Thursday was a busy day at the High School’s Little Theater, as two seniors signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college. Senior standout Carissa Dorley signed to play lacrosse at Neumann University, and senior cager Tim Myarick signed to play basketball at West Chester University.
Surrounded by her dad Tom Dorley, godmother Cheryl Drach, sisters, teammates, Carissa Dorley gave thanks for her success to CHS Physical Education teacher Dave Burton for always being a helping hand with sports and academics, Glenside Elementary teacher Lauren Ricks for her mentorship and family for always being there for her.
Dorley attributed the beauty of the small campus, its balance between academics and athletics and the special team dynamic she felt when she met with Neumann team members and coach Christy Fleagle as the main reasons she chose the school. Dorley’s dad Tom said, “Carissa plans to major in pre-med and participate in ROTC, and today, I couldn’t be more proud.”
Accompanied by his mother and father, Annette and Al, Myarick signed his letter at easily the best attended signing day of the year. Myarick also welcomed his teammates and friends to the stage for photos.
“West Chester is one of the best Division II programs in the country,” said Myarick, who touted his team player, win first mentality as a characteristic WCU’s coaches desired. “It wasn’t much of a decision to attend. I’ve been to some clinics on campus and know what they’re all about.”
His coach Pat Fleury, himself a star player at East Stroudsburg University, a rival Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference school, encouraged Myarick all the way. “He told me how tough the conference was and said I’m built for it,” Myarick said.