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College signings

Marin Miller:

Millersville basketball

Name: Marin Miller

High school: Hollidaysburg Area

Hometown: Hollidaysburg

Sport: Basketball

Position: Point guard

College choice: Millersville

Other colleges considered: IUP, Lock Haven, Duquesne, USciences, Holy Family

Why I picked Millersville: “I wanted to play somewhere that I could have an impact on a successful team. My coaching staff at Millersville has the passion and ability to create a winning team, and the full-ride scholarship I was offered lets me know that my coaches believe in me.”

Greatest high school achievement: “Making all-state and getting a full-ride.”

Coach Deanna Jubeck’s quote: “Marin never backs down from a challenge but rather accepts it as motivation to improve by working harder. The time and effort she put into making herself a great player is unmatched. Marin has earned this scholarship and will be an example for all Hollidaysburg Lady Tigers that come after her.”

How I got my start playing basketball: “Learning from my older siblings.”

Favorite college growing up: Penn State

Other interests: Track, weight-lifting

What getting to play in college means to me: “I have an opportunity to play the sport I love, while receiving a free education. It is also recognition that the years of hard work and overcoming obstacles has paid off.”

Probable college major: Political science

Parents: Trent and Melissa Miller

Abby Smearman:

Seton Hill softball

Name: Abby Smearman

High school: Altoona Area

Hometown: Altoona

Sport: Softball

Positions: Outfield, first base

College choice: Seton Hill

Other colleges considered: U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Geneva

Why I picked Seton Hill: “I chose Seton Hill because the campus feels like home. Everyone I have met there has been friendly, welcoming and helpful. The softball team is also in a very competitive conference, and the team has great chemistry. I also love the facilities and the beauty of the campus. And, it is not too far away from my hometown.”

Greatest high school achievement: “My greatest high school achievement thus far has been either receiving honor roll every marking period or being a two-year varsity letterman. (I didn’t letter my sophomore year because we didn’t have a season).”

How I got my start playing softball: “I started playing tee ball when I was 5 years old. I then played softball for a few years until I was 8, which is when I began playing Little League baseball. I played that until I was 12, and then I switched back to playing softball both at the junior high/high school and travel level.”

Favorite college growing up: West Point

Other interests: Weight-lifting, reading, watching Netflix, listening to music, spending time with family and friends, traveling

What getting to play in college means to me: “Getting to play softball in college means everything to me. I have been dreaming of this moment since I was a little girl, and I am so excited to finally make that dream a reality. Softball is my passion, and being able to play it for another four years is great.”

Probable college major: Nursing

Parents: Amy and Matt Smearman

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