Central Virginia Athletes Sign on Fall National Signing Day
Fluvanna County's Maddie Kline signed with UNC-Wilmington for volleyball
Wednesday was a special day for a handful of Central Virginia's best high school athletes.
November 12th was the first day kids could sign their National Letters of Intent, solidifying where they'll play in college.
Three lacrosse standouts signed on the dotted line at St. Anne's-Belfield.
Goalie Eric Buhle signed with Richmond, after helping the STAB boys lacrosse team advance to the state semifinals last season.
"I love the aspect of a new program," says Buhle. "They're just starting out they had a great season last year, loved the campus there its beautiful, great academics, love the coaches, everything, I loved it."
Buhle was the team MVP last season, as well as All-Prep and VISAA First Team All-State.
Audrey Schreck and Sadie Bryant played on the Saints' girls state tournament team last spring.
Schreck signed with Denver on Wednesday, while Bryant inked a NLI to continue her career at Gardner-Webb.
Bryant says, "I want to grow my faith as well. It's a religious based college so that excites me. It's a new program, so I'm excited in starting and building that."
Schreck says, "St. Anne's has given me so many opportunities to grow as a player, Mrs. Blake especially as taught me so much, and as a St. Anne's student athlete, I'm prepared for the University of Denver."
Both Bryant and Schreck have earned VISAA First Team All-State honors, while Schreck also earned US Lacrosse All-American honors.
Fluvanna County senior Hunter Hotz signed with University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky for lacrosse, where he will be part of a brand new lacrosse program for the second time in his career.
"I've been building it up my entire life," says Hotz. "Definitely here, and now that I've had the experience here building it up, I think I'll do better building it up at that level."
Hotz is the second Fluco lax player to sign a college scholarship in the four-year history of the program.
Fluvanna senior Maddie Kline signed with Division I UNC-Wilmington for volleyball.
Kline had over 300 kills this year, and was an Under Armour honorable mention All-American, leading the Flucos to an undefeated season in the Jefferson District, as well as a Conference 23 championship.
Kline says, "No matter what division I was going, I knew I wanted to keep playing volleyball. It's really exciting that I did get the opportunity to go D-1 and it'll really help me step my game up to the next level."
William Monroe High School senior Logan Yates signed his National Letter of Intent with Virginia Tech for golf.
Yates is a two-time regional champion, and won the commonwealth's junior championship last year as the "Best Player in the State".
He grew up a Hokies fan, and is excited to continue his golf career at Tech.
Yates says, "At first I really wanted to go there and play football, but I kind of changed my ways a little bit, and got into golf. When I picked up a golf club, I soon realized I was a little bit better at golf than I was at football."
Albemarle girls basketball star KK Barbour will head to Liberty University to play Division I basketball.
Barbour went over the 1,000 point mark for her career last season as a junior.
She was named first team All-District, All-Conference, and All-Region, and was named second team All-State.
"I'm just really happy," says Barbour: "I've always dreamed of this day, and it's finally come true. I love the support. It made me cry a little bit, but it was great. I love my family, friends, teachers, coaches, everyone."
Barbour signed a full scholarship offer with Liberty.
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