Trio of SVCA athletes announce commitments with letters

By Tommy Keeler Jr.

For Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy’s Evan Hotek, Devin McDonagh and Patrick McGrath any stress of knowing where they will be next year is over. The SVCA trio signed their letters of intent on Wednesday afternoon to play sports at the next level.

Hotek and McDonagh will both play basketball next year at Division II Alderson-Broaddus University (W.Va.). McGrath will play baseball at NJCAA Division I Potomac State College (W.Va.).

“It’s nice to know that I’m going somewhere, and to know that I’m going to a great program,” Hotek said in a phone interview Friday.

Hotek averaged 18.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game last year for the Patriots.

He said he already knew about Alderson-Broaddus’ program because some former SVCA teammates went to school there. On April 28, he went to visit and meet with the coaches and immediately liked the school.

“It was a decent-sized school, but at the same time it had a small-school feel to it,” Hotek said. “The coaching staff seemed very open with the players, and I liked that.”

Alderson-Broaddus is coached by Greg Zimmerman, who has over 300 career wins. Zimmerman led the Battlers to nine consecutive NCAA Division II Tournament appearances from 2002-2010, including Sweet 16 appearances in 2004 and 2006.

Last year the Battlers went 24-5 and won the Great Midwest Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles.

The 6-foot Hotek said he will be playing point guard for Alderson-Broaddus.

McDonagh said he had seen Alderson-Broaddus play before, and got in contact with them in mid-March. In mid-April he went for a workout and played in five scrimmage games in front of the coaches.

McDonagh said he was also looking at Davis and Elkins College (W.Va.) and Wilson College (Pa.), but Alderson-Broaddus had everything he was looking for.

“I thought the campus was really nice, and it just seemed like a perfect fit,” McDonagh said.

McDonagh averaged 4.1 points, and 3.9 rebounds per game and shot 55.6 percent from the field this season for the Patriots.

Both McDonagh and Hotek are excited that they get to play together again at Alderson-Broaddus.

“It’s cool to have one of my high school teammates on the basketball team with and to have someone there that you already know” Hotek said.

Hotek and McDonagh will each get partial scholarships, and McGrath said he could get a scholarship after his first year at Potomac State.

McGrath went to a camp at Potomac State this past winter, and the coaching staff asked him to stay a little longer so they could see him pitch.

In early-March, McGrath, who was also looking at Ferrum College, decided Potomac State was the place for him.

“I liked that it’s a small campus,” McGrath said. “The baseball program is really good. I asked around and everybody had nice things to say about the coaches there.”

McGrath hit .488 (21-for-43) for the Patriots this season. He had eight doubles, 15 RBIs and 16 runs scored for SVCA. On the mound, McGrath had a 1.24 ERA, and struck out 45 in 34 innings of work.

Potomac State has won 11 Region XX championships in the last 15 years. They have made the JUCO World Series seven times in the last 22 years and won the national title in 1995.

“It’s nice to know that all of the hard work I’ve put in is finally paying off,” McGrath said.

Contact Assistant Sports Editor Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or Follow on Twitter @tkeelernvd

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