Four Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy seniors participated in a Spring Signing Day, signing letters of intent to commit to playing at the next level next year. The ceremony took place on Wednesday, 4/28, at 2:30 p.m. at CHCA’s Martha S. Lindner Upper School. That makes eight CHCA students who will go on to compete at the next level in college athletics.
Katelyn Grimes of Lebanon signed with University of Central Florida (where she has been committed since her sophomore year), located in Orlando, Florida, to play volleyball. Grimes was a 4-year starter and contributor to two State Final 4 teams for CHCA. She received two years of All-Region honors, three years of All-State honors, four years of All-District 16 honors (including being named Player of the Year twice), three years of MVC honors (including being named Player of the Year twice), four years of All-Academic honors, and was named LaRosa’s MVP Athlete of the Week. In 2019, Grimes was penned into the OHSAA state records for number of service aces in a match. This past season, she served as captain and marked her 1000th career dig. Grimes and her Elevation teammates, coached by CHCA Head Volleyball Coach Lisa Schaad, recently received a bid into the GJNC USA National Tournament at the highest Open level, where they walked the podium finishing 3rd place in the 18 Open Volleyball. Most recently, she was nominated by USA Today for a National Award. “Katelyn came to CHCA to play volleyball,” shared Schaad. “It was then that she quickly discovered how valuable of an education she was receiving. She also began to understand the value of training in the weight room, the recovery process, and how nutrition and sleep play a big part in the process of becoming a college level athlete. Since arriving on CHCA’s campus, she has also been baptized, has an amazing relationship with the Lord, and understands the gift God has given her in volleyball. After all of this transformation, the coaching staff feels confident that she is ready to impact UCF volleyball.”
Crosley MacEachen of Amberley signed to play football with University of St. Francis, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. MacEachen was named MVC First Team. He averaged 17 yards per catch, was a sensational kick and punt returner, and a strong defensive player. “Crosley is one of the most dynamic football players that I’ve had the pleasure to coach,” shared CHCA Head Football Coach KC Woods. “Every time he touched the ball, everyone’s eyes got a little bigger. He is also one of the smartest football minds that I have coached. He understands the game as well as most coaches do. Crosley will have a remarkable career for NAIA powerhouse St. Francis.”
Caleb Mary of Loveland signed to play football with Wheaton College, located in Wheaton, Illinois. After playing soccer for years where he was MVC Honorable Mention and All-Academic, Mary decided to join the football team his senior year as a kicker. He caught on quickly and constantly worked to better his craft. “For a young man who has only had a year of experience kicking the football, the sky is truly the limit,” shared Woods. “It will be so exciting to continue to watch him grow and develop as a kicker.”
Andrew Vest of Blue Ash signed to play football with Ohio Northern University, located in Ada, Ohio. Vest was MVC First Team, Second Team, and All-Academic. As a starter on both the offensive and defensive lines, he unfortunately missed some of his senior year season due to a significant shoulder injury. However, he was an example of perseverance, character, positivity, and continued to be a great teammate and encourager. “He persevered through a great amount of pain and discomfort in an effort to help his team,” shared Woods. “The world needs more of the character that Andrew displays. We are so excited to see him get fully healthy and continue playing the game that he loves.”
“We are thrilled to see our student athletes have the opportunity to sign to continue their academic and athletic career at their chosen college,” shared CHCA Athletic Director Eric Taylor. “I’m confident that Katelyn, Crosley, Caleb, and Andrew will do great things at the next level while representing themselves, their family, and CHCA. They will be greatly missed at CHCA.”
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