All grown up: 21 sign letters of intent
Northampton's Zach Valley has had plenty of accomplishments throughout his wrestling career, but joining Bucknell's wrestling program may be greater than any medal he's received.
Valley and 20 other classmates made their college decisions public last Friday afternoon during a ceremony at the school.
Valley, along with teammate, Bobby Fehr, committed to the most prestigious schools of the assembled class, as Fehr chose Hofstra as well.
With Northampton churning out a pair of Division-I wrestlers again, it shows that the K-Kids wrestling team is still strong in cranking out quality athletes.
"We didn't have the best dual meet team, but we're still pumping out D-I wrestlers," said Valley. "I'm going to miss everything about wrestling for Northampton, but I'm excited about the opportunity to go to Bucknell."
Valley had a prestigious list of schools to choose from, as he considered Lehigh, Princeton, Penn and Stanford before ultimately deciding that Bucknell was the best fit for him.
"Bucknell fit me perfectly with what I wanted to study," said Valley, who will be an engineering major. "Once I got on campus, I got the feeling that this is where I wanted to be for the next five years."
Quarterback Nick Cook chose to play at Geneva College, which is located 25 minutes north of Pittsburgh.
The Division-III school also fit his needs academically, as he plans to study mechanical engineering.
The Christian school also played well into his beliefs.
"One of the main reasons I chose Geneva was the Christian aspect," he said. "They have a really good engineering program too. I could have went to some D-II schools, but I really liked Geneva and I'll get a shot to compete right away."
Joining the aforementioned athletes heading to college included: Brianna Dalton (Softball, Malloy College); Kaitlyn Fehnel (Field Hockey, East Stroudsburg); Hayley Jackson (Cross Country/Track, East Stroudsburg); Kendrick Schell (Cross Country, Wilkes University); Jared Bauer (Football, Ithaca College); Kevin Kunkle (Golf, Moravian College); Tyler Smith (Golf, Moravian College); Alexis Morgan (Girls Volleyball, Wilkes University); Katie Shumanis (Girls Volleyball, East Stroudsburg University); Kayla Csencsits (Girls Basketball, Moravian College); Leandra Sterner (Girls Basketball, DeSales University); Samantha DeBlass (Cheerleading, Shippensburg University); Joey Szerencsits (Boys Swimming, Lycoming College); Emma Steirer (Girls Swimming, Widener University); Evan Grube (Baseball, Chestnut Hill College); Hannah Peters (Softball, Ithaca College); Allison Horn (Track, Bucknell University) and Mike Holihan (Boys Volleyball, Newbury College).