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Gilmour Academy seniors Kendra Barlow (from left), Carly Cohen, Kaitlin Grady, Ruby McCall, Madison Olsen and Maddie Puletti get ready to ink their letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college during the fall signing period last week at their home gym in Gates Mills. 

Grant McCurry

Lacrosse, midfielder

University of Michigan

Solon 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior midfielder Grant McCurry signed a national letter of intent last Wednesday to continue his lacrosse career with the Division I Wolverines at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

A varsity player since his freshman year, McCurry is a dominant scorer with both hands. Sidelined by an injury for more than half of his junior season, McCurry still scored 20 goals on 49 shots in eight games of action. He also tallied 10 assists and 20 groundballs.

In addition to being an all-conference and all-region lacrosse player, McCurry is a standout receiver and safety on the gridiron, becoming the first Comet to record more than 1,000 yards receiving his senior season. His older brother, Jake McCurry, is a junior receiver at Michigan.

Sloan Ulrich

Baseball, pitcher

Indiana State University

Solon 6-foot, 175-pound senior southpaw Sloan Ulrich signed a national letter of intent last Wednesday to continue his baseball career with the Division I Sycamores at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

Ulrich was the lone sophomore to earn a spot on Solon’s varsity roster in 2018, when he started at first base to help the Comets go 17-6 with a Division I district championship.

As a junior this past spring with an 86-mph fastball, Ulrich had a 4-0 record on the mound in 31 innings pitched, with 35 strikeouts, 19 walks and a 1.12 ERA. He earned first-team all-Greater Cleveland Conference recognition and was honorable mention all-region during Solon’s 18-9 campaign.

Katie Schumacher

Soccer, defender

Western Michigan University

Chagrin Falls senior center back Katie Schumacher signed a national letter of intent last Thursday to continue her soccer career with the Division I Broncos at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

A four-year starter, Schumacher backboned the Lady Tigers’ 22-2 Division II state runner-up campaign in 2016, when Chagrin outscored its opponents, 74-9, with 17 shutouts – the eighth most in Ohio high school girls soccer history.

As a senior, Schumacher was the Lady Tigers’ third-leading scorer with eight tallies, despite being a defender, and had three assists during an 18-3-1 state runner-up campaign that featured 13 shutouts. She was the MVP of the Chagrin Valley Conference and a first-team all-Ohio defender in Division II.

Alex Partain

Track/Cross-Country

St. Vincent College

Chagrin Falls senior runner Alex Partain signed a letter of intent last Thursday to continue his track and cross-country career with the Bearcats at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

During his senior cross-country season, Partain was the Tigers’ No. 1 harrier during the Chagrin Valley Conference meet with an 18:33.5 for all-league honors. He ran an 18:09.54 at districts to help Chagrin secure a regional berth. He lettered all four years.

Partain also has three letters in track entering his senior season. As a junior this past spring, he clocked a 2:12.99 in the 800-meter run during district competition.

Rachel Apshago

Volleyball, outside hitter

Clarion University

Kenston 5-foot-8 senior outside hitter Rachel Apshago signed a letter of intent last Wednesday to continue her volleyball career with the Golden Eagles at Clarion University in Pennsylvania.

A three-year varsity starter, Apshago led Kenston with 242 kills on a .201 hitting clip in 74 sets her senior campaign this fall. In addition, Apshago had 18 aces, eight blocks and 157 digs, which was second on the team. She recorded her 500th career kill in a 3-0 sweep of league foe Chardon on Oct. 1.

Propelling Kenston to a Division II district runner-up finish, Apshago earned first-team all-Western Reserve Conference recognition and was all-Ohio honorable mention.

Sam Young

Track/Cross-Country

Cornell University

Solon senior runner Sam Young signed a national letter of intent last Wednesday to continue his track and cross-country career with the Division I Big Red at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

During his junior track and field season in the spring, Young made his Division I state debut and clocked a lifetime best 1:54.57 in the 800-meter run to finish seventh with all-Ohio honors on the podium. His performance ranks fourth all-time as a Comet.

During his senior cross-country season this fall, Young clocked a personal-record 16:28.1 in the 5 kilometers as his team’s third man to help the Comets finish third during the Division I state meet, after Solon came into the race favored to finish eighth.

