Monticello celebrates three college commits

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Monticello honored three seniors for their commitments to play at the college level on Wednesday, including two historic college commits.

The Monticello mountain biking team started in just 2015, but four years later the program celebrated their first college commit, Bailey LaPrade. The senior committed to ride at Lees-McRae.

"I've been the only girl on the team since my freshman year of high school and sometimes it has been hard because I'm like I kind of wish I had more girls to race with, but it has been really nice," LaPrade said, "Being the first to go for my high school feels even better."

Monticello will also send only their second student in their 20-year history to play college tennis as Andrew Watson is set to play for Mary Washington.

"Pretty crazy, feels good to make history," Watson said,"I hope that I can lead the way for other Monticello tennis players to do what I've done and follow in my footsteps."

The Mustangs will also send Chase Emmert to play college football at Centre College in Kentucky. Emmert started off as a quarterback, but will switch to the defensive side and play safety in college.

"It means everything, ever since I was a little kid, I've always wanted to have the chance to play at the next level and to have that opportunity, it means everything to me, Emmert said,"I'm going to compete for a starting spot, but the goal for everyone down there is to win a conference championship and compete for a national championship."

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