Clapsaddle, Barolet make college choices
Murphy – Two Murphy High School seniors have chosen to continue their athletic pursuits at the next level.
Aubrey Clapsaddle inked her name on the dotted line to play basketball at Young Harris College on Nov. 14, before Lucas Barolet signed to play baseball at Florence-Darlington Technical College on Friday.
Clapsaddle has played a crucial role in Murphy’s recent girls basketball success. The Lady Dogs reached the Elite 8 in 2016-17 and the Final Four in 2017-18, after failing to reach the postseason during Clapsaddle’s freshman campaign.
A dangerous, outside scoring threat, Clapsaddle has been named to the All-Smoky Mountain Conference team for the past two years and was an Honorable Mention her freshman year.
She weighed offers from Georgia College and Tennessee-Wesleyan, before opting to reunite with Cherokee County teammates Haylie Shope and Jessica Beckner.
“It feels awesome,” Clapsaddle said. “I appreciate everyone that has helped me get to where I am. I’m excited.
“I like the coach (Jim Davis). They have a great program. I’ll have the opportunity to play with Jess and Haylie; that’s probably one of the bigger reasons (I picked Young Harris).
A two-sport athlete, Clapsaddle has also shined in her role on the Murphy volleyball team. But since she was young, Clapsaddle has always looked up to a prominent basketball figure.
“I always idolized Pat Summitt,” Clapsaddle said. “I always went to Tennessee camps and I just started getting into travel basketball and my love just built from there.”
Clapsaddle plans to major in business at Young Harris. The Lady Lions play in the NCAA Division-II Peach Belt Conference.
Lucas Barolet will be joining his older brother Nathan on the Stingers, a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Barolet brought his talents to Murphy for his junior year, a season that saw the Bulldogs win their first-ever state baseball title. He poised a formidable threat all over the field, as Barolet was the leadoff hitter, as well as the starting center fielder. When needed, he also toed the rubber for Murphy.
For his efforts, Barolet was named to both the All-Conference and the N.C. Baseball Coaches Association All-State team.
“It feels good,” Barolet said. “I’ve been working for this my whole life. Florence-Darlington felt like the best choice for me.”
Barolet has also played football and basketball during his athletic career, but the lure of the diamond pulled Barolet away from both the gridiron and the hardwood.
“Baseball has always been a priority,” Barolet said. “If I ever had a conflict when I was younger, I would choose baseball over football or basketball. It’s something I’ve always loved.”