April 11, 2012
Gahanna softball trio, Panthers rower among area commits
While athletes like Ohio State baseball signee Jacob Bosiokovic from Delaware and Florida track commit Destinee Gause of Reynoldsburg are among the highest-profile spring athletes to make their college decisions in recent weeks, numerous others from central Ohio also will playing at the next level.
While this is by no means a comprehensive list, here's a few I've come across:
*On April 11, Pickerington North senior Taylor Gainey signed to compete for Minnesota in women's rowing. With Pickerington having no rowing team, she competes for the Westerville rowing where nothing less than the best effort is tolerated by coaches Matt and Trish Chase. It's amazing how many Division I college athletes this program has cranked out the last few years.
*On April 12, Gahanna softball players Sarah Seidel (Muskingum College), Tanya Busby (Cedarville University) and Montana Fishel (Ohio Dominican) are expected to sign to play in college. WIth that trio in the fold last year, the Lions were Division I state runners-up.
*In late March, Pickerington North senior shot put and discus thrower Jasmine Simmons verbally committed to Akron University. Very interesting story here: Simmons was born deaf and had cochlear implants put in her ears when she was 2 years old.
*Centennial senior track star Aarin Jones has committed to run for Purdue. Last year, she was fifth in the 400 meters at the Division I state meet.
*On April 20, Beechcroft senior football player Kevin Chapple will sign with Urbana University.
*In boys lacrosse, Ohio State has had Dublin Jerome's Wes Faulkenberry, Worthington Kilbourne's Tae Young Kim and Upper Arlington's Tyler Pfister all sign from the 2012 recruiting class.
For 2013, the Buckeyes have received verbals from Olentangy's Tate Stover and DeSales' J.T. Blubaugh.
*Dublin Coffman junior Brianna Turner and Hilliard Davidson junior Rachelle Walko will be teammates two springs from now after each made verbal commitments to WInthrop. Coffman was scheduled to play Davidson on April 11.