Early Signing Day a big one for 3 Holy Trinity students
Hogan, Cacciatore and Vaught all sign scholarship offers
With his parents looking on, Holy Trinity senior Andrew Cacciatore (green shirt) signs his National Letter of Intent to attend the College of William & Mary Tuesday. Waiting for their turn to sign are Skyler Hogan and Lindsay Vaught.
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Skyler Hogan became the answer to a trivia question, Andrew Cacciatore added his name and signature to a very impressive list and for Holy Trinity senior volleyball player Lindsay Vaught it was, well, a day she had been dreaming of and working toward for a long time.
There’s nothing like National Early Signing Day for student-athletes at Holy Trinity.
“It was overwhelming. It was really cool,” Vaught said Tuesday. “I’ve been wanting to sign since seventh grade. That was really surreal.”
An outside hitter on the Tigers’ district championship volleyball team, Vaught signed with Mary Washington University, a Division III school in Fredericksburg, Va. that went 22-12 this past season.
Vaught said she chose the school because of the school’s academics, its players and coaching staff and also the fact that she can be part of a program that is continuing to grow. She plans to study business and political science.
Cacciatore, meanwhile, became the 36th athlete from coach Doug Butler’s cross country/track & field programs to sign to continue their career in college.
The top runner on the boys cross country team that will be going for its fourth consecutive state championship on Saturday, Cacciatore felt a connection with the coaching staff and the other runners (including two he knows personally) during his visit to the College of William & Mary.
Cacciatore will be joining a program that just won its 15th consecutive Colonial Athletic Association championship.
Of his Signing Day experience, Cacciatore said: “It’s definitely special to be up in front of the whole school, my team, and being able to represent them.”
Though he hasn’t decided on a major yet, Cacciatore said he was leaning toward biology or chemistry.
When Holy Trinity boys basketball coach Steve Henderson introduced Hogan, he noted the Tigers shooting guard was the first recruit to be offered a Division II scholarship by Embry-Riddle, which is making the move up from NAIA and will eventually join the Sunshine State Conference.
“I was their first (Division II-level recruit) visit as well,” Hogan said. “A trivia question 20 years from now will be who was their first official (Division II scholarship offer) and it will be me.”
Hogan will likely move to point guard in college. He said he is thinking about going into engineering, or becoming an air traffic controller. But right now, with his signing out of the way, he can concentrate on helping the Tigers have another successful season.
“I’m just relaxed and ready to have a great senior year,” he said. “All of my hard work has paid off. It felt good.”