Signing Day

By wbng sports

November 9, 2011 Updated Nov 9, 2011 at 11:57 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton)

It is the first day that high school seniors can sign a binding National Letter of Intent to attend a university and play college athletics.
And quite a few section 4 athletes were signing on the line.
And even one that doesn't even play a section 4 sport.

That's not to say Warren Center, Pennsylvania senior Lauren Beers has been taking it easy.
She is three-time Junior Olympic US National Qualifier in gymnastics, and today signed on for a full scholarship to compete next season at the university of Alabama.

" This has always been one of my goals to obtain a athletic scholarship. Another one of my goals has been to compete on the national team. I haven't been able to obtain that one yet but I'm hoping in the future I'll be able to do that."

In her last national competition over the summer, Lauren placed 11th in the all-around and ninth on floor exercise.

She started gymnastics when she was 6 and watched the 2000 Olympics on TV saying someday she wanted to do that, and it appears she is well on her way.
Last season Alabama captured their 5th gymnastics national championship.

In Johnson City Ryan Clark was a standout for the Wildcats, and during the summer baseball season.

That made him a top recruit for many area schools, but in the end he decided to head south and sign on with UNC Greensboro for next year.

" This entire summer all I did was visit colleges and play baseball. Just go from place to place. Once I verbally committed I knew, ok, now I can settle down and just relax. Actually signing the paper and knowing where I'm going to go and there's no choice I can make to change that, it's relieving."

Clark said many schools dropped out of their recruiting when he was injured last season, but Greensboro stayed hot on his trail.

He has played first base and pitched for Johnson City and says that will continue early on for the Greensboro Spartans. But he has been told after his sophomore year he'll need to decide whether to be a hitter, or a pitcher.

In Windsor, senior Kelly Costello signed on with the University of Albany to play softball.
She was a part of 2 state champion teams during her time at Windsor.

In Endicott, Tigers first baseman Griffin McIver also signed up to play in the America East.
Only she'll be playing much closer to home as she will join the Binghamton University Bearcats.

U-E kept the signing seat warm today as another softball standout signed up. Kaitlyn Hewitt also signed her letter for Mansfield University.

And another section 4 standout signed up to move a little further from home.
Chenango Valley senior Danica Ross is ranked 2nd in the state in 2 events, and has set 3 pool records this year.
Today she signed up to join Marshall University next season.

While Danica is looking forward to next season with the Thundering Herd, she still has state aspirations at CV.
She won 3 events at last weekend's sectional meet.

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