The regular signing period for basketball and most other sports began last week and extends through Aug. 1. Here are just a few of the many area seniors who have recently signed or are planning to do so to play at the next level:
- Badin senior Houston Krause has committed to play football for Thomas More at Crestview Falls, Ky. The 6 foot, 220-pound defensive end was the Greater Catholic League Central Division defensive lineman of the year last season.
Jordan Huggins of Springfield Shawnee has committed to play baseball at Sinclair this fall. The senior batted .376 last season, collecting 25 hits, 18 runs and 12 RBIs and eight stolen bases.
- Tri-Village senior point guard Matthew Werner has signed to play ball at Indiana East, an NAIA program located at Richmond. Werner was on Patriots teams that went a combined 46-5 the last two seasons. He set the school’s single-season assist record and is second in career assists. East has won 20 games four of the last five seasons.
- Kendall Newell (Vandalia Butler) is headed to Indiana Tech, an NAIA program located at Fort Wayne, to wrestle. Newell (132 pounds) was voted second team All-Area by the Miami Valley Wrestling Coaches Association this past season.
- Clair Heitkamp (Marion Local) will sign on Wednesday to play volleyball at Ohio Northern.
It’s an honor: The Miami Valley Football Coaches Association will add five members to its Hall of Fame for Assistant Coaches.
Joining the club will be Mark Smith (Beavercreek, Xenia, Carroll and Greeneview), Rick “Fireball” Roberts (Northmont), Charles Schoenberger (West Carrolton), Tom Flohre (Stebbins, Graham and Southeastern) and Carl Biechler (Franklin).
The locally produced Miami Valley Football Coaches’ Association All-Star Game will be held at Welcome Stadium on June 7.
North/South games: The North vs. South All-Star Classic football games are Saturday at Welcome Stadium. The combined Divisions I-III will play at 4 p.m. followed by Divisions IV-VI at 7 p.m.
The contest moves to Dayton from Columbus, where it had been played since 2001.
It’s an honor II: Beavercreek wrestling coach Gary Wise will take on an added duty next season, president of the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches’ Association. This will be Wise’s second term as president of the state-wide organization. He’ll succeed Brett Powell of Austintown Fitch.
It’s an honor III: Fairmont, the Division I girls state basketball champion, will be honored by the MaxPreps Girls Basketball Tour of Champions and Army National Guard at 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday in the school’s recital hall.
Only 10 teams throughout the country will receive the award.
Coach needed: Mike Bradley has resigned as National Trail’s boys varsity basketball coach after three seasons. Send a letter of interest and resume to AD Mick Ditmer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is May 17.