Eighteen athletes announce plans to compete at collegiate level
Hundreds gathered in the Wills Center to witness eighteen seniors from nine different sports announced college commitments:
Beck O'Daniel has accepted an offer as a preferred walk-on to continue his academic and track and field careers at the University of Kentucky. As a four-year varsity runner, Beck has competed in both the 110 and 300 meter hurdles as well as the 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400 relays. He is the current school record holder in both the 300 and 400 hurdles and is the defending state champion in the 300 hurdles. He also anchors the defending state champion 4x400 relay team. In his junior season, Beck was a KY Milesplit Athlete of the Week,earned first team all-state honors, and was a finalist for the track and field athlete of the year.
Joe Storner has decided to continue his academic and athletic endeavors with the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin Wallace University. A two-year starter, he is seeking his second state title in goal for the Tiger Lacrosse team. During his career, Joe has achieved a save to shot ratio of over 62% stopping 215 of the 350 shots on goal he has faced to date. Through 39 games over two seasons, Joe has led a Tiger Defense that allows an average of only 5.5 goals per game while facing some of the best teams in the country. Most recently, Joe was honored by national media outlet, laxrecords.com as the Player of the Game for his 17 saves against Midwest powerhouse New Trier High School from Chicago.
Will Hubbs has decided to continue his academic and athletic career as a Colonel at Centre College. A four-year varsity Letterman and 2019 team captain, he is the all-time Tiger Lacrosse leader in career goals Scored with 149 and has already shattered the previous mark of 126 with games still remaining in his senior season. His current career total of goals and assists puts him within reach of a second all-time Tiger Lacrosse record. For the 2019 season, Will has 59 goals and 17 assists against top-flight competition while drawing the coverage of the opposition's best defender.
Leighton Keller has accepted an offer to continue his baseball and academic careers at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In 2018, as a pitcher and multi-position infielder, he was 2-0 on the mound with two saves while batting .275 and scoring 20 runs for the state champion Tiger baseball team. Now in his senior season, he is 2-1 with a 1.43 ERA, and is batting at .306 with four doubles and a .444 on base percentage.
Noah Nelson has accepted an offer to continue his athletic and academic careers at Bellarmine University. After battling injury for most of his junior season, Noah has had a successful return to action for his senior campaign. With three weeks remaining in the regular season, he has compiled a 3-0 record with one save, a 2.77 ERA, and 21 strikeouts. At the plate he is hitting .379 with three doubles and two home runs, and an on base percentage of .548.
Richard Bascom will continue his academic and athletic careers as a preferred walk-on at the University of Kentucky after considering offers from several schools. Selected to the 2018 Greater Louisville Football Coaches Association 6A All-District 3 team, the Courier-Journal All Metro team, and the AP Honorable Mention All-State as a defensive lineman. Richard finished the 2018 season with 33 tackles, 33 assists, and two fumble recoveries. He led the Tigers with eight sacks and 10 tackles for loss.
Alex Bascom will continue his academic and athletic careers as a Preferred Walk-on at the University of Kentucky after considering offers from several schools. Selected to the 2018 Greater Louisville Football Coaches Association 6A All-District 3 team, Alex finished the 2018 season with 22 tackles, 22 assists, 5 sacks, 6 tackles for loss, and accomplished a defensive lineman's dream when he returned a fumble for a touchdown.
Jude Carlon has accepted a Preferred Walk-on at the University of Virginia. Selected to 2018 the Courier-Journal All Area team, and AP Honorable Mention All-State as a defensive back, his combined academic and athletic resume made him an attractive prospect for several schools from various levels. His decision to attend the University of Virginia gives him an opportunity to play football in the ACC while earning his degree at one of the top schools in the country. Jude led the Tigers with four interceptions in 2018. He also contributed 25 tackles, 29 assists, and two fumble recoveries from his safety position.
Brendan Petry has chosen to continue his athletic and academic endeavors at DePauw University. He was superb in his role as a nose tackle for the Tigers during the 2018 season. Numbers alone do not reflect the impact that the nose tackle has on the success of the Tiger defense. In that position, Brendan spent much of his time occupying blockers to free the Tiger linebackers to attack the ball. Brendan finished the season with four tackles and 10 assists.
