Eighteen Highland graduates from the class of 2019 are headed off to college to compete in athletics.
John Deuber, who retired as Highland athletic director this summer, announced the list, which includes 13 boys and five girls.
Among the graduates are Jake Rogers and Kaylie Kenne. Rogers is on the football team at Bowling Green, and Kenne is a member of the Kentucky women’s cross country team.
Three other members from Highland’s 2018 football team are also college bound to play, including Jack McGinty at Gannon, and both Joey Hammond-Johnson and Joe Friedl at Marietta.
Eli Fragnoli is set to compete in soccer and track and field at Case Western Reserve. Soccer teammates Christian Heini, Andras Fabian and Grant Klapwijk are also going to play on a college pitch. Heini is committed to Thiel, and Fabian and Klapwijk are both pledged to play at Baldwin-Wallace.
The other 2019 Highland graduates slated to compete in a men’s sport in college are wrestler Bradley Staron (Case Western Reserve University); cross country runners Vince Manning (Bowling Green) and Avery Finding (Ohio Wesleyan); and baseball players Brenden Meikle (Mount Union) and Tyler Savron (Lake Erie).
Highland tennis teammates Joelle Petek and Julia Clapper are going to Cedarville and D’Youville University, respectively.
The other 2019 Highland graduates who have signed to compete in a women’s sport are Maddie Zelinski (John Carroll, volleyball) and Caitlin Donner (Asbury, swimming).
“Highland is proud of the 18 student-athletes who are continuing their academic and athletic careers in college,” Deuber said. “This represents the highest number of student-athletes from Highland going on to participate at the collegiate level.
“The administration is proud of their achievements on and off the field, and of the dedicated and talented coaches who have worked so well with our students to prepare them to compete at the next level.”
Deuber said Highland has hired Nick Ranallo as athletic director.
Barberton senior golfer Jaydan Morgan is off to a hot start after earning the medalist honor in the two tournaments that the Magics participated in last week.
Morgan placed first in the Suburban League American Conference Tournament at Pine Hills Golf Club in Hinckley and in the Griffiths Cup at Spring Hills Golf Course in Clinton.
Morgan carded a 5-over 77 at Pine Hills and a 2-over 72 at Spring Hills.
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