A total of 18 student athletes were recognized Wednesday during a special spring signing event at Lakota East High School. Overall, athletes from 11 different sports at Lakota East selected to attend 14 colleges and universities from the around the country.
Among those recognized, four will be competing for Division I programs, the highest level of collegiate sports. That includes Jordan Combs, who will compete in the pole vault at Miami University; Taylor Holden, who will play tennis for the University of Rhode Island; Ali Lake, who will play volleyball at Ohio University; and Anna Starr, who will play volleyball at Bowling Green State University.
- Benjamin Bostick – football – Centre College
- Jacob Burton – wrestling – College of Mount St. Joseph
- Brett Colburn – baseball – Capital University
- Jordan Combs – track, pole vault – Miami University
- Hannah Copeland – soccer – Carroll University
- Kyler Corbett – football – Moorehead State University
- Morgan Costa – lacrosse and basketball – Walsh University
- Adam Delaet – baseball – Walsh University
- Zachary Daniel – football – Ohio Northern University
- Danielle Fleming – volleyball – Ohio Dominican University
- Tyler Gibbons – baseball – Capital University
- Taylor Holden – tennis – University of Rhode Island
- Ali Lake – volleyball – Ohio University
- Kayla Lamar – basketball – University of Virginia at Wise
- Erin Smiddy – golf – Ohio Dominican University
- Justin Smith – football – Centre College
- Anna Starr – volleyball – Bowling Green State University
- Kalen White – men’s volleyball – Alderson-Broaddus University
Combs recently finished first in the boys’ pole vault at the Greater Miami Conference meet. This week, he will compete in the Division I track district tournament at Winton Woods.
Holden, meanwhile, selected URI because she wanted to play at a competitive school on the East Coast. She was also considering Massachusetts, George Washington, Seton Hall, St. Bonaventure and Ball State. For Lakota East, Holden was a four-time state quarterfinalist, state doubles runner-up in 2009, GMC Player of the Year in 2011 and was named first team all-city from 2009 to 2011.
Lake selected Ohio over other offers that included Xavier, James Madison and High Point. She verbally committed to Ohio as a sophomore and also had interest from North Carolina, Tennessee and Marquette.
Starr, who was previously committed to Wright State, signed with Bowling Green, according to the Lakota East athletic department. Starr was named first team all-GMC in 2012 and was a captain as a senior. She joins fellow senior Madeline Garda, who signed with BGSU earlier this year.
The 18 student athletes join the 17 others from Lakota East, who signed with colleges in February. Those athletes include Derek Baker (baseball – Ashland), Ethan Bryant (baseball – Sinclair), Chris Elam (baseball – Lincoln Trail), Jarrett Rindfleisch (baseball – Ball State), Lea Buckenmyer (softball – Goshen), Jake Chestnut (football – Notre Dame College), Richie Gould (football California University of Penn.), Keith Brady (football – Columbia), Ashley Evans (volleyball – Purdue), Madeline Garda (volleyball – Bowling Green), Emily Roth (swimming – Findlay), Kyle Lee (Lacrosse – SUNY Herkimer County Community College), Stedman Lowry (basketball – Hillsdale), Matthew Rice (cross country/track – Harding), Kelly Burrows (cross country/track – Northern Kentucky), Andrea Felix (soccer – Slippery Rock) and Will Mahone (football – Notre Dame College).