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2015 Signings

 
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Women's Hockey

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

Katelyn Graczyk - Mason County Central High School

Katelyn Graczyk will be the answer to a trivia question someday as she has signed her national letter of intent to play hockey at Aquinas. Graczyk, who prepped at Mason Country Central, is the teams first signee for the fledgling program. The Saints will begin play during the 2015-16 school year.

   
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.”

   
  Isabelle Piotrowski - Metea Valley High School / Chicago Fury
Isabelle Piotrowski

Aquinas College Women’s Hockey team is proud to announce Isabelle Piotrowski’s commitment for the 2015-16 season. Isabelle hails from Aurora, Illinois and currently plays for the Chicago Fury. The 5’3” forward was on campus this past weekend to compete in the Spectrum Scholarship Competition. Coach O’Brien is excited to welcome Isabelle to the new roster, “Izzy is going to play a big role in our inaugural season and we are thrilled to have her commitment today.” Supported by her mother, Isabelle signed her letter of intent and states that she plans to study Fine Arts Administration at Aquinas.

   
Sydney Johnson

Sydney Johnson - Rochester Rattlers

Aquinas College Women’s Hockey team is excited to announce Sydney Johnson’s commitment for the 2015-16 season. Sydney hails from Clarkston, Michigan and currently serves as a captain for the Rochester Rattlers. The 18 year old left winger stands at 5’4” and has compiled 26 points in her 48 games played this season. Sydney signed her letter of intent this past weekend alongside current teammate Maria Manko. Coach O'Brien commented, “Like Maria, I’ve had quite a few opportunities to see Sydney play and she has tremendous upside and we look forward to her leadership this coming year.” Sydney’s parents were both there to support her in her decision this past weekend. Sydney exclaimed, “I’ve always wanted to play college hockey, and after hearing about how Aquinas plans on building their program, I knew it was something that I wanted to be a part of.” Sydney plans on studying pre-law and political science this fall.

 

   
Maria Manko

Maria Manko - Rochester Rattlers

Aquinas College Women’s Hockey team is proud to announce Maria Manko’s commitment for the 2015-16 season. Maria is from Almont, Michigan and currently plays for the Rochester Rattlers. The 17 year old forward stands at 5’2” and signed her letter of intent this past weekend alongside teammate Sydney Johnson. Coach O’Brien was pleased to bring Maria into the program and stated, “I’ve had a chance to see Maria play many times this season and we are excited to have her commitment.” Maria was able to have her entire family support her in her signing on Saturday. Maria stated, “I committed to Aquinas because I loved the small and friendly community, the great opportunities to study abroad and the fact that I am able to play my favorite sport.” Maria plans to study pre-law and international business this coming fall.

 

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.

   
Taylor White

Taylor White - Addison Trail High School

Taylor White, the son of Albert and Mary White, has signed his letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic career as a Saint. Taylor prepped at Addison Trail High School (IL). Taylor, was a three year varsity player, earning many awards during his senior campaign. Taylor, a 6'3'' wing, was a member of the All-Conference Team, The Daily Herald All Area Team, The Suburban Life All Area Team, and also Earned Player of the week for Suburban Life. Taylor averaged 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.5 steals during his senior season. Taylor has chosen Aquinas because of the hands on coaching staff, the location and post graduation opportunities. Taylor has an older brother Allan, a twin brother Tyler and a younger brother Albert.

 

 

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.

   
Anya Pallas

Anya Pallas - Hudsonville High School

Anya Pallas comes to Aquinas with a rich background at the high school soccer level. Anya prepped at Hudsonville High School, where she has been a part of the school emergence as a soccer power. Anya's club soccer is with the Grand Rapids Crew Juniors, where she was apart of the state cup finalist last year. Both her club and school coaches rave about Anya's work effort and her desire to do whatever is necessary to help the team. Coach Garner states, "Anya represents what Aquinas soccer is all about. She is a quality person, an excellent student, and a great player. We cannot wait until this fall and see how Anya can help our team. Everyone we talk to states that she is as nice as she is good at soccer. We believe Anya has a great career ahead of her at Aquinas."

