As a standout three-sport athlete at Westerville Central High School, senior Dara Toman had the luxury of weighing several options when it came to continuing her athletics career at the college level.

As a standout three-sport athlete at Westerville Central High School, senior Dara Toman had the luxury of weighing several options when it came to continuing her athletics career at the college level.

Softball proved to be the big winner as Toman has verbally committed to play the sport at Division I Cleveland State. She choose the Vikings over several Division I schools, including Kent State.

"Dara had a lot of interest from different schools," former Central coach Rick Branaghan said. "It sounded like the offer was very nice that they were coming through with. They have a lot of the programs that Dara is interested in."

Softball's gain might be basketball's loss at Central. Citing she would like to prepare for softball, Toman has indicated she might not play basketball this season.

"It was a hard decision just because I've always been playing the sport. I've never had a break," Toman said. "I love sports and it's going to be hard not doing anything. That's something I've been doing since I was little and I'm really going to miss it.

"I don't want to risk any injuries."

Last spring, Toman led the Warhawks in hitting at .304 and split time defensively at shortstop and first base. Two seasons ago, Toman helped the Warhawks earn their first OCC-Central Division title and berth in a Division I district final, where they fell to Pickerington Central 9-0.

She expects to play middle infield at Cleveland State. The Vikings, who are members of the Horizon League, finished 31-18 last season.

Cleveland State coach Angie Nicholson received her first look at Toman during an Ohio Freeze summer game.

"Cleveland State offered the most money, and when I visited the campus they just made me feel like I was welcomed, so I picked there," Toman said. "It's a big load off my shoulders and I just feel that I don't have to be stressed about the whole recruitment process."

Toman also is a standout in volleyball at Central and originally planned to pursue a collegiate career in that sport.

"Athletes that are two- or three-sport athletes, when you ask them what their favorite sport is, and most of the time they're going to say whatever they're in right then," Branaghan said. "That's typically their favorite. Dara has always enjoyed the sport that she was in, but you could tell that she always had a little of a favorite of softball."