St. John’s Jesuit’s Ryan Rubel will continue his education and play football for Ohio Wesleyan University where he plans to study either Business Marketing or Economics. Rubel was on the varsity team for three years and was named All TRAC Academic all three years. He was asked to play in the Northwest Ohio All Star Game. He played lacrosse for four years and was on the varsity team his junior and senior years.
He is part of the Spirit Squad and was on Student Council for two years. He was part of the Lacrosse Club freshman and sophomore years. He participated in the Leadership & Alumni Mentoring Program.
Rubel volunteered in the SJJ Daytime Christian Service Program at Crossgates Preschool. He worked with the elderly at Hands of Grace Faith in Action for two years. He participated in Easter on Campus for preschoolers and Christmas on Campus with Queen of Apostles and Holy Rosary Schools.
St. John’s Jesuit’s Rajeev Laungani will continue his education and play tennis for Case Western University where he plans to study Biomedical Engineering. He is captain of the tennis team and has played on the varsity team all four years. Junior year he was TRAC Player of the Year; TRAC Academic Team; Second Team, All State; First Team, All Conference; First Team, All District and First Team, All TRAC. Sophomore year he was Honorable Mention, All State; First Team, All Conference; First Team, All District and First Team, All TRAC. He has been involved with U.S.T.A. for nine years and has been at Nationals the last three years.
He is in the National Honor Society and was an Ignatian Guild Scholar for two years. He has been in the Ambassador Society, a student leadership group that helps at school events. He has been a tutor for Kids Unlimited for four years. He has been part of the SJJ International Christian Service Program serving in Guatemala. He participated in Easter on Campus with a preschoolers and Christmas on Campus with Queen of Apostles and Holy Rosary Schools. He is involved with the Hindu Temple Youth Group.
St. John’s Jesuit’s Hunter Johnson will continue his education and play baseball for the University of Mount Union. Hunter Johnson will pitch for the University of Mount Union (UMU) while earning a degree in business. He has been involved with the Titan baseball program for three years. When he visited UMU, he was impressed with their training facilities and coaches. He also has played ball for the Michigan Jets, a summer travel team.
When he is not playing baseball, Johnson is involved in his studies and a volunteer at Kingston Residence in Perrysburg over the last four years.
St. John’s Jesuit’s Aaron Thompson signed to play basketball for Ashland University where he plans to study Forensic Science. Thompson was Second Team, All TRAC, Second Team, All District and Sports Nightly Player of the Year his senior year. Junior year he was Honorable Mention, All TRAC. In the off season, he has played for the King James Ohio Varsity Basketball Team.
An honor roll student, Thompson is involved in the Spanish Honors Society and the Athletic Club. An active volunteer he has served as part of the SJJ Daytime Christian Service Program at Rosary Cathedral, founded Books 4 Buddies, participated in Easter on Campus with a preschoolers and Christmas on Campus with Queen of Apostles and Holy Rosary Schools. He is a familiar face at Titan summer basketball camps. He received the Youth Jefferson Award – Students In Action for his extensive volunteerism with Books 4 Buddies and his youth outreach work.
St. John’s Jesuit’s Logan Hodak will continue his education and golf for Capital University. Hodak has been involved on the Titan Golf Team for four years playing varsity his junior and senior years. He was Honorable Mention – All TRAC and Honorable Mention – All District. He tied for fifth in the Sectional Tournament. He has played for the Toledo Junior Golf Association (TJGA) for almost five years. He played baseball for the Titans his freshman and sophomore years and basketball his freshman year. He swam for the varsity swim team junior and senior years.
An honor roll student, Hodak has been in the Ambassador Society for three years, a student leadership group that works at school events. He is involved with the Arabic Club. He has been active in the SJJ Daytime Christian Service Program serving at Bittersweet Farms and the Sunshine Community. He has done service at the Ridgewood Manor with the elderly. He participated in Easter on Campus with a preschoolers and Christmas on Campus with Queen of Apostles and Holy Rosary Schools.
