2018-02-15 / Sports

Grand Blanc holds National Signing Day event for 18 student-athletes

By Joe Oster
810-452-2641 • joster@mihomepaper.com

GRAND BLANC — With last Wednesday marking National Signing Day, 18 Grand Blanc seniors signed their national letters-of-intent in a press conference at the Grand Blanc High auditorium. Seven student athletes will be attending colleges to play soccer, five will play football and two will play baseball. Additionally, one student will play lacrosse, one will play softball and another will perform acrobatics and tumbling.

Abigail Hoffman signed with Gannon University, where she will compete in acrobatics and tumbling, which has only been a collegiate sport for less than four years.

“I am excited to be a part of such a new collegiate sport,” stated Hoffman. “This sport offers a unique experience that brings people from multiple sports such as cheerleading, gymnastics, and even track together to compete.”

Hoffman will also study in the fiveyear physician assistant program. Hoffman considered Michigan State, James Madison, Butler University and Rhodes College, but still chose Gannon, even with its distance.

Anthony Gasso will be attending Northwood University to play soccer. Gasso also considered attending Saginaw Valley State but ultimately chose Northwood for its coaching staff. He stated that he won’t be too nervous about the transition to the collegiate level, other than “just getting started.”

Ashton Cassel chose University of Toledo to continue her soccer career. She believes that Toledo will be a good fit for her with a coaching staff and team that is “welcoming and personable.” As a member of the National Honor Society, Cassel also looks forward to furthering her academic career in Toledo’s notable nursing program.

Kendrell Ware also signed with Northwood to play football. He was also looking at Urbana University, but sided with Northwood for its “great business program” where Parrish will focus in accounting. Parrish, who is also a basketball player and member of the track team at Grand Blanc, stated that it will be challenging to adjust to a faster game, but is still excited to get on campus and play football.

Morgan Metzger will continue her soccer career at Valparaiso University, which she chose for her impression of the coaching staff and team as a whole.

Joel Linden will attend Grand Valley State in the fall, where he’ll play football. He was also being recruited by Saginaw Valley State and Wayne State, among others, but chose GVSU for the “great environment, strong academics and good football.” Linden also threw shotput and discus at Grand Blanc and was an all-state powerlifter. At GVSU, he will play on the offensive line, where he will have to earn a starting position.

Keagan Titmus will attend Cincinnati Christian University to further his baseball career. He was also a swimmer and water polo team member. Titmus chose Cincinnati Christian for its “great location, great coaches and good program for (his) major” which will be sports management. He stated that he is “definitely excited to start playing” and thanked his parents, his pitching coach Matt Jones and all of his other coaches along the way, from every sport, not just baseball.

Maddison Vansaw signed her letter of intent to play softball for Calvin College, where she will also study biology with a pre-med emphasis. As a Christian college, Vansaw sees Calvin as a perfect fit.

Blake Olah signed with Mott Community College, where he will play baseball and study electronics and electrical technology. He stated that he’ll be nervous about managing school and homework with playing baseball at this level, but Olah is nonetheless excited.

Jordyn Wainio signed with Adrian College, where she will major in psychology, minor in business administration and play lacrosse. Wainio additionally was a member of the singing program at Grand Blanc and plans to sing at Adrian. Wainio signed with Adrian due in large part to its coaching staff and head coach Elizabeth Szymanski.

“She (Szymanski) was genially interested in me as a student first,” stated Wainio. “She made my visits and conversations warm and inviting. I am super excited to give her and the Adrian program my all.”

The remaining signers did not turn in their athlete bios by press time as requested. Clarrisa Baldwin will attend Spring Arbor University for bowling, Chase Clark will attend Northwood for soccer and Brandon Dellaposta will attend Cleary University for soccer. Morgan Jewell will attend Northern Kentucky University for soccer, Aidan Martini will attend Wayne State for football, Khalen Parker will attend Notre Dame College in Ohio for football and Ja’ce Parrish will attend Northwood to play football.

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