Senior student-athletes commit, collegiate athletics

SENIORS CAROLINE BLANCHARD (front left), Kirklyn Wilson (front center), and Madison Blanchard (front right) signed their “letters of intent’ to play girls soccer in the fall. The Blanchard twins will play at Randolph-Macon and Wilson will play at Lynchburg College. (Erin Tonelson)

National Signing Day is an event in which senior student-athletes from around the country put pen to paper and sign a ‘Letter of Intent’ to play their sport at their [respective] college or university in the fall of next school year. In front of family, friends, coaches and administration on Wednesday, February 1, 19 Falcon seniors their own ‘Letter of Intent’ to various schools both locally and around the country.

National Signing Day, this year, was a return to normalcy.  The past few years were tainted by COVID and created a divide between players, coaches, and teammates.  Family and friends were unable to watch their student-athlete sign and the divide was noticeable, making this year more special for all involved.

Students who signed today include:

Riley Fay- Softball- Meredith College

Addison Froehlich- Field Hockey- Villanova University

Elyse Unger- Field Hockey- Davidson College

Emersen Miller- Field Hockey- Washington and Lee University

Lauren Sanford- Field Hockey- Bucknell University

Madison Blanchard- Soccer- Randolph-Macon College

Caroline Blanchard- Soccer- Randolph-Macon College

Kirklyn Wilson- Soccer- Shenandoah University

Samantha Burd- Gymnastics- William and Mary

Joseph Munitz- Baseball- University of Lynchburg

Riley DeCandido- Baseball- Maryland University

Michael Irby- Baseball- East Carolina University

David Hartwell- Soccer- Virginia Wesleyan University

Carter Shupert- Wrestling- Averett University

Sophia DaCruz- Swimming- University of Lynchburg

Peter Krause- Swimming- Coast Guard Academy

Aidan Bruehl- Lacrosse- Bridgewater College

Jordin Cooper- Football- Norfolk State University

Dominic Theibault- Football- Norfolk State University

Congratulations to all Falcon student-athletes who have given their heart to both the classroom and their sport of choice.  Best of luck to all in the future.