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Lake athletes McBride, Stephens sign for college

By Michael Beaven Published: November 19, 2012

Lake seniors Jake McBride and McKenna Stephens signed national letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers.

McBride is set to play golf at North Carolina State.

Stephens will play softball at Michigan State.

McBride, the 2012 Federal League Golfer of the Year, finished his senior season placing third in the Division I boys state golf tournament.

“Jake has been a dynamic player during his Blue Streak years and he certainly ranks as one of the top high school players in Stark County history,” Lake coach Thom Grubb said. “He will be missed by our program, but he’ll be a great asset to N.C. State.”

Stephens has three letters in basketball and softball at Lake.

As a junior, she was named first-team All-Federal League, second-team all-district and earned the Best Defensive Player Award as an infielder. She had a team-high batting average of .486 with an on-base percentage of .500, and had a fielding percentage of .971.

Stephens was also selected first-team All-Federal League in basketball for Lake, and an outright league champion that was ranked as high as No. 2 in Ohio for Division I.

“McKenna has made a tremendous impact upon the Lake softball program,” Lake coach Julie Boyes said. “She has battled through many challenges to contribute to her team in every way possible. Her work ethic and enthusiasm for the game is contagious and has elevated our program to becoming one of the most competitive in the Federal League.”

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