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Blue Raider two-sport standout Kate Fitzpatrick makes her college choice

By Jason Maddux

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Posted 6/19/19

Middletown Area High School basketball and softball standout Kate Fitzpatrick has made her college choice.

The second-team all-state basketball player will attend Millersville University, and play …

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Blue Raider two-sport standout Kate Fitzpatrick makes her college choice

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Middletown Area High School basketball and softball standout Kate Fitzpatrick has made her college choice.

The second-team all-state basketball player will attend Millersville University, and play both sports.

“Millersville was the best choice for me because it was the best fit for everything I was looking for both academically and athletically,” she told the Press & Journal via email. “The basketball coaching staff is fantastic, and to be honest, they were the first college to reach out to me and believe in me as a collegiate player.”

Fitzpatrick will be a senior this fall but already is one of the leading scorers in the history of the Blue Raider basketball program. She is a three-year starter and a two-year captain who scored 461 points last season, giving her 1,251 for her career. That’s third on the list of all-time leading girls scorers in Middletown history, trailing only Ja’Lynn Burton-Jones (1,586 points) and Kris Smith (1,295 points).

She also had 100 steals, 76 rebounds and 44 assists last season, with an 84 percent free throw percentage. She was named to the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division All-Stars first team.

“I made my decision so early because my gut was just telling me ’Ville is where I belong. I received my offers early, so I had a year to get to know all the coaches and programs, so for me it was just time. I feel so blessed for the offers I had gotten and I didn't want to make the schools hold out any longer. In the end, Millersville felt like home,” she said.

Millersville is a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic conference, with 17 full-time members spread throughout the state. Last year, the Marauders’ women’s basketball team finished 12-16 overall and 9-11 in the PSAC under head coach Mary Fleig, a native of Harrisburg who was a three-sport athlete at Central Dauphin High School. Fleig enters her 30th season with 637 victories in her career (515 coming at Millersville).

“I had four Division ll offers, as well as interest from some D-lll and D-l schools. I feel I will be challenged as an athlete in the PSAC [Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference],” Fitzpatrick said.

But she won’t just limit herself to the basketball court. She will play softball as well.

She is a three-year varsity starter at shortstop for the Blue Raiders and was one of three captains last season. In 19 games, she had 26 hits, including five doubles, a Mid-Penn-leading eight triples, and three home runs (including a grand slam).

Her 25 RBIs put her among the leaders in the conference, and she had a .433 batting average. She was a Mid-Penn Conference first-team all-star in the Capital Division.

“It will be very challenging to try to play both sports. Trying to juggle my school work, which is very important to me, and both basketball and softball games and workouts wouldn’t be easy, but I believe I am up for the challenge. Originally I thought I was only going to college to play basketball. However, when the opportunity arose for me to also play softball, I jumped at this amazing offer,” she said.

The Millersville softball team went 20-31 overall last season, and 3-13 in the conference, under head coach Jen Probst.

“I never dreamed I would be playing two sports in college. I have been very blessed to have come across a university that would allow me to play both. After the fantastic season with my softball team this year, I felt I just wasn’t ready to walk away from the sport,” she added.

Fitzpatrick is also a three-year distinguished honor roll student with a 4.0 grade-point average. She said she plans to major in business/marketing with a minor in coaching/sports management.

“I would just like to add how much I appreciate my family, my coaches, my teammates, and all the supportive Raider fans over the years. It’s not easy to juggle academics and athletics in high school, but having them cheer us on made it easier. I hope as my journey moves forward I can make them all proud and represent Middletown in a positive light,” she said.