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Five Columbus North seniors finalize college plans
February 7, 2014Columbus North High School
Five Columbus North High School seniors put pens to paper Thursday (Feb. 6) to finalize their commitments for college athletics and academics.
Two track athletes as well as one football player, one golfer and one soccer player took part in a ceremony in the CN Athletic Conference Room.
Three of the five signed National Letters of Intent with NCAA Division I programs -- Kenadie Carlson to Xavier University for women's soccer plus twin sisters Mara and Tessa Krempel to Western Kentucky for track and field.
Others participating in this signing ceremony were golfer Ian Coffey (headed to Saint Francis) and football player Tyler Combs (bound for Marian).
This was the second signing ceremony at Columbus North for the Class of 2014. The first occurred in November when nine seniors finalized their college plans. 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:
>> Kenadie Carlson, women's soccer, Xavier: Carlson was chosen first-team all-state and all-region by the NSCAA after totaling a team-best 47 points on 18 goals and 11 assists for the 13-5-0 Bull Dogs as a senior. She joins a Musketeers' program that went 9-8-1 overall and 2-7-0 in the Big East Conference in 2013.
>> Ian Coffey, men's golf, Saint Francis: Coffey averaged 81.43 strokes in seven 18-hole rounds and 40.5 strokes in eight nine-hole rounds as a junior. He was a member of a program that placed second in the 2013 IHSAA state meet. He joins a USF program that is a member of the NAIA and placed sixth in the 2013 Crossroads League tournament.
>> Tyler Combs, football, Marian: Combs, a 6-7, 310-pound offense lineman, helped the Bull Dogs amass 3,564 yards of offense as the Bull Dogs went 3-7 last fall. That figure included 2,506 yards on the ground and 1,058 yards passing. The rushing total was second in Columbus North history, and the yards per game (356.4) was third best in CN annals. He is headed to Marian, a NAIA program that went 6-5 overall and 4-2 in the Mid-States Football Association in 2013.
>> Mara Krempel, women's track & field, Western Kentucky: A thrower, Mara has a best of 36 feet, 6 inches in the shot put and 113-8 in the discus. She is joining a Hilltopper track program that placed fourth in the 2013 Sun Belt Conference meet.
>> Tessa Krempel, women's track & field, Western Kentucky: Also a thrower, Tessa's bests are 40-8 1/2 in the shot put and 130-1 1/2 in the discus. She also is joining the Hilltopper program that was fourth in the 2013 Sun Belt Conference meet.
Class of 2014
Members of the Columbus North class of 2014 who signed to compete in college athletics in November or those expected to sign on Wednesday.
* Kenadie Carlson, women's soccer, Xavier University
* Ian Coffey, men's golf, Saint Francis (Ind.)
* Tyler Combs, football, Marian (Ind.)
Kelsey Cunningham, women's basketball, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Christian Fairbanks, men's golf, Indiana University
Tayler Goodall, women's basketball, Florida Gulf Coast University
Evan Henry, men's basketball, Saint Francis (Ind.)
* Mara Krempel, women's track & field, Western Kentucky University
* Tessa Krempel, women's track & field, Western Kentucky University
Zack Lee, men's golf, Huntington University
Sam Loescher, men's swimming, University of Wyoming
Cody Taylor, men's swimming, Indiana University
Michael VanDeventer, men's golf, Ball State
Nick Waskom, men's golf, Taylor University
* Thursday's signees