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2015 Signings

 
Women's Hockey | Men's Basketball | Women's Soccer | Men's Cross Country & Track | Women's Cross Country & Track | Men's Lacrosse
Men's Bowling | Women's Bowling | Men's Hockey | Men's Soccer | Softball | Men's Golf | Women's Volleyball
Men's Tennis | Women's Basketball | Women's Tennis
 

Women's Hockey

2015 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
Brooke Forgar

Brooke Forgar - Kenowa Hills High School

Head Coach Katie O'Brien is pleased to announce that Brooke Forgar will continue her hockey career as a Saint. Forgar, who is pictured with her parents Lisa and Scott, attends Kenowa Hills High School and is a member of the Grand Rapids Griffins 19U AA team. Forgar joins Katelyn Graczyk as the founding student-athletes on the women's hockey team at Aquinas College. The right wing forward is currently second on her team in goals and points (17 in 21 games). O'Brien states, “We are very excited to have Brooke on board for our inaugural season. Her speed and ability to find the back of the net will benefit our offense greatly.”

 

Men's Basketball

2015 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
AJ Atwater

AJ Atwater - Otsego High School

The men's basketball program is pleased to announce the signing of AJ Atwater. Atwater, who preps at Otsego High School, has led the Bulldogs to three Wolverine Conference championships, two district titles and a berth in two Regional finals. Coach Krynicki states, "AJ is a competitor and passionate about the game, but we also love his intangibles. A high character guy, who has a strong academic resume makes AJ a great fit for our team. We are very excited to have AJ and his family join our program and the Aquinas community." Atwater's personal accolades include being named All-State Honorable Mention during his junior year to compliment his All-Conference, All-County and All-Region honors. The two-sport star for Otsego also has excelled on the football field where he has earned All-Conference and All-County honors and was named to the Kalamazoo Gazette's Dream Team as a Wide Receiver.

 

Women's Soccer

2015 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
Madi Grit

Madi Grit - Grandville High School

Coach Garner is pleased to announce the first signing for the 2015 class as Madi Grit from Grandville High School signed her letter of intent to attend Aquinas College. Madi is a strong forward who possesses a very good combination of skill and work rate. Coach Goldsmith states, "We are very fortunate to start our 2015 recruiting class with such a fine young lady. Madi brings great passion to the sport and is the type of person who everyone likes and respects." Coach Garner states, "Madi had the luxury of great coaching from her club coach, Joey Barone, and her high school coach, Lewis Robinson. The duo has prepped Madi with the opportunity to compete for playing time right away." Madi plans on studying Education while at Aquinas College. Pictured with Madi are Coach Garner and Coach Goldsmith, along with her parents Stephanie and Randy.

   
   
   
Marisa DeMario

Marisa DeMario - Northview High School

Marisa DeMario signs as the third player for Coach Garner's 2015 recruiting class.  Marisa is shown with her parents Robin and Michael.  Marisa has been the leading scorer for Northview High School her sophomore and junior years, while earning all-conference and all-district honors both years.  She is currently playing with the PASS soccer club, where she is coached by Glenn Turek, who describes Marisa as a pure "goal scorer".  Coach Garner states, "Marisa comes as the total Aquinas package, a great soccer player and a great student.  Between Coach Turek and her high school coach, Mark Van Slooten, Coach Garner knows she has had some incredible soccer background.  We are looking for Maria to make an immediate impact this coming fall.

 

   
Jenna Bean

Jenna Erway - Cadillac High School

Jenna Erway, a talented soccer player from Cadillac, has signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her playing days at Aquinas College. Coach Garner states, "We are very excited to have Jenna join our squad this fall. Jenna brings a lot of athleticism and determination to the soccer field. She showed her determination and passion to get better by driving two hours each way to play with the Grand Rapids Crew Gold MRL team." Garner also comments, "We expect Jenna to battle for playing time from day one. Jenna is a great example of a true Aquinas student-athlete, combining academics with athletics and still being a great person" Erway is interested in study business at Aquinas and will join her older sister, Erika, on the team. Erway is the daughter of Jackie and Chuck Erway.

 

Men's Cross Country and Track & Field

2015 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
Gabe Kuyten Signing

Gabe Kuyten - West Ottawa High School

Gabe Kuyten, son of Martha and Jon Kuyten, will continue his running career as a member of the Aquinas College Cross Country and Track & Field teams. Kuyten, who prepped at West Ottawa High School, will study Physical Education at Aquinas. Gabe has been a leader for the Panthers the past four seasons which has led to two state final appearances, OK-Red accolades and a place on the Academic All-State team. He has personal best of 16:20 (Cross Country), 10:02 (3200 meters) and 4:39 (1600 meters). Gabe's siblings include Katie (25), Naomi (19) and Daishawn (16).

