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Seven Columbus North seniors finalize college plans

February 6, 2013
Columbus North High School

    Seven Columbus North High School seniors put pens to paper Wednesday (Feb. 6) to finalize their commitments for college athletics and academics.
    Three soccer players, two swimmers, one baseball player and one football player were among the group who signed in a ceremony in the CN Athletic Conference Room.
    All seven athletes signed National Letters of Intent to NCAA Division I programs -- Malissa Hofmeister to IPFW, Elizabeth James to Dayton and Morgan Proffitt to Marquette for women's soccer; Jessie Freudenthaler and Sydney Jarrard to Eastern Illinois for women's swimming; Daniel Ayers to Western Michigan for baseball; and Thomas Shoaf to Brigham Young for football.
    This is the first signing ceremony at Columbus North for the Class of 2013. There will be at least one more signing ceremony in April and possibly another in May.
   The athletes finalizing plans, with more info about their sport and college choice are:
    >> Daniel Ayers, baseball, Western Michigan: Ayers, a left-handed pitcher, posted a 6-0 record with 120 strikeouts and a 1.33 earned-run average in 58 innings in 2012 for the 24-3 Bull Dogs. He was selected honorable mention all-state by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association. He joins a WMU program that went 26-29 in 2012, including a 14-12 mark in the Mid-American Conference.
    >> Jessie Freudenthaler, women's swimming, Eastern Illinois: Freudenthaler posted times of 27.02 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle and 1:05.52 in the 100 butterfly in last week’s sectional meet. She joins an EIU program that is 3-7 in dual meets this season and placed fifth in the 2012 Summit League meet.
    >> Malissa Hofmeister, women's soccer, IPFW:A defender, Hofmeister scored one goal and had two assists while being part of a squad that posted eight shutouts in an 8-8-3 season in 2012. As a junior, she was part of a unit that posted 15 shutouts for a 20-3-0 team that advanced to the state's final four. Hofmeister joins a Mastodons' program that went 10-8-1 in 2012, including a 5-2-1 record in the Summit League. 
    >> Elizabeth James, women's soccer, Dayton: A goalkeeper, James earned second-team all-state accolades while posting an 8-8-3 record with a 1.30 goals-against average as a senior in helping CN to a sectional title. As a junior, James posted a 20-3-0 record with a 0.41 GAA and collected third-team all-state honors as CN advanced to the state's final four. James joins a Flyers' program that went 14-4-2 in 2012, including a 7-1-1 mark in the Atlantic-10 Conference.
    >> Sydney Jarrard, women's swimming, Eastern Illinois: Jarrard was clocked in 5:47.44 in the 500-yard freestyle and 1:11.80 in the 100 backstroke in last week's sectional. She joins an EIU program that is 3-7 in dual meets this season and placed fifth in the 2012 Summit League meet.
    >> Morgan Proffitt, women's soccer, Marquette: A midfielder, Proffitt helped CN to a sectional title last season with three goals and one assist in limited action because of a knee injury. As a junior, she was named first-team all-state after helping CN to a 20-3-0 record with 13 goals and five assists as the team reached the state's final four. Proffitt joins a Golden Eagles' program that went 18-2-3 in 2012, including a 9-0-1 mark in winning the Big East Conference and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
    >> Thomas Shoaf, football, Brigham Young: The 6-6, 255-pound tackle helped the Bull Dogs’ offense produce 298.3 yards per game in a 6-6 season. He was named Top 50 All-State by the Indiana Football Coaches Association and first-team All-State by The Associated Press. Shoaf joins a Cougars' program that went 8-5 last season, including a 23-6 victory over San Diego State in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

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