STAB celebrates 15 seniors commitment to play in college

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- St. Anne's-Belfield recognized 15 seniors on Wednesday for their commitment to play their sport at the next level.

Of the 15 student athletes, 11 different sports were represented from baseball to polo.

Three different baseball players committed to play at the next level including Nic Kent, who signed with the University of Virginia, William Hass playing at Randolph Macon and Jack Pausic at Johns Hopkins.

STAB senior Christian Smith will also attend Virginia and will walk-on with the football program to play defensive end. Smith only started playing football again as a junior in high school, but always wanted to prove he could make it at the Division I level.

"It's nice to prove people wrong and go against what they said I couldn't do and that's probably the best feeling," Smith said, "I love the mentality of the team, I love the philosophy, everything earned and I'm just excited to give it my all."

Javon Johnson was also recognized for his commitment to Michigan to play lacrosse, a program he's been committed to since his freshman year of high school. Sierra Smith was honored for her commitment to play basketball at Hartford. On the boys side, Jordan Pennix will also play at the next level for Luther College.

Gillian Borton will also play on the Division I level for Loyola-Maryland in girl's soccer. Borton said the fit just seemed perfect after meeting the coach at a camp.

"It's a long time coming, the recruiting process for soccer has been so long, so it's really rewarding to be able to be here, knowing where I'm going next year," Borton said, "I'm really just excited to play. This is what I've worked for, I'm really excited to travel with the team, it's a really great group of girls."

Borton's teammate, Jasmine Furin, will also play college soccer for Washington and Lee.

A couple students will be playing at the top level of their sport outside of the NCAA in Kellie Booth, who will play polo at Cornell, and Jack Milligan, who is playing squash at Bowdoin College.

Also celebrated on Wednesday were Javaneh Brown, who will run cross country and track for Washington and Lee, Parker DeVillier, who is committed to swim at Roanoke College, Sam McNamara, playing golf for Transylvania University, and Carter Morris playing softball for Christopher Newport.

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