By Chris Chaney
Milford High School announced a quartet of athletic signings during the last two months that will send four student-athletes to four different institutions in three states next year to continue their athletic and academic careers.
Jack Noll, a standout wrestler for head coach Pete Babinec’s Eagles, will enroll at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio next fall to wrestle for Ned Shuck.
Noll wrestled at 160-pounds and led the Eagles as one of five seniors on the roster. Noll tallied a 24-14 record during his senior season, earning him All-Eastern Cincinnati Conference Second Team honors. A season highlight for Noll was winning his weight class at the Milford Invitational, recording two falls and a decision to headline the Eagles win of their host tournament. For his efforts, he was named the Co-Outstanding Wrestler of the event.
Noll wrapped up his Milford career in the postseason by placing as a runner-up in the sectional tournament and advancing to the districts where he lost two matches to be eliminated.
Noll’s 2013-14 season included helping his team go 11-3 in dual meets, the best record by the Milford wrestlers in 12 years.
Nick Prather, a linebacker on head coach Shane Elkin’s Milford football team, committed to play his college football at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.
Prather had a stellar career as an Eagle, capped off by a senior season that saw the LB record 47 solo tackles and assist on 25 others. He also recovered one fumble.
Prather was named to the All-ECC Second Team his senior year, received the Milford Football Eagle Pride Award and was named the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year for his team. For his work in the classroom, Prather was named to the All-ECC Academic Team.
Prather will play for Fighting Engineers’ head coach Jeff Sokol who led the team to a conference championship last season and has his team in the midst of nine straight winning seasons.
Swimmer Joshua Fritz committed to continue his swimming career at Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky.
Fritz had an outstanding senior campaign during which he ranked in the top-11 of the ECC in four different individual events: 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke.
Fritz qualified for the district meet for head coach Sarah Kleinfelter’s Aqua Eagles in the 200 freestyle as well as a member of both the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. He was also instrumental in the Eagles’ fourth-place finish at the ECC meet.
During the fall, Fritz was named to the All-Ohio Second Team in water polo after leading Milford with 115 goals.
Lastly, senior point guard Bridget Rheude will join the defending USCAA National Champions, the UC Clermont Lady Cougars next season.
Staying close to home, Rheude will bring her two-time All-ECC skill set to head coach Mike Matthews’ squad in 2014. During her senior season, Rheude led the ECC in assists with 3.7 per game and proved that she can impact the game in a multitude of ways, posting single-game career highs in points (18), rebounds (8) and assists (7).
Rheude was the catalyst for the 14-10 Lady Eagles that posted an 11-game turnaround from her junior year, which she missed due to a torn ACL.
For more information on Milford Athletics and their college signees, log on to the school’s athletic website at milfordathletics.org.