5 athletes sign letters of intent

Last updated: August 13. 2014 11:50AM - 703 Views
By - emowen@civitasmedia.com

Five Eaton athletes will continue to their athletic careers at the college level. Pictured, front row, left to right, Kelsey Gregory, Megan Heiser and Stephanie Smith; back row, Keenan Wilson and Billy Ritter.
Five Eaton athletes will continue to their athletic careers at the college level. Pictured, front row, left to right, Kelsey Gregory, Megan Heiser and Stephanie Smith; back row, Keenan Wilson and Billy Ritter.
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Five members of Eaton High School’s Class of 2014 signed letters of intent in various sports to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

“We are here to recognize five terrific young athletes who are moving on to continue their athletic pursuits at different colleges and universities. We’re really excited for them. They’ve worked tremendously hard to get to this point,” Eaton Athletic Director Eric Silverman said.

“We are all very, very proud of what (they’ve) achieved. We think (their) best days are ahead of (them) even though (they’ve) had outstandingsuccesses here at Eaton High School.”

Those signing include Kelsey Gregory (swimming, Wittenberg), Megan Heiser (cheerleading, Morehead State University), Billy Ritter (baseball, John Carroll University), Stephanie Smith (track and field, Capital University) and Keenan Wilson (football, Wittenberg).

Gregory enjoyed much success for the Eagles in the pool as the only female swimmer to ever advance to the state meet.

“The coaches are really cool. I’ve always wanted to swim in college. I’d be lost without swimming. Here I’ve broken a lot of records,” Gregory said. “I think it’s really a great accomplishment being the first girl to make it to state.

Her high school coach, David Montgomery, said Gregory is a hard worker.

“You put her in the water she’ll do anything you ask,” he said.

Heiser will continue cheering at Morehead, one the nation’s best programs.

“It’s been my dream since I was a freshman. I’ve always really had cheerleading in my blood. Signing fulfills my whole dream of becoming a college cheerleader,” she said.

“Megan’s ability and athleticism is truly undeniable. Anyone who has attended Eaton High School football or basketball games over the past four years knows that Megan loves cheerleading and has been more than dedicated to it. Her energy and love for cheerleading is contagious and her skills contributed greatly to the successes of our program over the most recent years,” said Heiser’s high school coach Sarah Morrison.

“To be quite honest, Megan is the most talented cheerleader to have ever come through this school. It has been a true honor to be her coach through her high school career.”

Morehead St. is a highly competitive program having won 35 national titles and Heiser made the elite co-ed squad.

Ritter enjoyed success in both football and baseball but knew he wanted to continue playing baseball after high school.

“I have more of a passion for baseball than I do football. I love both sports, I just feel like I’m more into baseball. I’m really excited. I can’t wait,” he said.

“He’s progressed quite nicely over the past four years. I want to congratualte Billy for moving on to the next level. I think it’s a great achievement for him. He’s worked hard,” Eaton assistant baseball coach Dave Curry said.

Smith will take her talent in the pole vault to the next level.

“It’s small and I don’t really want to go to a huge school. It’s a really nice place to be,” she said.

She’s been around the sport since she was little and began competing in the 7th grade.

“I’ve always kind of liked it. I’ve always been around it,” she said. “ I was really bad, so I’ve come a long way.”

“Stepahnie’s really worked hard. She’ll do a great job at Capital. I think Stephanie has found an excellent fit for her and her abilities and a great school,” Eaton track coach Randy McKinney said.

Wilson will reunite with his brother Zac on the football field.

“I’m just excited that I’m one of the few people who get to play at the next level. It will be fun playing with my brother for another year at least. Whatever side of the ball they put me on I’ll just do whatever they want me to do,” he said.

“That’s just where I felt happy and most comfortable. It was the best fit for me.”

“Keenan’s had a great career here. He did a multitude of things for our team, he rushed the ball, and he caught the ball. On defense, we always gave Keenan the opposition’s best receiver and we did that Friday night after Friday night. He returned punts. He returned kickoffs,” Eaton football coach Ron Neanen said.

“Keenan rarely came off the field for us. But probably, more important than all of those things that he did for us was the thing we’ll miss the most about Keenan — his attitude. He has a certain physical and mental toughness that he brought to the weight room every day, that he brought to practice every day and then he brought to games. That tough attitude that he displayed for us rubbed off on the rest the team. I think we were probably a better football team because of Keenan’s attitude.”

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