By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
SPRING GROVE — Victoria Ross had to wait until Wednesday to make her decision to attend Limestone College next fall official.
The reality is, however, that decision actually didn’t take all that long to make in the first place.
She knew that Limestone was where she wanted to be almost from the moment she stepped on the campus in Gaffney, S.C. this summer.
“I can’t wait,” she said shortly after her letter-of-intent signing in the career center at Spring Grove High School.
While Ross, a three-time York-Adams League girls’ golf champion, was busy looking into other schools for the better part of a year, it was actually Limestone and its women’s golf coach, Zack Seifert, who found her.
“Coach (Seifert) emailed me about Limestone and I went to check it out,” Ross said. “And I really liked it. I felt like I had a really good connection with him while I was down there.”
After Seifert made her an official offer in early September, it didn’t take long for Ross to accept.
“He offered me a scholarship and I knew that I couldn’t pass that up,” she said. “I just knew (Limestone) was the one.”
The Saints recently concluded their fall season ranked No. 19 in NCAA Division II, so Ross knows she’ll be joining a well-decorated program. Like all other Division II golf programs, Limestone has both a fall and a spring season, so Ross will get plenty of chances to shine, while also being pushed by some of her female teammates, something she never was able to experience as the lone girl golfer at Spring Grove.
“I like playing with the guys, but it’s going to be different to have a whole girls’ team,” Ross said.
She’s also fortunate in that she won’t be the only District 3 golfer attending Limestone. Central Dauphin’s Ali Cooper, the girl who claimed the District 3-AAA crown in October after battling with Ross over five playoff holes, is also a Limestone recruit.
Despite falling to Cooper in that playoff, Ross holds no ill will toward her soon-to-be teammate.
Quite the opposite, in fact.
“I’m hoping that I can room with her,” said Ross, who is still undecided about her major. “She lives in Central Dauphin, so it’s really close for us.”
Besides playing with Cooper, Ross is looking forward to learning a lot about golf from Seifert.
“He had the video of my swing from the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) website and he told me, ‘I bet your misses are a fade or a draw,'” she said. “And everything he said was like dead on. My strengths and weaknesses … he knew it. The stuff he was saying just really blew my mind.”
Other signings: Ross was far from the only local athlete to sign a letter of intent on Wednesday. Following are some of the other area signings:
At West York, Brett Kinneman signed on to play baseball at NCAA Division I North Carolina State, Kari Lankford will play basketball at Shepherd and Kelsey Weaver will play softball at Wheeling Jesuit.
At York Catholic, Shannon Moore is headed Kennesaw State to play lacrosse, Hannah Laslo is going to Seton Hill to play basketball and Marissa Ressler will attend Mansfield to play basketball.
At Eastern York, Lauren Reichard will play NCAA Division I volleyball at Georgia Southern, while Conrad Rhein will attend Lynn University and play lacrosse.
At York Suburban, Maura Brehl will play volleyball at Pitt-Johnstown and Ali Plonk will play field hockey at York College.
Finally, Gettysburg’s Maggie Fees will play field hockey at West Chester.
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