College signings

Name: Christina Brunette

High school: Altoona Area

Hometown: Altoona

Sport: Rowing

College choice: Robert Morris

Other colleges considered: Clarion

Why I picked Robert Morris: “Because of their confidence in not only their athletic programs, but their academic programs as well.”

Greatest high school achievement: “Going to districts in swimming for all three years.”

Coach Nanette Cumming’s quote: “Christina will be a great asset for Robert Morris University’s rowing team. She is hard-working, dedicated and does anything asked of her. She has a great work ethic in and out of the water. She has been a devoted teammate. Moving from swimming to rowing should make this transition smooth at the next level. I look forward to watching her grow at the next level for RMU rowing.”

How I got my start rowing: “I have actually never rowed before and don’t have any experience, but I am very excited to learn all about it this coming fall.”

Favorite college growing up: Kentucky

Other interests: Swimming, photography

What getting to row in college means to me: “Having the opportunity to be involved in a sport at the collegiate level means a lot to me. I fell in love with sports at a very young age, so getting to play in college is very exciting for me.”

Probable college major: Undecided

Parents: Rene Brunette

Name: Mike Folcarelli

High school: Altoona Area

Hometown: Altoona

Sport: Track and field

Event: Javelin

College choice: Shippensburg

Other colleges considered: Saint Francis, Duquesne

Why I picked Shippensburg: “Felt the most comfortable and stood out to me as an athlete and student.”

Greatest high school achievement: “Winning the District 6 championship my junior and senior years and qualifying for the Penn Relays.”

Coach Mike Adams’ quote: “I am really proud of how hard Michael has worked these past three years at becoming an elite javelin thrower. He has been a great competitor for us, and I know he is going to be very successful at Shippensburg.”

How I got my start in track and field: “I started in ninth grade. I could not throw the shot put and discus so I tried the javelin.”

Favorite college growing up: Penn State

Other interests: Xbox and hanging out with friends.

What getting to play in college means to me: “It is a great opportunity and accomplishment, and a new beginning.”

Probable college major: Business-marketing

Parents: Carole and Mike Folcarelli

Name: Kristyn Smith

High school: Portage Area (played soccer at Penn Cambria through co-op program)

Hometown: Portage

Sport: Soccer

Position: Center-forward

College choice: Mount Aloysius

Other colleges considered: UPJ, PSU Harrisburg

Why I picked Mount Aloysius: “I really enjoyed the atmosphere. They have a strong physical therapy program and the college is located close to home. Also, my interactions with the school representatives, the team and especially coach (Matt) Davis over the last two years were all very positive.”

Greatest high school achievement: “Maintaining high honor roll status throughout my high school career while participating in sports, clubs and work.”

Coach Mackenzie Walter’s quote: “Kristyn is one of the most hard-working and dedicated players I’ve ever had the pleasure to coach. She’s always searching for more on the field and during practice, and is the first one to jump in and help anyone she can. She’s hungry for competition.”

How I got my start playing soccer: “I began playing when I was 4 years old for the local AYSO and have loved it ever since.”

Favorite college growing up: Penn State

Other interests: Marching band, stage band, drawing, painting, working out and hunting

What getting to play in college means to me: “It’s been a life-long dream of mine. Getting to play is everything I could have asked for.”

Probable college major: Physical therapy

Parents: Christian and Patricia Smith

Name: Isabella Nagy

High school: Portage Area

Hometown: Portage

Sport: Volleyball

Position: Outside, right-side hitter

College choice: Penn Highlands

Other colleges considered: Mount Aloysius, UPJ

Why I picked Penn Highlands: “I liked the small community feel on campus and in the volleyball program.”

Greatest high school achievement: “Being voted team captain by my teammates.”

Coach Lauren Cordwell’s quote: “Bella is a great student and athlete. The time and work she put into the sport of volleyball shown each year with her improvement … she is dedicated and works hard for all she has accomplished. Bella has always been a pleasure to coach and her leadership will be missed.”

How I got my start playing volleyball: “My older sister started playing in seventh grade, and watching her and her teammates made me want to play. As soon as I had my first practice, I fell in love with the game.”

Favorite college growing up: Michigan

Other interests: Spending time with family and friends, playing outside with my brother or watching him play sports, and watching sports with my family.

What getting to play in college means to me: “It means the world to me to be able to continue my volleyball career.”

Probable college major: Psychology

Parents: Melissa and Michael Nagy