Jordan Morrow has chosen to continue his athletic and academic careers as a walk-on at the University of Kentucky. While Jordan was limited during his senior season by an injury and was unable to participate as a position player, his skill as a quality long-snapper, a vital component of special teams, has made him an attractive prospect at the collegiate level.
Max Gordinier will continue his athletic and academic careers at Centre College. A three-year varsity letterman for the Tiger Soccer team, Max earned 2nd team All-State honors from the Kentucky High School Soccer Coaches Association and was named to the Courier-Journal All-Area Soccer team while helping lead the team to its second consecutive KHSAA state title. An important cog in midfield ball control, he tallied five goals and two assists after returning from an early season injury.
Brandt Wilhelmi will continue his swimming and academic careers at St. Louis University. Completing his career with All-American recognition, he leaves the program as a member of four state championship teams and a valuable senior leader as the Tiger program completed an undefeated season. An individual qualifier for the KHSAA state championship meet in each of his four years, Brandt was a state finalist for three of those years earning 6th in the 100-yard freestyle and 7th in the 100-yard backstroke at the 2019 state meet.
Grant Largen will continue his athletic and academic careers at the University of Indianapolis. Completing his career with All-American recognition, he leaves the program as a member of four state championship teams and was selected to the Courier-Journal All-Area team for swimming this year. An individual qualifier for the KHSAA state championship meet in each of his four years, Grant was a state finalist for three of those years. In 2019, he finished 3rd in the 200-yard individual medley and was a member of the 2nd place medley relay.
Harrison Smith will continue his athletic and academic endeavors at Harrison will continue his athletic and academic career at Wheaton College. A member of four KHSAA state championship teams, he was one of the swim & dive program's team captains during his senior season and was a team leader for the undefeated Tigers. In addition to his work in the pool, Harrison was a Kentucky Governor's Scholar following his junior year and is an Academic All-American.
Ben DePrest will continue his athletic and academic careers at Ohio Northern University. A four-year varsity letterman, member of the Courier-Journal All Area Wrestling Team, and a nominee for CJ Metro Wrestler of the Year, he competed in the KHSAA State Wrestling tournament during his final three seasons as a Tiger wrestler. After competing at 220 lbs. as a sophomore, Ben competed at 195 lbs. in both his junior and senior years. Regional and state runner-up in 2018, he returned to earn a regional title and a second consecutive state runner-up in 2019. Ben is the most successful 195-pound wrestler in school history.
Nate Wheeler will continue his academic and athletic endeavors at Indiana Tech. A four-year varsity letterman, he earned four consecutive Jefferson County titles along with four consecutive KHSAA regional titles. Nate is a member of the Courier-Journal All Area Wrestling Team, a nominee for CJ Metro Wrestler of the Year, and competed in and placed at four consecutive KHSAA State Tournaments. As a freshman in 2016 he placed 3rd at 106 pounds, in 2017 he placed 3rd at 120 pounds, in 2018 he placed 6th at 132 pounds, and in 2019, his senior year, he earned an individual state title at 145 pounds. This marked the program's first individual champion since 2015.
Cole Campisano has accepted an offer to continue his volleyball and academic career at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Cole is a four-year varsity letterman and has been a starter since his sophomore year. As a junior, Cole helped lead the Tigers to a 20-3 record while totaling a team high 153 kills, averaging 3.1 per set. During his senior season, Cole was named to the AVCA boys high school All-American watch list, and is currently leading the team in kills with 3.3 per set. A team leader both on and off the court Cole is striving to become a four-time volleyball state champion.
Will Perrone has decided to continue his athletic and academic endeavors at Western Kentucky University. As a senior Will finished 19th at the KHSAA Region 3 Cross Country meet as the Tiger Cross Country team won the title. A week later he was a member of the Tiger team that finished as runner-up at the KHSAA state championship.
For the 2018-19 school year, the Tigers had 37 student-athletes commit to play at the collegiate level. These young men will play 11 different sports at 27 different colleges and universities!
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First Row (L to R): Alex Bascom, Max Gordinier, Nate Wheeler, Grant Largen, Brandt Wilhelmi, Cole Campisano, Richard Bascom and Joe Storner; Back Row: Jordan Morrow, Harrison Smith, Ben DePrest, Brendan Petry, Jude Carlon, Leighton Keller, Noah Nelson, Beck O'Daniel and Will Hubbs. (Not pictured: Will Perrone)