PORTAGE – Four Portage seniors announced their college intentions and signed their Division III celebratory forms Wednesday afternoon.
Despite suffering an ACL injury late in her senior year, Taylor Glass still gets to live out her dream and will play hoops for Chatham University.
“I didn’t know over the summer where I wanted to go, but I knew I wanted to play basketball,” Glass, who plans to major in physical therapy, said. “I fell in love with Chatham and the campus. I knew it was the choice for me.”
Glass was a four-year letter winner for the Mustangs, who made district playoff appearances all four years of her playing career.
She concluded her basketball career with 1,051 points and converted on over 100 3-point shots. Glass was also named to the WestPAC all-Conference team and was honored at the AmeriServ Senior Hoops Showcase.
“She was an invaluable member of our team for the last four years as a player, a leader, a teammate,” Portage basketball coach Lance Hudak said. “Her talent, passion for the game and work ethic are second to none and will be truly missed. I am positive Taylor will bring the same level of energy and commitment to the Cougars and contribute to their success immediately.”
She is the daughter of Leo and Laura Glass.
Although she was not able to sport her own school’s colors on the pitch during her career, Kristyn Smith will get to represent a school very close to home.
Smith was a member of Penn Cambria’s soccer program through three years of high school and will continue her career at Mount Aloyius.
“Playing for that program has really taught me that your team comes first,” Smith said of playing for the Panthers soccer program. “If somebody’s having a bad game, you pick them up. If you’re having a bad game, they pick you up. That’s really what soccer is about … I’m really excited to be able to play at Mount Aloysius.”
Smith lettered all three years and led the Panthers in her senior year with 62 points.
She was also named to the Santa Fund Soccer Classic and was honored as a MaxPreps Pennsylvania player of the week in October.
“Kristyn is one of the most hard-working and dedicated players I’ve ever had the pleasure to coach,” Penn Cambria girls soccer coach Mackenzie Walter said. “She’s always searching for more on the field and during practice and is the first one to jump in and help anyone she can.
“She’s hungry for competition and has the drive to continually make herself a better person and player. She’s extremely coachable and always puts others above herself.”
She is the daughter of Christian and Patricia Smith.
Albert Koenigsberg dominated on the defensive side of the gridiron as an edge defender, but never really considered playing at the next level.
Following a strong senior year, Koenigsberg earned an offer from Westminster College that he couldn’t resist.
“After my senior year of football, I had no intentions of play football in college,” Koenigsberg said. “But after talking to some coaches at a couple different schools, I found out that I could get a great education and play football as well. I found that Westminster was the ultimate choice to go with.”
Koenigsberg racked up 52 tackles – which included 10 for a loss – during his senior year and picked up six sacks as well in his third year lettering with Mustangs.
He was also a recipient of all-WestPAC and Western Pa. Football honors and was a member of the Tribune-Democrat’s All-Area Team.
“Albert played at a high level of energy every down,” Portage football coach Gary Gouse said. “I can honestly say he gave his very best every game. That’s why he will continue to play football at the next level.”
He is the son of Mike and Deborah Koenigsberg.
Not wanting to change her lifestyle and with a desire to stay close to home, Isabella Nagy found the perfect fit at Penn Highlands.
“I really liked how everything felt like a small community because that’s what I grew up with,” Nagy said. “It was nice that I found something that is close to home. I really like the volleyball program. (Penn Highlands head coach Carly Denner) seemed really nice, and I’m really excited to play for her.”
Nagy started for the Mustangs her senior year and served a complementary role on a team that finished 9-11 and made an appearance in the District 6 playoffs.
“Bella is a great student and athlete,” Portage volleyball coach Lauren Cordwell said.
“The time and work she put into the sport of volleyball shown each year with her improvement. Bella is dedicated and works hard for all she has accomplished. Bella has always been a pleasure to coach and her leadership will be missed next year.”
She is the daughter of Michael and Melissa Nagy.