Stauffer picks Missouri, Lucky headed to LaSalle

By on November 18, 2015
Cocalico’s Emily Stauffer (left) and Chloe Lucky will continue their athletic careers at Missouri and LaSalle, respectively.

Cocalico’s Emily Stauffer (left) and Chloe Lucky will continue their athletic careers at Missouri and LaSalle, respectively.

Cocalico seniors Emily Stauffer and Chloe Lucky signed their names to the dotted line last Wednesday as the fall National Letter of Intent early-signing period began.

Stauffer will travel west to Missouri competing for the Tigers’ track and field team, while Lucky will take to the pitch for the LaSalle Explorers field hockey team.

Both teams compete at the NCAA Division One level.

Stauffer, one of the top high school throwers in the country, was awarded a full athletic scholarship to Missouri, and talked recently about the recruiting process.

“The phone calls started on July 1, so I kept a journal of everyone I talked to,” she explained. “I could tell which ones were sincere. By the end of August, I had narrowed it down to six. By mid-September, it was five.”

Stauffer made scheduled visits on four consecutive weekends to Nebraska, Missouri, South Carolina and Ohio State, taking off a week before a final trip to Penn State.

“I notified coach Halter (head coach, throwing coach, Missouri) in the first week of November that I had made up my mind.”

Nearly two years clear of shoulder surgery, Stauffer reports that she is 100 percent.

“When I was a freshman, I had my sights on 50 feet (shot put) but I definitely want to go out (of high school) with a bang. I want both the state indoor and outdoor records.”

Stauffer will compete in several of the larger indoor invitationals as well as indoor States and Nationals before the spring outdoor high school season.

“I’m going to have to work very hard. Confidence will come from that,” she said.

In college, Stauffer will compete in shot, discuss, weight throw (indoors) and hammer throw (outdoors). In the classroom, she will be a business major with her eye on sports marketing, possibly international.

“I feel like you need to know if you are good enough to play at the college level,” said Lucky.

She started that process by competing in the National Field Hockey Festivals in Florida (sophomore year) and California (junior year) where more than 1,000 players are watched and evaluated.

“Since my freshman year, it was my dream to play for a Division One college,” added Lucky. “It means the absolute world to me.”

Lucky had narrowed her choice down to three schools with Division Two West Chester and Monmouth (New Jersey) joining LaSalle as the final three.

“After talking to coach (Michelle Marks) Salmi and other team members, I knew LaSalle was the place,” described Lucky. “They were so close and welcoming.”

That visit was one year ago (November 2014).

“I can walk anywhere on campus and it’s only an hour and 15 minutes from home. It was the best fit for both athletics and education,” continued Lucky. “I want to go into communications and eventually sports broadcasting. I enjoy giving speeches and writing.”

Lucky does not play any other sports at Cocalico, so the remainder of her high school career will be spent on academics and prepping for collegiate field hockey.

“I’ll be training at Power Train in Manheim as coach thinks I need to be stronger,” she said. “Weekly skills training starts on December 7 at the Lanco Field House.”

The first-team Section Two All-Star will receive both athletic and academic scholarship money.

“It’s so nice to be able to buy books and other materials,” she said. “It’s a huge weight off my shoulders. I’m proud of what I’ve done and my parents are proud.”

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