Photo by Jenny Walters Photography
Fourteen Lakota West student-athletes made commitments to continue their education and play their respective sport in college next school year at the Fall Early Signing Ceremony. All sports, except soccer and football, can participate in the NCAA “early signing” period starting November 9th- November 16th. Lakota West will host another signing event for football and soccer during the “regular” signing period on February 1st, 2017. The third and final “regular” signing period for all sports begins April 12th, 2017, but because of Lakota Spring Break, the ceremony will be held on April 20th.
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Meredith Elstun-Track/X-Country- Ohio University
Meredith Elstun is a four-time varsity letter winner in cross-country qualifying for three OHSAA Regional meets. She has led the Firebirds in 15 x-country events over her career. Elstun has earned All-GMC three times. She was also a member of the 2016 track school record 3200 relay team. “Meredith is a great runner. She is really coachable and works hard to earn her success. She avoids drama and just shows up and completes workouts like a beast. It has been a pleasure to have been her coach for the past 4 years,” said Lakota West Cross Country Coach Chris Drumm.
Emily Elstun-Lacrosse- Wofford College
Elstun led the Firebirds with the most assists last season and was honored with offensive player of the year. In addition, she’s also a member of the Lakota West Cross Country team. “We are so proud of Emily! She is a great leader and one of the hardest workers I have coached. She is going to be a great asset at Wofford in their beginning years as a new D1 program. We are excited to see what she can accomplish there,” said Lakota West Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach Kaylyn Hodel.
Haley Bergheger-Volleyball- Georgetown College
Bergheger is a two time All-GMC recipient and a captain of 2016 Lakota West squad. She was 9th in the GMC with 3.89 assists per game in 2016. “She brings energy and enthusiasm to the court every practice and every game. She is a dedicated, competitive athlete who loves to win. She has a high volleyball IQ. She is quick and reads hitters well,” said Lakota West Head Volleyball Coach Tracey Kornau.
Megan Kaufman-Volleyball- UT-Chattanooga
Kaufman was named All-State honorable mention this season and is a three time 1st team All-GMC recipient. She has been a team captain since her sophomore season. She was first in the GMC averaging 6.68 digs per game this season. In addition, she has set the Lakota West school records in digs for a season (511) and digs in a career (1930). “Megan has worked very hard and I’m so excited that she will be playing at the next level. She will make their program better with her energy level and competitive drive,” said Lakota West Varsity Volleyball Coach Tracey Kornau.
Maya Krause-Volleyball- Xavier University
Krause was named 2nd team All-State, 2016 GMC Athlete of the Year, District 16 Player of the
Year and Under Armour All-American honorable mention in her senior season. She holds the school record of kills/game in a season (5.70) and kills/game in a career (4.31). “Xavier University is a great fit for Maya. They have an outstanding volleyball program and she will thrive academically at Xavier. Her strengths are her hitting and serving while her blocking continues to improve,” said Lakota West Head Volleyball Coach Tracey Kornau.
Taylor Bramlett-Softball- Cincinnati Christian
Bramlett hit .313 last season with 32 at bats and recorded 14 stolen bases. She plans to play outfield at CCU. “Taylor works hard daily to make herself the player she is today. She is a very smart baserunner and always willing to play any outfield position we ask her to play,” said Lakota West Head Softball Coach Keith Castner.
Megan Brankamp-Softball- Georgetown College
Last season, Brankamp was Second Team All-GMC with an 11-6 record and a 2.49 ERA as a pitcher. In addition, she hit .365 with a .383 OBP. “Megan Brankamp is an extremely hard worker and is one of our team leaders. She leads by example on and off the field. Megan has been very successful on the softball field as a pitcher because of her work ethic and her love for the game. Our coaching staff loves the way she plays the game of softball,” said Lakota West Head Softball Coach Keith Castner.
Alex Dodson-Baseball- Ohio Northern University
Dodson only pitched five varsity innings last season, but he struck out six batters in his brief appearance. “Alex is a very smart, hard-working left handed pitcher with a ton of potential, that any team would love to have on their staff,” said Lakota West Head Baseball Coach Greg Leurck.
Josh Harrison-Baseball- Wake Technical CC
Harrison hit .222 last season in only 13 games, but recorded 7 RBI’s and a .290 OBP. “Josh is a quiet, steady contributor with excellent hands at the shortstop position. He makes the routine play look routine,” said Lakota West Head Baseball Coach Greg Leurck.
Eric Hooper-Baseball- Heidelberg University
Hooper recorded a 3.33 ERA last season including 17 k’s in 18 innings (10 were caught looking). “Eric brings consistency to our team in everything he does, from his work ethic to his ability to throw strikes,” said Lakota West Head Baseball Coach Greg Leurck.
Jacob Kates-Baseball- High Point University
Kates was the only Firebird named to the 2016 All-GMC first team. He had a team leading 1.10 ERA in 43 innings including 42 strikeouts (22 caught looking). He also hit .218 for the season with 12 RBI’s and an OBP of .306. “Jake has tremendous upside as a hitter and corner infielder, and gives us a chance to win every game when he’s on the mound. He’s the type of competitor that any team would want on their roster,” said Lakota West Head Baseball Coach Greg Leurck.
Noah Maurer-Baseball- Cedarville University
Maurer has been a successful starting pitcher on the junior varsity team for two years while waiting for a large number of ’15 and ’16 varsity players to graduate from the program. “Noah is one of the hardest working and most determined players I have worked with. His ability to consistently throw strikes makes him successful,” said Lakota West Head Baseball Coach Greg Leurck.
Alssan Ramsby-Baseball- Northern Kentucky University
Ramsby led the 2016 squad in hitting (.361), steals (10) and zero errors in the outfield. He was selected 2nd team All-GMC. “He brings a consistency that you look for in a 3 hole hitter. Alssan shows the type of work ethic and leadership that will help push our team to be successful this coming year. When he speaks up, the players listen,” said Lakota West Head Varsity Baseball Coach Greg Leurck.
Chase Wullenweber-Baseball- Tusculum College
Wullenweber had the second highest BA on the team last season hitting .352 and a .462 OBP. “Chase has continued to impress with his ability to play multiple positions and bring quality at bats to our line-up. His focus, drive, and coachability are among the best I have ever worked with,” said Lakota West Head Baseball Coach Greg Leurck.