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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
The Rockaway Times
Woerner’s World
Q & A WITH ROCKAWAY RAY
In the June of 2015, Poly
Prep football standout and
Rockaway native Ray Marten
committed to Boston Col-
lege on a full athletic scholar-
ship. Woerner’s World got the
chance to catch up with Ray in
advance of his first collegiate
game, played this past Satur-
day against Georgia Tech at
Dublin, Ireland’s Aviva Stadi-
um.
Woerner’s
World:
First
things first. How was your
summer?
Ray Marten:
I got to campus
in late June and enrolled in two
summer classes. My schedule
pretty much through July was
just working out and focus-
ing on the academics. It was a
lot to take in classroom-wise
because I was taking two 15-
week courses that were being
condensed into 5 weeks. It was
definitely a good opportunity
for me to get adjusted to the
school prior to training camp.
WW:
How was camp?
RM:
Camp started at the
beginning of August. Every
day we got a little bit better
and grew as a group. It was
definitely tough because the
schedule was so demanding. I
am playing tight end (his high
school position). The word
I would use to describe it is
“grind”. Every day you have
tasks that you have to ap-
proach one at a time and just
grind through.
WW:
I know you have only
been in the BC environment
for just over two months
now, but what difference are
you seeing between the high
school and college game at
this point?
RM:
College follows a mil-
itary-type schedule – it is a
full schedule every day. I have
somewhere to be at basically
all times. Classes, meetings,
learning the playbook, prac-
tice, lifting, and most impor-
tantly, study hall, fill up the
entire day. The college game is
so specific – it’s all about tech-
nique and getting everything
right on every play. In high
school, you can get by just us-
ing size and strength – college
is not the same. There are also
so many more plays and audi-
bles we need to be aware of.
WW:
Many college athletes
access their choice of school
on this basis of it being a “fit”;
do you feel that BC has been a
good “fit” so far?
RM:
Boston College has
been a perfect fit. I am not sure
there is a more genuine coach-
ing and support staff in the
country. They truly care about
the players as individuals. The
football program recruits high
character guys who I am able
to relate to because they come
from similar backgrounds,
which makes me feel even
more comfortable.
WW:
Every BCS football
team goes into Week 1 want-
ing to win a National Cham-
pionship. Realistically, what
is the outlook for this year’s
Eagles?
RM:
Late last season, the
team kind of fell into a ditch,
so our first priority is to dig
ourselves out of that and
start fresh. We need to look at
everything as taking it game-
by-game, snap-by-snap. Geo­
rgia Tech is all we are focused
on right now, and when this
game is over, we will move
on to the next opponent.. Our
goal by the end of the season
is to get to a bowl game.
WW:
What events led to your
success in ultimately becom-
ing a Division 1 athlete?
RM:
It all started with Hurri-
canes football. Steve Orr and
my coaches in that program
did a great job teaching the
game. The idea of being able
to play for the Hurricanes
with all of my friends got me
to love football. That contin-
ued at Poly where they gave
me so many great opportuni-
ties. All of the coaches there
did so much for me as well and
had me on a college schedule
at a young age.
WW:
Athletes who venture
off the Peninsula to cultivate
their pursuits sometimes lose
a connection with Rockaway
as time goes on. Do you feel
that is hard to maintain this
connection with home?
RM:
Absolutely not. There
are fourteen people from
Rockaway here in Ireland to
support me at my first game
and countless others who have
reached out through text and
social media to wish me luck. I
am a part of a new, special cir-
cle here at BC but it is amazing
to be able to stay in close touch
with my family and everyone
back home.
Boston College fell to Geor-
gia Tech in their season open-
er across the pond 17-14. They
will be featured in nationally
televised games on September
17th (ESPNU –3:30 p.m.), Oc-
tober 7th (ESPN – 7:30 p.m.),
and November 11th (ESPN2 –
7:30 p.m.).
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Anniversary!
Guarino Book Signing
This Weekend
Didn’t get your copy of Dan
Guarino’s new book yet? The
author will be holding two
book signing events for “Broad
Channel
Through
Time”
this weekend at St. Virgilius
Church.
These will be on Saturday,
September 10, after 4 p.m.
Mass and Sunday, Septem-
ber 11, after 10 a.m. Mass. St.
Virgilius Church is at 16 Noel
Road in Broad Channel.
He will have copies of his
newly released book, availa-
ble for $22.99 per copy. He will
also have copies of his previ-
ous book, “Images of Ameri-
ca: Broad Channel” ($19.99),
written with his late wife, Liz
Guarino.
“I’m looking forward to see-
ing everyone there,” Guari-
no said. “And of course I will
be happy to sign everyone’s
copy!”