Three-sport Susquehannock standout Katie Wagner has decided to play basketball for York College next season.
Three-sport Susquehannock standout Katie Wagner has decided to play basketball for York College next season. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO -- jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

For years, Katie Wagner's athletic abilities have been split between three sports.

And she's excelled in all of them.

But the Susquehannock High School senior wants to focus her skills on one sport at the next level.

With that being said, one might think the natural choice for Wagner would be to play tennis in college, given all of her outstanding accomplishments in the sport. Plus, she told The York Dispatch in August she wanted to continue her tennis career in college.

So she understands if her college decision might surprise some people.

The 5-foot, 6-inch Wagner has committed to York College to play basketball.

"I don't know. I love the sport (tennis) but I feel like my heart is more in basketball," Wagner said by phone Monday evening. "Some people might be disappointed I didn't do tennis."

She didn't completely rule out trying to play both tennis and basketball, however.

"I'm gonna just play basketball my freshman year and see if I can handle it with the studies and then maybe I'll try to play (tennis) again," Wagner said. "I've done three sports throughout my high school career. I just want to focus on one sport."

With the Susquehannock track and field team, Wagner was a member of the 400 relay team, ran the 200 dash and participated in the long jump and triple jump.


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On the tennis court, Wagner helped the Warriors capture the York-Adams Division II crown in 2011 and Division I title in 2012. In 2013, Wagner and teammate Chelsea Simmers won the York-Adams League Class AAA doubles title, while Wagner also won her third-straight York-Adams League Class AAA singles title and became the first York-Adams girls' player in 26 years to win back-to-back District 3-AAA singles titles.

She was leaning toward playing tennis at NCAA Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania before ultimately choosing the basketball route at D-III York College. Wagner's unsure of what she wants to study at York.

"I was choosing between tennis and basketball. Basketball, I like the whole team aspect. Tennis is individual. I like that to a certain respect, but the team aspect is nice," she said. "With York, it's close (to home) and I'm going to stay on campus. Coach (Betsy Witman) is amazing. I like the way she coaches. And some of the girls coming in, I've played with them in AAU."

One of those is Red Lion senior Morgan Kuehne, who committed to York near the start of this season. Kuehne is averaging 17.8 points per game this season for the Lions.

At York, Kuehne and Wagner will join former York-Adams players Karli McFatridge (York Catholic) and Sarah Shearer (West York), who are in their first years playing for the Spartans (18-1), who are currently ranked No. 10 in the country by d3hoops.com. York Catholic grad Brittany Hicks, who leads the Spartans in scoring and rebounding this season, is a senior.

Wagner, a guard, is averaging a team-leading 14.4 points per game this season for Susquehannock (17-3 overall, 10-2 Division II), which currently sits atop the District 3-AAA power rankings. Wagner and teammates Shannon Druck, a D-I Holy Cross recruit, and Makenzie Fancher, a D-III Christopher Newport recruit, are aiming to get the Warriors back to the District 3-AAA title game for the second year in a row. Druck needs just 45 points to reach 1,000 for her career.

Wagner said she never considered following Fancher to Christopher Newport, which just handed York College its first loss of the season Saturday in a matchup of the top two teams in the Capital Athletic Conference.

"They (York) have a lot of seniors graduating that play a lot of time on the court," Wagner said. "That's good for me, because I'll get a chance to play and see what I can bring to the team."

— Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.