 

Joe Volpe

Joe Volpe - Croswell Lexington High School

Joe Volpe first toured Aquinas College when he was four years old to visit his sister, Lyndsay, for sibling's weekend. Fast forward to 2015 and Joe signed his national letter of intent to continue his running career as a Saint. Volpe, who prepped at Croswell-Lexington High School, is undecided about his major, but is very excited to continue the "family tradition." Joe stated, "When looking at all my college choices, I just felt everything felt right at Aquinas and fit what I was looking for when deciding on where to continue my academic and athletic careers." Volpe has personal bests of 17:03 (cross country), 10:25 (3200 meters) and 4:50 (1600 meters). Joe is the son of Judy and Jeff Volpe and he has three older siblings, Lyndsey, Jeffery and Anne.

   
Tim Schrank

Tim Schrank - Plainfield North High School

Tim Schrank has signed his national letter of intent and will continue his academic and athletic career at Aquinas College.  Tim, who preps at Plainfield North High School, is the son of Katherine and Bill Schrank.  The Illinois native will study Business Administration at Aquinas College and is eager for the next phase of his life to begin.  Schrank comments, "I love the community feel on campus.  The people are great and the new indoor track & field facility is awesome."  Tim has lifetime personal bests of 16:12 (3 Miles XC), 4:45 (1600 Meters) and 2:05 (800 Meters). 

 

Women's Cross Country and Track & Field

2015 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
Alexis Miller

Alexis Miller - South Christian High School

Alexis Miller, daughter of Traci and Ed Miller, has recently signed her national letter of intent to continue her running career as a Saint. Miller, who preps at South Christian High School, will pursue a degree in the Exercise Science program at Aquinas College. Alexis has led the attack for the Sailors the past four seasons. Miller has competed at four Division II State Cross Country Championships and one Division II Track & Field Championship. Alexis received All-State accolades during all four of her cross country seasons at SC (12th place - 2011, 26th place in 2012, 6th place - 2013 and 20th - 2014) and holds a personal best of 18:16 on the XC course. She has personal bests of 5:13 (1600 meters) and 11:20 (3200 meters) and has a two brothers named Skyler (21) and Crew (13).

 

 

 

Kaitlin Grigg

Kaitlin Grigg - Glen Lake High School

Kaitlin Grigg, daughter of Katrina and Robert Grigg, has recently signed her national letter of intent to continue her running career as a Saint. Grigg, who preps at Glen Lake High School, will pursue a degree in Biology at Aquinas College. Kaitlin has been a mainstay at the front of the Lakers pack the past four seasons. Grigg has competed at four Division IV State Cross Country Championships and three Division IV Track & Field Championship. Kaitlin received All-State accolades during her last three cross country seasons at Glen Lake (22nd place in 2012, 23rd place - 2013 and 7th - 2014) and holds a personal best of 19:24 on the XC course.  Grigg states, "The combination of the location, the academic programs and the faith based community helped solidify my decision to be a Saint."  Kaitlin also has been named Academic All-State for all four years.  She has personal bests of 5:22 (1600 meters) and 2:24 (800 meters) and has collected All-State honors three times in track & field.  Kaitlin's older sister, Kelsey, is a current member on the Aquinas Cross Country and Track & Field teams.

 

 

Men's Lacrosse

2015 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
Dan Diederich

Dan Diederich - Detroit Catholic Central High School

Dan Diederich is a 6’4’’, 185 pound defenseman/long-stick midfielder from Novi, Michigan. Dan was a member of last year’s State Runner-Up Detroit Catholic Central squad. Diederich is also a member of the varsity football and basketball teams for the Shamrocks. Dan has played his summer lacrosse for Shamrocks Lacrosse Club. He is also strong in the classroom, where he is an honor roll student. Diederich is an athletic and versatile defenseman who will make plays all over the field for the Saints and is ready to make a name for himself at the next level.

 

   
Mack Baker

Mack Baker- Salem High School

Salem High School goalie Mack Baker will continue his lacrosse career as an Aquinas Saint. A talented left-handed goalkeeper, Baker has been playing lacrosse for 10 years. As a sophomore, he was named 1st-team Academic All-Conference. As a junior, Mack was named 2nd-team All-Park, 1st Team All-Conference, and 3rd-Team All-State. Mack has played summer travel lacrosse for both the Wolverine Warriors and Premier Lacrosse Group. This summer Baker was named an All-Star at the Great Lakes Bay Classic. Say Coach Seites, “We are incredibly excited to have someone with Mack’s character and skill join the program. We are looking for Mack to compete right away and have a great career as a Saint.”

 

   
Sam Klinsky

Sam Klinsky- Crystal Lake South High School

Crystal Lake South (IL) attackman Sam Klinsky has chosen to continue his lacrosse career at Aquinas College. Sam is a talented and versatile offensive player who will look to make a splash next year for the Saints. As a junior last season, Klinsky was a team captain and was named 2nd Team All-Conference. Sam scored 24 goals and had 27 assists for 51 total points, leading the Gators in assists and points. Klinsky was 10th in the IHSLA in total assists and in the Top-30 in the State in overall points. Off the field, Sam is a member of the Honor Roll, is a Student Mentor, and earned the First Class Student Award.  Klinsky plays his summer ball for Tribal Lacrosse Academy. Says Coach Seites, “Sam is a great fit for our team as both a player and a person. We will look for him to be an early contributor and are excited for his future as a Saint.”