   
Hailey Klingele

Hailey Klingele - Vicksburg High School

Hailey comes to Aquinas as a three sport athlete from Vicksburg High School. Klingele participated in cross country, cheerleading, and soccer while at Vicksburg. She will be playing soccer at Aquinas, and is undecided at present about what she will study at Aquinas. Coach Lisa Goldsmith states, " We really like the athleticism that Hailey brings to our team. We see Hailey as someone who will only become better the more she plays at a higher level. Hailey can play numerous positions and we cannot wait to see how her development works out. We are thrilled that she has chosen Aquinas to continue her soccer career and her education."

   
Mariah Otolski

Mariah Otolski - Forest Hills Central High School/Loyola University

Mariah Otolski returns to the Grand Rapids area after a season playing for Loyola University in Chicago. Mariah prepped at Forest Hills Central, where she was a four year starter on a very strong squad. She also played for the Grand Rapids Crew, which played in four State Cup finals. Rounding out her experience, Mariah also has five years with the state Olympic Development team. Coach Garner states, "While it is easy to see what a quality soccer player Mariah is, when you ask any coach about Mariah, the first thing they say is what a quality person she is. She has the ability to score goals, but also to play any position on the field. We are very excited that Mariah has returned home to Grand Rapids and we look forward to her years as a Saint."

 

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). 

   
Brody Heitzman

Brody Heitzman - Grand Rapids West Catholic High School

Brody Heitzman, a senior at Grand Rapids West Catholic, has signed his national letter of intent to continue his track & field career at Aquinas. Brody is planning on entering the Pre Physician's Assistant program at Aquinas College. Heitzman, a four-time All State performer for the Falcons, holds a personal best time of 50.4 in the 400 meters. He states, "I am excited about the opportunities in front of me at Aquinas College." Brody is the son of Coleen and Brian Heitzman and he has an older sister named Chelsea.

   
Michael Gorman

Michael Gorman - Harbor Springs High School

The men's cross country and track & field program is pleased to announce the signing of Michael Gorman of Harbor Springs. Gorman captained the Rams to Conference and Regional titles during his senior season. He then would anchor Harbor Springs to an 8th place finish at the State Championships. Gorman's All-State performance (23rd place - 17:05) also doubled as his personal best. Michael, a four sport-star for the Rams, also competes on the swimming, baseball and track & field teams. Michael states, "I was really drawn to Aquinas College for its strong theology program and the beautiful campus." Michael is the son Joyce and Dan Gorman and he has two siblings (Nathan & Paterese.)

   
Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson - Grandville High School

The men's track & field program is pleased to announce that Andrew Robinson of Grandville has signed with the Saints. Robinson, who preps at Grandville High School, will add depth to the Saints sprint & hurdle crew next season. Andrew was named All-Conference in the OK Red last year for his leg on the Conference Champion 4x400 meter relay. The quartet would then place 14th at the Division 1 State Meet with a time of 3:24.11. Robinson boasts personal bests of 40.9 in the 300 meter hurdles and 16.8 in the 110 meter hurdles. Andrew commented, "Right from the start I was very impressed by the quality of athletes, coaches and people at Aquinas College." He plans on majoring in Sports Management and Business Administration. Andrew is the son of Laureen and Randy Robinson and has older sister named Cassie.

   
Joseph Britt

Joseph Britt - Holland Black River High School

Joseph Bitt, a senior at Holland Black River High School, has signed his national letter of intent to continue his cross country and track & field career at Aquinas. Joseph has competed at three Division III State Cross Country Championships including this past fall when he led his Black River team to a top ten finish. Bitt, will pursue a degree in Sustainable Business, holds personal bests of 16:59 (Cross Country), 10:24 (3200 Meters) and 4:41 (1600 Meters). Britt states, "The combination of the academics, location and coaching staff were all reasons why I choose AQ. I also was really impressed on how the faculty took a vested interest in each and every student." Joseph is the son of Lisa and David Britt and has three younger siblings (Oliver, Isabella, Ava).

   
Kyle Williams Kyle Williams - Kelloggsville High School
 

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.

