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Shawnee football star headed to Ivy League

Alex McCrory could have stayed close to home and played football at the University of Dayton. It’s hard to pass up the Ivy League, however, and the Shawnee senior will spend his college years almost 800 miles away.

McCrory signed a national letter of intent to play football at Dartmouth College, a Football Championship Subdivision program in Hanover, N.H.

“My mom’s going to have a hard time dealing with me being 13-14 hours away, but my parents are excited about the opportunity I had to get my education there and play football for some great people,” McCrory said. “I know my dad’s already planning to come up and do the whole tailgating thing like he did at Shawnee. Obviously, they won’t get to see me play every week, but maybe seeing me once or twice a season will make it more special.”

McCrory, Shawnee’s all-time leading rusher and a good student with a 3.73 GPA, will play linebacker in college. He said the Dartmouth coaches saw his highlights on, and one coach saw him in action at a couple of football camps last summer.

“They liked me and said I fit their academic criteria, and it took off from there,” he said. “I’m blessed to have an opportunity to play another four years.”

A number of other area athletes made their college choices official on National Signing Day or committed to sign at a later date:

• West Liberty-Salem senior Meghan Vogel, the defending Division II state champion in the 1,600-meter run, signed with Penn State.

“They have a great program, and I absolutely adore the coaches and the team,” said Vogel, who also considered Butler. “It kind of came down to academics. They have one of the top anthropology programs in the nation. I thought it would be a good fit.

• Catholic Central senior Brooke Maletic, the Ohio Heritage Conference soccer player of the year last fall, signed with Toledo. She also considered Miami, Butler and Bowling Green. Maletic will major in pharmacy.

“I’ve always wanted to play Division I soccer,” she said. “When I went to visit there, I met some of the players and the coaches, and they were very welcoming.”

• Springfield football seniors Corey Timmons and Terrance Crowe signed with Ohio Division II schools in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Ashland University and Tiffin University, respectively.

• Shawnee senior India Davis has committed to play basketball at Miami University-Middletown.

• Greeneview senior Rylee Woods, who announced his verbal committment to play soccer at Michigan last spring, officially signed his letter of intent Wednesday.

• Mechanicsburg junior Courtney Hiltibran will sign in November with Central Michigan.

• Urbana senior wrestler Sam Harris signed with Indiana Tech in December.

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