Strasburg’s Jenkins, Peer sign to play in college

Kelsey Jenkins

STRASBURG — Kelsey Jenkins and Sarah Peer will be taking their athletic abilities to another level next year.

The Strasburg pair recently signed to play in college. Jenkins will be playing basketball at Randolph College, while Peer plays soccer at Marymount University.

“I committed to play basketball back in October, so I’ve kind of known for a while, but I’m really excited,” Jenkins said at a signing day held at the school on Thursday. “I went down to the campus and I met the team a couple times, and right now they’re currently looking for a new coach. So were waiting on that. I’m supposed to go back to Randolph this summer and meet the coach. So I’m glad it’s official now.”

Peer said she signed a couple months ago to play soccer, and she’s excited to know that she will be playing at the next level.

“I’ve been used to playing rec soccer and then moving up to JV and then to varsity, so every step just gets bigger and bigger,” Peer said. “I’m just excited to play on the next level and see what comes.”

Sarah Peer

Jenkins said once she visited Randolph she knew right away that it was the school for her.

“I visited other colleges for basketball, and when I went to Randolph I felt really welcome and I liked the campus,” Jenkins said. “I felt at home, and I felt like I could be there for the next four years.”

She said she went to the school for visits a couple times and met her future teammates. Jenkins said she met with the incoming freshman class a few weeks ago.

Jenkins averaged 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.6 steals per game this past season for the Rams. The point guard led a young Ram squad to 10 wins this past season. She said she expects to have more of a true point-guard role at Randolph.

“It’s a little less pressure than it was in high school, especially since we had such a young team,” Jenkins said. “I’m looking forward to just laying back and being a point guard and doing my job.”

Jenkins said that the starting point guard at Randolph last season was a senior, so she’s hoping to help fill that role.

The WildCats play in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and went 4-22 last season.

Peer will get to play at Marymount with a familiar face. She said she found out about the school through Strasburg graduate Kirsten Campbell, who is a junior at the school this year.

“She played soccer with me here,” Peer said of Campbell. “She’s like, ‘Hey you should come check it out.’ So I went up there and I fell in love with the campus. I talked to the Marymount coach. She wanted me to come and play.”

Peer plays at forward and midfield for the Rams. Peer also runs cross country, but said soccer was her first love and that’s the sport she wanted to play.

She said she’s been in contact with the coaches and the players throughout the year and even watched them play this year. Peer said she’s excited to play for the Saints next season.

“It’s a good feeling knowing I’ll be out on the field with them, and especially with Kirsten because I used to play soccer with her,” Peer said.

The Saints finished 4-13 last season and play in the Capital Athletic Conference.

First-year Strasburg girls basketball coach Darin Jenkins, Kelsey’s dad, said that he was proud of her and excited for her opportunity to play at Randolph.

“It’s always been one of her goals ever since she started, basically in middle school playing middle school basketball,” Darin Jenkins said. “It’s one of the things we’ve talked about and something she wanted to do, and we tried to help her as much as we could along the way with playing some travel, getting her prepared in case it was going to happen. … Her dream came true. She got an opportunity. She’s worked hard along the way, put in a lot of time. I think she’s prepared herself for the situation.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com