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Inside the PD: Four PD athletes make their college picks

Following her senior season on Hampton's girls basketball team, Lisa Saunders wasn't sure where she'd be headed next. She certainly didn't figure Lincoln University in southeast Pennsylvania would be her destination.

But the Division II program offered her a partial scholarship sight-unseen. And after checking the place out, she accepted.

"It was really, really late in the game when I started talking to them," she said. "Maybe late April — just last month, actually. My coach (Eric Scott) sent them film, and they offered me off film.

"I took an official visit, and I actually didn't play well in front of her. But she wants me there on her team."

Saunders averaged 8.3 points a game last season after transferring from Phoebus. She was one of the district's top 3-point shooters but said Lincoln coach Jessica Kern eventually sees her as a point guard.

"She's actually my absolute favorite part of Lincoln," Saunders said of Kern. "I knew they'd put a smile on for me because they want me there, but she's really honest. I see myself getting along with her the next four years."

Also, three Gloucester baseball players have made their commitments.

Outfielder Jacob Houston will be playing for John Harvell at Christopher Newport. He’ll be a teammate of Menchville’s Garrett Chrismon, who committed to CNU earlier this month. Houston is hitting .447 with two home runs and 20 RBI for the Dukes.

Pitcher Aaron O’Neil has committed to one of the Captain’s USA South rivals — Methodist University of Fayetteville, N.C. O'Neil has only thrown nine innings this season because of a back injury, but Coach Derek Kibler is hopeful he'll start pitching more this week.

Catcher/outfielder Josh Martin will be playing at Division II Chowan, where he has received a partial scholarship. He's hitting .409 with 12 RBI.

 

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