STOW — Stow-Munroe Falls’ Class of 2019 have drawn a ton of attention for its athletic prowess in almost every sport Stow sponsors.
Evidence of that was ample on national signing day Wednesday, as Stow paid tribute to 20 senior student-athletes in a ceremony at Stow-Munroe Falls High School auditorium.
Stow-Munroe Falls athletic director lauded the athletes for reaching the collegiate level, but noted their journey was just beginning.
"We are excited for every single one of you to further your education," Feldman said. "We want all of you to get your degrees."
Feldman said the combined college tuition for the athletes added up to $546,000, noting he believed this was the largest class of Stow student-athletes to advance to college.
"We want them to utilize sports as the way to continue their educations," Feldman said.
Ten Bulldogs announced new commitments to college, including four players each from the Stow football and baseball teams.
New football signees included JR Atkinson (Wheeling Jesuit University), Bryce Sheppert (Notre Dame College), Brian Cartwright (University of Charleston) and Michael Young (Urbana University). Baseball commitments came from Kyle DiGiammarino (University of Northwest Ohio), Bryce Kinney (Hiram College), Joe Toth (Adrian College) and Zack Meyerson (Point Park University).
Joining Meyerson at Point Park University will be girls basketball player Lexi Petit. Also committing this week is boys soccer star Corey Hunt, who will play at John Carroll University.
Although Sheppert was a huge part of Stow’s offense, he’ll be playing free safety for Notre Dame College. He chose the Division II college in South Euclid over offers from Ashland University and Akron. Sheppert plans to major in education and has a 3.2 grade-point average at Stow.
Young will play defensive line at Urbana, as he chose the Blue Knights over offers from Malone University and Cincinnati Christian University. He carries a 2.8 grade-point average at Stow and will major in exercise science at Urbana.
Atkinson and Cartwright will carry on a recent trends of Stow football players heading to NCAA Division II colleges in West Virginia.
Cartwright said he thought about joining Young at Urbana, but wanted to head south to Charleston. He will play at the linebacker/safety hydrid spot for the Golden Eagles and major in nursing, as he has a 3.0 grade-point average at Stow.
Atkinson chose Wheeling Jesuit over offers from Akron and Robert Morris University. He also will play safety for the Cardinals while studying sports management. He carries a 3.2 grade-point average.
Among the baseball players, Kinney follows several Stow alumni to Hiram, where he will major in pre-physical therapy. He carries a 3.0 grade-point average at Stow.
Toth had received attention from numerous Division III colleges, but not Adrian College in in Adrinan, Michigan, felt best for him. He will pitch and play third base for the Bulldogs.
DiGiammarino said the University of Northwest Ohio, located in Lima, was the only school on his radar. He will pitch for the Racers, plans to major in sports marketing and has a 2.6 grade-point average at Stow.
Meanwhile, Meyerson chose to attend Point Park University, an NAIA college located in Pittsburgh, over other schools because of their recent success at the national level. Meyerson will play second base for the Pioneers, carries a 3.2 grade-point average and will major in central intelligence/homeland security at Point Park.
Petit will join Meyerson at Point Park, as she noted the college kept up its interest in her after she suffered a serious knee injury at the end of her junior year. Petit will play point guard and study special and early childhood education at Point Park, as she carries a 3.9 grade-point average.
On the soccer field, Hunt said he had interest from Ashland University and Baldwin Wallace, but committed to John Carrol on Super Bowl Sunday. He playing to major in business and carries a 3.63 grade-point average at Stow.
Also at the ceremony were 10 Stow athletes who committed earlier this school year. These included: Adrian Woliver (football, Toledo), Kyle Buzaki (golf, Walsh University), Nathan Kolke (soccer, Walsh University), Evan Bainbridge (basketball, Kent State), Lizzy Stefanov (volleyball, Tulane), Madison Gash (lacrosse, Ashland), Amber Patterson (lacrosse, Findlay), Katie Goodenow (field hockey, Mercyhurst), Macie Bell (softball, West Liberty) and Tatum Bradley (girls soccer, Slippery Rock).
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