Girls Varsity Basketball
Two student-athletes signed to join NCAA Division I programs -- runner Rachel Brougher (Eastern Michigan) and basketball player Alex King (U.S. Military Academy).
Other student-athletes who finalized college plans were baseball players Wade Rankin (Kankakee Community College), Kevin Thompson (Olney Central College) and Nolan Wetherald (Marietta); football players Tucker Payne (Wabash), Joseph Suverkrup (Hanover) and Mark Salle-Tabor (Hanover); basketball players Ashlyn Huffman (Cedarville) and Stephon Peters-Smith (Rochester); runner Justin Spoon (Asbury); and soccer player Sam LaVelle (Manchester).
>> Rachel Brougher, women's cross country/track, Eastern Michigan: Placed 36th at state in cross country as a senior in 19:15.9 after finishing 30th as a freshman (18:56.1), 11th as a sophomore (18:18.5) and 11th as a junior (18:20.8). Also placed 24th at state in track as a junior in the 3,200 (11:39.71). She joins an EMU cross country program that won the Mid-American Conference championship and placed ninth in the NCAA Championship last fall. The Eagles also won the 2016 MAC outdoor track crown.
>> Ashlyn Huffman, women's basketball, Cedarville (Ohio): The 5-5 guard averaged 9.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists as a senior for the 21-8 Bull Dogs. Was named first-team All-State and first-team Academic All-State by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association and was a 2016 Junior All-Star. Huffman joins a Yellow Jackets' program that went 19-11 overall and 9-5 in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference in 2016-17.
>> Alex King, men's basketball, U.S Military Academy: The 6-8 forward averaged 18.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a senior for 15-9 Bull Dogs. Named high honorable mention all-state by the Associated Press. King joins a Black Knights' program that went 13-19 overall and 6-12 in the Patriot League in 2016-17.
>> Sam LaVelle, men's soccer, Manchester: Recorded one assist while playing mostly in the back as a senior for 15-6-1 Bull Dogs. He joins a Spartans' program that went 9-6-3 overall and 3-5-1 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference last fall.
>> Tucker Payne, football, Wabash: The 5-9, 205-pound linebacker posted a team-high 99 tackles, including two tackles for loss, with one interception and three passes broken up last fall for 9-2 Bull Dogs. He was an honorable mention all-Conference Indiana selection. Payne joins a Little Giants' program that went 8-2 overall and 7-2 in the North Coast Athletic Conference.
>> Stephon Peters-Smith, men's basketball, Rochester (N.Y.): The 6-7 forward averaged 4.0 points and 4.2 rebounds as a senior. Peters-Smith joins a Yellowjackets' program that went 24-5 overall and 10-4 in University Athletic Association league games.
>> Wade Rankin, baseball, Kankakee (Ill.) Community College: Third baseman is hitting .250 with one double and four RBIs so far this season for 6-2 Bull Dogs. Hit .316 with 12 RBIs as a junior. He joins a Cavaliers' program that is 27-6 overall and 11-3 in NJCAA Region IV games through April 9 this spring.
>> Justin Spoon, men's cross country/track, Asbury (Ky.): Placed 120th at state in cross country as a senior in 17:16.8 and was 105th at state as a junior in 16:37.2. He joins an Eagles' program that was second last fall in the River States Conference.
>> Joseph Suverkrup, football, Hanover: The 6-4, 220-pound defensive end notched 43 tackles with six tackles for loss and three sacks as a senior. He was chosen IFCA Academic All-State. Suverkrup joins a Panthers' program that went 4-6 overall and 4-4 in the HCAC last fall.
>> Kevin Thompson, baseball, Olney Central (Ill.) College: First baseman-pitcher is hitting .417 with one double and six RBIs so far this season for 6-2 Bull Dogs. He is 1-0 with a 1.75 ERA and six strikeouts in eight innings pitched. He joins a Blue Knights' program that is 27-4 overall and 10-0 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference through April 4 this spring.
>> Nolan Wetherald, baseball, Marietta (Ohio): Catcher is hitting .167 with three RBIs so far this season for 6-2 Bull Dogs. Hit .333 with eight RBIs as a junior. He joins a Pioneers' program that is 9-10 overall and 4-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference through April 9 this spring.
^ Holly Anderson, women's golf, Ball State
** Nick Beales, men's soccer, Indianapolis
** Elijah Brooks, men's cross country/track, Grace
+ Rachel Brougher, women's cross country/track, Eastern Michigan
** Mitchell Burton, football, Miami (Ohio)
** Chloe Chambers, women's soccer, Franklin College
^ Darby Coles, women's swimming, Marshall University
** Alex Downin, football, Indianapolis
** Eli Fischer, men's cross country/track, Marian
^ Imani Guy, women's basketball, Southern Indiana
^ Maliah Howard-Bass, women's basketball, Ball State
+ Ashlyn Huffman, women's basketball, Cedarville (Ohio)
** Marina Hughes, women's soccer, Saint Francis (Ind.)
+ Alex King, men's basketball, U.S Military Academy
+ Sam LaVelle, men's soccer, Manchester
** Tanner Payne, football, Rose-Hulman
+ Tucker Payne, football Wabash
+ Stephon Peters-Smith, men's basketball, Rochester
+ Wade Rankin, baseball, Kankakee (Ill.) Community College
^ Mackenzie Rooks, volleyball, Manchester
+ Mark Salle-Tabor, football, Hanover
+ Justin Spoon, men's cross country, Asbury University (Ky.)
+ Joseph Suverkrup, football, Hanover
** Coleman Tennyson, football, Tiffin (Ohio)
** Natalie Teo, women's soccer, Bellarmine (Ky.)
+ Kevin Thompson, baseball, Olney Central (Ill.) College
^ Cooper Trinkle, baseball, Evansville
^ Bryce Turner, men's golf, Saint Francis (Ind.)
** Charlotte Verbanic, women's soccer, Hanover
** Spencer West, football, Saint Francis (Ind.)
+ Nolan Wetherald, baseball, Marietta College (Ohio)
^ Nov. 9 signing ceremony
** Feb. 1 signing ceremony
+ April 12 signing ceremony