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School hails athlete Roth as she signs up for Div. 1 hockey

WARRENSBURG - Nearly 100 students and faculty members packed the hallway at the Warrensburg High School gymnasium.

"Aaaa-Beee, Aaaa-Bee," they chanted, as video cameras pointed at stellar Burgher athlete, Abby Roth, standing at a table draped in school colors, blue and gold.

Roth smiled, then got down to business, signing various documents including a national Letter of Intent to play Division 1 field hockey at Central Michigan University.

Roth received a four-year athletic and academic scholarship, worth over $100,000 to the college, renowned for its field hockey program.

Warrensburg High School Principal Doug Duell watched her sign the letter.

"This is a big deal," he said. "She's worked very hard as an athlete and as a student, and this is a wonderful honor for her and her family."

WCS Athletic Director Steve Nolan stood next to Roth as she scrawled her signature.

"For a school the size of ours, this is a major accomplishment," he said. "Abby's commitment and dedication got her to this point."

Nearby, Roth's sister Kerrigan and fellow student Brittany DeCrescente held a banner that read: "Congratulations, Abby!"

"This is like a dream come true for her - she's always wanted to play Division I field hockey," Kerrigan said, recalling how her sister had for years helped her learn the basics of hockey, passing and shooting towards a goal Abby set up in their back yard. "Ever since I was young, I wanted to be like her - she was so good at sports."

The signing ceremony took place beside a glass case stuffed with gold statuettes, trophies and plaques for field hockey, awards that included a New York State runner-up championship trophy. Roth is a two-time All-State athlete and a three-time regional All-Star. For the past two years, she's been Offensive MVP in Section II, and in 2006, the field hockey team was Sectional Champions. She was a member of the 2007 New York State All-Tournament Team.

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