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Glenelg Country star was a four-year starter in field hockey
Sarah BatesGlenelg Country School ­senior Sarah Bates will be playing field hockey for Penn State University next fall, under the direction of head coach, Charlene Morett, according to a release put out by Glenelg Country on Friday.

Bates, who ha­s been playing field hockey since elementary school, boasts an impressive high school career.  At GCS, she was a four-year varsity starter in goal and served as a team captain in her final two seasons.  Bates was awarded team Most Valuable Player honors in 2009 and was a Coaches Award recipient in 2012.  She was named an IAAM B Conference All-Star in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and made the following all-star teams: Maryland All State Team: Honorable Mention in 2010 and 2012; Baltimore Sun All Metro Team: Second Team in 2012; Washington Post All Metro Team: First Team 2012, Second Team 2010, Honorable Mention 2011; Howard County Times All County Team: First Team 2010, 2011 and 2012; and Maryland State Senior All Star Game Selection in 2012.

As a sophomore Bates helped lead GCS to the 2010 IAAM B Conference Championship in 2010 and the team reached the championship game in 2009. During her career she saved an 89% of the shots she faced and recorded 33 shutouts. During  her senior year, Bates' save percentage rose to 92.6%.

Outside of GCS, Bates played for the Ocelots Club team and for the Washington Wolves Club. With the Wolves, she won major tournaments at the National Hockey Festival and Disney Field Hockey Showcase. Additionally, Bates has participated in the Futures Program and has been selected for the National Futures Tournament, Future Elite, and Junior Olympics Teams.

"I chose Penn State for multiple reasons. The school traditions, team atmosphere, and coaching staff immediately drew me in," said Bates. "More importantly, its challenging academics as well as its rigorous field hockey program will shape me into the person and player I am striving to be. It's sad to be moving on from GCS and the experiences I have had here, but I am looking forward to the next four years of my life as a Nittany Lion."

Bates will sign her National Letter of Intent during a signing ceremony at the Ellicott City School on  Feb. 6th at 2:15 p.m.

Last Updated (Friday, 01 February 2013 16:38)

 
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