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By RonPreps Published: April 4, 2008

Copley volleyball standout Kimmie Dyer will continue her education and playing career at Wittenberg University.

Dyer, a first-team all-district selection the past two seasons, is joining a program that has reached the NCAA Division III Final Four the past three years. The Tigers finished last season with a record of 38-1.

Wittenberg coach Paco Labrador said, ‘‘I have watched Kimmie develop for the last few years and I'm thrilled to have a player with her combination of physical gifts and competitiveness join our program.’’

Dyer averaged five kills per game as a senior.

An honors student, she earned four varsity letters in volleyball and three in basketball.

Several other area sathletes have signed NCAA or NAIA national letters of intent to attend colleges and play sports. The players, their high school, sport, college choice and accomplishments are:

-- Andrea Arney, Dalton, softball, University of Akron. The pitcher/first baseman has been a major contributor on a Bulldogs team that has won the past two Division IV state championships. She batted .408 last season with 14 RBI and compiled an 8-2 pitching record with four shutouts, a 0.49 ERA, two saves and 137 strikeouts in 71 innings.

-- Niki Lecon, Dalton, volleyball, Malone College. She was first-team All-Wayne County Athletic League and all-district as an outside hitter last fall. Also batted .286 average with 16 RBI last spring to help Dalton win its second consecutive Division IV state championship.

-- Dustin Lancy, Cuyahoga Falls, baseball, Walsh University. Outfielder should earn his fourth letter this spring. He was first-team all-conference as a junior after hitting .405 with four home runs and 28 RBI.

-- Jera Dougherty, Louisville, golf, Walsh University. Because the Leopards did not have a girls golf team, played on the boys squad for three years and lowered her average from 50 to 47 over that time.

-- Amanda Hutchinson, GlenOak, golf, Walsh University. Four-time letterwinner was second-team All-Federal League after averaging 42 strokes as a senior.

-- Abigail Kimar, Jackson, golf, Walsh University. Lettered four times for Polar Bears and was first-team All-Federal League and All-Stark County Finished second at 2006 Federal League Tournament as a junior.

-- Joy Grills, Cloverleaf, softball, Lincoln Memorial University (Tenn.). Shortstop led the Colts last season in average (.385) and RBI (17).

-- Josh Varney, Buckeye, football, West Liberty. Offensive lineman helped Bucks to a 6-4 record last season.

-- Scott Felgar, Buckeye, soccer, Tiffin. Played several roles for the Bucks. As a senior, posted nine shutouts as a goalie, the position he will play for the Dragons, as team went 8-7-2.

-- Camille Smith, Twinsburg, soccer, Mount Vernon Nazarene. Totaled six goals and four assists in senior season.

-- Jenny Harsh, Wadsworth, track, Cincinnati. Medaled twice at last year's state meet ` as a member of the sixth-place 1,600 relay team and by finishing seventh in the 800.

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