Carroll County has had its share of signing ceremonies over the past week, and many of them were jam packed with athletes.
Five schools' ceremonies featured six or more athletes making their college choices at once, and lacrosse was the sport in the spotlight. Century, Liberty, Manchester Valley, Westminster, and Winters Mill combined for 20 boys and lacrosse players either signed national letters of intent or officially decided on where they'll be going after high school.
It was an all-girls affair at Century, with Chase Brokaw (Queens), Heidi Curtis (Kennesaw State), Maddie Hart (Duquesne), Caitie Pluta (Manhattan), Maddie Titus (LIU Post), and Hannah Warther (Maryland) putting pen to paper for lacrosse.
Warther leads the pack with her headed to Maryland, winner of the last two NCAA Division I women's lacrosse national championships. The attacker had 58 goals and led the Knights to a Class 3A-2A state title last spring.
"The hard work is playing off, and I get a chance to see them play at the next level," said Century coach Becky Groves.
Century's Megan Callan (Bloomsburg) and Keri Mathias (Slippery Rock) also joined in the ceremony for girls soccer, but their official signing period doesn't begin until Feb. 3. Liberty's Jordan Cassatt (Shippensburg) is also committing for soccer.
Liberty had two girls lacrosse players commit to Temple in Abby Overman and Olivia Thompson. Nick Griffin is headed to UMBC after helping the Lions reach the boys lacrosse state tournament last spring.
Liberty also had softball player Lexi Jones sign with Murray State at its ceremony. Jones batted .623 with 12 doubles, eight home runs, seven triples, and 44 RBIs for the county champion Lions in 2015.
Three other county softball players made their choices in Manchester Valley's Jessica Swistock (Winthrop), North Carroll's Lexy Richards (Queens) and Westminster's Emily Maseth (West Chester).
South Carroll had a pair of girls lacrosse commitments in Keriann McTavish (Virginia Commonwealth) and Jordan Sauro (Shippensburg), and North Carroll had Maddie Mashewske (Radford).
Field hockey was represented by Man Valley's Rosalia Cappadora, who is bound for Shippensburg. But the Mavs also sported three girls lacrosse players in Sam Chenoweth (Towson), Lizzie Colson (Maryland), and Lydia Eichhorst (Davis & Elkins).
Colson, the reigning Times Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year, will team with Warther after one more high school season. She had 77 goals and 25 assists in leading MV to the 2A-1A state crown.
Swimming isn't an official high school sport in Carroll, but the county still boasts its share of standouts. Man Valley's Meghan Small (Tennessee), South Carroll's Tim Tomsuden (UMBC), and Westminster's Emily Vance (UMBC) recently committed.
Westminster's Jessie Karcz (Shepherd) was the lone volleyball player at her signing ceremony, but she was joined by a pair of girls lacrosse players in Cameron McKelvin (Massachusetts-Lowell) and Jess Schuchardt (Central Michigan).
Baseball all-county pick Brandon Martin committed to Fordham in the Owls' ceremony.
Winters Mill's six commitments were all lacrosse — Gray Bodden (Towson) and Spencer Eysaman (Tampa) on the boys side; Sydney Collins (Bloomsburg), Meghan Crouse (Robert Morris), Taylor Korpela (Army), and Coeli Love (Florida) on the girls side.