 

   
Melissa Winchester

Melissa Winchester - Middleville Thornapple-Kellogg High School

The women's cross country and track & field program is pleased to announce the signing of Melissa Winchester of Wayland. Melissa, who preps at Middleville Thornapple Kellogg High School, joins a growing class of top-notch signees for the Saints. Winchester has competed at three DII State Cross Country Championships and one Division II Track & Field Championship. Melissa received All-State honors in cross country during her sophomore (24th place) and senior (8th place) season and holds a personal best of 18:38 on the XC course. Winchester was also the OK Gold cross country champion this past fall. Melissa, who also played soccer at Middleville, boasts a personal best of 5:19 in the 1600 meters. She plans on studying Genetics at Aquinas College. Melissa is the daughter of Yvette and Wayne Winchester and is the youngest of four collegiate student-athletes (Rebecca, Keith and Allyson).

   
Mykena Witgen

Mykena Witgen - Pewamo Westphalia High School

The women's cross country and track & field team welcomes Mykena Witgen to the program as she signed her national letter of intent today. Witgen, who preps at Pewamo Westphalia High School, is planning on study Athletic Training at Aquinas. Mykena, who qualified for two Division IV State Cross Country Championships, holds a personal best of 21:12 on the cross course. The All-CMAC performer holds personal bests of 5:48 (1600 meters) and 2:34 (800 meters) on the track. Witgen comments, "I choose Aquinas for many reasons. I like the fact it's a Catholic school, it's close to my home, i love the small campus community feel and it has academic program. I could keep going on about what I like about Aquinas, but ultimately my gut feeling is telling me this is where I need to be for the next four years." Mykena is the daughter of Kelly and Ken Witgen and she has two younger siblings (Katie & Addy).

   
Grace Meachum

Grace Meachum - Traverse City St. Francis High School

The women's track & field program is excited to announce the signing of Traverse City St. Francis product, Grace Meachum. Meachum, who has been a major contributor for the Gladiators since her arrival on campus, has collected six All-State honors during her first three years of track & field at TCSF. Along with the Division 4 All-State accolades in the 100, 200, and Long Jump, Meachum also has been deemed All-Conference and a Scholar Athlete numerous times. Grace boasts lifetime bests of 12.8 (100 meters), 26.8 (200 meters), and 17'1.25" (Long Jump). Meachum states, "I choose Aquinas because God is an important part of my life and I knew I could express who I am and participate in the sport I love at Aquinas College." She plans on studying Biology at AQ. Grace is the daughter of Kim and David Meachum and is has five siblings (Sam, Hannah, Addey, Annie, and Mei).

   
Mary Mason

Mary Mason - Grand Rapids West Catholic High School

The women's track & field program recently added Mary Mason to its ever growing recruiting class of 2015. Mason, who preps at Grand Rapids West Catholic, was a two-sport star for the Falcons. She garnered All-Conference honors in both track & field and basketball during her career at West. Mary has been a member of the Honor Roll all four years and is planning to pursue a degree in Sustainable Business. Mason boasts personal bests of 32-5 (shot put) and 103-5 (discus). Mary commented, "It's something new and different, but not to far from my home. There are countless opportunities for me at Aquinas College." She is the daughter of Tamara and George Mason and has two siblings (Elizabeth and Anna).

   
Hannah Hazelbach Hannah Hazelbach - Caledonia High School
   
Allison Dible Allison Dible - Grand Ledge High School/Lansing Community College
 

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 junior 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.”

   
Tyson Marsh

Tyson Marsh- Port Huron High School

Coach Seites is proud to announce the signing of Port Huron attackman Tyson Marsh. Marsh has been an integral part of the Port Huron United lacrosse team while also being involved in football and power lifting.  He has been named MAC All-Academic for Football, Power Lifting and Lacrosse.  During his sophomore and junior years, Tyson earned All-State honors for Power Lifting. On the lacrosse field, Marsh scored 17 goals and dished out 27 assists as a junior while helping his squad win the MAC White Division title. Marsh has played his summer travel lacrosse with GP Select Eastside Lacrosse. Said Marsh, “I am most excited to further my lacrosse career in a close knit family and be a part of something great.” Tyson’s goals are to “get his education and make a difference in the community and on the lacrosse field.” Says coach Seites, “Tyson is a great addition to our program. He’s a hard-working, dedicated player with a great attitude. He will help us accomplish great things.”

