November 9, 2017

Eleven Badin student-athletes confirm college commitments


Eleven student-athletes in the Class of 2018 at Badin High School made official commitments today to play college athletics next season. Of the 11, eight will play baseball, two will play softball and one is a track-and-field athlete.

“This is the largest November commitment group that we can ever remember,” said BHS Athletic Director Geoff Melzer. “That’s quite a credit to these young men and women. They are sought-after student-athletes. The colleges want to get their commitments in a timely fashion, and the students are excited to get their future plans nailed down and start their ongoing preparations for success.”

Of having eight senior baseball players commit, head baseball coach and Badin guidance counselor Brion Treadway said he was “very excited and proud of our baseball players in getting the opportunity to continue their careers at the collegiate level. They have certainly worked hard throughout the years and it’s nice to see them rewarded with the incredible opportunity to continue to play the great game of baseball.”

Those eight will play a big role on the 2018 version of the Rams. “Expectations have been high for this senior class since Day One in the baseball program,” Treadway noted. “I am excited about the upcoming season and for them to leave their mark amongst the many great Badin baseball players who have paved the way before them.”

The 11 BHS student-athletes confirming their commitments today include:

  • Mitchel Ahr will attend the University of Indianapolis to play baseball. He is the son of Jeff and Karen Ahr of Cincinnati and a graduate of Pleasant Run Middle School.
  • Warren Clarke will attend the University of Dayton to play baseball. He is the son of Warren and Martine Clark of Cincinnati and a graduate of Pleasant Run Middle School.
  • Maddie Curtner will attend Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, to play softball. She is the daughter of Todd and Hayley Curtner and a graduate of Edgewood Middle School.
  • Daunte DeCello will attend Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Ind., to play baseball. He is the son of Mike DeCello of Oxford and Melissa Sauceda of Oxford and a graduate of Talawanda Middle School.
  • Seth Klaiber will attend Xavier University in Cincinnati to play baseball. Seth is the son of Nate and Amy Klaiber of Hamilton and a graduate of St. Joseph School.
  • Caleb Meyer will attend Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Ky., to run track. He is the son of Eric Meyer of West Chester and Nicole Meyer of Hamilton and a graduate of Sacred Heart School.
  • Andrew Noelker will attend Marian University in Indianapolis to play baseball. Andrew is the son of Bill and Sharon Noelker of Hamilton and a graduate of St. Peter in Chains School.
  • Nicole Rawlings will attend Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio, to play softball. She is the daughter of Russell and Rene Rawlings and a graduate of St. Peter in Chains School.
  • Sam Runyan will attend Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, to play baseball. He is the son of Ken and Lisa Runyan of Fairfield Township and a graduate of Fairfield Middle School.
  • Devon Valentino will attend Rend Lake College, a two-year program in Ina, Illinois, to play baseball. He is the son of Vince Valentino of Cincinnati and Teresa Valentino of Fairfield and a graduate of the Ohio Connections Academy.
  • Zac Wilson will attend the University of Indianapolis to play baseball. He is the son of Scott Wilson of Hamilton and Shelly Wyckoff of Middletown and a graduate of Fairfield Middle School.

Rawlings has helped pitch and Curtner has helped hit Badin into the Division III softball regionals for the past three seasons. Curtner also has a state championship medal as a member of the 2014 Badin girls’ soccer team after logging many minutes on varsity as a freshman before back issues curtailed her soccer career.

Meyer, also a standout basketball player, had a huge junior year on the track that caught the attention of a number of college coaches, with NKU the recipient of his opportunity.

Badin High School is very proud of our athletic program, and these students are among those helping us to be successful,” Badin Principal Brian Pendergest said. “Year-in and year-out, we have a number of student-athletes who go on to the next level. It’s a credit to their efforts and to the coaches who put them in a position to get noticed.

“All of the students committing today are spring athletes, so we’re looking forward to a great 2018 spring season with them helping to lead the way,” he added.

Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120; Dallen@BadinHS.org

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