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College signings

Evelyn Stroup: Geneva volleyball

Name: Evelyn Stroup

High school: Altoona Area

Hometown: Altoona

Sport: Volleyball

College choice: Geneva College

Other colleges considered: Lycoming College

Why I picked Geneva College: “Because it felt like a place where I could belong. I love the atmosphere, the people, the opportunities, and I’m incredibly grateful to now be committed there.”

Greatest high school achievement: Reaching over 1,000 assists in my career

Coach John Saboe quote: “Evie was our setter and as our setter, she acts as kind of like the quarterback of the football team. She was a major piece in what was the puzzle of our team. She proved to be a good leader of our team throughout various points in our season. I think she will do fantastic in college. She has an outstanding work ethic. She dedicates herself to training and preparing for her games and always being ready for any obstacles that will be in her path.”

How I got my start playing volleyball: “In fourth grade, my parents signed me up for Baker Elementary CBRC volleyball without telling me. I remember being horribly upset and angry with them all the way to my first practice. Looking back at it now, I couldn’t be more thankful.”

Favorite college growing up: Penn State

Other interests: Art, movies, books and spending time with family and friends

What getting to play in college means to me: “Playing in college is not only an opportunity to better my volleyball skills, but also to meet a wonderful new group of people that I hope to one day call family.”

Probable college major: Biochemistry

Parents: Justin and Courtney Stroup

Ethan Stroup: SFU track and field

Name: Ethan Stroup

High school: Altoona Area

Hometown: Altoona

Sport: Track and field

Event: Javelin

College choice: Saint Francis

Other colleges considered: None

Why I picked Saint Francis: “SFU is a great school with high-tier academics and a very competitive Division I track and field team.”

Greatest high school achievement: 2021 district champion in javelin and 2020 district champion in football

Coach Mike Adams quote: “Ethan is an extremely hard worker. He’s been dedicated to sports for all his life. We are very proud of his dedication to the team and we think he will do very well at Saint Francis. His work ethic, his dedication, everything about him is first class.”

How I got my start throwing javelin: “I was recruited by a junior high coach, who was also the head track and field coach, to try out for the team in eighth grade.”

Favorite college growing up: Penn State

Other interests: Hunting, fishing

What getting to play in college means to me: “Playing sports in college was a dream of mine from a young age. I always wanted to compete at the Division I level, and Saint Francis gave me that opportunity. I am extremely excited to continue my education while also doing a sport I love.”

Probable college major: Biology/Pre-Med

Parents: Jeremy and Lisa Stroup

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