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University High's Paladino's, McCord Sign Letters of Intent

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University High School had three more student-athletes sign their National Letters of Intent on Tuesday morning.

Amelia Paladino was the Gatorade West Virginia Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year in 2013. She decided to take her talents down the road in Morgantown. Paladino will run Cross Country at West Virginia University in the fall.

Paladino admitted she didn't reach a final decision until late Monday night, but believed it was the best one for her.

She said she was looking at Division-I schools across the country. But all of those other schools couldn't offer something that WVU could. West Virginia simply felt like home.

"It means more to me that I can bring something to this state. We're not really known for being wonderful athletes and definitely in terms of running, we're a very slow state. So I like the fact that I can give a new name to West Virginia, and that fact, and that I can help my team too, you know," Amelia Paladino said.

Amelia's brother, Andy Paladino, will be heading north to continue his Cross Country career. Paladino decided on Syracuse University.

He said without his sister's stardom, Syracuse wouldn't have even been an option for him.

"By far, Syracuse was the best school that got in touch with me," Andy Paladino said. "Actually, my sister had an offer to go up and visit. The coach emailed her and said, 'Well if your brother wants to come up, then we'll have him up too.' So that kind of started my whole thing up there. I got pretty lucky."

West Virginia Wesleyan continued to mop up the girls lacrosse talent around the state.

University senior standout Ricki McCord chose to continue her career with the Lady Bobcats. She said Wesleyan seemed to be the perfect fit.

"I've always liked the campus and they were just really nice people. The girls were so welcoming. I just wanted to play lacrosse somewhere. I had another offer but it just seemed like the best fit for me," McCord said.