Columbus Grove senior Brooke Hoffman (seated, center) signed a letter-of-intent Monday morning to attend the University of Rio Grande to further her education and play softball. Hoffman has earned two varsity letters as a rightfielder for the Bulldogs. She was named to the PCL and NWC first team last season for Grove. She will major in education as she would like to be an Early Childhood Specialist or an Intervention Specialist.
At the signing Monday (seated) were her parents Todd and Dee Dee Hoffman. In the back row are Greg Schroeder, Columbus Grove assistant softball coach, Chris Hammond, Rio Grande head softball coach, and Travis Gallmeier, Columbus Grove softball head coach. (Putnam Sentinel/Charlie Warnimont)
Crestview’s Connor Lautzenheiser will continue his education and play basketball with the University of St. Francis in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Spencerville’s Zach Goecke signed to play football at Tiffin University.
JR Year- Set Single Season School records for total tackles, scoring, and points. Named 1st Team ALL NWC, 1st Team ALL District, 2nd Team All State
SR Year- Ist Team ALL Ohio RB, NWC Offensive Player of the Year
Paulding’s Jarrett Sitton signed to play football at The University of Findlay. Bio Information: Named first team all-conference on defense…Earned second team all-league honors on offense…Was a second team all-league pick in baseball.
Delphos Jefferson’s Dalton Hicks signed to play football at Kent State University.
Notables: First team all-state selection as a junior and second team all-state as a senior…Two-time 419 Player of the Year…Two-time first team all-region and first team all-conference selection…Second team all-region and all-conference as a sophomore…Honorable mention all-region as a freshman…Team Defensive Player of the Year… Two-time captain and four-year starter in both football and basketball… Member of three conference championship teams…Scholar athlete and honor roll member…Father, Doug Hicks, played at Ohio University
Stats: Holds school record for tackles in a season with 127…Made 496 career tackles
Delphos Jefferson’s Trey Smith signed to play basketball at the Air Force Academy.
Bluffton High School senior Samantha Fruchey signed a letter of intent to play softball for the Malone University Pioneers, in Canton, Ohio. Sami will join Coach Kathryn Bzdafka and the Pioneer softball team this fall. In her time at Bluffton, Sami has been a standout on the Volleyball and Softball teams, earning all Northwest Conference honors in both sports. Sami’s success also extends beyond athletics. She is an honor roll student, a Northwest Conference Scholar Athlete, and a member of the Northwest Conference Sportsmanship Committee. Samantha also attends Emmanuel United Church of Christ, coaches youth softball pitchers, and works at Chiles-Lehman Funeral Home in Bluffton.
Those present at today’s ceremony:
Kelli Fruchey – Mother
Brad Fruchey – Father
Cole Fruchey – Brother
Tony Rumer – Bluffton’s Head Softball Coach
Mike Frey – Club Softball Coach
Tom & Linda Benroth – Grandparents
Jerry & Nancy Trip – Grandparents
Kim Worcester – Aunt
Terri Baer – Aunt
Bluffton senior Mackayla Wilson signed a letter of intent to play softball at the University of Northwestern Ohio. Mackayla has been a letter winner the past 4 seasons as Bluffton’s catcher. Mackayla is Bluffton’s single season home run record holder. She was also second team All Northwest Conference and the team’s most valuable player in 2014.
Seen in the picture seated from left to right is Mackayla’s father Mike Wilson, Mackayla Wilson, and Mackayla’s mother Jill Wilson. And standing from left to right is Mackayla’s brother Zach Wilson and Bluffton’s Varsity Softball Coach Tony Rumer.
Bluffton senior Clay Wilson signed a letter of intent to pole vault for the Marian University Track & Field Team. Next spring, Clay will join Head Coach Michael Holman, in Indianapolis, after a distinguished athletic career at Bluffton High School. In 2014, Clay finished 2nd at the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Division III regional track meet, jumping 14’4.” Also, Clay finished 3rd place at the OHSAA Division III state track meet, jumping 14’4.” Clay was also a Northwest Conference Honorable Mention running back, and a district qualifying wrestler in 2014. Clay plans to major Exercise Science.
Crestview senior Lindsey Motycka signed to play women’s basketball at Lourdes University, an NAIA school based in Toledo, Ohio. Her coach at Lourdes University will be Karen McConnell.
Crestview’s Mycah Grandstaff signed a letter of intent to attend NCAA Division II Grand Valley State.
Crestview’s Cam Etzler will continue his education and play basketball for NCAA Division III Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Cam is currently a senior at Crestview High School and a returning 2-year letter winner for the 2013-14 edition of Crestview boys’ basketball. As a junior, Cam averaged 9.8 points per game, 4.1 assists per game, 4.2 steals/deflections a game, and took 13 defensive charges. He has been a solid contributor to Crestview’s success in both basketball and baseball during his high school career.
Crestview’s Damian Helm signed an official letter of intent to play baseball at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, a Division 1 baseball program led by coach Bobby Pierce in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Damian has been an integral part of the success of the Crestview baseball program as a left-handed pitcher the past two years. His W-L record going into his senior year is 17-2 with his only two losses to Minster in the district final in 2012 and Newark Catholic in the state semi-final in 2013. Damian has earned 1st team Northwest Conference recognition his sophomore and junior year and is the reigning conference player of the year. He also earned 1st team All-Ohio recognition as a junior.
Along with his record of 17-2, Helm sports a 1.44 ERA, has 118 K’s and 19 BB’s to go along with 2 saves. Offensively, Damian owns a .343 batting average and his fielding percentage currently sits at .974. Damian plays for Coach Jim Wharton at Crestview.
Bluffton’s Isaac Little has verbally committed to play football for NCAA Division I Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Delphos Jefferson’s Ryan Ebbeskotte will continue his education and play basketball for NCAA Division III Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio.
Paulding’s Grant Harder will continue his education and play basketball at NAIA Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Spencerville’s Levi Krouskop will continue his education and play football and baseball for NCAA Division III Manchester College in North Manchester, Indiana. Krouskop was a three-year letter winner in football, basketball and baseball for the Bearcats. He started at tight end and linebacker and was also the punter for the Bearcat football squad. He earned honorable mention NWC honors his senior year. He will play tight end and wing back for the Spartans. Levi was also a three-year letterman for the Bearcat baseball team. He is currently batting .375 with 2 HR’s, 10 RBI’s, and has scored 11 runs. He also has a 3-1 record as a starting pitcher. He will pitch and play first base at Manchester.
Spencerville’s Brittany Kill will sign a National Letter-of-Intent to play basketball at NJCAA Morton College in Cicero, Illinois. Morton College is a member of the Skyway Community College Conference. Morton competes against seven other Illinois community colleges.
Brittany was a three-year letter winner and starter for the Lady Bearcats. She led the team in scoring her senior season, averaging 13 points per game. She was recognized as 2nd team NWC and Honorable Mention on the Lima News Dream Team. She was also a US Sports Student Ambassador and participated in the Friendship Games in Austria. Brittany is the daughter of Jeff and Penny Kill.
Bluffton’s Levi Gleason will continue his education and play basketball for NCAA Division III Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana.
Lima Central Catholic’s Taylor Royster signed as preferred walk-on to play football at NCAA Division I Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.