Walsingham's Carter, Stanko to play college baseball

In front of a small crowd of family, friends, coaches and staff in the Walsingham Academy Upper School's library, two student athletes made commitments to their futures.

Christian Carter and Zach Stanko, two members of the Walsingham Trojans baseball team, were both offered full scholarships to play in college.

"I remember when these two started here, a few years younger, and much shorter," said Neil Bailey, the school’s Athletics Director. "It's with great pride that I've had the chance to watch these young boys grown into young men, and see them off to the next part of their journeys."

Christian Carter, who played first base for the Trojans, will attend California University of Pennsylvania. Carter said although he hoped to stay in state, the school and a word from his coach changed his mind.

"I got a call from the coach, who told me he'd seen me in videos, asked if I wanted to play first base for him," said Carter. "It was a big opportunity, I wanted to take it."

He also hopes to study criminal justice at California.

Zach Stanko, who played left field and third base for the Trojans, will attend Longwood University. He wanted to thank his family and his school for the opportunity.

"I wasn't always the most dedicated student, but that changed when I came here," said Stanko. "I've grown a lot academically, matured a lot since my freshman year here, and I'm better for it."

Stanko hopes to study criminal justice and finance at Longwood.

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