Add four more talented young ladies to the impressive ranks of the Stow-Munroe Falls’ Class of 2020 who will continue their academic and athletic careers at the college level.
Stow senior basketball player Kira Philpot and three members of the Bulldog girls lacrosse team made their college commitments Friday afternoon.
Philpot will play basketball at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, while Stow lacrosse goalie Audrey Stone will attend Capital University in Bexley, along with midfielder Emily Nannarone attending the University of Mount Union in Alliance and defender Brianna Doctor heading to Ursuline College in Pepper Pike.
Philpot is a three-year starter for the Bulldogs at forward and has helped Stow win the last three Suburban League National Conference titles.
Philpot noted her other choices for college included Fairmont State University in West Virginia and Point Park College in Pittsburgh, where former teammate Lexi Petit now plays basketball.
Philpot noted Petit recruited her hard, but Baldwin Wallace won out for a couple of reasons.
“It’s closer to home,” Philpot said. “I wanted to stay close. The campus is beautiful. I spend a lot of time with the team and bonded with them.
“Plus they have a very strong exercise science program that I really wanted to be a part of,” she added.
Philpot carries a 3.7 grade-point average at Stow.
Academic considerations also played a major role in the decisions of the three lacrosse players.
Stone will stay between the pipes when she plays for the Crusaders, as she also considered attending Ursuline. However, she noted Capital’s accelerated pre-law program was a major attraction.
“It’s just a really nice city. That three years plus three years program is really good,” Stone said.
Stone carries a 3.5 grade-point average at Stow.
Nannarone said she also considered Tiffin University to play lacrosse, but a desire to have a career with the FBI led her to Mount Union.
“They have the No. 1 criminal justice program in the state,” Nannarone said. “It was kind of a no-brainer.”
Nannarone will continue to play in the midfield for the Purple Raiders and carries a 3.8 grade-point average at Stow.
Doctor said she considered joining Nannarone at Mount Union, but Ursuline provided a better road for her.
“It’s Division II, so I was able to get more [scholarship] money,” Doctor said. “Plus, they have No. 2 nursing program in Ohio.”
Doctor plans to major in nursing, likely will play defense for the Arrows and carries a 4.0 grade-point average at Stow.
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