Football: Riverside's Dambach picks Lehigh

Written by Brad Everett on .

What a run it's been recently for Austin Dambach.

Last month, Dambach helped Riverside win a WPIAL baseball championship.

Monday, he decided which college he will attend.

Dambach, a three-sport standout who will be a senior this fall, verbally committed to play football at Lehigh. He announced his decision on Twitter.

"Excited to announce that I will be committing to Lehigh University!" -- @ADambach15

Dambach is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound wide receiver-defensive back who was named all-conference his junior season when he and his Riverside teammates reached the WPIAL semifinals for the first time in nine years. Dambach finished with 34 receptions and 10 touchdowns. He scored two touchdowns -- one on a 77-yard reception and the other on a 70-yard interception return -- in 21-7 win against Freedom in the Class 2A quarterfinals.

Dambach's numbers were even a little better his sophomore season when he often found himself on the receiving end of passes from his brother, Jason.  In one game early that season, Jason set a WPIAL record by throwing for 551 yards -- that record was bettered by Keystone Oaks' Alex Smith last season -- while Austin set a WPIAL record with 348 receiving yards. Jason now plays at Gannon.

Austin is also a star basketball and baseball player at New Brighton. He was a starter on both teams his junior season. A center fielder in baseball, he had two hits and threw a runner out at home plate to help the Lions defeat Mount Pleasant, 7-1, to win their fifth WPIAL title.