   
Kevin Hieshetter

Kevin Hieshetter- Forest Hills Northern High School

Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern midfielder Kevin Hieshetter will be continuing his lacrosse career at Aquinas College. Kevin is a fast and athletic midfielder who will be an asset in transition and on both ends of the field. Hieshetter was a key contributor on last season’s Forest Hills Northern squad that won a Regional Championship and advanced to the State Semi-Finals. He was also a member of the Huskies’ football team, where he played Wide Receiver and Cornerback. Said Hieshetter, “I chose Aquinas because I really liked the atmosphere of the campus, and everyone seemed to be a close-knit group, which I wanted in a college.” Kevin hopes to “make a difference not only on the field but in the classroom as well.”

   
Nick McConkey

Nick McConkey- Father Gabriel Richard High School

Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard defenseman Nick McConkey has decided to continue his lacrosse career as an Aquinas Saint. McConkey is a four-year player for the Fighting Irish. During his sophomore year, McConkey earned Gabriel Richard’s Coaches Award and was named All-League and 3rd team All-State. In his junior season, McConkey was a team captain and was named All-Catholic and 2nd team All-State. In 19 games last year he grabbed 31 groundballs and caused 40 turnovers. Nick is also an All-League linebacker on the Fighting Irish football team, a Kairos leader and a student assistant to the Campus Minister. Say Coach Seites, “Nick is a tough, hard-working defenseman who will fit in very well as a Saint. He will be a great addition to the program and we are excited to see him grow with us.”

 

   
John Zappia

John Zappia- Penn High School

Penn (IN) High School attackman John Zappia has signed his Letter of Intent to continue his lacrosse career at Aquinas College. Zappia was a first-team Northern Indiana attackman last season, leading the Kingsman in goals. On the season, Zappia scored 33 goals and added 16 assists. Zappia has played his summer ball for the South Bend Elite travel team. Zappia will bring good size, a hard shot and a knack for goal scoring to the Saints' offense next year. Says Zappia, "I picked Aquinas because it feels like the right school for me. A small and very outstanding campus. It feels like it's going to be a good home for four years." Zappia will be studying Political Science with the goal of attending Law School after graduation.

   
Colton Foley

Colton Foley- Penn High School

The men's lacrosse team is adding another offensive weapon to the team next fall in the form of Penn (IN) attackman Colton Foley. Foley posses good size and a strong shot, and will give the Saints another offensive threat who can play attack or midfield. Currently in just his third season of competitive lacrosse, Foley is full of potential. Last season, his first on Varsity, he scored 32 goals and had 11 assists in 18 games. In the first six games of his senior season, Foley already has 13 goals and 5 assists. Academically, Foley will study Business while focusing on Marketing. "I picked Aquinas because of how energetic the coaching staff is along with how well my visits have gone. Everyone seems friendly and it seems like a great fit for me," said Foley. "I like how its smaller so you have a relationship with the professors and aren't in a giant lecture hall. I feel that'll help me a ton with school."

   
 

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.

   
Marcus Neal

Marcus Neal- Sturgis High School

Marcus comes to Aquinas from bowling powerhouse Sturgis High School and will be pursuing a degree in Business.

   
 

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.

   
Amber Christensen

Amber Christensen - Wyoming High School

The women's bowling program continues to add talent for next season as Amber Christensen of Wyoming High School signed her letter of intent. Amber, who plans on majoring in social work, is the fourth signee of the 2015-16 recruiting class for Coach Tapp. Amber stated, "I choose Aquinas because of how I was treated during my visit and how much fun I had. I also liked the social work program that Aquinas College offers." Christensen is pictured with her mother, Chris, and her high school bowling coach, Dave Bandstra.

