A pair of SSHS softball players signed on the dotted line on Wednesday along with a member from both the Cougar volleyball team and the girls basketball squad. Spanish Springs’ seniors Brette Lawrence and Kelsey Stroshine will be taking their talents to the softball diamonds at Villanova and Whitworth University. On the hardwood, Riley Holladay will join the Cal-State Stanislaus Warriors, while Cougar senior Lyndsey Anderson will stay close to home as a member of the University of Nevada volleyball team.
For the four girls that have grown up together, being able to share the big day with one another made it even that much more special.
“I’ve grown up playing sports with these girls, so it’s cool that we all get to continue that,” Anderson said. “It means a lot that they’re my friends and we can do it together. I think it says that we have a really athletic girls class. We’ve always played sports together. Even in middle school we could tell that we were going to be a strong class.”
For Anderson, who is fresh off a state championship victory and being named the 2012 High Desert Player of the Year, she will be a part of the Wolf Pack family like both her parents were. She said it is an exciting thought to contemplate that the next time she takes the volleyball court, she’ll be trading in her Purple and Silver for the Silver and Blue.
“Now it’s like the next chapter,” Anderson said.” Our volleyball season is already over, so now the next season will be in college. It’s pretty exciting thinking about that.”
Before Anderson sets her sights on Nevada, she will be taking the court with the CSUS-bound Holladay for the winter on the Cougar basketball team. Although the process of picking which school would suit her was a difficult one, Holladay said she knew she was a Warrior once she stepped on the Turlock, Calif. campus.
“It was exciting but also stressful at the same time because it was a big decision for me ultimately deciding my future,” Holladay said. “It’s not your parents’ decision or anyone else’s. Ultimately it’s your future and your decision, so it was a big decision but it was fun at the same time. I got to go to different colleges, see what the atmosphere was like, meet people in college and get their spin on the coaches and staff and the college.
“Right when I went on campus it had that feel. I knew I wanted to go to college there. The coaching staff was very informative and open and friendly. The girls also made me feel really welcomed. I could just see myself being a part of that team.”
Once she had committed to Cal-State Stanislaus, Holladay said there was no longer any stress about her future.
“It’s definitely a relief. It was stressful at the same time that it was exciting,” she said. “I’m just glad that I know where I’m going. I don’t have to worry about where I’m going after graduation. Now I can focus on this season and this team, getting this team together and also getting ready for next year at the same time and getting into shape.”
Lawrence also said the experience of going through recruiting was hectic, beginning her freshman year.
“The whole process was so stressful,” she said. “I started freshman year sending e-mails and going to camps, making phone calls and traveling all over the place. Now though, it’s smooth sailing.”
Part of the reason the course is much calmer for Lawrence is that she knew what her choice would be after her visit to Villanova.
“I think everything about the school stood out,” she said. “When I went to go visit, the campus was beautiful and it felt perfect to me. Nothing felt any better than that.”
Although Lawrence admitted it was a bit nerve-wracking having to sign her signature in front of so many family and friends, as well as cameras, she said it was a great moment to experience.
“It was the best feeling ever. Committing kind of just took everything off my back.”
Stroshine will also be continuing her softball career and had similar reasons to her SSHS counterparts as to why she chose Whitworth.
“The process was very stressful and I got to the point where I just wanted to find where I was supposed to be,” Stroshine side. “Thank God Whitworth came along and I found where I was supposed to be.
“When I visited, I fell in love with the campus. It’s a beautiful campus. I fell in love with the coaches and the girls, too. It just had everything. It was where I was supposed to be.”
With a career with the Pirates in Spokane, Wash. on her horizon, Stroshine said she is eager to start anew at Whitworth.
“I never wanted to just stay here. I always wanted to leave,” she said. “I just felt like this was a good opportunity. It’s my time to grow up and I’m excited about that.”