Athol's Emily Casella inks track pact with Assumption College
ATHOL — Athol High School senior Emily Casella committed to Assumption College on Thursday morning.
The three-sport star inked her National Letter of Intent to become a part of the Greyhounds’ track and field program. Casella owns the Athol High School record in the shot put with a mark of 39-feet, 3-inches and can cap off her senior year with a clear mind.
“I’m excited,” said Casella. “It’s one less thing on my shoulders and I don’t have to wait until the end of my senior year to know where I’m going.”
Assumption’s small-school atmosphere and Catholic foundation was the fit Casella was looking for as she studies early childhood education.
“Assumption was my first choice,” said Casella. “I like that it’s a smaller college and that it’s Catholic. I stayed on an overnight and it just felt comfortable.”
Casella burst onto the track scene as a seventh-grader and has used her unique blend of size, strength and speed to become a star. In addition to her school record marks in the shot put, Casella has also had success in the discus, 100m and 200m.
“I’m a sprinter too,” said Casella. “You wouldn’t think that being my size and a shot putter that I could sprint the 200m in 28 seconds. I guess I have a lot of muscle.”
The individual competition of track and field has pushed Casella to be her best and she’s looking forward to hitting the 40-foot mark this spring.
“It’s about what I can do to make myself better,” said Casella. “My goal is to hit 40 (feet). It’s been my goal since I was in seventh grade.”
Casella will captain the girls’ basketball team this winter. She picked up the sport as a seventh-grader and turned into the go-to-girl during last winter’s tournament run.
“I love basketball,” said Casella. “I stepped up and had a lot more confidence last year and I’m hoping we have a good season.”
Casella recently completed her final soccer season. A four-year starter, soccer was her first love and she proved an explosive scoring option down the stretch this fall.
“I’m going to miss soccer, but I never really thought about going on and playing soccer,” said Casella.
Casella has received lots of support from family, coaches and friends along the way. Her number one supporter has always been her mom, Darlene Goldthwaite.
“My mom has been my biggest supporter and I want to thank her,” said Casella.
Winter sports begin on Monday, Nov. 30. Casella and the Lady Raiders begin their season with a trip to Hoosac Valley on Friday, Dec. 11.