All the summers spent in the gym, the evenings at practice and the hours watching film have paid off for the girl voted most athletic by her senior classmates at Calallen High School.

Amanda Haven signed April 22 to play basketball for Valdosta State University in Georgia.

"I appreciate everyone's support that went to my signing," Haven said. "It felt so good to know my friends genuinely care about me and support me."

The star athlete was a varsity letter recipient in three sports since her freshman year of high school in basketball, volleyball and track.

In addition to achieving honors as the District 31-4A MVP in basketball, she went to the state track meet for the fourth time in her high school career this month.

"They don't have track yet, but may start a track program in the next few years," Haven said of Valdosta State. "I might consider jumping."

The Valdosta State University Blazers compete in the Gulf South Conference East Division, where they finished in second place this year in women's basketball. The team also made advanced to the Division II Sweet Sixteen.

"The basketball program is very prestigious and has really high standards," Haven said. "I have a lot to live up to."

Boot camp for the Blazers begins in early August training, and actual basketball practices start in October. Over the summer, Haven will continue her preparation in numerous basketball tournaments to keep up and improve upon her skills.

"For strength and conditioning, I'm going to lift weights and run a lot," Haven said. "Especially since I'm one of the littlest on the team."

Haven's older sister played volleyball for Valdosta State and plans to pursue a graduate degree there. Her presence will make the transition away from home just a little bit easier.

"I haven't lived with my sister in five years, and I can't wait to live with her again," Haven said. "She'll be able to help me out around campus, not to mention she's my best friend."

The senior athlete has been playing basketball since she was a little girl and looks forward to continuing to play for the next four years in college.

"Everyone kept telling me I was signing my life away, so I was getting nervous," Haven said. "But then I realized I'm just taking the next step to do what I've always loved doing."