Pickerington North's Jeffery to play at High Point
Pickerington High School North senior Val Jeffery signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play women's volleyball at High Point University, a Division I school in High Point, N.C.
Jeffery, a setter who was honorable mention all-state, first-team all-district and first-team all-league this fall, helped the Panthers to a Division I regional final, where they lost to Massillon Jackson 21-25, 25-14, 20-25, 25-20, 15-8 on Nov. 3 at Hilliard Davidson to finish 26-2.
The Panthers also were regional runners-up and finished 26-2 in 2011. Jeffery was an AAU All-American last season.
Jeffery helped the senior class post a 100-10 in their careers at North. The class never lost a match in OCC-Capital Division play or in the district tournament.North's Macioce signs to play basketball at Dayton
Pickerington High School North senior Christy Macioce signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play basketball at the University of Dayton.
Macioce, a 6-foot forward, averaged 11.6 points per game last season as the Panthers went 21-3 overall and 12-2 in the OCC-Ohio Division and reached a Division I district final before losing to Gahanna 63-46.
Macioce was named first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district last season.
Four Pickerington High School North seniors signed letters of intent Nov. 14 to play baseball at the collegiate level.
Tyler Pagano (Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.) and Matt Poland (Dayton) signed with Division I programs and Jordan Grubb (Walsh University in North Canton) and Kyle Montell (Tiffin) signed with Division II schools.
Last season, Pagano, a right-handed pitcher and outfielder, went 5-2 on the mound with a 2.65 ERA and 33 strikeouts and 32 walks in 37 innings and batted .295 with four doubles, a triple and 15 RBI. He was honorable mention all-OCC-Ohio Division.
A catcher, Poland hit .391 with 11 doubles and 20 RBI and threw out eight of 12 baserunners who attempted to steal last year and was special mention all-league.
Last year, Grubb, a second baseman, hit .333 and Montell, a right-handed pitcher and outfielder, was 4-3 with a 4.51 ERA with 23 strikeouts and 27 walks in 35 2/3 innings and batted .356 with two doubles, five RBI and nine runs.
Last season, North went 17-9 overall and 9-4 in the OCC-Ohio and reached a Division I district semifinal before losing to Westerville Central 6-3.
Pickerington High School North seniors Allisa Davis and Gabby Milam signed letters of intent Nov. 14 to play golf at Northern Kentucky University and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, respectively.
This fall, Milam shot an 80 and Davis carded an 83 in the Division I district tournament Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek as the Panthers placed third with a 335, falling one spot shy of advancing to state as a team.
Milam was medalist with an 80 in the sectional Oct. 2 at The Links at Groveport and Davis tied junior teammate Kristin Oliphant for second with an 84.
Pickerington High School North senior Megan Giardina signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play volleyball at Clemson University.
A 6-foot-2 setter, Giardina was named second-team all-state and first-team all-district and shared OCC-Ohio Division Player of the Year honors with Newark's Anni Thomasson this fall, as the Panthers went 26-2 and won district and league titles.
North reached a Division I regional final before losing to Massillon Jackson 21-25, 25-14, 20-25, 25-20, 15-8 on Nov. 3.
As a junior, Giardina was first-team all-state and an AAU All-American.
"Megan Giardina was more to us than an (AAU) All-American setter," North coach Kris Kern said. "She really developed into an incredibly well-rounded player. She was a powerful right-side hitter and often blocked the opponent's best hitter. In the back, she was a primary passer and serve receiver."
Pickerington High School Central senior Brooklyn Doggette signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to compete in gymnastics at West Virginia University.
Doggette trains at Buckeye Gymnastics in Westerville.
Both of her parents competed in athletics at WVU, as her mother, Becky, was a gymnast and her father, Cecil, played football. Her father went on to play professionally in the World League of American Football and the Arena Football League.