   
Amy Hollingshead

Amy Hollingshead - Zion-Benton Township High School

Women's bowling Coach Marliss Tapp is proud to announce the signing of Amy Hollingshead from Zion-Benton Township High School in Zion, Illinois. Amy becomes the fifth signee for Coach Tapp for the 2015-15 school year. Hollingshead has lettered in both bowling and tennis during her high school career and was named team captain. She plans to study math education. Amy is pictured here with her parents, Sandy and Jim.

   
Bailey Gulch

Bailey Gulch - Hudsonville High School

The women's bowling team recently added Bailey Gulch from Hudsonville to their ever growing recruiting class of 2015. Bailey capped off an excellent high school career by winning a one game roll off at her high school regional. This allowed her to advance to the State Tournament, where she made the bracket finals and finished 13th overall. Gulch was born without her right hand and she has initiated a fundraising effort for the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Foundation. Bailey has a goal of raising $1,000 for children in need of prosthetic limbs and to bring awareness to this topic. Bailey would like to pursue a career in prosthetics. Coach Tapp states, "She epitomizes the type of student-athlete we want at Aquinas College." Bailey is pictured with her parents Rex and Traci along with Coach Marliss Tapp.

   
Sam Johns

Sam Johns - Muskegon Reeths Puffer High Schoo

Samantha Johns, who preps at Muskegon Reeths Puffer High School, has signed her letter of intent to continue her bowling career as a Saint. Samantha commented, "I choose Aquinas because of the great program for my major and the chance to play on the bowling team. I can't wait to be a part of."
Johns is pictured with parents, Jeremy and Cheryl, along with her sister Rebecca.

   
Kailey Pardue

Kailey Pardue - West Ottawa High School

The women's bowling program recently signed Kailey Pardue, a senior at West Ottawa High School. Pardue becomes the eighth signee for the 2015-16 school year for Head Women's Coach Marliss Tapp. Coach Tapp stated, "Kailey is an excellent bowler, averaging 200 pins in her league and she was very impressive when she attended our practice session earlier this season." With bowling not an official sport at West Ottawa, Pardue is eager to join the women's squad at Aquinas College. Kailey plans on studying education and is pictured here with her parents Karen and Kevin.

   
Brynn Schwab

Brynn Schwab - Caledonia High School

Coach Marliss Tapp is proud to announce the signing of Caledonia High School student-athlete Brynn Schwab. Brynn, an All-Conference performer, led the Scots to a league title this season. The team also had a fifth place finish at the State High School Tournament. Brynn plans to study secondary education at Aquinas. She is pictured with her parents Jeff and Polly.

 

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:
 
Marisa Spetoskey

Marisa Spetoskey - Byron Center High School
Marisa has chosen to continue her volleyball career at Aquinas College. She is a four year starter and earned All-Conference her junior year and All-Conference, All-Region and Honorable-Mention All-State her senior year. Marisa states, "My decision to become a Saint felt natural due to the fact that Aquinas has strong academics, a faith based community and one of the prettiest campus around." Her parents are Paul and Roxanne Spetoskey.​ Coach Vander Meer comments, "Marisa is a smart, steady and technically solid athlete who leads by example. Her presence on the court will help maintain a positive, stable and competitive environment every day".

   
Stephanie Chenlo

Stephanie Chenlo - Jenison High School

Stephanie Chenlo has signed her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball for Aquinas College. She's the daughter of Steve and Carrie Chenlo from Jenison. Stephanie has been a setter for the Wildcats the past four seasons and has helped lead the team to a district championship. She has received OK-White accolades, All-State Honorable Mention honors and also earned a spot on the Academic All-State team. Stephanie commented, "I look forward to joining the Aquinas volleyball team and achieving a degree in Education." Coach Vander Meer states, "Stephanie's setting experience will help to keep our team​ competitive. She works hard, is disciplined and will push her teammates to get better".

   
Kristin Danielson Kristin Danielson - Grand Rapids Christian High School
Kristin Danielson is excited to continue her volleyball career by signing her National Letter of Intent with Aquinas College. Kristin is the daughter of John and Lanae Danielson. She is a 2015 graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School. At Grand Rapids Christian she was a three sport athlete, playing volleyball, basketball and softball. With volleyball she was All Conference (2014), All Region (2014), and was a captain for two years (2013, 2014). She also played volleyball at Far-Out, Dead Frog Far-Out and MVA. Danielson exclaims, "I choose Aquinas because of the academics, the location and the volleyball program. I am very excited to be apart of the AQ family next Fall. Go Saints". Coach Vander Meer states, "We're very excited to bring Kristin's competitiveness and versatility to our program. I have watched Kristin grow as a player the last couple of years and I am looking forward to watching her continue to grow and compete at the next level."
 
