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Shaeffer, Fitchett, Scott secure future, sign letters of intent

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Liz Shaeffer became the first Oak Ridge lacrosse player to earn a scholarship to a Division I school. Shaeffer signed her letter of intent on Nov. 9 to attend USC and shared the stage with two other Oak Ridge athletes, as Bryce Scott signed to play basketball at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, while baseball player Alex Fitchett signed with Sacramento State. Shaeffer, who is the starting goalie for Oak Ridge, is thrilled to be heading to southern California next fall on a partial scholarship, as the Trojans will play their first season of Division I lacrosse in the spring of 2013. Shaeffer verbally committed to USC last year. “I love the atmosphere, the people, the setting; I love everything about it,” Shaeffer said. “When I visited the school, I also got to go to a football game and that was fun to be apart of that.” Ed Holton, Shaeffer’s lacrosse coach at Oak Ridge, was thrilled for her accomplishment. “Kids who earn scholarships are the ones that have worked incredibly hard and Liz has obviously done that,” Holton said. “It’s an incredible source of pride for me for Liz to sign with USC. She’s been a starter here since her sophomore year and last year she was named a captain. She’s been a joy to coach.” Shaeffer plans to major in sociology with a minor in forensics and criminology. Scott, a guard on Oak Ridge’s basketball team, received a full scholarship to attend to Lafayette, a Division I school in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He recently visited the school and knew it was the right place for him. “I absolutely loved everything about it,” Scott said. “I loved the coaching staff, the campus and just everything.” Scott wants to study economics at Lafayette. Scott’s dad, Steve, is also his coach at Oak Ridge and was as proud as he could be of his son. “I remember when Bryce was in fifth grade and he told me he was going to get a basketball scholarship to a Division I school,” Steve said. “From that moment forward, he dedicated and committed himself to working toward that goal. I’m so proud to see him achieve his goal that he set as a fifth grader.” Fitchett is a pitcher and outfielder on Oak Ridge’s baseball team. He earned a partial scholarship to Sac State. “I liked Sac State because it’s close to home, they’ve got a great coaching staff, I love the campus and it just makes sense for me,” Fitchett said. “I’m excited to be going there.” Fitchett said he will pitch or play the field at Sac State, whatever they want him to do. “Alex’s hard work and perseverance have paid off,” Oak Ridge baseball coach Todd Melton said. “Sac State is excited to get Alex and we’re excited to have him one more year.” All three athletes have one more season at Oak Ridge and all have goals they’d like to accomplish. Shaeffer simply wants her team to have a great season, while Scott and Fitchett are hoping to bring section titles back to Oak Ridge.