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Newark Academy's impressive West Point commit Anthony Giachin (22) slides into third base against Gill St. Bernard's during this past spring's prep B tournament action. (photo courtesy of NA Athletics)

Newark Academy’s West Point-Bound Star
Values Mantra Of Leadership & Hard Work
By Steve Tober
For sidelinechatter.com

LIVINGTON- Anthony Giachin is a devoted Yankee fan with his favorite player being the former all-star shortstop Derek Jeter. In that sense he is like any aspiring teenager who loves the game of baseball while also maintaining his own set of dreams and aspirations.

But where the Newark Academy rising senior differs from most young men seeking to ascend in the sport is that he’s ready to go above and beyond simply trying to emulate the class, leadership and clutch ability of the future Hall of Famer. Instead, he is now aspiring to not only continue to raise his game at the next level, but is also looking to join America’s ultimate team: the U.S. Army.

A 2-time Sideline Chatter first-team All- Essex County selection, Giachin recently announced his commitment to West Point where he plans on not only being a member of the Army baseball team starting in the fall of 2017, but is also fully ready to honor all that such a commitment entails in his life during the next several years.

“I used to have the words, ‘What would Derek do,’ written under my hat when I play because I always looked up to him as a player and a person who carried himself with class and always came through in the clutch for his team,” said the solidly-built 6-foot, 185-pound Minutemen shortstop. “When it comes to Army baseball, I love their mantra about leadership and being hard-working and committed to your team and country; and, I look forward to trying to do my part to help better the world during my 5-year military commitment following college.”

There aren’t many young men out there who make that big decision to attend West Point and serve one’s country while also having that unique ability to be both a college athlete and a top student, but Giachin is the complete package in order to be able to seriously contemplate and then eventually undertake such a journey. The outstanding student, with a strong interest in math and science, also contnues to be one of North Jersey’s best baseball players during the spring high school season and summer club travel circuit.

“I’m so proud of Anthony because he’s not only a terrific player, but a special young man as well,” said Rico Bellini, Giachin’s coach with the North Jersey Cardinals, a summertime travel team that operates out of The Strike Zone in East Hanover, and has produced many Division I college players. “He could have chosen an Ivy League school because he is that caliber of student, but he had a great visit to West Point and after meeting their new coach Jim Foster, he knew that he wanted to be part of that special Army experience and make the commitment to his country that he has.”

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