Lakota West Athletic Department hosted a spring national letter of intent signing day on Thursday as part of the NCAA regular signing period running from April 12-August 1. The Firebirds boasted 15 student-athletes signing with their respective schools. In addition to the 27 students who signed this winter and fall, Lakota West has had a total of 42 student-athletes sign on to play collegiate athletics this school year.
A very special thank you to Jenny Walters Photography for the excellent photos!
Brennen Martin-Baseball– Lincoln Trail CC
The 5’11” outfielder is currently hitting .400 his senior season with a .517 on base percentage. “Brennen Martin is a special ball player because he can contribute in so many ways. He is very selfless and will do whatever the team needs to win. I have no doubt that he will be successful at Lincoln Trail,” said Lakota West Head Baseball Coach Greg Leurck.
Corey Peters-Baseball– Earlham College
Peters is a two sport athlete playing both varsity football and baseball his senior season. He’s currently hitting .273 with a .467 OBP in his first varsity baseball season at Lakota West.
“Corey Peters has the qualities that every coach wants in a player. He is a selfless teammate, humble, and always working hard to improve his game.,” said Lakota West Head Baseball Coach Greg Leurck.
Dominic Schivone-Baseball– Heidelberg University
The 6’4”, 210 pound first baseman is currently hitting .404 and .473 OBP for the 13-2 Firebirds. Schivone has also hit one homerun and 16 RBI’s for the season.
“Dominic Schivone has worked extremely hard to become an impact hitter in our lineup. He will do whatever it takes to get the team a win. He will continue to make a positive impact at Heidelberg,” said Lakota West Head Baseball Coach Greg Leurck.
Megan Edwards-Softball– Transylvania University
Edwards is a speedy outfielder who has five stolen bases in only 12 at bats in the 2017 season.
“Megan is an extremely hard worker on and off the softball field. She is a team player that always strives to be the best player she can be on a daily basis. Megan displays strong qualities that will make her successful in college,” said Lakota West Head Softball Coach Keith Castner.
Meg Schinner-Track/X-Country– Otterbein University
In Cross Country, Schinner was a regional qualifier and 2nd team All-GMC in both 2015 and 2016. “Meg is a great person to have on your team. She is a great leader and is determined to succeed. She reacts well to setbacks and sets a positive example for her teammates to follow. She is well respected by the other runners and our team will miss her next year. I am sure that she will be an asset at Otterbien,” said Lakota West Head Cross Country Coach Chris Drumm.
Juliauna Howard-Basketball– Thomas More College
The 5’6” guard has played with the varsity team at Lakota West since her sophomore year. In her senior season she averaged 2.6pts, 1.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game. “Jules brings positive energy, intangibles and vocal leadership daily in off season workouts, in practice, and in games. On the floor, Jules is a strong ball handler, passer and timely scorer, who ALWAYS puts her body on the line defensively and to win loose balls. Coach Hans and the Thomas Moore program also appreciates that she is very supportive of team mates, helpful to younger players, and cheering when not in the game,” said Lakota West Head Basketball Coach Andy Fishman.
Angelia Jackson-Basketball– Otterbein University
Angelia has played varsity with the girls team since her junior season. The 5’6” guard battled illness and injuries early in her senior season, but managed a team leading 14 points in 13 minutes against Middletown this season. “Gia is a role model of Firebird perseverance. Gia battled her way through the adversity of an in season operation creating hurdles and setbacks to overcome. On the court Gia demonstrates a high basketball IQ. She’s an offensive weapon who can finish in transition around the basket as well as hit the open shot. Gia’s also has great range from the outside as a 3 pt. shooter,” said Lakota West Head Basketball Coach Andy Fishman.
Wesly Coleman-Soccer-Capital University
The senior defender was voted OSSCA second team his senior season and first team All-GMC both junior and senior seasons. Coleman also toured Europe playing soccer last summer playing for the SuperClubs National Team.
“Wes is an outstanding player who has the combination of speed, strength, technical ability and an incredible passion for the game. He is without a doubt one of the best players in the city,” said Lakota West Head Soccer Coach Rick Cooper.
Erica Morris– Swimming-Saint Louis University
Morris is a three time state qualifier and holds the Lakota School District record in the 100 fly (57.41). She is also a member of three school record relay teams (200 medley, 200 free and 400 free)
“Erica is a very hard worker and contributor to the West girls success at the State meet. Erica will be missed next year,” said Lakota West Head Swim Coach Dennis Beck.
Courtney Whited-Volleyball– Tusculum College
Whited was a starter on the ’16 varsity squad that finished the season with a 18-7 record. Whited was the recipient of the Shayna Smith Beautiful Light Award given to a player with a caring and compassionate attitude.
“Courtney is an excellent passer and defender. She reads hitters well. I’m excited that she can take her game to the next level,” said Lakota West Head Volleyball Coach Tracey Kornau.
Kelsey Rebman-Diving– Wright State University
Rebman was 2nd team All-GMC and a district qualifier in both 2016 and 2017. “Kelsey Rebman’s effort, perseverance and talent were key factors to her success. Her leadership made an impact on Lakota West diving team and it was awesome to be her coach. Kelsey will thrive at the collegiate level!” said Lakota West Diving Coach Catherine Prebles.
Taylor Brown-Rowing– University of Kansas
“Payton & Taylor have risen through the ranks during their years with Great Miami Crew. these two athletes have been exemplary leaders for our crew, providing stability and motivation for our our large group of first-year rowers. After years of pushing each other in order to make their boat move, they now have the opportunity to take that push to the collegiate level as competitors,” said Great Miami Crew Coach Kyle Stanley. In 2016, Brown qualified for the Youth National Championships, the Head of the Charles Regatta and was a team captain.
Payton Sancrant-Rowing– Ohio State University
“Payton & Taylor have risen through the ranks during their years with Great Miami Crew. these two athletes have been exemplary leaders for our crew, providing stability and motivation for our our large group of first-year rowers. After years of pushing each other in order to make their boat move, they now have the opportunity to take that push to the collegiate level as competitors,” said Great Miami Crew Coach Kyle Stanley. In 2016, Sancrant qualified for the Youth National Championships, the Head of the Charles Regatta and consistently led the team in time trials.
Sancrant also considered attending University of Cincinnati and University of Kansas.
Bella Halfhill-Lacrosse– Mount St. Joseph University
Halfhill is a three year varsity Lakota West lacrosse player. In her senior year, she is a team captain leading the team to their current 7-2 record. She scored three goals this season in a single game against Oakwood in March.
Claire Myree-Basketball– Bluffton University
The 5’6” shooting guard plays for the AAU Program, Midwest Takeover, coached by Charles Williams. Myree earned Bluffton’s Presidential and Academic Honors w/Distinction Academic Scholarships. She plans to study English Literature and African American Studies. Before deciding on Bluffton, Myree attended camps at St. Bonaventure, Ball State, University of Rhode Island, Bluffton and Centre College.