St. John’s Jesuit’s Jake Barnes signed to run cross country/track for the University of Cincinnati. He is a cross country four-year varsity letter winner and was All State his junior year. In track he was the 800 meter Three Rivers Athletic Conference (TRAC) Champion freshman, sophomore and junior years. He was on the 2015 OHSAA State Track Team 4 x 800 (anchor), 4 x 400 (anchor), 800 meter, 2015 New Balance National 4 x 800 (anchor) and 2014 OHSAA State Track Team 4 x 800 (anchor). He is the All Time School Record Holder for the Freshman 4 x 400 (3:38.2), 4 x 800 (8:40.5) and 800 meter (1:59.27). He holds Varsity Records in 4 x 400 (3:20.93) and 4 x 800 (7.51.09) and the No. 2 Varsity School Record 800 meter 1:54.62 (2015). He was nominated for the 2015 CYO Outstanding Athlete Award given to a senior varsity player who participates in CYO athletics in high school, has strong academics and is a strong role model. He played freshman and Junior Varsity basketball for the Titans.
He is in the Ambassador Society, a student leadership group that helps at school events, was a House Captain for two years, serves on the Integrity Committee and is on the Christian Service Core Team. He has been involved in the Men’s Choir and is a Eucharistic Minister. He has continually been on the Honor roll.
He earned the 2015 Man for Others Award given to students who exemplify Christianity through classroom, community and Christian Service. He has done volunteer work at Sunshine Children’s Home, Sunbridge Academy and Toledo Prep and Fitness Academy. He did international Christian Service in Guatemala. He helped plan and participated in Easter on Campus for preschoolers and Christmas on Campus with Queen of Apostles and Holy Rosary Schools.
Whitmer’s Devon Beale will continue his education and play basketball at Defiance College.
Whitmer’s Mitch Kubicki signed to run track at Kent State University.
Whitmer’s KeMontrece Collins signed to play basketball at Lake Superior State University.
Whitmer’s Katarina Wicher will continue her education and play soccer at Defiance College.
Whitmer’s Sammantha Green will continue her education and play basketball at Defiance College.
Whitmer’s MaKenna Herzig will continue her education and play softball at Defiance College.
Whitmer’s Abbigail Dorn signed to run cross country at Morehead State University.
St. Ursula Academy’s Sabrina Coffman signed to play golf at Saginaw Valley State University.
Findlay’s Frank Russel will continue his education and wrestle at Wabash College. Throughout his high school career Frank has been consistently recognized by his coaches and peers as a leader and a person of great integrity and character. His Junior Year he earned Trojan of the Year Honor by his tireless dedication to the team. He volunteered every chance that he could with the Findlay Youth Wrestling Club and loved working with new wrestlers at every opportunity to help grow the team. His senior year not only did he earn a 24 wins and a sectional championship, but Frank became a member of National Honor Society and earning his Eagle Badge from The Boy Scouts of America. As a senior Frank earned the Breakout season award as well as being team captain. The Athletic Department and Findlay Wrestling Community is extremely proud of Frank and wish him continued success.
Findlay’s Trever St. Jean signed to play hockey at Bowling Green State University. Trever grew up playing in FAHA as he continued his career in Columbus for the Ohio AAA Bluejackets the past five years. He was selected to play in both U15 & U16 National Player Development Camps, and made the National Championship tournament 3 of his last 5 years for Columbus. Trever was selected in the 2015 North American Hockey League Draft where he signed a tender for the Corpus Christi IceRays in the the North American Hockey League this past season. Throughout his career he has loyal to the Blue and Gold where he was a three year letter winner in golf and named honorable mention all district his freshmen year, 2nd team all district his sophomore year and first team as a junior.
Findlay’s Ryan Montgomery signed to play soccer at the University of Findlay. Ryan is whitty and enthusiastic individual whose personality sparks others around him. This attribute has assisted Findlay High School in winning two consecutive league titles. Ryan was a three-year letter winner for the Trojans soccer team playing in his familiar right outside midfielder position. During his high school career, he tallied 21 goals and dished out 24 assists. Ryan was gifted at making dribbling runs down the field and was a constant offensive threat. He also contributed defensively as he registered 75 steals and 63 intercepts in his career. Ryan earned All Three Rivers Athletic Conference recognition the past three season. We wish Ryan well and continued success at the collegiate level.
