Choosing a college to spend your next four years at is a tough decision for a teenager coming out of high school.
Wednesday, six student-athletes from St. Anne’s-Belfield signed their national letters of intent to spend the next four years of their lives playing sports and excelling academically at the next level.
Addi Bolin, a standout with the Saints in both basketball and lacrosse, signed her letter of intent to play lacrosse at George Washington next year. Bolin was an all-VIS Division II performer last season and is excited for the opportunity to join the Colonials.
“The whole process has been pretty intimidating,” said Bolin. “I looked at a lot of different schools, but in the end, I love Washington, D.C., and I knew George Washington was the place for me.”
Among those signing their letters to play men’s lacrosse were three members of the Saints 2008 and 2009 state championship teams.
Andrew Crockett signed his letter to play at Georgetown, Charles Schreck committed to play at Delaware and Connor McCollough agreed to play for Notre Dame for the 2011-12 season, after choosing the Fighting Irish over Virginia and Maryland.
“This whole experience has been a dream come true,” McCollough said. “Notre Dame is a top-notch school with a top-notch lacrosse program, all of the coaches are great guys, so I think I fit in well with that group.”
Crockett and Schreck were both members of last season’s Division I all-state team and are looking forward to being successful at the next level.
“The tradition at Delaware is great,” Schreck said. “Athletically and academically, Delaware is a great school and I knew that’s where I wanted to go from day one,” he said.
Crockett, who had offers to play lacrosse at Hobart College and Loyola (Md.) University, echoed that the process leading up to signing day has been hectic.
“I’m relieved to have this process over with, all of the visits and offers have led up to today, and it’s just good to know that you will be going somewhere, and a good school at that.”
Two members of the St. Anne’s baseball team also signed their letters to play Division I baseball in 2011-12. David Spinosa will be playing at Columbia, which won the Ivy League championship in 2008, while Sheldon Shifflett will join the VMI baseball team.
“This summer I started talking to VMI and I liked it there, so I’m happy with my decision,” Shifflett said. “I’ve always been interested in the military, so when they offered me a scholarship I knew it was the right fit for me.”
Spinosa, who also considered Virginia and Duke, is anxious to transition to New York City to begin his college career.
“A combination of academics and athletics ultimately made me choose Columbia in the end,” Spinosa said. “It’s going to be different going into a big city, but it will be fun at the same time.”
Quartet of Warriors seal college plans
Ellen Shaffrey was one of four Western Albemarle student athletes to ink their respective letters of intent Wednesday as well.
Shaffrey, who also stars on the basketball court, led the Warriors to a state championship in lacrosse, and will play at William & Mary. She was named first-team all-Jefferson District and second-team all-Region II as a junior, and was the leading scorer in the Warriors’ state title win.
Kelly Abrams, a two-time second-team all-Region II selection who committed to Cornell as a junior, made it official on Wednesday and will join the Big Red’s soccer program.
Two members of Western’s rowing team also announced their future plans; Caroline Schneller — a hoops teammate of Shaffrey’s — will attend Ohio State, while Jenn Bisgaier will go to Georgetown.
Miller’s Stallings signs with Keydets
Miller School pitcher/infielder Thomas Stallings made his college choice official Wednesday, signing with VMI.
Stallings, a Charlottesville native, was a second-team all-VISAA Division III pick as a junior. He batted .463 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 2009, scoring 23 runs. On the mound, he went 1-1 with a 1.05 ERA.