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13 Bald Eagle Athletes take their talents to the next level

By Kenny Varner

WINGATE – The list was long and distinguished Wednesday night as the Bald Eagle Athletic program honored 13 of its outstanding athletes as they move on to the next levels of their academic and athletic careers.

It was a who’s who of both District 6 volleyball, softball and football champions.

All the blood, sweat and tears the athletes had gone through their entire athletic career culminated in one night as they got to savor the fruits of their labor and get the much earned recognition they deserved.

Bald Eagle football coach and commentator Jesse Nagle added those sediments in his open comments.

“I think it’s very important to make sure the recognition is there for these student athletes. There are a lot of great, great programs in the school right now. Some things I noticed in my four years here is the dedication, especially this class,” said Nagle. “We could probably say in football, softball, volleyball or any sport for that matter this class amped it up. I think that is definitely obvious with all the commitments the kids have made.”

Asher Burkett was first up as he committed to Grove City for football where he will major in mechanical engineering.

Matt Reese, who will be continuing his baseball career at Pitt-Johnstown with a major in Mechanical engineering.

Maralee Caldana will take her talents and clutch hitting to Grove City to play softball where she will major in Entrepreneurship.

Teammate Loren Fisher will stay close to home going to Juniata College to play softball and major in mathematics.

Kaden Bittinger will also play close to home but heads in the opposite way, heading to Lock Haven University to play football and major in health and physical education.

Gridiron teammate David Close  will be playing at Grove City in football as he majors in mechanical engineering.

Tommy Snyder, will serve his country as a member of the Air National guard and attend college at IUP or Lock Haven with a major of criminal justice.

Kicker Peter VanCise will continue his football career at Air Force Academy as he will major in Aeronautical Engineering.

Lacee  Barnhart, who was a member of the 2018-19 State Champion volleyball team will go to Millersville University and play volleyball and major in communications.

Teammate Elita Brown will take her volleyball talents to DeSales University as she majors in psychology.

Another volleyball standout, Taylor Kilmer will be playing fairly close to home as well as a member of the PSU -Altoona volleyball team as she majors in elementary education.

Grace Hugar will be yet another member of the state champions to continue her volleyball career as she heads to Lock Haven University while majoring in the Physician  Assistant program.

Rounding out the volleyball signees is Madison Rockey. Rockey will be heading to Susquehanna University to play volleyball and major in biology.

Rounding out the list of college signees was wrestler Gage McClenahan. McClenahan who was a standout in football and wrestling will be headlining the Cornell wrestling team as he will be in the Pre-Med program.

As all the athletes walked off the stage after their group photo, most will remember this night as one of the best athletic classes in recent Bald Eagle memory.

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