Milford seniors Peyton Shockley and Alyssa Mills were honored at Milford High School’s ceremonial college signings on Friday, February 8. Teammates since the sixth grade, the girls will be playing field hockey at the collegiate level as Shockley attends Bloomsburg University in PA and Mills attends Lynchburg College in VA.
Peyton played Varsity Field Hockey all four years she attended Milford High School and was named 2nd team All-Conference her sophomore year, 1st team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-State both her junior and senior years. She was also named the Offensive Most Valuable Player her junior year and Most Dedicated player her Senior year.
Ms. Shockley will be playing among some amazing athletes at Bloomsburg University. The Division II team has won four straight Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships. “My first priority is to make an impression on my team and coaches,” stated Peyton. “I hope to get some playing time as a freshman and look to become a starter as soon as possible.”
After attending a field hockey clinic at Bloomsburg University as a junior, Peyton decided that the school was exactly what she was looking for in academics and sports. “It was not too large and there was a great sports atmosphere and an active student body,” commented Peyton. “It felt like being in Milford, but only in Pennsylvania.” Peyton will be majoring in Speech Pathology and would like to minor in Sign Language and Special Education.
Alyssa Mills played Varsity Field Hockey all four years she attended Milford High School and was named 2nd team All-Conference her junior year and 2nd team All-Conference her senior year. She was awarded the Unsung Hero award her junior year and the Sportsmanship award her senior year.
Alyssa will join some impressive talent at Lynchburg College as the DIII field hockey team has won seven straight ODAC Championships. “I want to improve as a player and earn as much playing time as I can,” stated Alyssa. “I want to be a part of the team that wins their eighth, ninth, tenth and eleventh championship.”
Alyssa chose to attend Lynchburg college after Coach Andrea Fleming urged her to attend a clinic at the Virginia school. “I fell in love with the school,” commented Alyssa. “I really enjoyed the coach and the team made me feel like a part of their family.” Alyssa will be majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish.
Both Peyton and Alyssa were captains of the MHS Field Hockey team their junior and senior years and have been mentored by Coach Andrea Fleming over their high school career. An avid college field hockey player herself, Coach Fleming played at Lynchburg College leading her team to four Conference Finals and coached the Lynchburg hockey team to three Conference Titles. She is excited to see both Peyton and Alyssa mature as players and students.
“Over the years I have seen them turn into very aggressive players and their leadership skills have grown tremendously,” commented Coach Fleming. “I hope they play to their full potential and make a huge impact on their teams.”