January 5, 2017
It was a relaxing Christmas break for two more Badin High School student-athletes, who put the recruiting wars behind them as they committed to play sports in college.
Senior Anderson “A.J.” Ernst will play baseball at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind., and senior Karley Schlensker will play volleyball and swim at Wilmington College in Ohio. Both are Division III schools.
“I’m glad I found a place where I don’t have to sacrifice a great education in order to play the sport I love,” said Ernst, a catcher who is also one of the top students in Badin’s Class of 2017. Ernst plans to major in Mechanical Engineering at Rose-Hulman, which is ranked as one of the premier undergraduate engineering schools in the country.
“This has been a really hard decision because I had so many options,” said Schlensker. “But I liked the opportunity to compete in both sports, and Wilmington has one of the best athletic training programs in the country,” she continued, referring to her planned major.
Ernst is the son of David and Emily Ernst of Fairfield Township and a graduate of Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School. Schlensker is the daughter of Brian and Stacie Schlensker of Fairfield and a graduate of Sacred Heart School.
“It’s a major commitment to play sports and go to school, but these are two more students who will do a great job representing Badin at the next level,” said Geoff Melzer, the BHS athletic director. “We’ve now had 10 students commit this year, and I know there are several more who have yet to commit who will be making a difference in college athletics from Badin’s Class of 2017. It’s a great compliment to them and to our athletic program.”
Schlensker, who started on back-to-back Badin district finalists in volleyball, said she has “wanted to play volleyball in college ever since I started playing in the third grade. I’m really happy about my decision – all the girls at Wilmington were super nice and I think I will fit in well with them.”
“I’m very pleased for Karley, because I know she has always wanted to play college volleyball,” Badin volleyball coach Amy Horsley said. “She’s a dedicated and hard-working athlete; her determination and work ethic will be a great addition to the Wilmington program.”
Ironically, Ernst made an official visit to Rose-Hulman just a week after he’d broken his ankle in football and was sidelined for the season. It didn’t affect the mutual interest.
He pronounced himself, “very excited. It’s a fantastic school, scholastically and athletically. I liked everything I heard. But I’m not finished at Badin yet – I’ve still got more work to do in baseball here, and I’m looking forward to the season.”
“A.J. is accountable and dependable and the ultimate team player,” Badin baseball coach Brion Treadway said. “He’s a positive force in life who makes everyone around him better. I have no doubt that A.J. will be extremely successful in life because of the positive energy he brings to all that he does. I can’t wait to follow his career at Rose-Hulman and beyond.”
Badin will have an athletic recognition ceremony in mid-April for Ernst, Schlensker and others who will commit in the coming weeks.
Other Badin High senior student-athletes who have committed to date include Noah Connaughton (men’s tennis, University of Dayton), Emma Horsley (volleyball, Muskingum University), Abby Lampe (women’s soccer, Ashland University), Shelby Schmitt (softball, Rio Grande University), Maddie Smith (women’s soccer, DePauw University), Nick Taylor (baseball, Coker College) and Nicole Visse (women’s soccer, Indiana University-East). Sophomore Macy Harper has also committed to play women’s soccer at Xavier University.
Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120; Dallen@BadinHS.org