Tori Gollie is a talented athlete, but she's also a bright student who knows what she wants to do in life.
Gollie wants to be a nurse.
And that's why the Northampton High senior has decided to continue her softball and academic career at La Salle University in Philadelphia.
"I'm very excited about it," Gollie said. "La Salle has an excellent nursing program and that was my first priority. They have a hospital right on, or right near, their campus, and it's going to be a good fit for me. I am also excited about the softball."
Gollie is receiving a partial scholarship to continue her softball career with the Explorers, a member of the Atlantic 10 and a rebuilding program that went 9-40 last season and just 3-17 in the league.
"They just got a new coach, Ron Shoemaker, who had been at St. Joseph's and he's going to get things turned around," Gollie said. "He's working hard to rebuild the program. He's got a nice recruiting class coming down there."
Shoemaker had coached many former Lehigh Valley standouts before as an assistant at both Temple and St. Joe's, where he worked with Allentown native Terri Adams, the Hawks' head coach. Shoemaker was named the Explorers coach in June.
"I will be an outfielder at La Salle rather than playing third base or pitching like I've done at Northampton," Gollie said. "It's nice that it's a Division I program, but I looked at all the different divisions. I just wanted the best nursing program for me and a place I could play softball. [Shoemaker] said everybody will have an equal shot to get playing time. I'd love to play as a freshman if I could."
But first Gollie, a three-year starter, has a senior season left with the Konkrete Kids. She hit .351 last season after earning Lehigh Valley Conference all-star honors and making the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team as a sophomore in 2011.
"I am looking forward to the softball season," she said. "I think we're going to do well."
Gollie, who plays field hockey in the fall, is the third Lehigh Valley member of the powerful Jersey Inferno Gold travel softball to make her college future known.
Parkland catcher Jordy Augustus, a junior, will be headed to South Carolina, and Whitehall senior shortstop Madison Kelly recently revealed she is headed to Quinnipiac in Connecticut.
Mike Krause, Hall of Famer
Perhaps no one has done more for the sport of volleyball on the local scene than Parkland High girls coach Mike Krause.
He has guided the Trojans girls team to back-to-back appearances in the PIAA 3A state finals, and his team won state gold in 2011.
But Krause's contributions to the sport go well beyond championship banners and gaudy win-loss totals.
That's why perhaps no one deserved to be inducted into the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame more than Krause.
He was inducted during the PVCA coaches clinic at State College last weekend, following in the footsteps of Central Catholic's state-championship winning coach Laurie Corcoran, who was inducted in 2011.
The 56-year-old Krause, a 1974 Allen grad, has been coaching at various area schools and various levels since graduating after an outstanding playing career at East Stroudsburg University in 1978.
He has been a head coach at Central Catholic, Dieruff, Emmaus, Allen and Trexler Middle School and was also a collegiate head coach at Kutztown, Lehigh and Muhlenberg.