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Softball standouts commit to Division I programs

A pair of Western New York softball standouts committed to Division I programs this week.

Dunkirk senior Emilee Hanlon announced Monday that she's headed to the University of Tennessee, while Sacred Heart sophomore Gianna Fazzolari is verbally committed to Canisius College.

Hanlon, a three-sport athlete for the Marauders, was named to the 2017 All-WNY small schools first team at shortstop. She also won the state high jump title earlier this month and was honorable mention All-WNY in girls soccer this fall.

Tennessee is one of the top programs in the nation. The Volunteers are currently 30-4 and ranked No. 7 in the latest USA Today/NFCA Coaches poll.

Former Orchard Park star and 2015 Class AA New York State Player of the Year Katie Weimer is a junior at Tennessee. She transferred to the school after spending her freshman season at the University at Buffalo, where she was named to the 2016 MAC All-Freshman Team.

Fazzolari was 2017 All-WNY large schools honorable mention and All-Catholic first team at catcher. She batted .612 in 17 games for the Sharks last season with 30 hits, eight home runs and 32 runs batted in.

2017 softball honor roll

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