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College signings

Aurielle Brunner: Chatham basketball

Name: Aurielle Brunner

High school: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic

Hometown: Altoona

Sport: Basketball

Position: Shooting guard/small forward

College choice: Chatham

Other colleges considered: Frostburg State, Wheaton, Lock Haven

Why I picked Chatham: “I love the campus, and I love the coaches and staff. It felt like the right fit.”

Greatest high school achievement: Being back-to-back District 6 champs and winning the Class 1A state title this year

Coach Kristi Kaack’s quote: “Being the most athletic player in the area can add pressure to perform. If there was any, ‘AB’ has never let it show. She has always played relaxed and calm, which resonates through her teammates on the floor. Her unselfishness and court vision made her the ultimate teammate. We won’t be able to replace her and are looking forward to watching her career at Chatham.”

How I got my start playing basketball: “I started in kindergarten at an AAHS Lady Lions camp, then continued from there.”

Favorite college growing up: Penn State

Other interests: Soccer, track

What getting to play in college means to me: “Getting to play in college means to me that I can continue to do what I love while working toward the degree I want to pursue.”

Probable college major: Biology

Parents: Jessica Brunner and Travis Lawson

Teresa Haigh: Seton Hill basketball

Name: Teresa Haigh

High school: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic

Sport: Basketball

Position: Shooting guard

College choice: Seton Hill

Other colleges considered: Notre Dame, Saint Vincent, Susquehanna, Holy Cross

Coach Kristi Kaack’s quote: “‘T’ has really spent time rounding her game out the last few years. By her senior year, we trusted her to guard different types of players, play around the rim in addition to the perimeter, and set teammates up with a screen or pass. Her development has been wonderful to watch and will be even more so as she continues at Seton Hill. The only thing more impressive than her playing ability is her character.”

Why I picked Seton Hill: “I picked Seton Hill because I felt the program fit me as a player. The coaches are great, and I love the campus.”

Greatest high school achievement: Winning the state championship with my team

How I got my start playing basketball: “My dad is a basketball coach, and my mom played in college, so I’ve been playing for as long as I can remember.”

Favorite college growing up: Notre Dame

Other interests: Volleyball, working out, spending time with my family and friends

What getting to play in college means to me: “Playing basketball at the next level has always been a goal of mine, and I’m super excited to have this opportunity.”

Probable college major: Communications

Parents: Joe and Sherri Haigh

Daniela Scipioni: Juniata basketball and soccer

Name: Daniela Scipioni

High school: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic

Sport: Soccer and basketball

Position: Midfielder and point guard

College choice: Juniata

Other colleges considered: John Jay, Saint Vincent, Elmira, UPJ, Penn State Altoona

Coach Kristi Kaack’s quote: “Dani’s confidence level has risen to an all-time high this season. Her work ethic and dedication have never been in question. She never takes a day off and will be a model student athlete to both soccer and basketball programs at Juniata. It was great to see her continue her successful season with such a great game in the state championship.”

Why I picked Juniata: “I picked Juniata because it’s close to home, and I loved the campus.”

Greatest high school achievement: Winning state championship for basketball my senior year

How I got my start playing: “I got my start playing soccer when I was 5 in AYSO, and I got my start playing basketball in first grade and watching all my sister’s games.”

Favorite college growing up: Penn State

Other interests: Traveling and spending time with my friends

What getting to play in college means to me: “It means I get to continue playing both sports I love at a higher level.”

Probable college major: Criminology

Parents: Kathy and Giulio Scipioni

Sophia Warner: Dominican basketball

Name: Sophia Warner

High school: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic

Hometown: Altoona

Sport: Basketball

Position: Guard

College choice: Dominican (Ohio)

Other colleges considered: Loyola, Juniata, St. John’s

Why I picked Dominican: “I picked Dominican because of the basketball program, academic reputation and the location.”

Coach Kristi Kaack’s quote: “Our staff trusts Sophia and her decision making completely. She is one of the most complete players I’ve ever coached. Her ability to make the players around her better is uncommon, especially since it happens on both sides of the ball. She’s a student of the game and is going to make an immediate impact at Dominican. Her athleticism, personality and will to win will be sorely missed.”

My greatest high school achievement: Winning the state championship

How I got my start playing basketball: “I started playing basketball with Firestorm in fifth grade at the Jewish Memorial Center.”

Other interests: Soccer, working out at the gym, fashion

What playing in college means to me: “Playing basketball in college provides me the opportunity to grow as a player, as a team member and as a person.”

Probable college major: Business and finance

Parents: David and Sandy Warner

Alex Wood: Lebanon Valley basketball

Name: Alex Wood

High school: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic

Hometown: Altoona

Sport: Basketball

Position: Forward

College choice: Lebanon Valley

Other colleges considered: Pitt-Bradford

Why I picked Lebanon Valley: “I picked LVC because the coaches were really interested in me and kept close with me throughout the season. They have a lot to offer with their facilities and recent history in the conference. Coach (Brad) McAlester was MAC Commonwealth Coach of the Year, and the program had multiple players reaching all-conference teams. This shows that Lebanon Valley has a successful system in place that gives players many opportunities.”

Greatest high school achievement: “Winning three District 6 championships in my three years of varsity basketball.”

Coach Chris Drenning’s quote: “Alex has been such an important part of our program for the last three years. We look forward to him continuing to be a great representative of our program at the next level. His work ethic, versatility and all-around abilities will translate very well to the college game. We are all proud of him for his accomplishments as a Marauder, and for what he’ll do on and off the court in the years to come at Lebanon Valley.”

How I got my start playing basketball: “I started playing out in front of my house with my older brother when I was in second grade.”

Favorite college growing up: Penn State

Other interests: Playing poker with friends, playing Xbox, working out

What getting to play in college means to me: “It means a lot to me; it has become a major goal of mine the past couple years. It’s what I have been working for since my sophomore year of high school.”

Probable college major: Accounting

Parents: Scott and Tara Wood

Keegan Myrick: Penn State football

Name: Keegan Myrick

High school: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic

Sport: Football

Position: Running back

College choice: Penn State

Other colleges considered: Lehigh, Dickinson, Saint Francis

Coach Justin Wheeler quote: “Keegan is the extreme rare case when your best athlete is also one of the hardest working athletes. This combination has allowed Keegan to become one of the best players in BG football history, as well as one of the best I have ever coached.”

Why I picked Penn State: “I’ve grown up a Penn State fan, living 40 minutes away, and it’s always been my dream to play football there and run out into Beaver Stadium.”

Greatest high school achievement: “Going to Hershey my freshman year and getting the Mirror’s Athlete of the Week each season over the last three years.”

How I got my start playing football: “I got my start in football at the YMCA flag football league.”

Favorite college growing up: Penn State

Other interests: Working out, hanging out with friends

What getting to play in college means to me: “Playing college football has been my main priority and goal for awhile now, and to play for Penn State is unreal.”

Probable college major: Business/finance

Parents: Gary and Jennifer Myrick

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