Staunton senior Emma Witt officially signs to play college basketball

STAUNTON — Emma Witt knows the first thing she wants to get this summer as she prepares to head off to college — a cat.

The Staunton High School senior received a scholarship to play basketball at West Virginia Wesleyan, an NCAA Division II school in Buckhannon. The school allows students to bring pets and Witt plans to do just that.

She wants it to be orange because the school mascot is a bobcat. Actually, she joked that she wanted a bobcat, but assumed the school would draw the line at her bringing a wild animal into her dorm. So a regular house cat will do.

Playing college basketball, especially at a school that offered her scholarship money, has been a dream for Witt since she started playing the game. She wasn’t sure it would happen, at least not the way she planned. Witt was ready to commit to Bridgewater College. While the Division III school doesn’t offer athletic scholarships, Witt had been offered an academic scholarship to the school.

She waited to commit, though. It was a feeling she had.

“I felt like God was just telling me just to wait, just be patient and wait, it’ll come,” she said.

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