West York's Trinity Thomas, Northeastern's Fred Mulbah announce their college choices
- West York's Trinity Thomas will compete in gymnastics for the University of Florida.
- Northeastern's Fred Mulbah will compete in basketball for the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown.
- Both Thomas and Mulbah also excelled in other sports: Thomas in diving and Mulbah in football.
Two of the more dynamic young athletes in York County made their college choices this week.
West York gymnast Trinity Thomas has announced that she plans to compete for the University of Florida, while Northeastern basketball player Fred Mulbah has decided to play for the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown.
Both athletes confirmed their choices on their Twitter sites.
Standout gymnast: Thomas, now 17, is a member of the U.S. Senior National Gymnastics Team. Last August, she finished fourth in the all-around competition at the P&G Gymnastics National Championships in Anaheim, California. Individually, Thomas was third on the balance beam, third in floor exercise and sixth in uneven bars.
It was Thomas' first appearance at the USA Gymnastics senior national event.
Thomas, who trains at Prestige Gymnastics in Lancaster, has been competing in gymnastics since 2008, when she was 7. Since, then she's enjoyed success locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
"My mother was tired of me flipping all over the house and furniture. So, at age 7 she took me to a gym for a tryout for their competitive cheer program. The gymnastics coach saw me and invited me to the gymnastics team," Thomas said on her USA Gymnastics biography.
Thomas said in the past that she hopes to compete for the U.S. team at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Thomas is the daughter of Tisen and Titania Thomas. Tisen Thomas is a former York High football standout who also played at Penn State.
Gators a top program: The Florida gymnastics team is traditionally among the top programs in the nation and will compete in the NCAA Division I Championships after winning the University Park Regional title on Saturday afternoon at Penn State's Rec Hall. The win advances Florida to St. Louis, Missouri, where the NCAA Championships appears for the second consecutive year. The Gators finished fourth in the nation in 2016 and third in 2017.
Thomas, who has attended cyber school to accommodate her gymnastics training schedule, also competed in diving this past season for West York High School, finishing second at the PIAA Class 2-A state meet.
Thomas is set to compete in the World Cup for gymnastics in Tokyo later this month.
A great leaper: Mulbah, meanwhile, will leave Northeastern as one of the better players in Bobcats history.
The 5-foot, 10-inch senior became known for his tremendous leaping ability that led to numerous crowd-pleasing dunks during his career. He was the undisputed star of the show at the recent York-Adams League Senior All-Star Game.
“I started playing basketball back in fourth or fifth grade because of (Northeastern teammate) Antonio (Rizzuto),” Mulbah said after that game. "I wasn’t the greatest, so I just had to keep grinding and grinding. After a while it started to pay off. Just keep grinding and chase those dreams.”
That dream will now lead him to Johnstown.
Mulbah helped the Bobcats compile a 58-7 record over the past two seasons, including consecutive York-Adams League titles and a District 3 Class 5-A crown in 2017. He teamed with Rizzuto, an NCAA Division I recruit for the University at Albany, to give Northeastern one of the top backcourts in the region.
Mulbah averaged 14.3 points per game this past season.
Pitt-Johnstown is an NCAA Division II program that competes in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. The Mountain Cats finished 15-12 overall last season and 13-9 in the PSAC.
Mulbah was also a standout wideout for the Northeastern football team, catching 23 passes for 326 yards, averaging 14.2 yards per catch.