February 5, 2020
Seven outstanding Badin High School student-athletes were honored today as they signed their commitments to play college sports during a recognition ceremony in Mulcahey Gym.
Two inked Division I letters of intent, while two more will play football, two will play baseball and one is headed to the women’s softball ranks.
“Badin High School student-athletes are sought-after at the next level,” Badin Athletic Director Geoff Melzer said. “These students have excellent skills, but they also understand the value of effort and commitment. They’ve been dedicated to their sport for many years, and they are well aware of the expectations that come with playing in college. We are certainly confident that they will meet those expectations.”
The seven student-athletes and their destinations include:
Dylan Ballauer will play baseball and major in Sports and Exercise Science at Huntington University in Huntington, Ind. Dylan is the son of Pete and Beth Ballauer of Hamilton and a graduate of Ross Middle School.
Alex DeLong will play football and major in Biology at Butler University in Indianapolis. Alex is the son of Craig and Sarah DeLong of Fairfield Township and a graduate of Edgewood Junior High.
Marshall Flaig will play football and major in Business at Marian University in Indianapolis. Marshall is the son of Tony and Christe Flaig of Hamilton and a graduate of St. Peter in Chains School.
Kelly Havens will play Division I women’s soccer and major in Exercise Science in a pre-Physical Therapy program at Murray State University in Murray, Ky. Kelly is the daughter of Josh and Lana Havens of Cincinnati and a graduate of St. Peter and Paul Academy in Reading.
Preston Heintzman will play baseball and major in Education at Edison State Community College in Piqua, Ohio. He is the son of Robert and Tina Heitzman of Liberty Township and a graduate of Lakota Plains Junior High.
Sydney Rawlings will play softball and major in Forensic Science at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. Sydney is the daughter of Russell and Rene Rawlings of Hamilton and a graduate of St. Peter in Chains School.
Adam Sherman will swim in the D-1 ranks and major in Criminal Justice at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. He is the son of Ross and Melanie Sherman of Hamilton and was Home Schooled before attending Badin.
“This is yet another outstanding group of student-athletes,” Badin’s Melzer said. “You can’t take it for granted because moving on to the college ranks is easier said than done. But Badin athletes have a ‘want-to’ – a ‘want to’ to perform, to succeed, to get better and to be ready for the next level. In that sense, we are never surprised when Badin athletes move on because they have what it takes.”
Five Badin athletes had previously committed to the college ranks in the fall – baseball players Alex Barger (Spalding University), Cade Boxrucker (Campbell University) and Spencer Giesting (University of North Carolina/Charlotte) and women’s soccer players Mickayla Kowalski (Northern Kentucky University) and Gabi Reising (Eastern Kentucky University). In addition, junior Sergio DeCello has previously committed to play baseball at UNC/Charlotte, and junior Luke Paxton recently committed to swim at Ohio State University. BHS Athletic Director Geoff Melzer said he expects to have additional college athletic commitments in the spring from other members of the senior class.
Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 869-4490; Dallen@BadinHS.org