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Canevin softball player Rittelmann chooses Wheeling Jesuit

Rachel Rittelman signed her letter of intent to play softball at Wheeling Jesuit last week.

When looking for a college to continue her eduction and softball career, Bishop Canevin senior Rachel Rittelmann found what she was looking for at Wheeling Jesuit.

“It felt like a good fit,” the infielder said. “It is like a bigger Bishop Canevin.”

Rittelmann chose Wheeling Jesuit over Cal. (Pa.), Slippery Rock, Indiana (Pa.) and Methodist University. She plans to study athletic training and psychology. The Cardinals are a member of the Mountain East Conference at the NCAA Division II level. The conference is also home to Charleston, Concord, Glenville State, Fairmont State, Notre Dame (Oh.), Urbana, Virginia-Wise, West Liberty, West Virginia State, West Virginia Wesleyan and Wheeling Jesuit.

“I have been working on getting to the next level for a few years,” Rittelmann said. “Since freshman year it has been a goal.”

Rittelmann transferred to Bishop Canevin from Hopewell for her junior season. She is a multi-sport athlete for Bishop Canevin as she was a defensive specialist on the girls volleyball team, receiving third-team all-Section 2-A honors this season.

With her decision out of the way, Rittelmann can now focus on her last season with the Crusaders. The team returns every player from a squad that reached the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class A playoffs last season.

“We want to go after the section title,” Rittelmann. “And we obviously want to make another playoff run.”

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at [email protected] or via Twitter @NSmith_Trib.

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