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press photo by don herb Four Emmaus athletes signed letters of intent to colleges last week. They are (left to right) John Philbin, Corrine Justus, Catherine Garrity and Nate Feiertag. press photo by don herb Four Emmaus athletes signed letters of intent to colleges last week. They are (left to right) John Philbin, Corrine Justus, Catherine Garrity and Nate Feiertag.

Four Emmaus athletes sign letters of intent

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

Four more student-athletes from Emmaus announced their college decisions recently, with each receiving either academic and/or athletic scholarships. The four students brings the total of Emmaus athletes receiving some sort of financial rewards to 21 for the class of 2014, totaling nearly two million dollars in aid.

Catherine Garrity (tennis), Corrine Justus (volleyball), Nate Feiertag (basketball) and John Philbin (soccer) were highlighted at the most recent ceremony at the high school. Bloomsburg University is the big winner, coming away with two students Garrity and Feiertag who will be heading north for their college careers.

"The campus is great," said Feiertag. "The facilities are great. I think the team in general; I fit in great and I was impressed with the coach. I think it's a good distance away. I didn't want to be too close, but not too far and this is right in the middle. It's a good location."

Garrity, who made the decision to drop playing basketball to focus on tennis, was impressed with Bloomsburg and found it to be everything she wanted on a recent visit.

"I went to visit a couple of months ago and the coach met with me and the minute that I met him, I knew that was the coach that I wanted to be playing for in my college career," she said. "It was a great program and I met some of the girls, they were great, and I loved the school."

Feiertag will study biology, with a pre-med track, while Garrity will major in business management.

Justus will attend Philadelphia University and major in fashion marketing and merchandising, allowing her to follow a passion that she's had for some time. Like Garrity, Justus also played basketball, but decided to focus solely on volleyball after seeing improvement in her game early on.

"My sophomore year was my first year on varsity and I had gotten a lot better," said Justus. "That kind of led me to think that I could really go far with this and after I stopped playing basketball, this is where it led me

"It's always been my passion, that passion-for-fashion, and I've always wanted to live in New York and it was a really great fit for that."

For Philbin, the choice on colleges wasn't necessarily the toughest decision that he made during his high school career. After starting out on the high school team, Philbin had the opportunity to play in the United States Soccer Development Program, which meant sacrificing playing for the Hornets.

"It was very difficult, because I was playing with some of the best friends I ever had in high school and then had to travel an hour to play on a club team where I didn't really know anyone, but I think it was a great decision," said Philbin.

Philbin will attend Seton Hall University and major in business, hoping to branch into sports management.