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March 16, 2013
By: Scott Keyes

National Letter of Intent Signing Day


Area athletes sign on the dotted line

SPORTS:

SCHOOLS:

Two years ago, the Powers Catholic football team limped into the playoffs with a 5-4 record.

However, don't let records fool you.

The Chargers went on one of the most memorable playoff runs in recent Michigan High School Athletic Association history, manhandling Lansing Catholic in the Division 5 finals and walking away from that game as state champions.

Danny O'Brien was the anchor of the 2011 championship squad and is currently playing his college football at the University of Tennessee.

Five more Powers' players, all of whom were instrumental in bringing home the state title in 2011 and who also helped the Chargers finish the 2012 season with a 9-0 regular season record and a district championship before falling in the regional finals, signed their National Letters of Intent earlier this month in a ceremony in front of friends and family at Powers Catholic High School.

The players included offensive lineman Vinnie Palazeti, who is headed to Ball State University in the fall; Division 5-6 Player of the Year Garrett Pougnet, who signed to play at Southern Illinois University; lineman Derek Trecha, who will play at Northwood University with teammate Prescott Myers at the wideout position; and Chris Koenigsknecht, who will play linebacker at Hillsdale College.

"First off, I would like to say how proud I am of these five young men who have worked their butts off to get where they are today," said Powers coach Bob Buckel. "They have made us all proud, and it was an honor coaching each and every one of them."

For Pougnet, the signing means that high school is almost over, but the next chapter is about to begin. He is looking forward to all of the challenges that await him.

"Southern Illinois has given me every indication that I will come into college as an athlete and fight for a possible position either on offense or defense," Pougnet said. "I couldn't be happier and blessed with the opportunity that has presented itself."

When Palazeti began his career at Powers four years ago, he said he wasn’t thinking much about playing football at the next level, let alone in Division 1.

"It was off the radar at first, but my sophomore year I had Danny O’Brien in front me, and I started on varsity and everything started happening,” he said. “I started believing in myself, and I worked hard and now I’ve ended up here. I will be redshirting my freshman year at Ball State, and I am really excited about that. It will allow me to get bigger, faster, and stronger."

Football wasn't the only team that was honored at Powers, as senior Ethan Wiskur committed to play baseball at Hillsdale College next year, while lacrosse players Courtney Rosol and Darbie Barkman committed to Aquinas College and Notre Dame College of Ohio, respectively.

Wiskur was a first-team Big Nine player his first three years at Powers and was an All-State pitcher last season, racking up a 9-0 record on the mound. He also hit over .400 the past three seasons.

"Hillsdale gave me the best offer, and I really liked their reputation for high academic standards," Wiskur said. “I’m still focused on my [last] Powers season and Hillsdale will come, but right now it is the Powers season.”

Rosol and Barkman have both been three-year starters for the Chargers girls lacrosse team. Last season, both girls were All-State selections and for their final year, both will be captains for Powers.

Barkman led the team with 25 assists last season and has racked up over 60 interceptions in her career. Rosol led Powers with 52 ground balls in 2012 and has totaled over 180 ground balls in her career.

Other National Signing Day Signings and Commitments

CEDAR SPRINGS

Cross country and track

Connor Mora -University of Michigan

Katie Weiler - Central Michigan University

GREENVILLE

Football

Colt Harrington - Northwood University

Greg Krusniak – Ferris State University

LOWELL

Football

Reed Stormzand – Siena Heights University

ROCKFORD

Baseball

Tim Redder – Grand Rapids Community College

Football

Kyle Short – Grand Valley State University

KC Zenner – Ferris State University

Girls' lacrosse

Kendal Carr – Aquinas College

Erika Neuman – Hofstra University

Lauren Whitfield – Aurora University

Boys' soccer

Dewey Lewis – Michigan State University

Zak Hermann – Cleary College

Girls' soccer

Missy Biener – Messiah University

Erika Bradfield – Grand Valley State University

Kate Hartnett – Indiana-Purdue at Ft. Wayne

Gabrielle Pilgrim – Christian Brothers University

Marissa Platz – Alma College

Sarah Vrosh – Olivet Nazarene University

POWERS CATHOLIC

Football

Chris Koenigsknecht – Hillsdale College

Prescott Myers – Northwood University

Garrett Pougnet – Southern Illinois University

Derek Trecha – Northwood University

Vinnie Palazeti, – Ball State University

Baseball

Ethan Wiskur – Hillsdale College

Lacrosse

Darbie Barkman – Notre Dame College of Ohio

Courtney Rosol – Aquinas College

GRAND BLANC

Football

Daniel Davis – University of Toledo

Travell Lee – William Penn University

Reiley McFadden – Wayne State University

Bart Williams – Grand Valley State University

Luke Maclean ­– University of Pittsbugh

Girls' soccer

Haley Keefer – West Virginia University

Allison Carroll – Northwood University

Boys' soccer

Brian Winterfield – Michigan State University

LINDEN

Football

Shaye Brown – Northern Michigan University

Mitch Ryan – Michigan Tech University

Patrick Ryan – Northern Michigan University

Eddie Walterhouse – Michigan Tech University

Girls' soccer

Samantha Thornton – Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

CARMAN-AINSWORTH

Football

Dinote Savage – 2010 Carman-Ainsworth grad (Western Arizona Junior College) – University of Oklahoma

