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16 Columbus North seniors finalize college plans
April 17, 2013Columbus North High School
Sixteen Columbus North High School seniors put pens to paper on Wednesday (April 17) to finalize their commitments for college athletics and academics.
Five cross country athletes, three basketball players, two football players, two swimmers and one athlete each from golf, soccer, softball and track & field took part in a ceremony in the CNHS Athletic Conference Room.
Four of the 16 student-athletes are joining NCAA Division I programs. They are Emma Wyke to Brown University for swimming as well as Rachael Sollman to Xavier University, Karson Tays to IUPUI and Caryn Wolfe to Butler University for cross country.
Other CN seniors who are announcing plans to play college athletics are football players Shaquille Ash and Taylor Summa (both to Marian University); basketball players Hanna Ballard (to Franklin College), Gabe Hilt (to New Mexico Military Institute) and Tori Jackson (to Vincennes University); golfer Jake Coffey (to Indiana Wesleyan University); soccer player Chase Francoeur (to Wabash College); softball player Shelby Lucas (to Indiana-Southeast); swimmer Sam Parker (to DePauw); track athlete Chelsea Wieland (to the University of Indianapolis); and cross country runners Josh Beiriger (to the University of Southern Indiana) and C.J. Copeland (to DePauw University).
More information about each of these athletes and their respective college choices follows:
>> Shaquille Ash, football, Marian University: Ash set CN school records for solo tackles in a season (112) and defensive points (170) as a standout linebacker in leading the Bull Dogs to a 6-6 record as a senior. The 5-10, 200-pound athlete joins a Knights' program that went 12-1 last season and won the NAIA national championship.
>> Hanna Ballard, women's basketball, Franklin College: Ballard averaged 6.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 steals in helping the Bull Dogs to a 25-1 record in 2012-13. She joins a Grizzlies program that went 21-6 overall and placed second in the regular season in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference at the NCAA Division III level.
>> Josh Beiriger, men's cross country, Southern Indiana: Beiriger placed 115th in the 2012 IHSAA state meet in 16:58.3 while helping the Bull Dog boys to a sixth-place team finish. He joins a Screaming Eagles' program that has won eight straight Great Lakes Valley Conference championships, placed fourth in the 2012 Midwest Regional and finished 17th in the 2012 NCAA Division II Nationals.
>> Jake Coffey, men's golf, Indiana Wesleyan: Coffey placed 45th in the 2012 IHSAA boys golf state finals with a two-day total of 164, helping the Bull Dogs to a fourth-place team finish at state. He has helped the team to an undefeated start and No. 1 ranking this spring. He joins a Wildcats' program that was Crossroads League runner-up in 2012 and placed 15th in the 2013 NAIA Classic hosted by IWU.
>> C.J. Copeland, men's cross country, DePauw: Copeland placed 40th in the 2012 Conference Indiana boys JV championship with a time of 18:26.08. He joins a Tigers' program that placed fifth last fall in the North Coast Athletic Conference and 13th in the NCAA Division III regional at Anderson University.
>> Chase Francoeur, men's soccer, Wabash College: Francoeur, a goalkeeper, posted a 0.79 goals against average in helping the Bull Dogs to a 17-1-4 record in the Class 2A state championship last fall. He joins a Little Giants' program that went 4-14 overall and 1-7 in the North Coast Athletic Conference, an NCAA Division III league.
>> Gabe Hilt, men's basketball, New Mexico Military Institute: Hilt played in nine games for the 23-2 Bull Dogs last winter as he was limited for much of the season with a foot injury. He joins a Broncos' program that went 6-23 overall and 2-14 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference in 2012-13.
>> Tori Jackson, men's basketball, Vincennes University: Jackson averaged 10.4 points and a team-leading 7.8 rebounds in helping the Bull Dogs to a 23-2 record as a senior. He joins a Trailblazers' program that went 33-4 overall and placed fourth in the NJCAA national tournament in 2012-13.
