November 15th, 2019

2019 LCS Fall College Signees

Dalton Pence 

Staff Writer 

2019 LCS Fall College Signees
LCS Fall Signees from Assumption, Mercy, Sacred Heart, St.X, and JM Butler of Trinity/ photo is from various schools twitters, JM Butler, and Dalton Pence

As fall sports wrap up, an extended amount of players have elected to continue their athletic careers past the high school level. 53 student athletes from Catholic high schools in Louisville signed their national letters of intent to play at the collegiate levels. Here is a breakdown of signees by school:


On Wednesday, Assumption witnessed 14 student-athletes signing to respective colleges. Eight of those were members of the volleyball team that won their third straight state title last weekend.  Miss Volleyball Anna DeBeer signed with the hometown University of Louisville. "It is a dream come true", she said. "I am very blessed to have the opportunity to play at home so close to all of my family, friends, and coaches." Other signees include Rylee Rader (Ohio State), Natalie Ackermann (Lindsey Wilson College), Claire Fuller (Jacksonville State University), Katie McKune (Eastern Kentucky University), Chloe Mingus (Middle Tennessee State), Savannah Neal (United States Air Force Academy), and Bella Rough (Thomas More University). "This senior class has great leadership skills and chemistry", DeBeer added."Each player has continuously worked hard day in and day out."

The Rockets’ state champion field hockey team had four signees: Lilly Bowling (Akron; field hockey/lacrosse), Emily Gillespie (Boston College), Miss Field Hockey Lee Ann Gordon (Wake Forest), and Zoe Snook (Ohio State).

Katelyn Farmer (Tennessee Tech) and Maddie Reed (Xavier) both signed to play Division-One soccer next fall, as well.



Four Jaguar student athletes signed their letters of intent on Thursday. Miss Basketball preseason candidate Ta’Ziah Jenks signed to play at West Virginia University. "Coaches Mark Evans and Keith Baisch have helped me to become both a better player and a better person", she explained. "The long hours in the gym and constructive talks have helped me tremendously."

Three members of the Mercy volleyball program that reached the state championship match signed as well: Brandy Eisenback (Indiana University Southeast), Olivia Recktenwald (Georgetown College), and Morgan Rutledge (Austin Peay State University). "These three young ladies are tremendous athletes and great students in the classroom", Mercy athletic director Mark Evans said. "There is no doubt in my mind that the three respective schools are very lucky to get these players."

Sacred Heart

Four of the 18 Valkyries signees were members of the swim team. Claire Donan (Michigan), Emma Jury (Xavier), Emily Lenihan (Duke), and Ashley Owen (Bellarmine) will all be joining D1 programs next fall. "It's huge and I'm so excited to be a part of Michigan's team; I'm speechless", Donan explained. 

Field hockey players Mary Kate Barbee (Miami University) and Makenzie McQuade (Ohio University) signed to play collegiate ball in Ohio, while EJ Imorde elected to stay home and play at the University of Louisville. The soccer team also had three signees: Camille Barber (Murray State), Cara Francke (Centre College), and Eliza Kelly (Georgetown University).

McKenzie Ball signed to the University of Louisville for track and field, while Lilly Gahm (Centre College) and Olivia Whitlock (Ohio State) both signed to play college lacrosse next year.

Multi-sport star Kristen Clemons signed to play volleyball at Belmont University. "It's really exciting, I can't wait to get there next year", she said. Teammates Taylor Eisert and Anna Lococo chose to sign with Middle Tennessee State and Bellarmine, respectively. 

Head coach Donna Moir’s basketball team had two signees in Destinee Marshall (Radford University) and Erin Toller (University of Kentucky). "It feels great to be able to call college home" Toller said. "I haven't been able to play all four years of high school basketball (injuries), but it feels good to be able to play four years at a wonderful college."


St Xavier

The Tigers had 11 signees in the fall class; seven of those were members of the golf team. Drew Doyle will be a part of LSU's team next season. "I can't wait to be a part of LSU's program and open up a new world of opportunities for myself", he explained. 

Fellow teammate Campbell Kremer elected to sign with Kentucky. "It means a lot to be able to represent my home state", he said. "To play for a SEC program like Kentucky will lead me to endless opportunities down the road."

Other signees include Patrick Brooks (Belmont), Dalton Robertson (Georgetown College), Robbie Bender (Indiana), Bryce Beard (Presbyterian College), and Andrew Flynn (Wright State).

Lincoln Williams will be running cross country and track next year for Dayton, while Max Bergmann (baseball) signed to the University of Cincinnati.

The Tigers' swim team had two signees in Will Cole (Virginia) and Sungmin Kang (Yale).



The Shamrocks witnessed six student-athletes sign their national letters of intent this week. Kaelan Racculia (St. Leo University), Braden Berry (West Virginia), and Davis Crane (Bellarmine) will all be playing collegiate baseball next year.

Golf team members Davis Money (Western Kentucky) and John Marshall Butler (Auburn) made their college commitments official. "It is truly an honor to play for such an amazing program", Butler said. "I can't wait to get started."

Ben DiSanto signed to Maryville University to continue his lacrosse career.



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