April 15, 2019

Ten Badin student-athletes celebrated at signing reception


Badin High School athletes scored a “Perfect 10” today as 10 students were recognized during a Signing Reception in the Pfirman Family Activity Center. That brings to 15 the number of members of Badin’s Class of 2019 who will continue their athletic careers in college.

The 10 students celebrated will be playing five sports – football (3), baseball (2), women’s soccer (2), women’s volleyball (2) and women’s swimming (1) – and brought their talents to Badin from eight different junior high schools.

“These seniors have played an important role in the success of Badin High School athletics, just as they are going to do at their colleges of choice,” said Geoff Melzer, Badin athletic director. “They are talented athletes, great representatives of the school, and epitomize the term student-athlete. They have bright futures ahead of them.”

The 10 student-athletes who were recognized today include:

Lexi Berkely will play women’s soccer and major in English and International Studies at Indiana University East in Richmond, Ind. She is the daughter of Todd and Nicole Berkely of Liberty Township and a graduate of Lakota Liberty Junior High.

Gianna DeCello will be a member of the women’s swim team and major in Business at Urbana (Oh) University. She is the daughter of Mike DeCello of Hamilton and Melissa Sauceda of Oxford and a graduate of Talawanda Middle School.

Chase Hopewell will play baseball and major in Physical Therapy at the University of Findlay (Oh). He is the son of Michael and Heather Hopewell of Cincinnati and a graduate of Beautiful Savior Lutheran School.

Andrew Jones will play football and major in Economics of Business Finance at Centre College in Danville, Ky. He is the son of Joseph and Melissa Jones of West Chester and a graduate of Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School.

Marissa Kah will play women’s soccer and major in Nursing at Thomas More University in Crestview Hills, Ky. She is the daughter of Terry and Sherrie Kah of Fairfield Township and a graduate of Fairfield Middle School.

Samantha Raley will play women’s volleyball and major in Early Childhood Education at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn. She is the daughter of Chris Raley and the late Traci Raley of Hamilton and a graduate of St. Peter in Chains School.

Matt Schneider will play baseball and major in Business at Thomas More University in Crestview Hills, Ky. He is the son of Ken and Jamie Schneider of Liberty Township and a graduate of Lakota Liberty Junior High.

Davon Starks will play football and major in Business Administration at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky. He is the son of Jason and Angela Starks of Fairfield Township and a graduate of Fairfield Middle School.

Amanda Stevenson will play women’s volleyball and major in Nursing at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. She is the daughter of Scott and Lori Ann Stevenson of Fairfield and a graduate of Sacred Heart School.

Luke Tabler will play football and major in Accounting at Thomas More University in Crestview Hills, Ky. He is the son of Mark and Michelle Tabler of Hamilton and a graduate of St. Joseph Consolidated School.

“Badin athletes are sought-after at the collegiate level because the coaches know their level of skill as well as the level of dedication they bring to the table,” Melzer said. “College athletics are serious, and these student-athletes are serious about not just being successful, but in doing the work that it takes to prepare to be successful.”

Five other Badin student-athletes made their college commitments in November. They included Emma Broermann, who will play women’s basketball at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville; Macy Harper, who will play women’s soccer at Xavier University in Cincinnati; Jamie Lehker, who will play women’s soccer at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights; Andrea Schlabach, who will wrestle at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky.; and Blake Smith, who will play baseball at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

Those 15 student-athletes represent more than 10 percent of Badin’s Class of 2019 who will go on to play college sports.

In addition, several Badin underclassmen have verbally committed to play college sports, including juniors Cade Boxrucker (baseball, Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C.); Kelly Havens (women’s soccer at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.), Mickayla Kowalski (women’s soccer at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights), and Gabi Reising (women’s soccer at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky.), and sophomore Sergio DeCello (baseball, University of North Carolina/Charlotte).

“We’re proud of our student-athletes,” Melzer added. “We enjoy hearing about their college performance, and we are never surprised at their success because they did a lot of good things at Badin, so it only stands to reason that they will do a lot of good things on the college fields of play as well.”

Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120; Dallen@BadinHS.org

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