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Seven Bethlehem athletes announce their college choices

Booker, Muller take their talents to Division I track programs

Field hockey standout Sydney Shaw signs her National Letter of Intent to play for Stanford.

Field hockey standout Sydney Shaw signs her National Letter of Intent to play for Stanford. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— Four Bethlehem Central High School senior student-athletes signed their National Letters of Intent at Tuesday’s ceremony in the school’s library, while three more announced their college choices.

Steve Booker, Jason Clas, Natalie Muller and Sydney Shaw signed their letters of intent. Booker will run cross country and track for Rice University in Houston, while Muller will lace up her track shoes for the University of Buffalo.

“It was a great opportunity all around there,” said Booker, who placed fifth at the state cross country championships in November. “Their distance program is on the rise, plus the campus has everything I was looking for.”

“I know (the competition) is going to be a lot harder, but I’m willing to put in the work,” said Muller, a middle distance specialist on the Bethlehem girls track team.

Clas made his decision to play football at Wagner official by signing his letter of intent at the ceremony. It was a ceremony Clas said he hoped to participate in, but wasn’t sure he would until Wagner came calling.

“It was always my goal to be part of this ceremony,” said Clas, who will play tight end for Wagner. “Seeing last year’s ceremony, I wanted to be part of it.”

Shaw is continuing her field hockey career at Stanford University, which was ranked 13th in the nation at the NCAA Division I level last season.

“It’s just been like a dream of mine to go there,” said Shaw. “I got to go out to Stanford one summer for a camp, and I always wanted to go back.”

Three more Bethlehem seniors – Emily Conway, Mary Kate McDonough and Caroline Maniccia – announced their college selections, but did not sign their letters of intent because they have to wait until the official spring signing season.

Conway will play lacrosse for Siena College, while her teammate McDonough will move to New Jersey to play for Princeton. Maniccia will play softball for Binghamton University.

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