Petteys, Brady Sign NLI's to Compete at Division I Levels
A pair of Vestal Golden Bear senior inked their National Letters of Intent to play their respective sports at the Division I Level.
Cat Petteys and Kendall Brady each held their collegiate signing event earlier Wednesday with friends and family in attendance.
Petteys committed to play softball at UConn of the Big East Conference and said although the process was difficult, the decision was anything but.
"So the decision process for me was, you know, stressful at times," Petteys said. "I wasn't really sure how it was going to go, and I was just trying to figure my way through it as I went. And you always have options that come up here and there. But I think as soon as I got on the Connecticut campus and I saw the energy and the team and met the people there, it was kind of hard to say no. I just felt like I fit in. It was just a perfect fit."
Petteys credits the support system around her not just for her success, but for her ability to play at the next level.
"I'm really lucky to have a really good family support system too," Petteys said. "And all of my teammates, whether they play field hockey or softball, or both. They're here for everything. Everything that we do, they do. It's like we do everything as a team. And for them to show up after school like this on a random day is really it just says a lot about the team and that's all as a whole."
Petteys hit two home runs in Vestal's Section IV Championship loss to Maine-Endwell and was a key contributor to the Golden Bears' run to the NYS Championship in 2022.
Cat plans on majoring in Psychological Science and wants to work in Law.
Brady signed to Holy Cross to continue her Field Hockey career.
"I mean, it feels amazing," Brady said. "I had a great career these past four years playing for Vestal, and it's just I move on to the next chapter at Holy Cross. I'm super excited."
Brady was also surrounded by friends in family at the signing.
"I've always had this kind of support from my friends, my family, and my teammates and playing field hockey," Brady said."And so far I've definitely made lifelong friends here right now.
Brady said the combination of the athletic and academic prowess helped attract her to Holy Cross.
"They have an amazing academic school," Brady said. "And athletically they're very good at field hockey. And as soon as I stepped on campus, I knew it was the place for me."
Brady was a key contributor for the Bears who won back-to-back state titles, leading the Bears in goals this season with 19 and scoring the game-winner in the State Semifinals, and ranking second in goals as a sophomore.
Brady plans on majoring in Biology.