BLOG: York County prep athletes sign letters of intent

Patrick Strohecker

West York senior diver Erica Sarver signed her national letter of intent to compete in college for San Diego State on Wednesday.

Sarver was one of several York County high school athletes who signed NLI's to continue their athletic careers at the next level.

West York's Erica Sarver won the girls' title at the South Western Diving Invitational on Saturday.

Sarver has had a strong career diving for the Bulldogs so far. During her sophomore year, she finished third in the one-meter diving at the PIAA Class 2-A state competition. Last year, as a junior, she won the District 3 2-A championship and then bettered her bronze-medal result by earning silver at the state competition.

The Aztecs compete in the Mountain West Conference and are 4-0 in dual meets this season.

Harnish signs with Georgia: Sarver's West York teammate, Courtney Harnish, officially signed to swim at the University of Georgia next year.

Harnish, who was ranked the top girls' recruit in the nation by SwimSwam, is coming off a summer in which she competed in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. Harnish hasn't swam for the Bulldogs since her freshman year, instead swimming for the prestigious York YMCA. In her freshman year, Harnish set a few PIAA state records that still stand and will compete for West York this winter as a senior.

She's following the path of Spring Grove-native Hali Flickinger, who won three national titles with the Bulldogs, including one last year. Flickinger went on to compete in the Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil, finishing seventh in the 200-meter butterfly.

Georgia competes in the Southeastern Conference.

Brooks inks Michigan offer: Spring Grove boys' basketball standout Eli Brooks put pen to paper on his offer to play basketball for the University of Michigan next year.

Brooks, who's the most highly-recruited boys' basketball player to come out of York County, received more than two dozen Division I offers, including ones from defending national champion Villanova, Kansas State, North Carolina State, Ohio State and others.

Brooks verbally committed to the Wolverines back in July after averaging 24.7 points per game as a junior for the Rockets, leading them to the program's first York-Adams League title in decades. At 6-foot, 1-inch, Brooks was named to the 2015-16 PA Sports Writers' All-State boys' basketball second team.

Michigan is a member of the Big Ten Conference and made the NCAA Tournament for the 26th time in program history in 2015-16 and the sixth time in eight seasons under head coach Jim Beilein.

Golden on his way to Old Dominion: Dallastown senior Tye Golden made his commitment to Old Dominion for baseball official.

Golden primarily showcased at third base for the Wildcats last year during their run to the Y-A League championship. Golden has been committed to ODU since the summer of 2015. Aside from excelling on the baseball diamond, Golden is also the senior class president at Dallastown.

The Monarchs are part of Conference USA in baseball.

Holtzapple off to George Washington: Golden's teammate with Dallastown, catcher Bryant Holtzapple, also signed a NLI to play Division I baseball a year from now.

The senior made his commitment to George Washington official on Wednesday. Holtzapple was a Y-A League all-star last spring and participated in the Big 26 Classic over the summer, a best-of-3 series between the best players from Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The Colonials play in the Atlantic 10 Conference.