After faxing seven national letters of intent for Lakota West football players, the high school honored six other future college athletes during a special afterschool signing ceremony Thursday.
During the ceremony, families, friends, classmates and coaches gathered to congratulate Ali Green (golf – Ashland University), Kim Love (soccer – Purdue University), Kelly Mack (soccer – Wright State University), Lauren Pratt (soccer – Ohio Dominican University), Brady Holmer (cross country – Northern Kentucky) and Amanda Shelby (cross country – Mount St. Joseph).
Green, who selected Ashland over Western Illinois, Ball State and Marshall, was named first team all-state this fall after finishing fourth at the Division I girls’ golf state tournament in Columbus. She was also selected to the Division I all-city first team by The Cincinnati Enquirer and first team all-GMC. Green says: “They have a great golf program, the education program is excellent, and it’s not too far from home and they have the No. 1 ranked college cafeteria in the country. Ashland is a nationally ranked program that consistently finishes around the top of their conference.” In college, Green plans on studying special education.
Love, who selected Purdue over Dayton and Miami, was also selected Division I all-city first team by The Cincinnati Enquirer and first team all-GMC. She will join 2010 Lakota West graduate Alex Azeez at Purdue. Love says: “When I went to visit Purdue, I just knew that it was the school I wanted to be at. The campus was beautiful and the team made me feel welcome right away. The coaches really care about their players. They make sure that the player’s health is well monitored and they provide their players with every opportunity to succeed on and off the field.” In college, Love plans on studying biomedical or chemical engineering.
Mack, who selected Wright State over Cincinnati, Dayton and Xavier, was selected second team all-GMC and on the GMC all-academic team this past fall. Mack says: “I loved the coaches and it is a great college atmosphere. They all care about each other like family. They focus and are successful, but still enjoy the game.” In college, Mack plans on studying athletic training.
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Pratt, who selected Ohio Dominican over Dayton and Miami, was named girls’ soccer athlete of the year in the GMC this past fall. Pratt was also selected to the Division I all-city first team by The Cincinnati Enquirer and first team all-GMC. Pratt says: “ODU is a great academic fit for me. The campus is very small and it is easy to get around quickly. The coaching staff is wonderful and I like how the program has developed. When I went on my visit, the coaching staff and the players made me feel welcomed and a part of the team.” In college, Pratt plans on studying sports management or business.
Holmer, who selected NKU over Ohio and Mt. Union, was named boys’ cross country athlete of the year in the GMC this past fall. He was also selected to the Division I all-city first team by The Cincinnati Enquirer and first team all-GMC. Holmer says: “The cross country program has promise and NKU is growing faster than any other college. I loved the coach and his philosophy.” In college, he plans on studying exercise physiology.
Shelby, who selected Mount St. Joes over NKU, Wright State and Wilmington was selected twice to the all-academic team in Ohio by the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches. She has also been granted the GMC’s all-academic award three times and has been named the Butler County runner of the year twice. Shelby says: “The Mount has a great physical therapy program. I will be able to get an education in the career of my choice as well as continue running. Also, I am very impressed with their coach. I really look forward to running on her team at the collegiate level.” After college, Shelby wants to be a cross country coach.