Nate Kusner

Baseball, pitcher

Kent State University

Solon 5-foot-11, 150-pound senior pitcher Nate Kusner signed a national letter of intent last Wednesday to continue his baseball career with the Division I Golden Flashes at Kent State University.

Kusner earned the No. 1 spot in Solon’s order this past spring with an 88-mph fastball. He finished the 2019 season with a 5-3 record on the hill in 42 innings pitched, with 48 strikeouts, 13 walks and a 1.24 ERA.

Kusner earned all-Greater Cleveland Conference honors and was second-team all-Northeast Ohio District, the lone Comet to do so. He tossed a complete game during Solon’s 6-1 victory against Kent Roosevelt in the district quarterfinals.

Madeline Swentor

Volleyball, libero

University of South Carolina

Chagrin Falls 5-foot-8 senior libero Madeline Swentor signed a national letter of intent last Thursday to continue her volleyball career with the Division I Gamecocks at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

A four-year varsity starter, Swentor led the Lady Tigers with 382 digs as a freshman during a 16-8 district semifinal campaign in 2016, earning all-Chagrin Valley Conference honors.

As a senior, Swentor motored the Lady Tigers with 356 digs, 47 aces and 14 kills during another 16-8 campaign. She was named CVC MVP with Chagrin Falls upsetting Division II state No. 12-ranked Beachwood in five sets. She finished her high school career with a program mark of 1,639 digs.

Mia Razavi

Lacrosse, midfielder

Lynn University

Chagrin Falls senior midfielder Mia Razavi signed a letter of intent last Thursday to continue her lacrosse career with the Fighting Knights at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Razavi lived in South Florida for eight years.

A varsity starter since her freshman season, Razavi has propelled the Lady Tigers to three straight state runner-up campaigns entering her senior season. Chagrin has a cumulative 44-17 record during those seasons.

Through three seasons, Razavi has recorded 90 goals, 48 assists, 114 groundballs, 209 draw controls and 60 caused turnovers. She is a two-time all-region selection.

Abby Bednar

Volleyball, middle hitter

Southern Indiana

Kenston 5-foot-11 senior middle hitter Abby Bednar signed a letter of intent to continue her volleyball career with the Screaming Eagles at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.

A three-year varsity starter for the Lady Bombers, Bednar had 234 kills on a .284 hitting clip in 74 sets played her senior campaign this fall. She also tallied a team-high 50 aces with a 92.1 service percentage, 17 blocks and 97 digs. She notched her 500th career kill in a league match against Riverside on Oct. 7.

Motoring Kenston to a Division II district runner-up finish, Bednar earned first-team all-Western Reserve Conference recognition and was named honorable mention all-Ohio.

Jackson Salisbury

Diving

University of Pittsburgh

Solon senior diver Jackson Salisbury signed a national letter of intent last Wednesday to continue his diving career with the Division I Panthers at the University of Pittsburgh.

Salisbury is a two-time Division I state qualifier entering his senior campaign with the Comets, including a ninth-place finish with an 11-dive score of 438.85 points his sophomore year, coming just 14.25 points shy of a podium spot.

Last year, Salisbury recorded a season-best 494.8 points on the 1-meter springboard, which was ranked second in Northeast Ohio. In club season, Salisbury represents the American Flyers and is a two-time USA Diving national qualifier, including a finalist performance on platform this past summer.

Tara FitzGerald

Diving

University of Cincinnati

Solon senior diver Tara FitzGerald signed a national letter of intent last Wednesday to continue her diving career with the Division I Bearcats at the University of Cincinnati.

FitzGerald is a three-time Division I state qualifier entering her senior campaign with the Lady Comets, including a 10th-place finish her freshman year with an 11-dive score of 396.8 points, which missed a podium spot by just two places.

As a junior, FitzGerald recorded a season-best 463.8 points on the 1-meter springboard, which was ranked third in Northeast Ohio. In club season, FitzGerald represents the American Flyers and is a two-time USA Diving national qualifier on platform.

Ben Kniskern

Lacrosse, midfielder

St. Lawrence University

Chagrin Falls senior midfielder Ben Kniskern signed a letter of intent last Thursday to continue his lacrosse career with the Saints at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.

