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Several standouts make college commitments official

It’s November. Do you know what that means?

It’s time for the early college signing period for most non-football sports to commence.

Several Western New York student-athletes will make their commitments official by signing letters of intent between Nov. 9-16.

The student-athletes include two-time All-Western New York first team girls basketball selection Anndea Zeigler, who made her verbal commitment to Canisius College a firm one by signing her letter of intent last Thursday at Cardinal O’Hara High School. The Hawks star announced during the summer her intention to continue her student-athlete career at Big 4 school.

Others who will sign or have already done so include:

-- Lake Shore girls lacrosse star Shayla Scanlan: She signed a letter of intent with Louisville. It is believed she is the first Seneca Nation female to sign at the D-I level in a sport.

-- Lake Shore's Natalie Cummings is heading to St. Bonaventure to run cross country.

-- Clarence girls volleyball star, scholastic All-American and past first team All-Western New York selection Meghan Neelon signed to attend University of Alabama.

Classmate and All-WNY boys volleyball selection Henry Payne is expected to sign his letter Monday to attend Penn State. Also from the Red Devils, cross country/track star Katrina Patterson is heading to Cincinnati.

Meghan Neelon of Clarence commits to Alabama during a signing ceremony at Clarence.

Meghan Neelon of Clarence commits to Alabama during a signing ceremony at Clarence.

-- Starpoint cross country/track runner Samantha Henry is going to St. Bonaventure.

-- Cleveland Hill senior Jacob Osswald will also continue his cross country career at St. Bonaventure.

-- Prep Talk Awards Boys Volleyball Player of the Year Griffin Schmit of Canisius commited to Harvard. His teammate, Devin Joslyn, is going to Loyola-Chicago.

-- Also from Canisius, rower MacKenzie Bass signed with University of California at Berkeley, while lacrosse players Jacob Lutz (LeMoyne) and John Baldwin (Rollins College) inked their respective Division II offers.

-- City Honors girls volleyball star Jenna Balduci, who also plays basketball and softball, is taking her talents to Division II Mercyhurst.

--According to a Tweet, Ellicottville girls basketball player Marissa Hamilton signed a letter of intent to play at University at Buffalo.

--  St. Mary's softball star Erin Hufford signed to play at Canisius.

-- Amherst girls basketball star Claire Wanzer signed with Niagara. Fellow Tiger Camryn Sullivan signed to play lacrosse at Division II Philadelphia University.

-- Depew's Tess Borgosz will play basketball at Towson.

Tess Borgosz of Depew is surrounded by family after committing to Towson State.

Tess Borgosz of Depew is surrounded by family after committing to Towson State.

-- Lancaster shortstop and Prep Talk Awards Softball Player of the Year Kara Paradowski will sign with Canisius on Monday. Also on Monday -- Baseball star Leugim Castillo will make his commitment to Oklahoma official while teammate Collin Reformat commits to University at Buffalo, Taylor Domanowski is heading to Alabama for women's cheerleading, Olivia Gervan to Army-West Point for track and field and lacrosse player Alyssa Markowski is heading to Division II Edinboro.

-- Sam Peterman of Sweet Home is heading for Duke for track and field and cross country. Tirzah Peters will play volleyball at Daemen.
-- Nardin runners Danielle and Gabrielle Orie committed to University of Pennsylvania and Cornell, respectively.
--Williamsville North swimmer Alyssa Helak will sign a letter to continue her education at Louisiana State at noon Tuesday at the school's gym. Fellow Spartan Shannon Quinlan will sign with Division II field hockey program Assumption. Baseball player Joshua Surowiec will sign with Division II Mercyhurst.-- Mount St. Mary has three athletes heading to Division I or II programs. Kelly Burns will swim at Canisius College. Lacrosse players Kaitlyn Hart is going to Division II Slippery Rock, while teammate Molly Meegan is heading to Mercyhurst.

-- Depew softball pitching standout Karsen Cotton is staying local and heading to Niagara.

-- Hamburg athletes earning Division I opportunities include Niagara-bound softball players Heather Haberman and Maggie Vesneske, with swimmer Dana Bender committing to Cleveland State.

-- Bishop Timon-St. Jude lacrosse attackman Neil Gardner is going to Division II Lake Erie College.

-- Eden's Sam Burgio, the reigning state Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year, made her commitment to Maryland official by signing her letter of intent.

Any others signing letters of intent with a Division I or II program, please email information to either mrodriguez@buffnews.com or bbailey@buffnews.com.

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