>> Shelby Lucas, softball, Indiana-Southeast: Lucas, a catcher, is hitting .423 through nine games this season with one double, one triple and five RBIs for the 8-1 Bull Dogs. She joins a Grenadiers' program that is 27-5 so far this season, 17-1 in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and is ranked 25th in the most recent NAIA national poll.
>> Sam Parker, men's swimming, DePauw: Parker placed 19th in the 200-yard freestyle and 19th in the 500 free at the 2013 IHSAA state meet with respective times of 1:45.06 and 4:44.67. He also helped CN's 200 free relay to second place (1:24.99) and its 400 free relay to third place (3:07.83) at state. He joins a Tigers' program that placed third in the North Coast Athletic Conference and 13th in the NCAA Division III nationals.
>> Rachael Sollman, women's cross country, Xavier: Sollman placed 13th in the 2012 IHSAA state meet in 18.31.8 while helping the CN girls to a third-place team finish. She joins a Musketeers' program that placed fifth in the Atlantic-10 and 13th in the Great Lakes Regional last fall. Xavier moves to the Big East Conference in 2013-14.
>> Taylor Summa, football, Marian University: Summa was a threat on offense, defense and special teams for CN in a 6-6 season. The 6-0, 190-pounder had 15 receptions for 232 yards and three TDs; he had 66 tackles with two interceptions on defense; he totaled 1,086 yards with two TDs on returns, including a school-record 96-yard kick return against Franklin Central. He joins a Knights' program that went 12-1 last season and won the NAIA national championship.
>> Karson Tays, men's cross country, IUPUI: Tays placed 21st at the 2012 IHSAA state meet in 15:53.2 while helping the Bull Dog boys to a sixth-place team finish. He joins a Jaguars' program that placed third in last fall's Summit League championships.
>> Chelsea Wieland, women's track, Indianapolis: Wieland, a pole vaulter, has a season-best of 10 feet, 6 inches and placed 19th at the 2012 state meet at 10-0. She joins a UIndy program that competes at the NCAA Division II level and has won the past three Great Lakes Valley Conference outdoor championships.
>> Caryn Wolfe, women's cross country, Butler: Wolfe placed 94th in the 2012 IHSAA state meet in 20:04.4 while the CN girls placed third as team. She joins a Bulldogs' program that won the Atlantic-10 championship and placed 29th in the NCAA championships last fall. Butler moves to the Big East Conference beginning in 2013-14.
>> Emma Wyke, women's swimming, Brown: Wyke placed 12th in the 2013 IHSAA state meet in the 200-yard backstroke in 58.08 seconds. She also swam a leg on the 200 medley relay that placed seventh in state at 1:46.79. She joins a Bears' program that placed seventh in the 2013 Ivy League Championships.
Earlier this year, eight others in CN's Class of 2013 announced plans to pursue college athletics. A list of all 24 CNHS current seniors with their college plans is below.
COLUMBUS NORTH CLASS OF 2013
Student, Sport, College Choice
Shaquille Ash, football, Marian
Daniel Ayers, baseball, Western Michigan
Hanna Ballard, women's basketball, Franklin College
Josh Beiriger, men's cross country, Southern Indiana
Jake Coffey, men's golf, Indiana Wesleyan
C.J. Copeland, men's cross country, DePauw
Chase Francoeur, men's soccer, Wabash
Jessie Freudenthaler, women's swimming, Eastern Illinois
Gabe Hilt, men's basketball, New Mexico Military Institute
Malissa Hofmeister, women's soccer, IPFW
Tori Jackson, men's basketball, Vincennes
Elizabeth James, women's soccer, Dayton
Sydney Jarrard, women's swimming, Eastern Illinois
Shelby Lucas, softball, IU-Southeast
Sam Parker, men's swimming, DePauw
Morgan Proffitt, women's soccer, Marquette
Brad Shaw, men's soccer, Indiana
Thomas Shoaf, football, Brigham Young
Rachael Sollman, women's cross country, Xavier
Taylor Summa, football, Marian
Karson Tays, men's cross country, IUPUI
Chelsea Wieland, women's track, Indianapolis
Caryn Wolfe, women's cross country, Butler
Emma Wyke, women's swimming, Brown