Basketball aside, St. Francis College in Brooklyn checked all the boxes that York Catholic senior Kate Bauhof was looking for in a college.
Wanting to be in a big city, she will soon be in the nation's largest. Not to mention that New York City is her favorite city.
So, when the women's basketball coach, John Thurston, offered Bauhof a spot with the team beginning in 2018-19, it didn't take long for her to jump at it. After visiting the school in October, it took one night's sleep for Bauhof to decide that's where she wanted to play college basketball, verbally committing the following day.
On Wednesday, Nov. 8, Bauhof made it official by signing her National Letter of Intent to play for the Terriers.
"As soon as I got there, the team, they were so nice. They came over and greeted me and my family," Bauhof said. "Their practice that I watched on Saturday morning was so up-tempo and upbeat and they just looked like they were having so much fun."
Over the course of the past couple years, in which Bauhof has established herself as not only the top girls' player in the York-Adams League, but one of the best in the state, she's been in contact with a number of NCAA Division I basketball programs. She's mostly let her father deal with talking to coaches, but she's gone on a number of visits to schools in New England, the Northeast and Midwest.
However, after suffering a torn ACL over the summer, Bauhof wasn't quite sure what her future would hold, or when she would commit.
"I've never suffered an injury really before, so I wasn't really sure how all this worked, especially being during live period and my senior year," Bauhof said. "So, I was just going with the flow, seeing what happened. ... I just think it's really great that coach Thurston at St. Francis gave me the opportunity and saw that."
Last year, Bauhof was the Y-A League's leading scorer, putting up 19.5 points per game. She's scored more than 1,300 points in her Fighting Irish career and helped the team to the District 3 Class 3-A title and a PIAA Class 3-A semifinal berth last year. On top of that, Bauhof was a first-team all-state selection in 3-A as a junior and was a finalist for the Miss Pennsylvania Basketball state-wide award.
St. Francis plays in the Northeast Conference, along with teams such as Mount St. Mary's, Saint Francis (Loretto, Pennsylvania), Robert Morris and Sacred Heart. The Terriers are coming off an 8-22 year in 2016-17, including 6-12 in conference play.
Bauhof plans to study biology.
Bauhof said she's mostly doing strengthening work in her rehab right now, but has started to take some jump shots and casual layups. She said the plan is to hopefully return to the court in late January or early February.
"I definitely don't want to not play my senior season," Bauhof said. "...Even though I'm committed, I want to play because (my teammates and I) just have so much fun together and we want to do stuff this season. So, I do plan plan to try and come back for the end of the season."
Other Division I signees: Bauhof was just one of a number of York County athletes to sign a NLI to Division I programs on Wednesday.
At Northeastern, senior guard Antonio Rizzuto made his verbal commitment to the University at Albany official. The 6-foot, 3-inch Rizzuto verbally committed to play for his cousin, Jon Iati, an assistant with the program, and the Great Danes back in August on the heels of an impressive junior year with the Bobcats and his AAU team, the York Ballers.
In 2016-17, Rizzuto led Northeastern in scoring with 19.0 points per game. He was instrumental in helping the Bobcats win the Y-A League Division I title, the league championship and District 3 5-A tournament and make the semifinals of the PIAA Class 5-A playoffs.
Central York, which won't hold a signing-day ceremony until May, had two student-athletes sign Division I letters of intent. Joe Parrini will officially head west to play for the University of Arizona in golf and Cole Johnson will go even further west to play for UCLA in men's volleyball.
Parrini won the District 3 3-A individual district competition for the second consecutive year this season and helped the Panthers take second in the state team competition. Johnson was a key figure in Central York winning both the District 3 3-A and PIAA state championships in 2017.
Another local volleyball standout, Northeastern's Cole Brillhart made his previous verbal commitment to Lewis University official. Lewis is an NCAA Division I program in Illinois which was ranked among the top-10 teams in the nation last season. Brillhart helped Northeastern win the District 3 and PIAA Class 2-A championships last season.
Spring Grove wrestler Dalton Rohrbaugh made his signing to Lock Haven official. In his first three years for the Rockets, Rohrbaugh has racked up a 107-13 record, which includes one District 3 3-A gold medal, two silver medals and a PIAA state bronze medal in 2015-16 at 106 pounds. Rohrbaugh will join a Bald Eagles program filled with District 3 products, including Kennard-Dale grad Chance Marsteller.
Dallastown baseball player Nick Parker has been verbally committed to Coastal Carolina since shortly after his sophomore season and finally made it official on Wednesday. In 2017, Parker missed a large chunk of the Wildcats' season with a broken elbow, but when he returned, he was dominant. He was lights out on the mound during the team's postseason run, which included a District 3 6-A title and a walk-off loss in the state finals. Coastal Carolina most recently won the College World Series in 2016.
Lastly, Madison Nalls of Eastern York signed on to swim at Pitt. As a junior last year, Nalls finished second in the 200 free at the PIAA Class 2-A state competition to West York's Courtney Harnish. She also finished fourth in the state in the 500 free competition.
Other signees: A number of other York County student-athletes signed letters to play in college at the Division II or III levels.
Along with Bauhof at York Catholic, four members of the girls' lacrosse team made their commitments official. Jamie Mullen and Lauren China will remain teammates at Albright College, while Sarah Mazzur is attending Seton Hill University and Carlin Mayer will go to Roanoke College. Seton Hill is Division II, while Albright and Roanoke are Division III programs.
Central York girl's basketball player Teirra Preston also signed a NLI to play for the women's basketball team at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she received a full scholarship.
At Dallastown, Parker's teammate on the baseball team, Ben Writer, signed at Division III Messiah College. Elena Rosas will be joining Writer at Messiah, but for softball, and Bryce Gable will run cross country for Division II West Chester.
Hannah Myers of Eastern York signed to continue playing Division II basketball at Shepherd University (West Virginia).
Red Lion's Peyton Shima will join Mazzur as part of the Seton Hill women's lacrosse team in college.
Adam Freese of the Kennard-Dale boys' basketball team signed to continue his basketball career at Division II Stonhill College.
Three West York student-athletes made their commitments official. Maddi Stoner will swim for Division II Millersville, while Trilby Kite will continue her volleyball career at Division II Georgian Court. Anthony Kahley will extend his baseball career into college by playing for Division III Washington College.
Dover had five athletes sign NLIs. Zack Noll will play for Keane University at the Division III level and Shaely Gamble will continue her lacrosse career for Division II Shippensburg. Rajah Fink will play for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team (Division II), Will Fetrow will compete for Division II Pitt-Johnstown in baseball and Matt Rodriguez will continue to wrestle in college for Penn College, a Division III program.
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