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February 6, 2023

Eleven Badin High student-athletes commit to playing sports in college

Eleven Badin High School senior student-athletes representing five different sports were recognized Monday morning, Feb. 6, in a winter athletic Signing Day in Badin’s Mulcahey Gym.

Among those seniors honored were five baseball players from teams that made the Division II state semifinals each of the last two seasons; three football players from teams that went undefeated in back-to-back regular seasons; a key member of Badin’s 2022 boys Division II state volleyball champions; the Greater Catholic League Coed Division girls soccer Player of the Year; and a two-time all-GCL softball player.

“This just underlines how much Badin student-athletes are sought-after by college programs,” Badin Athletic Director Geoff Melzer said. “There is a lot of talent in the building and they make our teams successful all across the board. Colleges know that and want our grads to come help make their programs successful as well.”

Caitlin Burger will play Division I women’s soccer at Wright State University. Burger is the daughter of Doug and Kathy Burger of Cincinnati and a graduate of St. John Dry Ridge School.

Burger was a second-team all-Ohio selection and the GCL Coed Division Player of the Year after helping lead the Rams to an undefeated (5-0-0) league championship season. A four-year starter at midfield for Badin, she scored 80 career points on 27 goals and 26 assists. A three-time first-team all-league pick, she is as yet undecided on her college major.

Three all-state Badin football standouts will play on in college.

Jameson “Reese” Anzalone is the son of John and Leslie Anzalone of Liberty Township and a graduate of Lakota Plains Junior High. He will play Division II football at the University of Findlay and has been pre-admitted into the school’s Pharmacy program.

Jackson Martin is the son of Craig and Sarah Martin of Hamilton and a graduate of St. Joseph Consolidated School. He will play football at the University of Dayton, a Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) program. Jackson plans to major in Accounting.

Kaden Starks is the son of Jason and Angela Starks of Hamilton and a graduate of Fairfield Middle School. He will play football at Georgetown (Ky.) College, an NAIA program. He plans to major in Business Administration.

Those three earned major honors for the Badin football team that in 2022 went 10-0 in the regular season for the first time since 1980 and is on a 28-game regular season winning streak. The Rams reached the Division III regional finals in 2022 after finishing as the state runner-up in 2021.

Martin, a defensive end, was the Defensive Player of the Year in the GCL Coed Division and a first team all-Ohio selection. Starks, a linebacker, was first team all-Ohio and first team all-league. Anzalone, a linebacker and the Rams’ punter, was honorable mention all-Ohio and first team all-league.

“It takes a lot of people to field a football team,” Melzer said, “When you have a lot of good people, you have a good football team. When you have outstanding players like these three young men, you have an outstanding football team.”

Five baseball players have helped the Rams win the GCL Coed Division and reach the Division II state semifinals each of the past two years after having their freshman season wiped out by the Covid19 pandemic. They will have one more opportunity to shine when their senior schedule kicks off next month.

Corbin Ausman is the son of Julie Ausman of Hamilton and John Ausman of Reading, and a graduate of St. Michael’s School. The right-hander will pitch at Frontier Community College, a junior college in Fairfield, Ill., with an as yet undecided major.

Diego DeCello is the son of Mike DeCello of Hamilton and Melissa Saucedo of Oxford and a graduate of Talawanda Middle School. The infielder will play for Marietta College, a Division III program, and plans to major in Petroleum Engineering.

Justin Hoevel is the son of Brian and Renee Brock of Fairfield Township and the late Nick Hoevel. He is a graduate of Sacred Heart School. The right-hander will pitch for Lincoln Trail College, a junior college in Robinson, Ill. He plans to major in Sports Medicine.

Caleb Jackson is the son of Joe and Megan Jackson of Hamilton and a graduate of St. Joseph Consolidated School. The infielder will play for Bluffton University, a Division III program, and plans to major in Exercise Science.

Aiden VanDeHatert is the son of Jeff and Shawnda VanDeHatert of Fairfield and a graduate of Sacred Heart School. The left-hander will pitch for Lincoln Trail College, a junior college in Robinson, Ill. He plans to major in Business.

Hoevel, a right-handed pitcher, was a second-team all-GCL selection last season. The five players have been a part of teams that have gone 53-13 over the past two years and have their eyes on another trip to Canal Park in Akron in 2023.

“Success breeds success, and our baseball program has been the gold standard of baseball in Southwest Ohio for a long time,” Melzer said. “The team never has a down year because the players and coaches are dedicated to the highest standards of excellence.”

The boys’ volleyball program put the latest state title plaque on the Mulcahey Gym wall with its Division II championship in the spring of 2022, and 6-foot-7 Patrick Ray was a key member of that success. He played in 86 of a possible 88 games for the 26-2 Rams, who defeated Dayton Carroll 3-1 in the state title match.

Ray is the son of Brian and Karen Ray of Fairfield and a graduate of Sacred Heart School. He will play men’s volleyball at Olivet Nazarene University, an NAIA program in Bourbonnais, Ill., and major in Business and Criminal Justice.

Katherine “Erin” Beeber has driven in 57 runs in two seasons and helped the Rams to 35 wins and one league title. She was a first team all-league selection last year at third base. Erin is the daughter of Paul and Kerry Beeber of Fairfield and a graduate of Sacred Heart School. She will play women’s softball at Marietta College, a Division III program, and major in Sports Medicine.

“We’re proud of these young people,” Melzer said. “They play sports at Badin, they play well, they enjoy it, and it motivates them to want to take their talents to the next level. We are confident that they will become key members of their college programs as well.”

These 11 commits join six other Badin student-athletes who committed earlier in the school year – Nik Copenhaver (baseball, Washington State University), Brycen Fox (baseball, University of Mount Union), Sean Miller (baseball, Manchester University), Lucas Moore (baseball, University of Louisville), Rodney Rachel (baseball, Lincoln Trail College) and Sarah Newberry (women’s volleyball, Lewis University).

In addition, all-Ohio football standout Braedyn Moore committed to play at the University of Wisconsin, graduated from Badin in December, and has already enrolled as a freshman at the Wisconsin campus in Madison.

These 18 commits in the Class of 2023 join 30 from the Class of 2022 and 21 members of the Class of 2021 who committed to play college sports. Badin will host another Signing Day in the spring and expects to have a few more college commits from the Class of 2023 at that time.

Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, Dallen@BadinHS.org or (513) 869-4490

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Eleven Badin High School student-athletes confirmed their college sports commitments during a recognition ceremony in the school's Mulcahey Gym on Monday, Feb. 6. In the front row from left are: Caleb Jackson (baseball, Bluffton University), Jackson Martin (football, University of Dayton), Diego DeCello (baseball, Marietta College), Caitlin Burger (women's soccer, Wright State University), Erin Beeber (softball, Marietta College) and Kaden Starks (football, Georgetown College). At rear from left are: Reese Anzalone (football, University of Findlay), Patrick Ray (men's volleyball, Olivet Nazarene University), Justin Hoevel (baseball, Lincoln Trail College), Aiden VanDeHatert (baseball, Lincoln Trail College) and Corbin Ausman (baseball, Frontier Community College).