Findlay’s Sam Griffith signed to golf at the University of Findlay. Sam Griffith is a talented young man who as a senior golfer earned captain honors where he led the team with an average of 74. Sam as a senior earned 2nd Team all Three Rivers Athletic Conference accolades while also earning first team All Northwest Ohio. As a junior he earned medalist honors three times including medalist recognition at the Three Rivers Athletic Conference championship as the all-around champion and being named on the first team all TRAC and 2nd team all district. As commented by Coach Dr Spragg, “Sam is a great young man who has the ability to elevate his golf game and his choosen path in life to unlimited success.” Well said by coach and Congratulations Sam as we look forward to following your career.
Findlay’s Nick Berry signed to play baseball at the University of Findlay. Nick Berry is a polite, respectful and all-around athlete playing both football and baseball. Nick Berry is a two time Letterman for the Findlay High School Baseball team and as a Junior, Nick batted near .300 and had a .927 fielding percentage while playing 2nd Base. Nick led the team in RBI’s and had an on base percentage near 500. This year Nick will once again be a leader for the Trojans and will show his versatility playing multiple positions including the outfield where he has an opportunity to show off his incredible arm. Nick leads by example on the baseball field and always gives 110%. As a junior Nick earned honorable mention honors in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference as we look forward to his senior year and his list of accomplishments still yet to come.
Notre Dame Academy’s Jillian Schaefer will be running track for the John Carroll University (JCU) Track and Field Team. Ms. Schaefer is the 2015 Three Rivers Athletic Conference 400 Meter Dash champion and plans to run the 400 Meter Dash at JCU. She has run the 4 x 200 Meter Relay, 4 x 400 Meter Relay and Long Jump for the NDA. “So much of track is mental, so you need to trust your training, your coaches, and your ability when you’re at a meet,” Ms. Schaefer said. “It is a trust that I continue to work on as I build my skills.”
Ms. Schaefer took AP Calculus, AP English, AP Psychology and Honors Spanish, Honors Physics, Honors Theology, Honors Math, and Honors History. AT NDA and in the community, she was involved as a Link Leader, a member for the S.E.A.L. Team, Student Council, Fitness Club, cross country, and the NDA Nicaragua Mission trip, Toledo Y.E.S. Project, and is a Eucharistic Minister.
Passionate about social justice, Ms. Schaefer was thrilled to also be accepted into the Arrupe Scholars Program at JCU. “The Arrupe Scholars Program is a social justice leadership program at JCU,” she explained. “I really want to continue with social justice being part of my life.”
Notre Dame Academy’s Halee Roberts will sign with Lourdes University to play soccer for the Wolves. Ms. Roberts is a defense player and midfielder and has played varsity soccer all four years and has been captain for the last two. “Coach Smith always tells us, ‘Expect the Best’, Ms. Roberts said. “From this I have taken that I give my beast and expect the best from other and that is how I lead this team.” Ms. Roberts is looking forward for playing soccer for Lourdes University because she has the chance to play on both a grass and a new turf field. “When I am on the field nothing else matters to me but the action on the field,” she said. “I think about how my team mates and I can be the best player. Winning is great, but playing the game you love, with the people you love, is even better.” Ms. Roberts has taken Honors Math, Honors Theology and Honors Engineering. She is involved in her parish, Christ the King and volunteers for the festival, the Thanksgiving parish dinner and vacation bible school.
Notre Dame Academy’s Hope Poolos is committing to play lacrosse for Ohio Wesleyan University where she will study Health and Human Kinetics, in order to be a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. While playing lacrosse for NDA, Ms. Pooles was JV MVP Award winner, Athlete of the Week, Varsity Coaches Award, Second Team All-District, First Team All-City, NDA All-Academic, Ohio School Girls Lacrosse Association Academic All-Ohio, US Lacrosse HS All-Academic, and was nominated for US Lacrosse HS All-American. While running cross country for NDA she was the MVP of the JV team.
“My NDA coaches taught me that you can never give up even when challenges come your way. It is all about how you battle back and get back up,” Ms. Poolos explained. “I am thankful for my coaches because without them, I would not be where I am today. Running up and down the field, I can feel the adrenaline start to rush as I know I am not playing for myself, but I am playing for my school and my teammates who are right there next to me.” Ms. Pooles has played lacrosse all four years and has been a captain for the past two years.
