Lakota West Athletic Department hosted a winter national letter of intent signing day on the first day of the NCAA winter signing period (football, soccer, & water polo) February 3nd, 2017. The Firebirds boasted 13 student-athletes signing with their respective schools. In addition to the 14 students (link to story) who signed this fall, Lakota West has had a total of 27 student-athletes sign on to play collegiate athletics this school year. Additional athletes will also sign on the spring signing day on April 20th which includes all sports.
Special Thanks to Jenny Walters for her photography. The complete photo album link: https://jennywaltersphotography.smugmug.com/Sports/Sports-Special-Events/Lakota-West-Signing-Days/Lakota-West-HS-Winter-Signing-Day-2117/i-TZ2GWsn
Jennifer Douyere-Soccer– Earlham College
The 5’4” forward was a first year varsity player for the Firebirds this season. “Jen has grown her game and I believe will continue to thrive at Earlham College. Her ability to take players on 1v1 and quickly recover to defend defensively, give a strong foundation for any program. Jen will be a respected role model to her teammates, peers, and coaching staff, as her character and commitment to excellence on the field and in the classroom are extremely evident on a daily basis,” said Lakota West Head Coach Brigit Reder.
Devin Duhme-Soccer– Lander University
The 5’5” midfielder was 2nd team All-GMC in 2015 and third in points for the Firebirds in the 2016 season with 11 pts (4 goals, 3 assists) . Duhme has played varsity at Lakota West since her freshman year. “Devin’s tactical awareness of the game, combined with the ability to effectively play make, will contribute to her immediate impact at Lander University. She is a technically sound player with strong vision of the game, that’s supported by her relentless work ethic,” said Lakota West Head Coach Brigit Reder.
Caley Murphy-Soccer– Mount St. Joe
The 5’5” defender has been a three year varsity player at Lakota West. “Murph is a true leader on any team, and encourages those around her to compete and grow. Her energy, positive attitude, work ethic, and drive to improve, will allow her to have a very successful career at Mt. St. Joe University,” said Lakota West Head Coach Brigit Reder
Andrew Brengelman-Soccer– Malone University
Brengelman is a two year varsity player at striker and recorded three assists in the 2016 season. “I have come across few players who play with the passion and love of the game that I have seen in Andrew. This passion translated into great development as a player while he played at West. I believe he will continue to grow as a player and will have great success at the next level,” said Lakota West Head Coach Rick Cooper.
Jeffrey Douyere-Soccer– Earlham College
Douyere is a three year varsity member as a defender. “Jeffery is a very intelligent player who plays with a great passion. He has a high work rate and does many of the little things that make a team successful. I believe he will continue to grow as a player at the next level.,” said Lakota West Head Coach Rick Cooper.
Jeremy Douyere-Soccer– Earlham College
Douyere was a three year varsity member at midfielder. “Jeremy is also someone who worked extremely hard during his four years at West. He was asked to fill multiple roles while playing at West, and made major contributions to our success over the past four years. He will be a great addition to the Earlham program.,” said Lakota West Head Coach Rick Cooper.
Brandon Whited-Soccer– Heidelberg University
Whited plays striker/midfield for Club Ohio under coaches Paul Nutley and Bob Loeher. The Club Ohio squad has advanced to the Division I State Cup Semi-Finals the last three years.
Will Nguyen-Football– Georgetown College
Nguyen converted 39/41 extra points going back to his freshman season. He also made 5/7 field goals with his longest being 40 yards. He was also named 1st team All-GMC in soccer and a varsity starter on the basketball team. “Will is a great example of the term “student-athlete”. He has excelled in both the classroom and on the field and I know he will continue that success at Georgetown College. Georgetown is getting a young man that has his priorities in order and truly knows what is important and will do a great job representing Georgetown on and off the field,” said Lakota West Head Coach Larry Cox.
Brian Qua-Football– Grand Valley State University
The 6’5”, 311lb offensive lineman was an anchor on the offensive line for the 2016 Firebirds. “I am very excited for Brian. He is a big-time player signing with a big time program. Grand Valley State has won numerous national championships. They are getting a young man that will work very hard both on the field and in the classroom and will represent the Lakers in a way that will make the school and community proud,” said Lakota West Head Coach Larry Cox.
Zelwyn Robinson-Football– Georgetown College
Robinson earned All-State Special Mention after completing his high school career as the only Firebird in school history to record over 1,000 yards rushing (1,693) and receiving (1,569). He also holds 11 Lakota West School Records. “Zelwyn has had an outstanding career for Lakota West and I expect nothing less for him at Georgetown. He joins a long list of Firebirds that selected Georgetown and I think he will fit perfectly there. Georgetown is getting one the most exciting players we have ever had at West and I look forward to watching him excel as a Tiger,” said Lakota West Head Coach Larry Cox.
David Walcott-Football– Ball State University
The 6’1” 250lb defensive lineman recorded 24 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in 2016 and earned 2nd team All-GMC. “David was one of our true leaders this past season and in his career here at West. We wish him all the best at Ball State and know he will be successful because of the person he is first and foremost. Ball State is getting an outstanding young man,” said Lakota West Head Coach Larry Cox.
Tony White-Football– University of Pikeville
The 6’3” 106lb QB finished his career at Lakota West with a total of 1,949 yards passing and seven touchdown completions. He was 2nd team All-GMC in 2015. “I am so excited for Tony as he commits to the University of Pikeville. I truly believe his best football lies in front and of him and I couldn’t be prouder of how he has persevered through his career here at West and the entire recruiting process. I think that both Tony and Pikeville hit a homerun,” said Lakota West Head Coach Larry Cox.
Payton Porterfield-Football– Hocking College
The 6’2” 191lb wide receiver finished his career with 31 receptions for a total of 464 yards and one touchdown. He’s also been a three varsity player on the Lakota West basketball team. “We are extremely excited that Payton has chosen to attend Hocking College to further both his academic and playing career. Hocking is getting a very unselfish player that will do whatever is asked of him as he always did here at West,” said Lakota West Head Coach Larry Cox.