Bellport senior signs with Williams College


Bellport High School senior outside linebacker and wide receiver No. 4 Calvin Pedatella has excelled on the gridiron and in academics, and next fall will be taking his talents to Massachussettes.

Graduating in June 2022 from Bellport, the senior is committed to Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. The captain for Bellport football in his third year as a starter is 6’1’’ and weighs 180 pounds and dominated on the defensive side of the field last season.

He was a tackling machine with 73 combined tackles, 47 solo, and 14 for a loss of yards. Adding to his prestigious junior year campaign, which was a truncated season due to COVID-19, Pedatella had a sack, forced a fumble, and made an interception. As a wide receiver, Pedatella made five receptions for 63 offensive yards.

The football star also wears another letter as a varsity wrestler twice earning the Varsity Scholar Athlete Award. Aside from his extraordinary athleticism, the Williams College commit has excelled in the classroom. A magnificent GPA of 101.4 and member of the high honor roll for four consecutive years dating back to his freshman year.

Due to his hard work and studying, Pedatella has marvelous academic credits to his name with many honors classes including Honors English 10, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Living Environment, Chemistry, including AP Modern World History. The scholar is currently taking three Aps: English, Chemistry, and U.S. History, along with honors Precalculus.

The well-rounded young man with a decorated high school resume occupies his time in extracurricular clubs at Bellport High including Athletes Helping Others, National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society, and volunteers for the nonprofit organization Eileen’s Home For The Holidays. Last year, the Bellport Clippers had a great season, earning a trip to the Suffolk County Division II Championship, but were defeated by West Islip. This year, the Clippers are 5-1 atop Suffolk II Division and last Saturday, Bellport overwhelmed Connetquot, 42-0, as Pedatella contributed for eight tackles.

Two weeks ago, the Clippers beat Half Hollow Hills 24-16, and aside from his invigorating and adept defense, Pedatella contributed to his offense making a reception on a 2-point conversion to give Bellport a 14-0 lead. In the Clippers week two victory over Newfield, 34-8, Pedatella made a 32-yard interception return to the end zone for 6 points.

Pedatella undoubtedly has a promising future ahead, and I wish him and the Bellport Clippers varsity football team the best of luck the remainder of the season, and best wishes to Pedatella at Williams College for success and in all future endeavors! 


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