Dublin Jerome signings

Jerome’s Saale to dive at N.C. State

Dublin Jerome High School senior Grant Saale signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to dive for North Carolina State.

Saale finished fourth (474.20 points) in the Division I state meet last season and received all-state and all-American recognition.

He holds the program-record scores for six (294.25) and 11 (490.10) dives.

Jerome’s Irelan to row for Kansas

Dublin Jerome High School senior Maddie Irelan of the Dublin club rowing team signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to compete for Kansas University.

Irelan rowed on Dublin’s girls varsity 8 that reached the grand final in the Midwest Junior championships last May but placed fourth (7 minutes, 1.9 seconds) to miss advancing to Youth Nationals by one spot.

Jerome’s DiPaolo to play at Dayton

Dublin Jerome High School senior Jenna DiPaolo signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play women’s golf for the University of Dayton.

DiPaolo shot 161 and placed 25th in the Division I state tournament Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State’s Gray Course to help the Celtics capture their second consecutive championship. She was Jerome’s third-best scorer at state as the team shot 629 to edge Medina Highland (630) for the title.

DiPaolo averaged 76.25 to finish fourth in the OCC-Cardinal Division this fall.

She also represented the Celtics at state as a junior.

Jerome’s Barco picks Bellarmine 

Dublin Jerome High School senior Tanner Barco signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play men’s lacrosse at

Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.

Barco, a 5-foot-9 attacker and midfielder, was a first-team all-state selection who had 35 goals and 14 assists last season.

He helped the Celtics win their second consecutive OCC-Buckeye Division championship and earn a state runner-up finish in Division I. Jerome had won back-to-back Division II state titles in 2010 and 2011.

“I chose Bellarmine because it was a good fit for me since it’s a smaller school in a nice part of the city,” said Barco, whose team went 21-1 last season. “It was important to me to be close to home so I can come back to watch my brothers play and spend time with my family.”

Jerome baseball players sign

Three Dublin Jerome High School seniors signed letters of intent Nov. 14 to play college baseball in Jason Johnson (Dayton), Masashi Sakamoto (Akron) and Kyle Lento (Tiffin).

Last spring, Sakamoto batted .362 with two home runs, two triples, four doubles, 17 RBI and 15 runs to be named first-team all-OCC-Cardinal Division and honorable mention all-district in Division I.

Lento, who batted .306 with nine RBI and 16 runs, was second-team all-league.

Johnson batted .300 and went 4-4 with a 4.27 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 41 innings.

Bellinger to play for Cincinnati

Dublin Jerome High School senior Lauren Bellinger signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play tennis at the University of Cincinnati.

Bellinger combined with Sarah Stein to win the Division I state doubles title in 2011, and the duo finished second in doubles in the state tournament in 2010.

As a senior, Bellinger went 1-1 in singles in the Division I state tournament, beating Canfield’s Allison Pavlansky 6-0, 6-4 and losing to defending state champion Sandy Niehaus 1-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Howard to play golf at Cincinnati

Dublin Jerome High School senior Chad Howard signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play golf at the University of Cincinnati.

Howard shot 157 (79-78) in the Division I state tournament Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course to tie Centerville’s Caleb Wolters for ninth and earn second-team all-state honors.

Howard’s score helped the Celtics (630) win their second consecutive state title ahead of Centerville (631).

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By: Don Delco

11 / 16 / 12

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