By Chris Chaney
Glen Este High School held a ceremony honoring 11 student-athletes who either signed National Letters of Intent or committed to Division III schools on Thursday, Feb. 6, the day after National Signing Day, Feb. 5, due to weather cancelations.
The Trojan contingent that committed to continuing their athletic and academic careers was headlined by five football players, four girls’ soccer players, one boys’ soccer player and one girls’ volleyball player.
The five football players — Zach Watts, Jordan Harris, Kyle Keszei, Tyler Burdick and Tyler Flanigan — are attending four different schools and represent head coach Nick Ayers’ 5-5 (4-2 Eastern Cincinnati Conference) squad.
Watts, a linebacker and offensive lineman for Glen Este, will attend Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky. Watts was a scholar athlete recognized by the ECC as well as the school and he earned three varsity letters while a Trojan.
Harris, a running back, signed a NLI to play for Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland. The First Team All-ECC selection ran for 1,022 yards and 12 touchdowns while also catching 26 passes, gaining 341 more yards and scoring two more touchdowns.
Keszei, a defensive back, was the first of two Trojans to commit to Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky. Keszei earned three varsity letters at Glen Este and was a Second Team All-ECC selection following his senior season.
Burdick, a linebacker and punter, will join Keszei at Morehead State. Burdick has been a two-time First Team All-ECC player and a scholar athlete in the ECC and at Glen Este. Burdick earned four varsity letters for the Trojans.
Flanigan, a defensive back and wide receiver, will be attending Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio. Flanigan is a two-time All-ECC selection and a scholar athlete. He led the Trojans with 41 receptions, 546 yards and 14 receiving touchdowns.
The four girls’ soccer players — Hannah Dufresne, Jessie Goedde, Marisa Lavatori and Morgan Terry — are attending four different schools, all of which are south of the Glen Este campus.
Dufresne, a midfielder and forward, will attend Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Ky. She was a Second Team All-ECC selection following a senior season that saw Dufresne score two goals and assist on another.
Goedde, a midfielder and defender, committed to attend Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla. A three-year varsity letter winner, Goedde was s Second Team All-ECC selection and scored three goals and assisted on six more during the 2013 season.
Lavatori, a midfielder and forward, will be attending Charleston Southern University in North Charleston, S.C. A four-time letter winner at Glen Este, Lavatori led the Lady Trojans in points with 30. She scored 14 goals and assisted on 12 others.
Terry, a defender, will be attending the University of Alabama Birmingham in Birmingham, Ala. The four-year varsity letter earner is a two-time All-ECC First Team selection and she scored six goals and assisted on four others during her senior campaign.
RJ Mancini, a goalkeeper on the boys’ soccer team, has committed to play his college soccer at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio. The two-time First Team All-ECC player led the league in saves and save percentage during his senior season.
And lastly, Kenzie Hall, a middle blocker and outside hitter for the Lady Trojans, will be attending Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. Hall was a two-time scholar athlete and a three-year varsity player. She racked up 105 kills and 40 blocks during her senior season.
Individual pictures and group photos are available on westcler.org.