Saints Celebrate College-Bound Athletes

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WCAV) -- Julia Haney has been waiting a long time for this coming August to arrive.

Haney was among the 20 seniors honored at St. Anne's-Belfield School Wednesday afternoon for plans to continue their athletic careers in college. She's headed to Princeton to play lacrosse -- a decision Haney made two years ago, as a sophomore.

"Committing sophomore year, you kind of have a while to think about things," she admitted. "But I have just been so excited to finish my time here at STAB and also head up to Princeton. I mean, it is just so awesome to think that in a couple of months I will be actually walking around campus as an actual student. It is really surreal and I am very excited."

Haney was one of three Saints recognized on Wednesday who will head to Ivy League schools next year. Pitcher Parker Morris is headed to Cornell -- where he may one day get a chance to face his catcher with the Saints, Harvard-bound Jake Allen.

"Harvard was kind of something that was beyond the stars for me," said Allen. "I didn't really think it was a realistic goal, but things kind of just fell my way. And that is how I am here now."

Allen committed to Harvard as a junior. Morris had been committed to Mercer until this past signing day, when Cornell told him he'd been admitted academically to the school.

"I was looking at Ivy League schools later, once I came to STAB," Morris explained. "And being able to get a good education means so much to me because I won't be able to play baseball for the rest of my life. I can't wait to be able to help the team my first year."

The stage in the auditorium at Randolph Hall was filled with high school seniors in baseball caps Wednesday afternoon. Seven different sports were represented on the stage, ranging from football to lacrosse, baseball to squash.

The list included eight members of the boys lacrosse team that won this year's VISAA Division I state title, and plan to continue playing the sport -- Fritz Berry (Trinity College), Eric Buhle (University of Richmond), Gideon Elron (Wesleyan University), Khalig Howard (Denison University), Lang McNeely (Rhodes College), Austin Park (Amherst College), Brodie Phillips (Dickinson College), and Rob Schotta (Denison University).

The girls lacrosse team that reached the state semifinals was also well-represented, with four players -- Saide Bryant (Gardner-Webb University), Emily Carden (Washington and Lee University), Audrey Schreck (University of Denver), plus Haney.

Quarterback Lee Parkhill will play football at Christopher Newport University, while Bredt Stockwell will continue his football career at Sewanee - The University of the South. Jeremy Benner will also head to Sewanee, where he will continue his baseball career.

Soccer player TaylorAnne Barry will play at Randolph-Macon College, while a pair of STAB squash players will continue their careers in college -- Molly Brooks (Bates College) and Rhys Nordstrom (Bard College).

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