Varsity Athletes Sign NLIs

On Nov. 15, six seniors signed their National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers in college.

Both a varsity baseball and basketball player, Jack Schroeder officially committed to Virginia Commonwealth University to play baseball. He has been playing baseball since he was four years old, and it has always been his dream to keep his athletic career of baseball going in college. In his baseball career, his best pitch was around 90-91 mph, and he will be able to forward his career playing outfield and pitching for Virginia Commonwealth University. Schroeder chose Virginia Commonwealth University because, he said, “I loved the city, coaching staff, and it was my best chance to play a big role on the team from my freshman year.”

Lexi Arens, four-year varsity lacrosse player, committed to the University of Louisville. As an attacker on the field, she felt like Louisville was the right spot for her. With two of her friends from Marriotts Ridge also committing to play lacrosse at University of Louisville, she hopes that it will feel just like home. Arens also received offers from University of Cincinnati and University of California, Berkeley.

Lacrosse player Karson Porter will be attending Missouri Valley College in the fall. He got recruited in his junior year and knew it was the perfect fit for him because it was a small school. The best part about the whole recruiting process for Porter was “getting to talk to all the different college coaches and getting to know about their lacrosse program,” he said.

Shane Devine is one of Mt. Hebron’s first students to commit to a college for rowing. Devine will be attending St. Joseph’s University in the fall. The best part about rowing is that “it has transformed me into a motivated athlete and student,” Devine said. “Every single practice I work hard to improve and never stop working towards perfection.” On top of competing in rowing, Devine has also played varsity basketball since her sophomore year, after she transferred from Notre Dame Preparatory School.

Maya Takashima, a seven-year volleyball player, committed to play at University of Mary Washington next fall. The hardest part about the recruiting process for Takashima was “knowing early in high school what kind of school I wanted to go to,” she said. Takashima has made a huge impact on the team for her four years at Mt. Hebron. As the libero, she was the team leader her senior year.

Softball player Rylee Kinsella will be attending Shippensburg University in the fall. After being recruited by Ursinus College and Wheaton College, Kinsella knew that Shippensburg was right for her. “I really liked the softball program and everyone on the team because they were very welcoming,” she said. “I also loved the campus.” Kinsella’s travel coach, Bo Vicendese, and her parents were her biggest motivations; they are the ones who helped her to become the player she is today.

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