She also played varsity soccer and cross country and participated in student council, Diplomats, Math Club, Pep Club, Princess Club, Big Sis/Lil Sis, Mr. NDA Core team and Link Crew. She has received academic honors every semester since her freshman year. Ms. Pooles is an AP US History, AP English, AP Calculus, Honors English, Honors Math, Honors Science, Honors Theology, Honors Psychology, and Honors World History student and has also taken three years of French.
Ms. Pooles is involved in giving back as well; she has gone to Appalachia in Harlan, Kentucky, as well as Appalachia At Home with NDA Campus Ministry. In the summer, she has served in the Migrant Ministries Program and has volunteered at the Marathon Golf Classic in the iTaalk Tent which is foundation raising money for Autistic kids.
Notre Dame Academy’s Lydia Marentette will sign a National Letter of Intent to row at Rutgers University where she plans to study Business with a focus on accounting and finance. “I look forward to making the most out of my college experience by participating in NCAA Rowing and increasing my strength and rowing ability,” she said. “I am excited about being a Rutgers Scarlet Knight and look forward to building relationships with my teammates. I am very thankful for my NDA experience and the academic and athletic opportunities that it provided for my future.”
Ms. Marenette is a member of the NDA Asian Club, an Honors Chinese and Honors Theology student as well as an International Baccalaureate Certificate candidate in math. She has received academic honors, every semester, for the past four years and is a four-year Chinese foreign language student. Ms. Marenette has volunteered and served in the Migrant Ministries Program and Help One Student To Succeed (HOSTS) Program for the past four summers, was a Kidney Foundation Walk volunteer and has been a competitive dancer in multiple dance forms for the past eight years.
Notre Dame Academy’s Safiya Dzotsi will run track and field for Emory University where she will study Human and Global Health. “I am most looking forward to having the opportunity to compete against athletes from all over the country,” she said. “My NDA coaches taught me the importance of learning to balance athletics and academics and how the two can go hand in hand. I will remember that as a collegiate athlete.”
Ms. Dzotsi is a four year basketball player (2 varsity letters) and senior captain, a four year soccer player (2 varsity letters), and a four year varsity letter winner in track and field. Her honors in track include First Team All-TRAC and being named a senior captain. In addition to her 8 varsity letters, Ms. Dzotsi was also named TRAC All-Academic in all three sports. She is a Full-Diploma International Baccalaureate student and a four-year Latin foreign language student. Ms. Dzotsi has made academic honors every semester all four years. She volunteers for Youth Leadership Toledo and is a member of the NDA Fitness Club, French Club, Film Studies, a mentor and a big sis for IB students, and Open House Tour Guide.
Notre Dame Academy’s Bryttni Carpenter is committing to play lacrosse for the DePauw University Tigers. She will major in communications and broadcast journalism. Having played lacrosse all four years, Ms. Carpenter can’t wait to hit the field at the collegiate level. “I am really looking forward to playing this sport in more challenging environment,” she said. “Everyone who plays in college seems dedicated and totally committed to their sport and I am ready to be a part of that commitment.”
As an NDA All-Academic, Ohio School Girls Lacrosse Association Academic All-Ohio, and Most Improved Player on varsity last year, Ms. Carpenter said, “I think one my assets is being able to anticipate the others teams next move on the field and I want to continue to improve that intuition for DePauw. Moving forward, I really want to work on my interception skills. Being able to intercept the ball causes turnovers and is a quick momentum change for the team!”
Off the field Ms. Carpenter is dedicated to academics as well. She has earned academic honors every semester all four years. She will receive an International Baccalaureate Certificate in Theatre and Film had has taken AP U.S. Government and AP Literature as well as Honors Pre-Calculus, Honors Math, Honors Chemistry, and Honors Theology. As NDA, she is a Diplomat, a member of Pastoral Core Team – Service, Swim Team, Bowling Team, Executive Student Council Media Tech, WNDA Broadcast Team, Life Skills Club, SJJ Fall Play. In the summer, she volunteers at the Toledo Lucas County Library working with youth and the Summer Reading Club.