The athletic legacy of the Stow-Munroe Falls High School Class of 2020 continues to grow.
Senior place kicker Chris Miller and three members of the Stow boys lacrosse team all committed Friday to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level.
Miller will committed to to kick at Hiram College. Seniors Lucas Wisenburger and Patrick Kline committed play lacrosse at Muskingum University in New Concord, while senior Justin Dyer will will continue his lacrosse career Otterbein University in Westerville.
Miller had to make a decision not only on which college, but which sport to play at the next level. Not only was he the Bulldog football team’s place kicker, but also he was the Stow boys soccer team’s starting goaltender each of the last two seasons.
Miller noted, however, he didn’t seriously consider playing college soccer, as he chose to attend Hiram over Kent State University and the University of Akron.
"I thought about doing, but I really wanted to just kick football in college," Miller said. "I think it would be nice for me to go to a smaller school. I liked the team a lot."
Miller plans to major in education or business and carries a 3.0 grade-point average at Stow.
Weisenburger noted he also was looking for a bit of a smaller school to play for, as he chose Muskingum over Hiram and KSU.
"I just really think it was better for me to go to a place like that," Weisenburger said. "Smaller class sizes is something that I was looking for."
Weisenburger carries a 3.57 grade-point average at Stow, plans to major in business at Muskingum and will play defense for the Muskies.
Kline said he and Weisenburger didn’t plan to remain as teammates, but was happy to continue playing with him. Kline chose Muskingum over Baldwin Wallace University and Cleveland State.
"We kind of both went down there at the same time," Kline said. "We didn’t talk about it before, but we both liked what we saw. I just really like the campus."
Kline carries a 3.0 grade-point average at Stow, will major in business/pre-law at Muskingum and play midfield for the Muskies.
Meanwhile Dyer, who is the son of Stow head boys lacrosse coach Carl Dyer, said he just felt right at Otterbein after also looking at Allegheny College.
"It just felt like it was a perfect fit for me," Dyer said.
Dyre carries a 4.1 grade-point average at Stow, plans to major in chemistry at Otterbein and will serve as a utility player for the Cardinals.