May 22, 2018

Six more make college sports commitment

Six more Badin High School student-athletes committed to play in college today during a Signing Reception in the school’s Mulcahey Gym, bringing to 19 the number of Badin seniors in the Class of 2018 who will continue their athletic careers in college.

That’s more than 15 percent of the senior class of 117 graduating students, a record number since the school started keeping track of the student-athlete statistic a dozen years ago.

“It says a lot for the quality and dedication of Badin student-athletes,” Badin Athletic Director Geoff Melzer said. “Schools know what kind of performance these students will offer, and want them to compete for their schools.”

Those making their official commitment today included:

Jared Berger will play baseball and major in Business Analytics at Marian University in Indianapolis, Ind. He is the son of George and Sharon Berger of Fairfield Township and a graduate of Sacred Heart School.

Tyler Hargrove will play baseball and major in Healthcare Administration at Marian University in Indianapolis, Ind. He is the son of William and Melissa Hargrove of Fairfield Township and a graduate of Fairfield Middle School.

Ben Hongell will swim and major in Marketing at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. He is the son of Daniel and Jennifer Hongell of Fairfield and a graduate of St. Ann School.

Lizzie Kolde will play women’s volleyball and major in Business at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. She is the daughter of Mark and Jennifer Kolde of Fairfield and a graduate of Sacred Heart School.

Lavassa Martin will play football and major in Education at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky. He is the son of Jerry and Amy Rogers of Hamilton and a graduate of Garfield Middle School.

Nathan Wagner will play men’s volleyball and major in Health and Wellness at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati. He is the son of Ron and Cheryl Wagner of Hamilton and a graduate of St. Joseph School.

Among students who have previously committed, two will pitch for Division I baseball programs in the Queen City. Seth Klaiber will attend Xavier University, and Andrew Noelker recently accepted an offer from the University of Cincinnati.

Badin student-athletes will play six different sports at 15 different schools.

Other Badin seniors who have committed include Mitchell Ahr (baseball, University of Indianapolis), Warren Clarke (baseball, University of Dayton), Maddie Curtner (softball, Heidelberg University), Daunte DeCello (baseball, Indiana University Southeast), Dallas Krause (football, Thomas More College), Chase Luckett (football, Ohio Northern University), Nicole Rawlings (softball, Ursuline College), Kegen Rogers (football, Georgetown College), Sam Runyan (baseball, Heidelberg University), Devon Valentino (baseball, Rend Lake College), and Zac Wilson (baseball, University of Indianapolis).

In addition, there are four Badin underclass student-athletes who have also committed to play in college. Three are members of the Class of 2019 -- Macy Harper will play women’s soccer at Xavier University; Jamie Lehker will play women’s soccer at Northern Kentucky University; and Blake Smith will play baseball at Kent State University. Also, Sergio DeCello, a member of the Class of 2021, has committed to play baseball at the University of North Carolina/Charlotte.

“It’s impressive each year to see who’s going to play, what they’re going to play and where they’re going to play,” Melzer said. “This is a particularly good year for us with student-athletes, and we are excited once again for our students to go forward and make the same kind of positive impact in college that they have made at Badin High School. We’re proud of them, and we wish them nothing but the best.”

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