STATE COLLEGE — The State College Area High School and its athletic department paid honor to several graduating senior student-athletes planning to continue their athletic and academic achievement at the collegiate level.
A total of 42 students were honored during a recent ceremony. It was announced that as a group, the students not only excelled in athletics, but also in the classroom.
The combined GPA of the 36 student-athletes was 3.82.
In baseball, Matthew Lingenfelter and Ryan Terrizzi will continue their careers on the diamond at Lock Haven University; Alex Hlivia and Mack Meengs will attend Penn State Altoona; Jake Cooper will play at Penn State; and Nate Polo will attend University of Pennsylvania.
Trey Oyler will continue his basketball career at Pittsburgh-Bradford and Will Kerber will play lacrosse at Lake Forest College.
In boys’ soccer, Sasha Mohoruk will attend and play for the Penn State Behrend team, while Grady Ballard will attend Penn State Altoona.
Jarod Leynes has committed to play volleyball at Hiram College.
Cheerleader Emma Limegrover will attend St. Thomas University and Megan Lieb will continue her basketball career while studying at Kenyon College.
Three Little Lady Lions will compete in cross country and/or track and field at the next level: Lilly Johnson at Ithaca College; Karsyn Kane at Appalachian State University; and Jordan Reed at Davidson College.
The field hockey program is sending four ladies into the collegiate ranks, including Rebecca Bonness at American University, Maddie Tambroni at Penn State, Bayla Furmanek at Babson College and Johannah Lee at Hofstra University.
Five Little Lions will move to the college gridiron, including Dresyn Green at Colgate; Aiden Spitler at IUP, Emerson Martin at Howard University, Carson Franks at Darmouth College and Harrison Schoen, who will also compete in wrestling, at Thaddeus Stevens.
The girls’ lacrosse team are graduating three ladies to the next rank, including Anna Collins at Lock Haven University; Ariana Angus at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Lizzie Paterno at Robert Morrisl.
Holly Feese will attend Wilke’s University to compete in soccer and Lizzie Curtin will compete in track and field at St. Mary’s.
Kacy Sekunda has committed to Loyola University in Maryland to continue her volleyball career while teammate Vanessa McGee has signed a letter of intent to play at Penn State Behrend.
Erica Beyer will attend Southern Connecticut State University to participate in gymnastics; Olivia Herncane will play softball at Penn State Harrisburg; and Megan Doucette will be a member of the swim team at Lafayette.
Maddie Koehle will swim for West Chester University and her teammate, Colleen Adams, will swim for University of Maryland, Baltimore College.
Three Little Lion track and field standouts moving to the next level include Casie Eifrig (Amherst College), Lucca Capparelli (Lock Haven University) and Conrad Moore (University of Pennsylvania.)
Grappler Lance Urbas will compete for University of Pennsylvania.