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College signings

Braden Callahan:

UPJ soccer

Name: Braden Callahan

High school: Hollidaysburg Area

Hometown: Duncansville

Sport: Soccer

Position: Striker, attacking midfielder

College choice: University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Why I picked UPJ: “The campus and the players.”

Greatest high school achievement: “Being named all-state in my senior year.”

Coach Craig Shale’s quote: “Braden has certainly left his mark on the Hollidaysburg program. He finishes with the single-season records, as well as the career records, for goals and assists. He just makes things happen when he’s on the ball. Braden also has the passion and desire to go along with the skill, and there is no doubt in my mind that he has what it takes to be successful at the next level.”

How I got my start playing soccer: “My dad used to play and got me into soccer.”

Favorite college growing up: Notre Dame

Other interests: Baseball, track

What getting to play in college means to me: “It has always been a dream of mine to play at the next level.”

Probable college major: Business management

Parents: Jim and Laura Callahan

Aidan Kelley:

FIT track/XC

Name: Aidan Kelley

High school: Altoona Area

Hometown: Altoona

Sport: Cross country and track

Position: Distance runner

College choice: Florida Institute of Technology

Other colleges considered: Seton Hill, FAU, Saint Vincent

Why I picked Florida Institute of Technology: “Not only because the year-round warm weather but because it felt like the perfect fit. It has a beautiful campus and the team and the coach were what really made it for me. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly.”

Greatest high school achievement: “Placing eighth in indoor track and field state championships in the 3200-meter relay.”

Coach Paula Foreman’s quote: “Aidan has a passion for running and has worked hard over the past few years to conistently improve his performances. He is focused both in the classroom and on the track. The Florida Institute of Technology meets all his requirements, a quality engineering program and the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level. He has been very deliberate in his choices, and I’m proud of the decisions he’s made.”

How I got my start running: “I started after my seventh-grade year, because I saw my sister was good at track and field or that’s what everyone told me. I wanted to be better than her, and so my eighth-grade year, I ran track for the junior high.”

Favorite college growing up: Penn State

Other interests: “I like to hang out with my friends, being outside, hiking, fishing and golfing in my free time.”

What getting to play in college means to me: “I have always wanted to do athletic in college ever since I was little, and it is surreal that it will be happening to me now. All the hard work and long hours with not only my teammates but my best friends has paid off.”

Probable college major: Civil engineering

Parents: Terri and Bruce Kelley

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