STAB celebrates 14 future college student-athletes

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- After the St. Anne's-Belfield girl's basketball team fell in the state championship game this season, senior guard Jovia Winkey's future in basketball was not clear until the right opportunity came along.

"This is a huge accomplishment for me, I was kind of in the air whether I was going to play basketball at the next level or not, but I decided it wasn't time to hang up the shoes," Winkey said, who will play next year for Christopher Newport, "I'm going to give it four more years and I'm going to make the most of it because basketball is something I've been doing ever since I was younger and I couldn't imagine my life without it."

Winkey was one of 13 seniors honored at St.Anne's-Belfield on Wednesday, who continue playing sports in college.

Five of those students previously signed their letters of intent in the fall. Lacrosse players Virginia signee Connor Shellenberger, Notre Dame signee Emmett Barger and Fairfield signee Trent Moran were among those who signed in the fall.

Those three were joined by five more teammates, who are set to play college lacrosse at some level. Douglas Brooks will play for Denison, Noah Kurtz will head to Mary Washington, Dawson Dickerson will play for St. Ambrose University, while Thomas Harry and Michael McGraw will team up at Dickinson College.

"Really exciting to be able to play with someone all of high school and become such close friends and then being able to take it to the next level and step on the field at Dickinson and play with him," Harry said.

"These are all kids that I've grown up with and everyone has really worked hard over the years to get to where we are right now and it's a true testament to how hard our class has worked," McGraw said, who will play attack at Dickinson.

Alex Markopuolos will continue to be a versatile piece next year pitching and playing in the infield for Division I program Bucknell.

"A lot of pride coming from a not-so-large school and just having played under the St. Anne's-Belfield uniform has been a great experience," Markopuolos said.

STAB offensive and defensive lineman Will Edelson passed up on other walk-on opportunities to head to Grinnell College to play football.

"I'm just really excited to play football at another level," Edelson said, "For me especially practicing against people who are same size as me, I think it will help me improve my game a lot."

Off the volleyball court, Audrey Antesberger will stay in state to play for Randolph College, an opportunity she's always wanted.

"Just playing at the higher level, faster paced game, getting to play with people who are really experienced," Antesberger said, "All the seniors and juniors I know are really going to push me and I'm really excited for that."

Santia McLaughlin, who signed with Liberty to play field hockey, and Yndieah Kilby, who signed with Hampton to play softball, also previously signed their letters of intent in the fall.

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