A varsity starter since his freshman season, Kniskern has been a part of 10-7 Division II region runner-up campaign in 2017, a 16-2 state semifinal campaign in 2018 and a 20-3 state championship campaign in 2019.

During his junior season, Kniskern tallied 47 goals – with 76 percent of his shots landing on goal – nine assists, 35 groundballs and four takeaways. He earned first-team all-region and second-team all-Ohio honors.

Mary O’Neill

Diving

North Carolina State

Kenston senior diver Mary O’Neill signed a national letter of intent last Wednesday to continue her diving career with the Division I Wolfpack at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

O’Neill is a three-time Division I state qualifier, making the finals all three years, including an eighth-place podium finish with an 11-dive score of 426.05 points her junior season – the best showing from Northeast Ohio.

O’Neill owns her school record with 470.15 points on the 1-meter springboard, which she recorded during sectional competition last year. In club season, O’Neill represents the American Flyers and is a four-time USA Diving national qualifier.

Ieva Adams

Rowing

San Diego State University

Chagrin Falls senior rower Ieva Adams signed a national letter of intent last Thursday to continue her rowing career with the Division I Aztecs at San Diego State University in California.

Adams has rowed all four years of high school. She has competed in Cincinnati, Columbus, Boston, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York and Cleveland. She rows both port and starboard, and she sculls as well.

Adams rows at The Foundry for the Cleveland Foundry Juniors. She is undecided of her major but is interested in psychology and sociology.

Julia Piazza

Lacrosse, midfielder

Wingate University

Kenston 5-foot-4 senior midfielder Julia Piazza signed a letter of intent last Wednesday to continue her lacrosse career with the Bulldogs at Wingate University in North Carolina.

A varsity player since her freshman season, Piazza propelled the Lady Bombers to a 14-4 campaign last spring with 39 goals, including hat tricks on nine separate occasions, before Kenston bowed out of the postseason in the Division II regional quarterfinals.

Piazza also played goalie for the Kenston girls soccer team this fall, with no prior experience between the posts before her senior year, to help lead the Lady Bombers to a 14-3-1 campaign with 35 saves and nine shutouts.

Madison Olsen

Soccer, defender

Slippery Rock University

Gilmour Academy senior defender Madison Olsen signed a letter of intent last Wednesday to continue her soccer career with The Rock at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.

A starter since her freshman season, Olsen was on the pitch during a 2-1 double-overtime victory against Cincinnati Country Day in the 2016 Division III state championship game. The Lady Lancers went 22-1 during that title campaign.

As a sophomore, Olsen earned third-team all-Greater Cleveland accolades during the Lady Lancers’ 14-3-2 district runner-up campaign. As a junior, she earned second-team all-North Coast League and second-team all-Greater Cleveland recognition. And as a senior this fall, Olsen suffered a season-ending injury during a preseason practice.

Olsen is also a standout sprinter on the track.

Maddie Puletti

Basketball, guard

University of Detroit Mercy

Gilmour Academy 5-foot-8 junior guard Maddie Puletti signed a national letter of intent to continue her basketball career with the Division I Titans at the University of Detroit Mercy in Michigan.

A varsity letter winner since her freshman season, Puletti earned a starting spot for the Lady Lancers last season as a junior, when Gilmour had a 15-10 Division II district runner-up campaign, despite only bringing back one starter from the previous year.

As a starter, Puletti averaged 13.4 points per game and was regularly the Lady Lancers’ lead scorer, including a season-high 23 points in a 53-34 triumph against Lake Catholic, not to mention 22 points in a 56-53 victory against St. Vincent-St. Mary. She earned first-team all-North Coast League and third-team all-district honors.

Carly Cohen

Tennis

University of Richmond

Gilmour Academy senior Carly Cohen, of Pepper Pike, signed a national letter of intent last Wednesday to continue her tennis career with the Division I Spiders at the University of Richmond in Virginia, where she plans to major in business.

A varsity player since her freshman season with the Lady Lancers, Cohen was a Division II state doubles runner-up with then-senior partner Claudia Althans during the 2016 championship for first-team all-Ohio honors.

