All Trevante Coleman wanted was a chance.
With three years of playing baseball at Carlisle under his belt, he just wanted an opportunity to get to play in college.
After signing with Division II Ohio Valley University Thursday afternoon, he’s going to get that chance.
“That’s been my main interest since freshman year,” said Coleman, who plays the outfield and pitches for the Thundering Herd. “I came in here wanting to play baseball in college and any opportunity that I had, I was going to jump at it.”
Coleman said he had envisioned getting to sign with a school since his older brother did the same a few years earlier, going to college to play basketball. When he finally got to sign and make it official, the feeling was unlike anything else for Coleman.
“It’s a dream come true,” he said.
Basom heads west
Ali Basom was sure Colorado College was her kind of place before she even stepped foot on the school’s Colorado Springs campus.
An official visit confirmed that initial assessment, and so the senior will head for the mountains this fall to suit up for Colorado’s soccer squad. The Tigers are members of Conference USA and were an NCAA qualifier last year.
“They had seen me play at a tournament in Florida, and I began talking the coaches there,” Basom said. “I researched the school when I got home and I looked like a really great fit for me. I wanted to go there before I even took my visit, and then that just sealed it.”
Basom, who was named all-state as a midfielder last year by the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association, is likely ticketed for a spot on defense.
Andrew Scarpelli put in a lot of time on the baseball diamond in 2013. High school, American Legion, travel ball, showcases, camps — you name it. The time commitment paid off when Scarpelli signed on with CAA member James Madison.
The lefthander had contact with the Dukes early in the recruiting process before initially committing to Pittsburgh. Once the hurler parted ways with Pitt, that left the door open again for JMU. A trip to the Dukes’ baseball camp swung things in JMU’s favor.
“They saw me at the camp and that’s when they started making their push,” Scarpelli said. “I had talked with them early on and had some interest, but after they came to me again that’s when it really felt like the right place.”
The Dukes plan to keep Scarpelli working as a starter.
CV produces record number of signees
Cumberland Valley announced the signings of 42 of their student athletes that have committed to play college sports next season, the most in school history.
And more are expected to decide in the near future, including halfbacks Tyler Heisey and Tyler Updegraff and basketball’s Matt Tamanosky and Gray Kline.
The 42 student-athletes represent 18 different men’s and women’s sports, including Allison Goodhart, who will play wheelchair basketball at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. CV doesn’t have a wheelchair basketball team.
“Obviously Allison’s a great kid and she has the opportunity to play that sport at Edinboro so we’re real happy for her and real proud of her,” athletic director Mike Craig said.
“It’s a combination of kids that are obviously athletically talented, but also it’s a tribute to our coaches for the work that they do to prepare the kids. And also a shout out to the parents.”
CV baseball sends six to next level
Six of the Eagles’ senior class will be taking their talents on the diamond to colleges.
Michael Adams is heading to the University of Albany, in New York, to pursue his dream of making it to Major League Baseball while likely majoring in finance.
“It’s a huge opportunity,” Adams said.
Classmate Mitchell Lacey, who will play third base at Virginia Commonwealth University and may major in biology, will join him at the next level, as will Kole Aumiller (Shippensburg), Christian McClure (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Adam Howard (Moravian) and Nathan Kulp (Penn State Mont Alto).
The coaching staffs were major factors in Lacey and Adams’s decision.
“As soon as I got my offer I left that place and I was like, ‘That’s where I want to be,’” Lacey said.
Both expect to see some significant playing time almost right away. Adams is a pitcher and expects to slot in as one of the starters at the next level.
“They’re good,” Adams said of Albany’s program. “They compete in the division and they made it to regional’s a couple of times. It’s definitely a winning team, winning tradition.”
Lacey will enter an open competition for the hot corner as the Rams will lose three seniors after this season.
“It’s me and one other kid at third base and I’m going to have a good opportunity to get out there on the field,” Lacey said.
He will also join forces with former Mid-Penn competitors, including freshman infielders Matt Davis (Cumberland Valley) and Shane Dressler (Red Land) and freshman pitcher Brian Goodling (Carlisle).
But for now both are focused on their final season in red and white and bringing home a state title.
“We got to give it our all,” Lacey said. “This is our last chance. We have a big class, we have a lot of talent.”
Christopher Hopkins, Jake Adams and Brett Keener contributed to this report