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Scholar-athletes at College and Morgantown put pen to paper for school plans

MORGANTOWN — Wednesday marked a particular second for 9 student-athletes from each College and Morgantown Excessive Colleges as they signed their letter of intent to compete athletically on the collegiate degree.

Seven Hawks and two Mohigans turned the most recent signees for his or her respective faculties Wednesday morning. 

On Baker’s Ridge at UHS, 5 baseball gamers (Mason McDonald, Mason Chaney, Brodee Latocha, Riley Anderson, and Levi Boyd), one wrestler (Cynthia Pyatt), and a thrower from the observe and discipline crew (Gabrielle Chico) inked their names to proceed their athletic and educational careers on the subsequent degree.

Throughout city in South Park, two defending state champions etched their signatures for MHS in ladies’ soccer participant Emily Carpenter, and boys’ lacrosse member Johnathan DeBastiani.

Signees Mason McDonald and Riley Anderson would require a little bit of journey as McDonald will head to USC-Lancaster in South Carolina whereas Anderson heads to Nebraska to attend Southeast Neighborhood Faculty.

Anderson lauded the geography program at SECC, and stated that together with the chance to play baseball, he’s excited for the possibility to check what he’s most all in favour of. As for McDonald, he needed to get down south the place he can play outdoor twelve months a 12 months.

“I’ve been taking part in down south my total life and I really like being there and taking part in within the heat climate,” he stated. “That was an enormous a part of my choice. I discovered USC-Lancaster and it was an ideal match after I went on my go to.”

Levi Boyd, who says taking part in baseball in school has at all times been a objective of his, may also cross state traces to proceed his taking part in profession, however gained’t be too distant, as he’ll attend Waynesburg College.

Two different UHS baseball gamers, Mason Chaney and Brodee Latocha, will proceed taking part in as teammates at West Liberty College in Wheeling. Latocha performed a task within the 2023 state match look for the Hawks and had a great summer season with Morgantown Publish 2. Each he and Chaney agreed that the campus and surrounding space of West Liberty each stood out to them scenically and that they felt the connection immediately.

“I liked the campus and the teaching workers have all been nice to work with already,” Latocha stated. “The services are additionally an enormous plus and it feels nice to get so far.”

For back-to-back defending state champion Emily Carpenter, who will attend Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, her choice got here right down to the smaller dimension of the campus and the power to develop herself spiritually.

“That is going to be an thrilling expertise and life-changing for me,” she stated. “Emotionally, bodily, mentally. I’m grateful to have the chance to attend Asbury due to the smaller dimension and the way the college helps everybody athletically and academically.”

Fellow state champion Jonathan DeBastiani will play lacrosse for Allegheny Faculty in Meadville, Pa., and says with the ability to play lacrosse in school after solely starting to play his freshman 12 months of highschool is one thing he’s grateful for.

“Beginning my freshman 12 months to going to taking part in in school is particular to me,” he stated.”I’ve my coaches and teammates to thank and I really like the sport and may’t wait to get began on the subsequent degree.”

Regardless of signing to wrestle at West Liberty, Pyatt first hit the mat only one 12 months in the past.

“Bailey Emery, my greatest good friend, acquired me into wrestling final 12 months and I picked it up rapidly,” she stated. “It’s large for me as a result of I really feel like (girls’s wrestling is) a rising sport and being part of the change is one thing I’m hopeful to be part of and proud to be concerned in.”

Chico signed with the Waynesburg observe and discipline crew.

“I throw shotput and discus right here however I’m excited to attempt some new occasions at Waynesburg like javelin and hammer throw that aren’t provided in West Virginia,” Chico stated. “It’ll be a problem, however I like doing issues the unconventional approach.”

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