As a senior this fall, Cohen defeated Hathaway Brown two-time defending state singles champion Nicole Gillinov, 7-5, 6-2, in district play, won the district title, then defeated Gillinov again, 6-4, 6-2, in the state semifinals, before the Lady Lancer finished state runner-up.

Kendra Barlow

Soccer, goalie

Shippensburg University

Gilmour Academy senior goalkeeper Kendra Barlow signed a letter of intent last Wednesday to continue her soccer career with the Raiders at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, where she intends to major in graphic design or education.

A starter since her freshman season, Barlow recorded five saves during a 2-1 double-overtime victory against Cincinnati Country Day in the 2016 Division III state championship game during the Lady Lancers’ 22-1 title campaign. She recorded 14 shutouts that year, including 10 straight, which ranks sixth in Ohio high school girls soccer history.

Barlow earned all-Greater Cleveland honorable mention as a junior and was a team captain as a senior.

Kaitlin Grady

Soccer, goalie

Ohio Dominican University

Gilmour Academy senior goalkeeper Kaitlin Grady signed a letter of intent last Wednesday to continue her soccer career with the Panthers at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, where she plans to study business and/or healthcare management.

A multisport athlete, Grady played two years of varsity soccer for the Lady Lancers and will be eyeing her fourth varsity letter in lacrosse next spring.

Outside of high school, Grady plays for Cleveland Futbol Club and was a member of the 17-and-under girls team that captured the 2019 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship in July in Overland Park, Kansas.

Ruby McCall

Hockey, forward

Sacred Heart University

Gilmour Academy postgraduate forward Ruby McCall, of Birmingham, Michigan, signed a national letter of intent last Wednesday to continue her hockey career with the Division I Pioneers at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

McCall joined the Lady Lancers’ prep team as a senior last year and has played AAA hockey throughout high school. She volunteers at the Greater Cleveland Food Banks and in the residence hall on campus.

McCall is undecided on a major. She said of her college decision, “I chose Sacred Heart because I loved the campus and the coaches, plus it fit everything I was looking for academically and athletically.”

Elyse Myles

Track, sprinter

UNC-Asheville

Kenston senior sprinter Elyse Myles signed a national letter of intent last Wednesday to continue her track and field career with the Division I Bulldogs at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

The Lady Bombers’ fastest sprinter since her freshman season, Myles was a Division I regional qualifier in the 200-meter dash as a rookie in 2017. Then she led two relays to regionals in 2018.

As a junior this past spring, Myles anchored Kenston’s four-by-100 relay that finished third at the Division I state meet in a blistering program best 48.06 seconds – the highest-placing quartet in school history.

Myles enters her senior season with school records in the 100 dash, 12.20 seconds, and the 200 dash, 25.7 seconds.

Blessing Nwaozuzu

Tennis

Xavier University

Orange senior Blessing Nwaozuzu signed a letter of intent last week to continue her tennis career with the Division I Musketeers at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

A four-year varsity standout for the Lady Lions, Nwaozuzu was a three-time Division II state qualifier in singles, advancing to the quarterfinals her sophomore season, finishing fourth overall as a junior and again advancing to the quarterfinals as a senior this fall.

During her sophomore campaign in 2017, Nwaozuzu defeated Hathaway Brown’s eventual state champion Nicole Gillinov, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, in district play. As a senior, Nwaozuzu was a sectional champ and finished third at districts, before bowing out in the state quarterfinals against Columbus Academy eventual champion Syndi Ratliff.

Lauren Musbach

Swimmer, freestyle/butterfly

West Virginia University

Hawken School senior freestyler and butterflier Lauren Musbach signed a national letter of intent last Wednesday to continue her swimming career with the Division I Mountaineers at West Virginia University in Morgantown.

Musbach has qualified for the Division II state meet in both of her individual events every season since her freshman year in 2017, when she also was a member of the Lady Hawks’ 200-yard freestyle relay that took third in 1:39.03. She split 24.89 seconds on her leg.

During her junior season last winter, Musbach finished fourth in the 100 butterfly in 56.82 seconds for her first individual state podium spot. In addition, she had a season-best time of 1:52.93 in the 200 freestyle at districts and went on to finish 10th at states.

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