Trio of Sussex Central student-athletes taking next step

GEORGETOWN – Last Wednesday at Sussex Central High, a trio of Golden Knights student-athletes celebrated Early College Signing Day by officially signing their respective letters of intent.

Senior Central softball pitcher Kaisey Reed will be suiting up for Goldey Beacom’s softball program next year.

Senior Central baseball pitchers Robbie Hollenbeck (Salisbury University) and Trevor Collins (University of Delaware) will continue throwing strikes in college, as well.

Kaisey Reed, softball at Goldey Beacom

Reed has been working on setting up her future at Goldey Beacom for some time now, and is excited to finally make it official with the signing of her LOI.

“It’s a big stress relief, to not have to worry about filling out more applications and all the craziness of worrying about if I’m good enough to play somewhere. It’s really relieving to know I have a place to play,” Reed said.

“I’ve always wanted to go there, and I just recently got the in, so it’s very cool. Two of the girls that play on my travel team actually go there, I’m really good friends with them, so I kind of got the in with that.”

The recruiting process began about a year ago, although Beacom’s softball coach, Bill Streets, had been watching her play for about two to three years now.

“Last summer was the first time I actually spoke with him, and he was watching me play over the last two or three years. Him and I have been emailing over the past year,” she said.

While attending Goldey Beacom, Kaisey plans on studying healthcare management and upon graduation she’d like to end up doing something in the hospital administration industry.

One day, she wouldn’t mind opening a doggy day care/animal hospital sort of business.

L-R: Robbie Hollenbeck, Trevor Collins and Kaisey Reed (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

“Eventually, maybe I can open up a doggy day care/animal hospital, but be on the business side of things,” she said.

With her future mapped out, Kaisey is looking forward to finishing off her high school softball career in the spring.

“I’m really looking forward to spending me senior season with my friends. We have a lot of seniors, and I think we’ll have a really good team this year.”

Robbie Hollenbeck, baseball at Salisbury University

Hollenbeck has been serious about the game of baseball since he was about eight years old. His hard work and long hours are starting to pay off as he heads off to Salisbury University to join its baseball program next year.

“I’m relieved. It’s a bunch of stuff off my chest,” he said of officially signing his LOI.

The college recruiting process with Salisbury began at the end of his junior year.

After impressing the SU coaches, Robbie visited the campus, and everything just felt right.

“I played in front of the Salisbury coaches and they liked me, we started talking, and then I went to go for a visit. It’s a nice school. It wasn’t that stressful at all, they made it pretty easy,” he said.

He’s enjoyed his three years playing with Sussex Central, and is looking forward to finishing his fourth and final high school season this coming spring.

“Everybody is nice to each other, it’s just a great atmosphere to play in. It’s like we’re a big family. We make each other better,” he said of Central’s baseball program.

While at SU Robbie plans to study business, and is interested in sports management as well.

One day, he would like to work with one of the professional sports teams in Philadelphia.

Trevor Collins, baseball at University of Delaware

Not one, but two Sussex Central pitchers will be playing at the college level next year.

Collins, joining teammate Robbie, will be prolonging his baseball career at Division I University of Delaware next year under head coach Jim Sherman.

The college recruiting process began for Trevor when he was 15 years old, but he didn’t start talking to UD’s baseball program until just recently.

“I didn’t start talking to UD until recently – probably over the last four months. It started through travel ball, and it just kept going from there.”

While attending UD, Collins has plans to study landscape architecture.

“I’m going to be studying landscape architecture,” he said. “I don’t really have a set plan, but I’d like to graduate in four years and then go and do a construction management kind of program.”

“It’s awesome,” said Sussex Central head baseball coach Todd Brock. “Trevor and Robbie have both been with our varsity program since their freshman year. It’s been awesome to watch these kids grow up to be young men and to move on to bigger and better things. It’s really a tribute to their work ethic, they’re both extremely hard workers and I’m extremely proud of both of them. I wish them the best of luck.”

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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