Donegal High School’s Rachel Robinson is our Female Athlete of the Year for two very big reasons. She was instrumental in two completely different teams winning PIAA State Titles.
She helped Donegal win a state field hockey championship in the fall, and a softball PIAA state title in the spring. In addition, she played on the basketball team in the winter and scored her 1,000th career point after missing her junior year recovering from a torn ACL.
Her softball head coach Wayne Emenheiser claims that “she may just be the the best athlete he has ever coached.” And he’s been coaching for over 20 years. He believes she could play D1 in most sports.
Rachel will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall and will play field hockey for them with a scholarship. She was also selected to the U.S. under-19 field hockey team.
Robinson comes from a very competive family. Since 2006, four of her older siblings were also student-athletes at Donegal.
“We compete at everything,” Rachel said of her siblings and fellow Donegal alums Katie (2010), Michael (2012), Chris (2013) and Amanda (2014). “When they come home from vacation, it’s not chill and relaxed. It’s ‘who’s going to beat each other?’ Words can’t describe how grateful I am for my family.”
Here are the highlights from the softball the state title game. Rachel drove in 3 runs with 2 hits in the 9-7 comeback win. They were down by 6 runs at one point.
Here are the highlights from the Field Hockey PIAA Title Match:
Here is Rachel being interviewed after the Field Hockey match: