Ten Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy seniors participated in National Signing Day, signing letters of intent to commit to playing at several schools next year. The ceremony took place on Wednesday, February 6, at 2:30 p.m. at CHCA's Martha S. Lindner Upper School.
Alex Barnard of Cincinnati signed with Bucknell University, located in Lewisburg, PA, to play football. Barnard was named 1st Team Offense MVC, MVC Player of the Year, and 1st Team Ohio All-Stars. "Alex is a dynamic athlete that had a great career at CHCA," shared CHCA Head Varsity Football Coach Mark Mueller. "His explosive athletic ability made him a threat on many levels. Off the field, his contagious smile and huge personality made him a locker room favorite. Alex's playmaking ability will be hard to replace, as will his locker room presence."
Clay Brock of Liberty Township signed with Central Michigan University, located in Mt Pleasant, MI to play baseball. Brock was named 1st Team MVC, All-Academic MVC, 2nd Team All City, 2nd Team Ohio All Stars. "I am always thrilled and excited when kids get the opportunity to pursue their dreams and play at the next level," shared CHCA Head Varsity Head Coach Tony Schulz. "But knowing how Clay and his family have worked so hard for this- this one is extra special for me."
Wyatt Droege of Symmes Township signed with Milligan College, located in Milligan College, TN, for Track & Field (pole vault). Droege is a four-year, three sport athlete. CHCA Head Varsity Track & Field Coach Jeff Timmers shared, "His football, swimming, and track skills have helped him form into a great all-around athlete, which is needed to excel in pole vault. Wyatt's dedication to whatever he does is always full go. We anticipate the results this encouragement will bring to his final year of Track & Field as an Eagle."
Robbie Glenn of Liberty Township signed with Georgetown College, located in Georgetown, KY, to play football. Glenn was named 1st Team Defense MVC and Honorable Mention Fall All-Stars. "Robbie was your typical offensive and defensive lineman," shared Mueller. "A man of few words with an unbelievable motor and work ethic. When it came to toughness as a football team, Robbie led the way. His physical presence will be a big loss for our program, but a huge gain for Georgetown's.
Laney Huber of Loveland signed with University of Dayton, located in Dayton, OH, to play soccer. Huber was named 1st Team MVC, 1st Team All-Southwest Ohio, 1st Team All-Midwest Region, and 1st Team Fall All-Stars. She was also a two-time nominee for Small School Female Soccer Player of the Year, the 2018 Larosas's MVP, and was the Southwest District D3 Player of the Year. She also crossed the 100-goal threshold this year. "I am excited to see what Laney does at Dayton," shared CHCA Head Varsity Girls' Soccer Coach Heather Vibberts. "She has proven here that when she sets her mind to something nothing will get in her way but will always put the team first. I have no doubt she will do the same at Dayton."
Jack Lindgren of Maineville signed with Denison University, located in Granville, OH, to play golf. Lindgren was named 1st Team MVC and 1st Team Fall All-Stars. He was a 4-year varsity starter, who helped grow the team from three golfers in 2017 to twenty golfers in 2018. CHCA Head Varsity Golf, Coach Tim Frazer, shared, "Jack left a CHCA golfing legacy with his accomplishments on the course and for years to come as a senior leader in his captain role." During Lindgren's tenure, the team grew from eight players to 20.
Josh Medlin of Symmes Township signed with Greenville University, located in Greenville, IL, to play soccer. "To say that Josh is a hard worker would be an understatement," shared Boys' Varsity Soccer Coach Roger Straz. "Josh is one of the most dedicated and coachable players to ever play for CHCA. He is always willing to do whatever was necessary to help his team and was a great teammate throughout his time here. It gives me great joy to hear that he is continuing his career into college. Yet, the most amazing attribute about Josh is that he is a godly man. He truly embodies the 360 Armor Athlete philosophy. Josh wants to spread God's light on the world through the power of sport by helping the less fortunate through soccer clinics and camps. And for that I could not be prouder of him and I can't wait to hear more from him as he continues his journey."
Adam Rakestraw of Loveland signed with University of Indianapolis, located in Indianapolis, IN, to play baseball. Rakestraw was All-Academic MVC and went 3-3 in the 2017 State Final Four as a sophomore. Coach Schulz shared, "Adam has so many talents on the baseball field, but off the field, he's just a good. A superb student in the classroom, not to mention that he's played three sports during his time here at CHCA. The University of Indianapolis is getting an absolute steal here, and I know he's going to do amazing things for the Greyhounds."
Shannon Riley of Loveland signed with Wittenberg University, located in Springfield, OH, to play soccer. Riley was named 1st Team MVC, 1st Team All-Southwest Ohio, and 1st Team Fall All-Stars. "Shannon is an essential member not only in defense, but on the field in general," shared Vibberts. "She emerged as the major leader on our team, the team mom, and also a tremendous voice for the team. She was the main person I went to when I needed leadership input. The bottom line is-Wittenberg is getting a great one. Both as a student and player, but most importantly a great person. We are excited to see what the next four years brings for her. We know she will be great."
Lucas Rotello of Lebanon signed with Purdue University Fort Wayne, located in Fort Wayne, IN, to play baseball. Rotello was named 1st Team MVC, All-Academic MVC, 1st Team All City, 2nd Team All Ohio, and 1st Team Ohio All Stars. Schulz shared, "I am really excited for Lucas to go play Division 1 baseball next year at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Lucas has emerged as a leader in this program. He holds his teammates accountable, but only because he holds himself accountable. He may be harder on his teammates and himself that even I am. But even more importantly he loves his teammates, and he believes in them. And that is the kind of competitor and the kind of guy that the Mastodons of Purdue Fort Wayne are getting."
"We are honored to celebrate National Signing Day with our athletes and their families," shared CHCA Athletic Director Eric Taylor. "These young men and women represent some of the very best at CHCA. Their commitment to building a Culture of Champions at CHCA will be missed, but we are certain their legacy will remain. We are thankful for them and wish them the very best."
(photos courtesy of Julie Lockett)