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National Signing Day roundup: Several girls All-WNY soccer standouts are staying local

National Signing Day wasn't just for football players. It's also for soccer talents and several locals are staying put to play at the college level.

The University at Buffalo women's soccer team boosted its roster by gaining commitments from Lancaster's Andrea "Annie" Judasz, Williamsville East's Tess Ford and Wilson's Emily Kelly. Ford, a midfielder, and Kelly, a goalkeeper, capped their scholastic careers by earning Coaches All-Western New York first team honors. Judasz is a defender who also played for Empire United Development Academy.

Coaches All-Western New York girls soccer Player of the Year Maya Palmer signed with Old Dominion, while Williamsville North teammate Samantha Diamond is heading to Hofstra.

Tonawanda midfielder Hope Balling, a first team All-WNY selection, is heading to Canisius College. So, too, is Cardinal O'Hara's Madeleine Sowinski.

Christian Central's Maddie Emmi is staying close to home and attending Division II Daemen College.

In boys soccer, Lancaster's Zach Drayer, who played the last three seasons with Empire United Academy after playing for the Legends as a freshman, signed with Rhode Island of the Atlantic 10 where he plans to major in physics.

Wilson's Cesar Carlin signed with Division II Wheeling Jesuit.

In baseball, Williamsville North's Blake Ferrell signed with Mercyhurst.

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