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Kellen Williams
After winning the Public Opinion Player of the Year in both football and basketball, Chambersburg senior Kellen Williams had a big choice to make: Which sport would he continue to play in college?

Although Williams has not yet decided where he is going to attend college, he has decided he'll be playing football.

He is currently looking at Bloomsburg, Kutztown and Seton Hill. After having an official visit to Bloomsburg last weekend, he'll be making trips to Kutztown and Seton Hill in the coming weeks.

"I think the style of play will play into it a lot," Chambersburg football coach Mark Saunders said. "All three of the staffs really did a good job recruiting him, but Kutztown is a little bit more wide open, so that might be a good fit."

Williams said, "I think I know which one I'm going to pick, but I don't want to say yet. I'm going to Seton Hill in two weeks, so in that span of time, I should know for sure."

For some time, Williams had hoped to play both sports in college, but he then realized the pressure of that may be too much. Now, Williams is concentrating on finishing out the basketball season while enjoying the recruiting process.

"There's a lot of pressure on him right now, and he wants to make the right decision," Saunders said. "I think it's a good experience that a lot of kids don't get a chance to do, so he's trying to enjoy the ride while he can."

In addition to Williams, Chambersburg's Aaron Reese has committed to the University of Pittsburgh to play on the offensive line.


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Reese made his decision before the beginning of the school year. He is currently rehabbing a shoulder injury and is doing fine.

Trojan kicker Kane Snider may end up at a Div. II school - he is visiting Kutztown and Clarion before making a decision. RB/DB Tay Charles is getting some interest, too, according to Saunders.

Also in football, Shippensburg's Cary Hess has signed with Bucknell to play offensive tackle, and a number of Waynesboro seniors are considering moving on. Both lineman Andrew Paterno and OL/LB Ryan Shanholtz are receiving attention, while running back Johnnie Adgers is considering joining a college track & field team.

Chambersburg had a number of Div. I signees this year. Mitch Stahl was considered one of the top volleyball recruits in the nation and eventually signed with UCLA, while wrestlers Garett Hammond and Tanner Shoap committed to Penn State and Drexel, respectively.

Hammond isn't the only local who will become a Nittany Lion. Greencastle-Antrim's Mary Ward recently committed to PSU to play softball.

Also playing Div. I softball will be Blaire Lauthers, of Fannett-Metal, who led the Lady Tigers to a Class A state title last spring. Lauthers will be attending St. Francis (Pa.), and although she hopes to pitch, she will take whatever position she can get.

Mercersburg Academy's Sarah Firestone is another area Div. I signee. She will be throwing the javelin at University of Nebraska.

A number of other area athletes will be continuing with their athletic careers:

- Greencastle-Antrim's Nakita Gearheart, P.O. Volleyball Player of the Year, who plans to attend Juniata College.

- Liam Corcoran of James Buchanan, who will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point for cross country and track & field.

- JB's Rochelle Timmons plans to continue her soccer career at Pitt-Johnstown.

- Lorraine Armstrong of Greencastle, who intends to play field hockey at Bellarmine, a Div. II school in Louisville, Ky.

- Grant Strawoet of JB, who will attend Methodist U. for golf management and hopes to play on the golf team.

- Greencastle's Danny Stepler has chosen Piedmont (Ga.) to extend his baseball career, and teammate Josh Young intends to play at Penn State Harrisburg.

Mercersburg Academy has also announced that four other student-athletes will play sports next year in college, including two Chambersburg residents.

Kelly Hamilton has chosen West Point for swimming and Ayo Adjibaba will play football at Hamilton (N.Y.) College. Hamilton is a five-time finalist at the Easterns meet, and Adjibaba played five varsity sports at Mercersburg.

Also for Mercersburg, Matt Hirshman will play at Trinity (Conn.) College, and Grant Cohen will play soccer at Kenyon College in Ohio.

- Ed Gotwals contributed to this story.

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Lizi Arbogast can be reached at 262-4788 or larbogast@publicopinionnews.com.