has the ball in his hands.”
“He’s a great player,” said Miller of Bucher. “He’s always focused and ready to go. He always shoots confidently, whether he’s on or not. And he always hounds the other team’s best guard.”
Miller and Frost are close friends, play on the same soccer travel team, play next to each other on the same Falcon pitch and often sub for one another when playing basketball for Cedar Crest. Miller chose New Hampshire over George Mason, Xavier and Oregon State.
“Nick is a center back,” said Frost of Miller. “He’s very controlled and collected under pressure. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen him make the same mistake twice.”
“They’re (Miller and Frost) freak athletes,” said Bucher. “Sometimes me and the other guys on the basketball team will play pick-up soccer with them at South Hill, and Soren and Nick are always picking our pockets. They’re always kicking our butts.”
Frost was impressed by Delaware’s math and science programs, among other things. The Blue Hens won out over Seton Hall and Lehigh.
“First of all, he’s really fast,” said Miller of Frost. “He’s great on the ball. He’s big and strong. And he wins a ton of headers.”
Cole and Robbin will also be playing soccer in college. Cole will do her’s at NCAA Division Three powerhouse Messiah, while Robbin will toil for Misericordia.
Meanwhile, across the county at Palmyra, Cougar quarterback Michael Lewis committed his signal-calling skills to Lafayette, and soccer player Lucy Kirkorkian picked Niagara.