By STEVE HEISER
In a matter of a few weeks, Kelsie Weaver’s future changed completely.
The West York High School graduate was all set to play NCAA Division II softball for Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia.
Then she was contacted by the head coach from Morgan State University, Larry Hineline, asking her if she was committed to any school.
Weaver had committed to Wheeling Jesuit but had not signed an official letter of intent.
So Hineline came to Ocean City, Maryland, in late July to watch Weaver play with her AAU team, the Pa. Ball Hawks.
Hineline apparently liked what he saw and made Weaver an offer to the NCAA Division I program, which she happily accepted.
“Wheeling was about five hours from where I live, and it was really important for my parents to be able to see me play,” Weaver said in explaining her switch to the Baltimore school, which is about an hour’s drive from her home. “Distance was a really big thing. And it’s always been my dream to play Division I. And I always wanted to move to Baltimore after college. So it’s a blessing. It’s really crazy the way it all worked out.”
Morgan State is an historically black university, a fact that Weaver is embracing.
“That didn’t bother me at all. I love the city, and there’s so many colleges around there, and I want to be part of that environment. I was looking for that culture change, so it’s going to be fun.”
Weaver was a standout catcher at West York, twice earning all-state first-team recognition and finishing her career with 96 hits. She plans to continue catching at Morgan State, which finished 8-30 overall last year, including a 7-10 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
She said the Wheeling Jesuit head coach, Kelli Williams, understood her decision to switch schools.
“She was really nice about it,” Weaver said. “She was disappointed, but she wanted what was best for me.”
Weaver’s father, Rob, is very supportive of his daughter’s change of heart.
“Their coach made us a great offer,” Rob Weaver said in an email. “… We are so happy all her hard work has paid off and she has met her career goal/dream to play D-I softball.”
Kelsie Weaver plans to major in psychology and minor in criminal justice at Morgan State, with the hopes of possibly working for the FBI one day.
“I’m really excited,” she said. “Moving day is next weekend. It all came together really quickly.”
Other D-I commitments: Weaver is not the only York County athlete to recently make a commitment to a Division I school.
York Suburban boys’ lacrosse standout Collin Mailman made his announcement on Tuesday on his Twitter account.
“Truly blessed to say I’m going to be a Drexel Dragon,” he said.
Mailman, who will be a senior at Suburban this season, is a multi-sport standout. On the football field, the 6-footer was the second-leading receiver in the York-Adams League a season ago with 47 catches for 976 yards. On the lacrosse field, he had 35 goals and 14 assists as a midfielder, earning All-York Adams League honors.
Drexel’s lacrosse team was 7-8 overall last season and 3-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Mailman helped Suburban finish 9-6 and earn a District 3 playoff berth last spring.
Another York County standout also has accepted an offer to Drexel.
Dallastown girls’ soccer defender Ali Shick announced earlier this summer (also on Twitter) that she’s going to be a Dragon.
Shick helped Dallastown tie for the York-Adams Division I championship. Drexel finished 7-9-3 overall last season and was 4-3-2 in the CAA.
Two other York County girls’ soccer standouts also are going to Division I schools — Central York defender Kennedy Little (Elon) and Central York midfielder Briana Hackos (New Jersey Institute of Technology).
Elon, like Drexel, plays in the CAA, and it went 5-12 overall and 1-8 in the conference. NJIT finished 3-13-2.
Little and Hackos helped Central tie Dallastown for the York-Adams Division I title. The Panthers went on to win the York-Adams League Tournament.
— Reach Steve Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.