 

   
Joey Krause

Joey Krause- Salem High School

Salem High School’s Joey Krause has chosen to become an Aquinas Saint next fall. The men’s lacrosse team will gain a talented midfielder who is both a strong offensive player and faceoff man. Krause is a three-year varsity player for the Rocks who as a juniorr was named All-State Honorable Mention as a midfielder. He was also named All-Conference Honorable Mention at attack, and was 2nd Team All-Park and the Salem Offensive Player of the Year. Joey plays his travel lacrosse for the Premier Lacrosse Group (PLG). Krause helped PLG win the Great Lakes Bay and Wolverine War tournaments this summer and was named an All-Star at both. Says Krause, “I picked Aquinas because I liked the fact it was a Liberal Arts College and had a small student body. I also have friends that attend Aquinas and that will be attending Aquinas.”

   
 

Men's Bowling

2015 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
Zack Issacs

Zack Issacs - Kalamazoo Hackett High School

Zack Issacs, who preps at Kalamazoo Hackett, has signed his letter of intent to continue his bowling career as a Saint. Issacs, who was accompanied by his parents Cynthia and Woody at the signing, is planning to major in Biology or Pre-Med.

   
 

Women's Bowling

2015 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
Stephanie Zimmerman

Stephanie Zimmerman - Charlotte High School

Marliss and Charlie Tapp are excited to announced that Stephanie Zimmerman from Charlotte High School has signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her bowling career as a Saint. Stephanie is the daughter of Debbie and Jim Zimmerman and will major in Psychology at Aquinas. Coach Marliss Tapp commented, "We are very happy to have Stephanie on board. She comes from a great bowling program in Charlotte and provides our women's team with another excellent player to add to the mix." Stephanie has earned varsity letter in bowling, volleyball, track and field and band at Charlotte High School.

   
Sierra Howes

Sierra Howes - Corunna High School

The women's bowling program added Sierra Howes, an All-State performer from Corunna, to the mix for the 2015-16 season. Howes, who currently sports a 214 average, is two-time All-State selection for the Cavaliers. Sierra also has been a two-time CAAC All Conference 1st team member and the MVP of her team the last two seasons. Coach Marliss Tapp states, "Sierra brings a strong work ethic and winning attitude as evidenced by her performances throughout her high school career." Sierra is pictured with her parents, Lynn and Troy, as well as her high school coach, Ryan Koyne.

   
Chelsey Purdum

Chelsey Purdum - Kelloggsville High School/Grand View University

The women's bowling program added another student-athlete recently as Chelsey Purdum signed her letter of intent to continue her bowling career as a Saint. Purdum, who spent the last two seasons playing for Grand View University, will have two years of eligibility remaining in her college career. Chelsey, who prepped at Kelloggsville High School, was the Division II State Champion in singles during her senior year and was runner-up during her junior season. Purdum has played a key role in helping the Vikings finish in the Top 15 at the last two NAIA Bowling Championships. Coach Marliss Tapp states, "We are very familiar with Chelsey's bowling career since her days as a Rocket. Aquinas' men's coach, Charlie Tapp, has been one of Chelsey's coaches since her junior year of high school and is excited to have her at AQ. Purdum's experience, knowledge and work ethic will be a tremendous plus to our program and she will be looked upon to help guide the younger players within the team." Chelsey is the daughter of Patty and AJ Purdum and will study Elementary Education at Aquinas College.

   
 

Men's Hockey

2015 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
 

 

 

 

Men's Soccer

2015 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
 

 

 

Women's Softball

2015 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker - East Kentwood High School

The women's softball team signed catcher Lauren Parker, an East Kentwood standout, for the 2016 season. Parker is a two-time All-Conference player for the Falcons. Sheri Hoving, Parker's high school coach, speaks highly of Lauren as a team leader and a hard working player. Coach Laska states, "We are so proud to have Lauren as a future Saint.  I have enjoyed watching her grow as a player over the years and I am so excited to see what she can do at the next level." Lauren is the daughter of Stephanie and John Parker.

 
 
 

Men's Golf

2015 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
   
 

Women's Volleyball

2015 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
 
 

Men's Tennis

2015 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 

 

Women's Basketball

2015 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
 

 

   
 
 

Women's Tennis

2015 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
 

 

 
 

Men's Baseball

2015 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
Alec Washegesic

Alec Washegesic - South Haven High School

Coach Greenslate is excited to announce that Alec Washegesic has signed his letter of intent to continue his baseball career as a Saint. Washegesic, a three-sport star at South Haven High School, pitches and plays shortstop in the spring. Alec states, "My last few visits got me really excited for next year and helped in my decision to attend Aquinas College. Alec is the son of Don and Megan Washegesic, who are both alums of Aquinas College.

   
Noah Gloe

Noah Gloe - Kenowa Hills High School

Coach Greenslate is excited to announce that Noah Gloe has signed his national letter of intent to continue his baseball career as a Saint.  Gloe, who preps at Kenowa Hills High School, is a left handed hitting outfielder and a right handed pitcher.  Greenslate states, "We are happy to get another player from Kenowa Hills.  Noah is a fine student-athlete that we are pround to have in our program."