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High School Sports: Carroll athletes make college choices official on signing days

From left, Lauren Bredenberg (Army), Kate Brewster (Delaware), Regan Brown (Shepherd), Beanie Colson (Mount St. Mary's), Rayna Deltuva (Towson), Ali Johnston (George Mason), Kyleiigh Masteran (Queens-Charlotte), and Mackenzie Poist (Liberty) at Manchester Valley's recent signing day ceremony.
From left, Lauren Bredenberg (Army), Kate Brewster (Delaware), Regan Brown (Shepherd), Beanie Colson (Mount St. Mary's), Rayna Deltuva (Towson), Ali Johnston (George Mason), Kyleiigh Masteran (Queens-Charlotte), and Mackenzie Poist (Liberty) at Manchester Valley's recent signing day ceremony. (Picasa /)

Kaila Brown said she was opposed to taking a visit to Kutztown at first.

It was her mother, Megan, who encouraged her to give it a chance.

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The Winters Mill senior listened to her mom's intuition back in January. On Monday, Brown signed her National Letter of Intent to play women's basketball for the Golden Bears.

Last week marked the early signing period for various sports, such as basketball, lacrosse, cross country, with several Carroll athletes finalizing their college commitments.

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"I fell in love with the school before basketball," Brown said. "Coach Heather [DeWees] told me to set certain standards for each school and Kutztown fit them all. The coaches were so cool and were interested in getting to know me and care for me. I immediately built a relationship with them the first day."

Brown said that when she was growing up, she had her sights set on playing lacrosse in college.

After she joined DeWees' AAU basketball team, the Central Maryland Attitude, entering her freshman year at Winters Mill, she soon realized how much skill and dedication it took to commit to the game. She added that DeWees played a large role in her recruitment process.

Quinnipiac, Hofstra, Stevenson, and McDaniel each expressed interest in Brown, she said, but her visits to Kutztown sealed the deal.

"When I went on my tour and the coach showed me around, he knew everybody he passed on campus," Brown said. "Everybody knows each other and I think it's awesome. I didn't want to go anywhere too big or overwhelming. The girls have fun and they're there to play and have fun — they love the game."

Brown earned Times first-team all-county honors last winter after averaging 11.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game for Winters Mill. Brown also led the county in free-throw shooting percentage at 72.3.

"They play for each other and not a lot of teams are like that. Some are selfish and only want stats but they do stuff together like community service and do more than just play basketball — that's awesome."

Brown said she took two visits to the campus — one unofficial and one official. During her official visit, she stayed overnight and attended a women's basketball game. Shortly after, she made her verbal commitment.

Century had five girls lacrosse players sign letters on Nov. 11.

Senior Kylie Davis, who is headed to Maryland next year, was third in Carroll in scoring last season with 65 goals.

Four athletes from Liberty have committed to play lacrosse in college, and Lions senior Ashley Caldwell will attend Queens College for field hockey.

Manchester Valley will send eight girls lacrosse players to the collegiate level, led by goalie Kate Brewster (Delaware) and midfielders Beanie Colson (Mount St. Mary's) and Rayna Deltuva (Towson).

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Brown's commitment will take her about two and a half hours north of Carroll County, but Westminster senior Ryan McManus will be much closer when he joins the men's lacrosse team at Mount St. Mary's.

McManus said he didn't have many schools on his radar at the start of his recruitment process. But, playing Division I lacrosse was his point of focus.

When McManus attended a prospect camp at the Mount, he participated in drills and scrimmages and got to interact with players who had already committed. He also met the coaches and current players who each gave him an insight into the program and what to anticipate from the experience.

"Distance was something I thought about and some other schools like Florida Tech are great and I highly considered that," McManus said. "I didn't think I could handle being that far away because I'm a hometown kind of guy. Now I can play lacrosse at a high level and play close to home, it's very reassuring and I'll like that for four years."

The Owls' boys lacrosse team advanced to the Class 4A-3A North final in 2016, but was eliminated by Howard at home. It's still early, but McManus is prepared to make his final season count.

"We all know what we want," McManus said. "It's obvious to everyone that we're going for a state title but we really are going all the way. Everyone is so motivated and we're going to have new guys coming in so it will take a little bit of adjusting. We have what it takes and it's all about if we're willing to give it all."

McManus signed his NLI on Friday, along with seven of his classmates.

"I think Carroll definitely gets overlooked and doesn't get as much credit as it deserves," McManus said. "We've had great players like Ryan [Drenner] going into his senior year at Towson and Hunter [Davis] at York. There's so much talent and it's not even just lacrosse, it's every sport.

"You see people going to school for football, basketball, baseball, there's a crazy amount of talent coming out of this county that gets overlooked at it shouldn't because it's incredible."

Note: If you know of any other athletes that have committed to college, please contact us at sports@carrollcountytimes.com.

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College Commitments

Century

Michaela Connolly, lacrosse, Duquesne

Kylie Davis, lacrosse, Maryland

Caroline Glenn, lacrosse, VCU

Julia Hatmaker, lacrosse, UMBC

Lauren Martin, lacrosse, Wofford

Sarah Riggin, volleyball, Stevenson

Francis Scott Key

Morganne Hendrickson, gymnastics, Baylor

Gerstell

Jake Higgins, lacrosse, Cleveland State

Joey Tabak, lacrosse, Bridgewater

Liberty

Jenny Anuszewski, lacrosse, Campbell

Ashley Caldwell, field hockey, Queen's College

Grace Griffin, lacrosse, Maryland

Logan Hagerty, lacrosse, Mount St. Mary's

Hannah Miller, lacrosse, Robert Morris

Macy Tignor, lacrosse, Shenandoah

Manchester Valley

Lauren Bredenburg, lacrosse, West Point

Kate Brewster, lacrosse, Delaware

Regan Brown, lacrosse, Shepherd

Beanie Colson, lacrosse, Mount St. Mary's

Rayna Deltuva, lacrosse, Towson

Ali Johnston, lacrosse, George Mason

Kyleigh Masteran, lacrosse, Queen's University of Charlotte

Mackenzie Poist, lacrosse, Liberty

South Carroll

Kyle Dizon, lacrosse, Marist

Mackenzie Wenczkowski, lacrosse, Mercer

Christina White, lacrosse, East Carolina

Westminster

Caroline Frock, lacrosse, Georgetown

Amy Jarvis, lacrosse, East Carolina

John Hulsman, lacrosse, Bellarmine

Sydney McDonald, lacrosse, Robert Morris

Delaney McKelvie, lacrosse, University of Tampa

Ryan McManus, lacrosse, Mount St. Mary's

Paige Sedlar, lacrosse, Wofford

David Welsh, lacrosse, FIT

Winters Mill

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Kaila Brown, basketball, Kutztown

Devon Caples, cross country, Indiana University-Pa.

Emma Kartalia, cross country, UMBC

Caroline Wilcox, cross country, Mount St. Mary's

Other schools

Samantha Fiedler (Garrison Forest/Finksburg), lacrosse, Loyola

Marina Lazarides (Garrison Forest/Westminster), lacrosse, Navy

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