Feb 15, 2013 2:46 AM by Andrew Masuda

Mission Accomplished: Three Royals earn scholarships to play college ball

Mission Prep saluted three student-athletes for scoring scholarships to play at the next level on Thursday. Michael Cardwell signed a national letter of intent to play football at Missouri University of Science and Technology, linebacker Andrew DeSesa is headed to Brown and pitcher Anthony Bosshardt will play at Claremont McKenna next school year.

Cardwell, a 5-7, 155 pound running back, picked the Missouri S&T because not only can he play football there, but it also has a prominent aerospace engineering program.

The Miners are a Division II program located in Rolla, Missouri. The Miners finished the 2012 season 10-1 and ranked 24th in the final American Football Coaches Association Poll of the season. It marked just the second time in program history the team finished the season as a ranked team. The Miners were one of just seven Division II programs in the nation to finish the season with one loss.

"This is beyond my wildest dreams. First I never thought I was going to be playing football but after my breakout season it's just unbelievable," said Cardwell, who's also a guard on the school's basketball team.

Cardwell was instrumental in the Royals' runner-up finish in CIF and 11-2 campaign. Cardwell rushed for 1,370 yards on 172 carries with 14 rushing touchdowns. He averaged 7.97 yards per carry. He also racked up more than 500 return yards on kicks and punts and returned 3 kicks for touchdowns.

DeSesa committed to the Bears back in January after meeting with coaches on campus in Providence, Rhode Island. A few of the Brown coaches visited DeSesa in San Luis Obispo the week before. Brown went 7-3 last season, 4-3 in the Ivy League. The Bears are a Division-1, FCS level team. The same as Cal Poly.

"It's going to prepare me the most and give me the realist football experience that I can get. And the academics at an Ivy League is as good as it gets in the United States," said De Sesa, who will face his former teammate and current Cornell football player Kevin Laird.

DeSesa was a full time middle linebacker and part time offensive lineman for Mission Prep. He led the team with 108 tackles and forced 7 fumbles. The 6'3", 235 pounder, expects to play defensive end for Brown after his All-CIF and All-State senior year.

DeSesa plans to major in economics at Brown. He owns a 4.57 grade point average at Mission Prep.

Bosshardt has been the ace of the Royals pitching staff the last few years. In three years at the varsity level he owns a career 2.14 ERA with 111 strikeouts in 98 1/3 innings pitched. Last season as a junior he went 5-2 with a 1.94 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings on the mound.

He joins a Claremont McKenna program that competes in the Southern California Association Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Stags went 14-26 season to snap their streak of three-straight winning seasons.

"I found out coach Town wanted me in November and it was pretty surreal because I always wanted to play college baseball and I never thought it would be at an academic school like Claremont," said Bosshardt, who owns a 4.2 GPA and plans to major in Biophysics.

There's a chance quarterback Tyler Baty and defensive lineman Andrew Da Rosa will receive scholarship offers in the coming weeks.



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