Columbus Grove’s Brooke Hoffman signed to play softball at The University of Rio Grande.

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.

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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 signed to play basketball with the University of St. Francis in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

2016_CollegeSigning_C_Lautzenheiser_basketballCrestview’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.

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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.

2016_CollegeSigning_JarrettSitton_FootballPaulding’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.

2016_CollegeSigning_DaltonHicks _FootballDelphos 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.

2015_CollegeSigning_TreySmith_BasketballDelphos Jefferson’s Trey Smith signed to play basketball at the Air Force Academy.

Bluffton’s Samantha Fruchey signed to play softball at Malone University.

2015_CollegeSigning_SamanthaFruchey_SoftballBluffton 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