By Amira Van Leeuwen
DRIP SPRINGS — Last Wednesday, 14 student-athletes signed letters of intent on the occasion of National Signing Day.
Taylor Anderson signed with Oklahoma State to play softball. Anderson was named District MVP 26-5A after batting .583 with a school-record 59 stolen bases. She was also twice named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) All-State Team and was a 2022 TGCA All-Star.
Four Tigers have signed up to play volleyball: Emma Wegner, Ava Williamson, Mackenzie Plante and Natalie Arnold.
Wegner, who was on the regional runner-up team in 2021, will play at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia.
Williamson will play beach volleyball at Arizona State. This season, she helped the Tigers advance to the regional semifinals, recording 202 kills and 75 blocks.
Plante committed to Tennessee and led the Tigers in kills for the past three years. As a senior, she has 497 kills, 440 digs and 68 aces.
Arnold led the Tiger volleyball team to the regional semifinals this year with 108 blocks and 236 kills, placing third. She was also named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State Team after leading the Tigers with 110 blocks, ranking second with 49 service aces, and finishing third with 299 kills.
Piper Price signed up at Fort Lewis College in Colorado to play lacrosse. Price is a four-year, one-letter winner for the Tigers women’s lacrosse program and has recorded 28 rushes and 17 goals.
Dripping Springs also has several football commitments, including Ella Ruff, Riley Sisson, Taliyah Spain, Caroline Dill, Chloe Fredenburg, Hannah Gamez and Grace Payne.
Ruff signed with Mary Hardin-Baylor University. She is a three-time honored in all second-team districts and a three-time draft pick in all academic districts. Ruff was also a member of the 2021 State Championship team.
Sisson should play at the Dallas Baptist. Sisson was named to the all-state team after scoring 10 goals and registering eight assists from the attacking midfield/center forward position.
Spain is giving up their senior season to sign up with Arkansas. She was part of the 2021 state championship team and scored the game-clinching goal for a 1-0 win over Friendswood in the state semifinals.
Dill should play at Oklahoma State. Dill won a three-year letter as a goaltender for the Lady Tiger soccer program. In 2021, she was named the UIL All-Tournament Team MVP and Athlete of the Year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
Gamez signed to play at California Lutheran where she helped the team win three district titles. She was also named the 2021 National Hispanic Merit Scholar.
Fredenburg, winner of a three-year forward letter, signed with Montana State. Fredenburg was ranked fourth for Dripping Springs in goals scored with nine during the 2022 season.
Payne was named honorable mention in all districts in 2022 after totaling 14 points and finishing tied for third on the team with eight assists.
As for softball, Taylor Anderson is committed to playing at Oklahoma State and Erika Kanetzky is scheduled to play at Creighton in Nebraska.
Anderson was named District MVP 26-5A after batting .583 with a school-record 59 stolen bases.
In 2021 and 2022, Kanetzky earned first-team all-district honors, which helped Dripping Springs to two playoff appearances, including the regional quarterfinals in 2022.