Warriors celebrate seniors' college decisions

CROZET, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- When Western Albemarle's August Lamb found out he was invited as a preferred walk-on to the Virginia swim team, there was a quick call he had to make.

"She was extremely excited when she found out," Lamb said about calling his oldest sister Brodde, "I called her pretty quickly when I found out from Coach DeSorbo."

Lamb's sister also walked on to the swim for the Cavaliers and now after winning seven state titles as a Warriors, August will look to continue adding to his sister's legacy.

"It's been a dream for years now and I love keeping it local," Lamb said, "Carrying on the legacy that my sister set four years ago when she was at Virginia and couldn't be more excited."

Lamb was one of nine seniors honored on Thursday at Western Albemarle for their plans to play sports in college. Also included were sisters Katrine and Julie Berg, who will continue playing soccer together at Hobart College.

"Before it was kind of just a dream like I want to play soccer," Julie said, "But now that it's actually happening I can't be more excited."

"It's really special, I love playing on the field with her, especially when we both play up top or both play around the same position," Katrine said, "It's really fun to be able to combine with her."

Four players from the Western Albemarle football team will also continue playing in college. Aidan Saunders, a second team All-Jefferson District selection this past season will walk-on to the Virginia football team.

"It's a dream come true the first part, I've always wanted to play college football and Coach Mendenhall has got something special rising over there on and off the field," Saunders said, "So I just can't wait to get started and get to work."

The Warriors' Wyatt Thomas will also walk-on to a Division I program at James Madison.

"It's been a dream since I was a little kid, I've been wanting to play football since I started playing football," Thomas said, "And this day has come and I'm kind of putting out my intent to play at JMU, it's amazing."

Second team All-Jefferson District pick Joe Bowen will continue playing at Hampden Sydney, while Tai Atuaia will line up next year at Southern Virginia. Both say it is a testament to the Western football program sending four out to play in college.

"Super exciting, just to know that we all started the same way and we're all ending up the same way," Bowen said, "It's going to be a lot of fun to see how everybody does."

"Pretty amazing, I've been with these guys for three years," Atuaia said, "I got here my sophomore year, just knowing these guys and how hard they've worked."

Western Albemarle also celebrated runner Emily Winder, who will compete on the track team at Guilford, and Claire O'Connell, who also head to Hobart to row. O'Connell's rowing teammate Tori Sanborn will head to Smith College to compete. And Haven Higgins is sticking close to home as a cheerleader for Virginia.



 
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