 

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:
 
Bri Spica

Bri Spica - Grand Rapids Catholic Central

Grand Rapids Catholic Central sharp shooter, Bri Spica, has signed her national letter of intent to become a Saint. Spica becomes Aquinas' first recruit for the 2015-16 season. Head Coach Linda Nash comments, "Bri will be a great addition to our program. She is a "pure" shooter in every sense of the word. She comes from a great high school program and she has a great understanding of the game. She's a gutsy competitor and she is very intense on the court." Spica, a three-year varsity player, is an excellent floor leader and is keeping the Cougar's in the hunt for an OK Gold Championship. Bri, a two-time captain, has been an All-Conference player and also a member of last year's All-Area team. Spica comments, " I chose Aquinas because I liked that it was close to home, the size of the school and it felt like a close knit community with a great academic programs. I felt like it would be a good fit for me with the basketball team and that I could contribute to the team right away."

   
Daneigh Wilde

Daneigh Wilde - Sparta High School

The Aquinas College women’s basketball program signed Sparta High School standout player Daneigh Wilde. Wilde, a four year varsity player, was an integral part of her team’s success this season. The Spartans won the OK Blue Conference championship with a perfect 10-0 record. Wilde closes out her career as the season assist record holder with 125 assists on the season to date. She is also the career assist leader with 331. Daneigh was an Honorable Mention All-Conference performer last season and was the team’s captain the past two seasons. She has led her team to three district championships and last year the team was defeated in the state quarter finals. Head Coach Linda Nash comments, “Daneigh Wilde is the perfect fit for our program. She has so many weapons to her game. She has excellent vision of the court and she is an excellent passer and vocal team leader. Although, she hasn’t had to score as much for her high school team, she possesses a soft shooting touch and has the ability to attack the basket. When you watch her play, it’s evident that she loves the game.”

 
 

Dance

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

Ali Alderman - Owosso High School

Ali Alderman has signed her national letter of intent to continue her dance career at Aquinas College. Alderman is the daughter of Tim and Tricia Alderman from Owosso. She has been dancing for 13 years, including varsity dance team for the past four years. Her accomplishments in dance are many, but most recently include receiving a platinum score for her solo performance of "Bulletproof", a contemporary style dance. Ali has received a scholarship to participate in professional level dance classes in New York City as well as being invited to participate in the "Hall of Fame" national competition to be held in Sandusky, Ohio. Ali has studied both Cecchetti and Russian ballet styles and is working on completing Grade V Cecchetti. Ali has many strengths that will compliment the Saints Dance Competition Team and we welcome her in her new dance journey at Aquinas.

 
 

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 proud to have in our program."

   
Joe Stegehuis

Joe Stegehuis - Caledonia High School

Joe Stegehuis of Caledonia has signed his national letter of intent to become a Saint. Joe, an outfielder, was one of the top prospects we identified early in our recruiting process. Joe's mother, Anne, is a member of the Aquinas College Athletic Hall of Fame.

 
 
 

Women's Golf

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

Emma Millard- East Kentwood High School

East Kentwood High School Senior Emma Millard has signed her national letter of intent to continue her golf career as a Saint next fall. Millard is the first recruit for the 2015/16 season. Said head coach Taylour Giesen, "I am really excited to have Emma join our team in the fall. She has proven herself to be a very consistent player, she makes solid contact when hitting, and has great mental composure while on the course."  Emma has had a successful career as a Falcon. This season she helped her team win the OK-Red Conference Championship, while finishing 3rd individually. She also helped the Falcons claim a Regional title and a Division 1 State Championship. "Aquinas is a great school academically, it's close to home, and the campus is beautiful," said Millard. "I wanted to play golf, and I liked both the team and the coach."