Antwon Curtis – Michigan Tech University

Duane Haskins – Siena Heights University

Gerald Holmes – Michigan State University

Cleandre Robinson – Lackawanna College

Alton Yarbrough – Ferris State University

Baseball

Justin Hubbard – Adrian College

Girls' soccer

Shelby Marsh – Cleary University

FENTON

Football

Nick Chappell – Hillsdale College

Mitch Shegos – Notre Dame College of Ohio

Volleyball

Megan Cockin – Mott Community College

Payton Maxheimer – Madonna University

Girls' soccer

Natalee Marshall – Malone University

Girls' basketball

Cory Cox – Cornerstone University

Girls' swimming

Haley Shaw – Eastern Michigan University.

BEECHER

Football

Eric Cooper – Central Michigan University

Tyrone Southward – Siena Heights University

DAVISION

Football

Julian Molina – Siena Heights University

Max McCombs ­– Saginaw Valley State University

GOODRICH

Baseball

J.R. Dawley ­– Siena Heights University

FLUSHING

Football

Keinyi Dixson ­– University of Findlay

FLINT NORTHERN

Football

Armani Miller ­– Siena Heights University

MONTROSE

Football

Sam Kitts ­– Michigan Tech University

 HOLLY

Football

Evin Papuga ­– Michigan Tech University

Johnny Williams ­– Michigan Tech University

LAPEER WEST

Football

Cody Perkins ­– Siena Heights University

SWARTZ CREEK

Football

Jaylen Schoenfield ­– Grand Valley State University

NEW LOTHROP

Football

Jameson Toma ­­– Northwood University

FLINT SOUTHWESTERN

Football

Cedric Washington ­– Northern Michigan University

MIDLAND DOW

Girls' soccer

Rachel Marble ­– Miami University, Ohio

Football

Lucas Bourelle ­– Saginaw Valley State University

LANSING EVERETT

Football

Jaleel Canty ­– Eastern Michigan University

OLIVET

Football

Don Kyre – Central Michigan University

MIDLAND

Football

Steve Elmer – University of Notre Dame

LESLIE

Football

Bruce Hall – Brown University

HERITAGE

Girls' soccer

Jessica Kjellstrom – Michigan State University

Football

Michael Buchanan – Valparaiso University

Cross country and track

Nate Cruz – Saginaw Valley State University

HEMLOCK

Girls' basketball

Karli Herrington – committed to Central Michigan University

Football

Aaron Mathias – Saginaw Valley State University

 NOUVEL CATHOLIC CENTRAL

Football

Josh Schipper – Ferris State University

FRANKENMUTH

Ian Fischer – Michigan Tech University

BAY CITY WESTERN

Football

Charles Proctor – Michigan Tech University

BAY CITY CENTRAL

Football

Austin Jones – Northwood University

Tommy Jacobs – Northwood University

OGEMAW HEIGHTS

Football

Jerome Hunter – Northwood University

Brendon Benac – Saginaw Valley State University

CLARE

Football

Mitch Greenacre – Saginaw Valley State University

GLADWIN

Football

Landon Grove – Ferris State University

PINCONNING

Football

Josh Malinowski – Concordia University

CARROLLTON

Football

Derrick Nash – Central Michigan University

ITHACA

Football

Jared Evers – University of Findlay

ST. LOUIS

Cross country and track

Raquel Serna – Michigan State University

BIG RAPIDS

Football

Jake Daugherty – Ferris State University

Nick Baldwin – Northwood University

EAST LANSING

Football

Javon Haines – Ferris State Universty

DEWITT

Football

Andrew Clements – Grand Valley State University

Ryan Anderson – Saginaw Valley State University

WAVERLY

Football

Scott Koenigsknecht – Grand Valley State University

PORTLAND

Football

Dylan Carroll – Grand Valley State University

BULLOCK CREEK

Football

James Henderson, Jr. – Michigan Tech University

Football

Cory Williams – Michigan Tech University

OWOSSO

Football

Matt Freeman – Northwood University

 

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