Red Lion senior girls' basketball standout Morgan Kuehne has verbally committed to play at NCAA Division III York College next year.

Kuehne confirmed the news by phone Monday night.

"The first thing I liked is how close it is to home. It's not too close where I'm stranded but it's easy to get home if I need to. And once I saw the team and met the girls, they are really nice," Kuehne said.

The senior forward averaged 10.8 points a game last season for Red Lion. Also a highly-skilled field hockey standout for the Lions, Kuehne said she has never considered playing field hockey at the next level. Her college choices ultimately came down to York, Widener and Alvernia. She plans to major in behavorial science before going to grad school for physical therapy.

"I have never had an injury but I do enjoy working with people and I think being in sports and seeing injuries I'd be good," she said.

York county connections: Although York Catholic grad Brittany Hicks is in her senior season with the Spartans, there will still be a couple local players around when Kuehne comes on board next year. Sophomore guard Karli McFatridge, a York Catholic grad, is currently in her first year with York after transferring from Juniata. And forward Sarah Shearer, a West York grad, is in her freshman season with York.

"I really don't know them," Kuehne said. "But when I did my overnight visit I met them. And I've played against them in high school."

Kuehne said she was in attendance Saturday when the undefeated Spartans (8-0 overall, 3-0 Capital Athletic Conference) scored an impressive 75-63 home win on Saturday over conference foe Christopher Newport, which is ranked in the Top 15 in NCAA Division III in the latest coaches' and d3hoops.com polls.

OTHER YORK COLLEGE NOTE

York College freshman honored by CAC: York College freshman Emily Cronise was named the Capital Athletic Conference Women's Track Athlete of the Week on Tuesday.

Cronise wasted little time in going from the soccer pitch, as a key member of the Spartans' CAC championship women's soccer squad, to the track. She shattered the school record in the 500-meter race at the Bucknell Season Opening meet, clocking in with a time of 1 minute, 22.27 seconds, besting the old record by nearly 12 seconds. Cronise finished seventh in a meet that primarily featured NCAA Division I and II student athletes. Cronise also competed in the 400 meter dash, where she recorded a time of 1:03.14, placing fourth in the flight. She was second among Division III competitors in that race.

-- Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.