October 1, 2018
When a college feels like home, that’s the place to be – and two more Badin High School student athletes have committed to play Division I college sports at places that feel like home to them.
Senior Emma Broermann will play women’s basketball at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville; and junior Cade Boxrucker will play baseball at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina.
“That’s great news for these two very talented young people,” said Geoff Melzer, Badin’s athletic director. “Finding the right college fit is always critical, and Emma and Cade will be in the right place at these schools. I’m sure they will make major contributions to the success of those programs.”
“I didn’t think I would want to go that far away,” said Broermann, a 6-foot-1 center who is closing in on the 1,000-point mark for BHS, “but everything instantly clicked. It felt like someplace I could be in school for four or maybe even seven years.”
Broermann plans to major in physical therapy, and in order to become a licensed physical therapist in the 21st century, students need seven years of schooling and a PhD.
Boxrucker, a 6-foot-1 right-handed pitcher, felt exactly the same way on his trip to Campbell, where Badin grad Justin Haire ’99 is the head coach.
“I just walked on campus and it felt like home,” said Boxrucker, who pitches for the Rams and also for one of the top summer programs in Greater Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Spikes. “It’s not a huge school and it just felt like the right place for me.”
Boxrucker is the son of Matt and Tiffanie Boxrucker of West Chester and a graduate of Lakota Plains Junior High. He plans to major in business. Broermann is the daughter of Nick and Deanna Broermann of Okeana and a graduate of St. Joseph Consolidated School.
Badin coaches were pleased that their athletes had found a home.
“Cade is walking into an incredible situation,” BHS baseball coach Brion Treadway said of Boxrucker. “It’s a great school and the facilities are unbelievable. I’m excited that he has this opportunity. The expectations are high for him, at Badin and in college.”
“Emma is always the first one in the gym and the last one to leave,” BHS girls basketball coach Tom Sunderman said of Broermann. “She has that drive to constantly push her game to the next level. As a coach, she’s been a great asset to have, knowing that you have the best player on the floor almost every night. I know the North Florida coaches are excited to have her.”
Boxrucker played all over the diamond growing up, but finally settled on pitching.
“I just started focusing on pitching a lot more as I got older,” he nodded. “It’s something I’ve always done and I’ve always loved.
“Playing baseball for Badin is pretty intense,” he added. “It’s getting me ready for the next level. I think when you play for Badin you see what it’s like to play at the college level. I’m excited about it.”
Broermann said she was interested in physical therapy based on the fact that she has had numerous physical ailments over the years, “and my physical therapist saved my life. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. I want to help people like he helped me.”
Despite those ailments, Broermann has started every varsity game during her three years at Badin, except for Senior Night her freshman year. The Rams are 53-26 in her career, with a trip to the Division III regionals in 2017, and Broermann has excelled despite being heavily defended on a nightly basis. She has 891 points through three seasons and is on pace to be just the fourth girl to score 1,000 points while playing exclusively for Badin.
She called her career at Badin “great. My coaches have really helped me out. They have pushed me to be the best that I can be. To be a leader on and off the court. They have encouraged me to be the best version of myself.”
Broermann also considered Austin Peay and Lake Erie College, while Boxrucker had interest from Ball State, the University of Dayton and Eastern Michigan.
Ultimately, “home” won out.
“We’re proud of our student-athletes,” Melzer said. “They work hard to represent Badin well on the fields of play and in the classroom. We sent 21 student-athletes to various colleges in the Class of 2018, and the beat goes on as far as the opportunities for those who wear Badin green.”
Five other current Badin student-athletes have previously committed to play college sports – senior Macy Harper, soccer at Xavier University; senior Jamie Lehker, soccer at Northern Kentucky University; senior Blake Smith, baseball at Kent State University; junior Mickayla Kowalski, soccer at Northern Kentucky University; and sophomore Sergio DeCello, baseball at North Carolina/Charlotte.
Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120; Dallen@BadinHS.org