Trinity athletes are making BIG moves!


Collage courtesy of Emma Malinak

These Trinity athletes have worked hard for their dreams, and now they have the opportunity to further develop their athletic talents in college.

The college recruiting process has been a wild ride for all athletes this year. COVID-19 has put restrictions on how and when coaches can communicate with aspiring athletes. However, there has been great success for four of Trinity’s own athletes.

Emma Morgan, senior, has recently signed her National Letter of Intent to play at the University of Toledo, a Division I school. She has committed to play softball for the next four years with the Rockets. Morgan chose Toledo because she loved the atmosphere and the welcoming players. 

“When I stepped foot on campus, it felt like home,” stated Morgan.

Although Morgan signed as a center fielder, she can play every position on the field. Softball has always been a part of her life as she has been playing since she was five. This coming spring, Morgan will play her final season as a Trinity Hiller, and she can’t wait. She is excited to perform at her highest potential. 

She is also looking forward to her last year of travel ball for the Ohio Outlaws Premier team, as there will be no pressure to impress scouts and she can finally relax. Morgan also wants to give a special thanks to her dad for always pushing her to be the best that she can be and for her mom’s support through it all. 

Courtney Dahlquist, senior, has also recently signed her National Letter of Intent. She will be attending Campbell University, a Division I school, for women’s basketball. She has committed to play as a power forward. Although she has been playing basketball since she has been three years old, soccer was her first sport until eighth grade. Dahlquist took the “shot” and committed to Campbell because she loved the atmosphere and southern weather. When asked what her advice is to others who are working toward scholarships, Dahlquist mentioned three things:

“You always have to be practicing even when others aren’t looking, know what you want in a college because I got asked that a lot, and be determined to be the best player out there.” 

Another committed player is Senior Bayleigh McCullough. She plays for Pittsburgh Riot Gold as a middle infielder. She has committed to play for Niagara University, a Division I school. Softball has always been a main focus in her life  as she has been playing for the past 14 years. She visited Niagara University’s campus over the summer and instantly fell in love. 

“I really felt that the atmosphere around the campus would be a great fit for me. The scenery is so beautiful, and it just felt right to be there,” stated McCullough. 

She also wanted to thank all her coaches for pushing her to her limits and shaping her into the athlete she has become. She is also grateful to her family for providing everything, such as all the bats, gloves, and sliding pants. As a final thank you, she wanted to thank Coach Larry for an amazing opportunity at Niagara University. 

One of her fondest memories from over the years is making friends that will continue to be “sisters” to her. She attributes who she is today to being around these girls, on and off the field. 

The final signee is Angelina King, senior. She plays as a defender/center back in women’s soccer, and has committed to Slippery Rock University to continue her academic and soccer career. King has been playing soccer since she was four years old. Something she will always remember about this sport is how it was her escape from the real world. 

“It has always been a way to forget about everything else going on and just be able to play the sport I love,” said King. 

The environment of the school, team and campus really made her fall in love with Slippery Rock. King wanted to give a special thanks to her coaches who have pushed her and helped her get to this point, and her family, who has always been her biggest supporters.

With everything that is happening in the world today, these girls are proof that something good can come from it for aspiring athletes. Congratulations to Emma Morgan, Bayleigh McCullough, Angelina King, and Courtney Dahlquist for committing and signing to play the sport they love for the next four years!