College Signings

Courtney Garver: Washington & Jefferson softball

High school: Claysburg-Kimmel

Hometown: Claysburg

Sport: Softball

Position: Pitcher, first base

College choice: Washington & Jefferson

Other colleges considered: Bethany, Penn State New Kensington, Alfred State

Why I picked W&J: “I love the campus and the college atmosphere there. It really feels like home. They have a great business course. The softball coach contacted me this past summer after seeing me play at the IUP showcase and has been in touch with me since.”

Greatest high school achievement: “Working hard in school and sports in order for me to reach my goal of playing college softball.”

Coach Mike Barbarini’s quote: “Very big heart, works very hard, and I think she’ll do just fine at the next level if she continues to grow the way she has in our program.”

How I got my start playing softball: “When I was 9, I wanted to try something new so my dad bought me my first glove and ball, and we threw in the yard for the first time two hours before tryouts. Having my dad bring baseball and softball into my life made me fall in love with the game.”

Favorite college growing up: Duke

Other interests: Basketball, FBLA, hanging out with friends and traveling

What getting to play in college means to me: “Being able to follow my dreams in becoming a college softball player makes me so thankful for all of the hard work that has paid off.”

Probable college major: Accounting

Parents: Kara and Jim Garver

Alayna Biesecker: Mansfield basketball

Name: Alayna Biesecker

High school: Altoona Area High School

Hometown: Altoona

Sport: Basketball

Position: Forward

College choice: Mansfield University

Other colleges considered: California University of Pennsylvania and Caldwell University

Why I picked Mansfield: “I picked Mansfield because I loved the coaches and the team, and it’s just a beautiful school with strong academics.”

Greatest high school achievement: “Being a starter as a freshman and helping our team win the District 6 championship two times.”

Coach Miriam Colledge’s quote: “Over the past four years, Alayna has worked hard to refine her offensive game by not only being able to score in the post, but by becoming a respectable mid-range perimeter shooter. As an added bonus, she is a very consistent free-throw shooter who shoots well under pressure. At 6-foot-3, she was a formidable presence for us in the key, blocking shots and pulling down rebounds on both ends of the floor. She has also become quite adept at the screen-and-roll game which will serve her well at the next level. Her development will only continue as Alayna is someone who understands the commitment of the game as it applies to self-development and most importantly, team goals.”

How I got my start playing basketball: “My mom played D1 basketball for WVU and overseas so I was always around it and wanted to be a basketball player, too.”

Favorite college growing up: Penn State

Other interests: Art, music, film and playing piano

What getting to play in college means to me: “It means the world to me. This has been my dream ever since I can remember.”

Probable college major: Undecided

Parents: Curt and Tracey Biesecker