November 10, 2021

Seven Badin High student-athletes sign college commitments


Seven Badin High student-athletes sign college commitments

Badin High School honored seven student-athletes who will play in college on Wednesday, Nov. 10, during a morning Signing Day ceremony in the school’s Mulcahey Gym.

“It says a lot of the ability and the desire of these students that they plan to play on in college,” Badin Athletic Director Geoff Melzer said. “And it reminds us of the talent that Badin High School puts on the fields of play year-in and year-out that colleges want our student-athletes to compete for their schools.”

The seven who have been recruited include three baseball players, and one each among the ranks of boys soccer, girls soccer, girls basketball, and softball. Three of the student-athletes will play Division I in college.

“These are always great days,” Melzer said of the signing reception. “These student-athletes have given so much to Badin High School, and they have more to give to the colleges of their choice. We’re glad to take the opportunity to recognize them.”

Three Badin seniors will play baseball, including two at the Division I level.

Jimmy Nugent is the son of Jim and Tammy Nugent of Fairfield Township and a graduate of St. Ann School. He will attend Penn State University in State College, Pa., and major in Kinesiology.

Landyn Vidourek is the son of Meredith Blume of Hamilton and a graduate of Queen of Peace School. He will attend the University of Cincinnati and major in Business.

Cooper Fiehrer is the son of Chris and Renee Fiehrer of Hamilton and a graduate of St. Ann School. He will attend Marietta College – a Division III school in the Ohio Athletic Conference, the third oldest collegiate athletic league in the nation -- and major in Business.

“These young men helped key our run to the Division II state semifinals last season,” Badin head baseball coach Brion Treadway said, “and we’re looking forward to another outstanding season this spring.”

Fiehrer and Vidourek were both first team Greater Catholic League selections and Nugent was an honorable mention pick for the Rams, who went 27-6 in 2021.

Vidourek, also the starting quarterback of the Badin football team that went through the 2021 regular season undefeated, batted .337 with 25 RBI, 30 stolen bases and a pair of wins on the mound. Fiehrer hit at a .396 clip with one home run, 32 RBI and 14 stolen bases. Nugent, a catcher who committed to Penn State as a sophomore, hit .426 as the Rams made their 13th trip to the state Final Four.

Rebecca Wolterman, who will play women’s soccer, is the other Badin senior who committed at the Division I level today. Becca is the daughter of Steve and Tracey Wolterman of Fairfield Township and a graduate of Sacred Heart School. She will attend Saint Louis University and major in Science for research purposes.

Wolterman, a two-year starter in goal for Badin, was named the Player of the Year in the GCL Coed Division after backstopping Badin to the 2021 league title. She set the single-season school record by allowing just five goals on the year, as Badin went through the regular season undefeated (9-0-6) for the first time in school history. Wolterman’s outstanding play in goal helped Badin win back-to-back Division II district championships. The Rams finished the 2021 season with a record of 14-1-6 and a trip to the regional finals, the Elite 8, for the first time since 2015.

Mahya Lindesmith will play women’s basketball at Fairmont State University, a Division II school in Fairmont, W.Va., and plans to major in Elementary Education. Mahya is the daughter of Nate and Fran Lindesmith of Liberty Township. She transferred to Badin following her sophomore season at Lutheran of St. Charles, Mo

Lindesmith averaged a team-leading 13.9 points per game and was an outside shooting sensation in helping the Rams to an 18-10 record and a trip to the Division II Elite 8 during the 2020-21 season. She was a first team Greater Catholic League selection and is closing in on 1,000 points for her varsity career.

A season highlight this year for Lindesmith and the Badin girls basketball team will be a game against Lindesmith’s previous school, Lutheran St. Charles (Mo.), on Jan. 10 at the historic gym in Knightstown, Ind., where the movie “Hoosiers” was filmed in 1986.

Will Freson is the son of David and Tina Freson of Hamilton and a graduate of St. Peter in Chains School. He will play men’s soccer at Marietta College and major in Athletic Training.

Freson, a second team GCL selection, had a strong year on the Rams’ back line, stepping up to make key corners and penalty kicks as well for a Badin team that went 10-4-4 and won the most regular season games (nine) since 2004.

Sydney Feenstra will play softball at the University of Northwestern Ohio, an NAIA school in Lima, and major in Business Administration with a marketing concentration. She is the daughter of Craig and Rhonda Feenstra of Hamilton and a graduate of St. Ann School.

Feenstra has started since her freshman year, when she was named second team all-GCL. A year ago, she was first team all-GCL at shortstop in sparking the Rams to an undefeated league championship (14-0) and a 22-6 overall record. She hit .448 with a homer and 24 runs batted in, and was also 4-1 in spot pitching duty.

“These student-athletes have been outstanding contributor at the high school level and we know their effort and ability will carry over to the college level as well,” Badin’s Melzer said. “We will have further commitments as the year goes on in what has been a tremendous athletic class at Badin.”

Two other baseball players have also committed from the current junior class – Nik Copenhaver to Washington State University in Pullman; and Lucas Moore to the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 869-4490; Dallen@BadinHS.org

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