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2014 Signings

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

2014 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
William Buurma

William Buurma - Bradenton Christian High School

William Buurma will be joining the Aquinas College Men’s Tennis Team in fall 2014. Will is a 3-star recruit from Bradenton Florida who played #1 singles for his high school team (Bradenton Christian) his sophomore, junior and senior years. Will has won multiple Super Series tournaments in singles and was also a champion in doubles in a Designated-Level tournament. He has been ranked as high as #33 in the State of Florida and has also competed successfully in USTA events in Michigan. In addition to being a strong tennis player, Will is also a talented musician and is very active in his church’s praise band.

   
Evan Taylor

Evan Taylor - Forest Hills Central High School

Evan Taylor will be joining the Aquinas College Men’s Tennis Team in fall 2014. Evan is a 2-star recruit from Grand Rapids Michigan who played #1 singles for his high school (Forest Hills Central) his sophomore, junior and senior years. As a high school player Evan has been honored as both an All-Conference and D-2 First Team All-State performer. In his senior year he advanced to the semi-finals of the High School State Championship tournament at the top singles position. Evan has also been extremely active in the USTA and has earned a top-80 Midwest ranking in the 18-and-under division and a top-60 ranking in doubles.

   
Ryan Fedewa

Ryan Fedewa - Spring Lake High School

Ryan Fedewa will be joining the Aquinas College Men’s Tennis Team in fall 2014. Ryan is a 2-star recruit from Spring Lake Michigan who played #1 singles at his high school (Spring Lake) as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior. Despite playing all of his matches at the top position, Ryan accumulated over 100 wins in high school and was a 4-time All-Conference player. Ryan was also honored as a D-3 First Team All-State player his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. In Ryan’s senior year he advanced to the semi-finals of the state tournament before falling to the eventual champion.

 

Women's Soccer

2014 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
April Crowe

April Crowe - Lapeer West High School

April Crowe, a midfielder for Lapeer West High School, has signed her national letter of intent to continue her soccer career as an Aquinas Saint. Crowe, who is the daughter of Heather and Robert Crowe, was named All-League, All-District and Honorable Mention All State during her junior season. April has also plays club soccer for the MESA Panthers and the Michigan Hawks. An outstanding student as well, April is currently the editor of her school yearbook. Assistant Coach Lisa Goldsmith states, "We are looking forward to having April join our team. She will complement the outside of our field very well in the midfield. April is a true Saints student-athlete on the field as well as the classroom."

 

Men's Basketball

2014 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
Ian Cooper

Ian Cooper - Greenville High School

The program and Coach Hammer are pleased to announce the first player to sign for the 2014-15 season, Ian Cooper. Ian is a 6'8 245 lbs. center from Greenville High School. Coach Hammer adds, "We are very excited to have signed Ian this early in the recruiting season. We feel he will add a toughness in the post and competitive spirit to the program. Ian has a great work ethic that will help his development during this season and in the off-season." As a junior Ian was on the all-tournament team at Cornerstone's Christmas Tournament, was MVP at the CMU Basketball Camp, and all-area honorable mention. He is the son of Mike and Rachel Cooper.

   
Frank DeVos

Frank DeVos - L'Anse Creuse North High School

Coach Hammer and the men’s basketball program is pleased to announce the addition of Frank DeVos from L'Anse Creuse High School North to Aquinas College.  Frank played for Coach Jay Seletsky.  He is the son of Frank and Stacey DeVos. Frank sat out his senior year due to an injury but obtained many accomplishments during his two year span while on the varsity.  He helped lead LNC to the most wins in a two year span (42) in school’s history along with guiding them to the school’s first Regional Championship and Final Four appearance. His individual awards is garnished while at LCN include:  All-League, All-County, All Detroit Metro and was nominated to the High School All-American Team as a junior.  He also holds the highest career field goal percentage in school history. Coach Hammer states: “Frank will bring an inside toughness and presence to the program.  He comes from a great family and has a bright future at Aquinas.”

   
Dorian Armstrong

Dorian Armstrong - Mount Clemens High School

The men's basketball program has added Dorian Armstrong to the mix for next season. Armstrong comes from a successful program at Mount Clemens High School. The Battling Bathers have amassed a record of 45-4 over the last two seasons with two district and one regional title. This past season their only two losses came to Muskegon (Class A State Champions) and Detroit Consortium (Class C State Champions). Dorian averaged 12 points and ten rebounds a game during his senior season, including a school record 26 rebound performance. Armstrong was named First Team All Conference and Second Team All County this past winter.

   
Joey Hamilton

Joey Hamilton - St. Johns HomeSchoolers

Coach Hammer has announced that Joey Hamilton will become a Saint next season. Hamilton, who led his school to the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championship (3A Division) this past season, will bring a proven winner into the Aquinas locker room. Hamilton was honored the past two seasons as the Michigan Home School Basketball Championship Most Valuable Player. Joey also was named a NCHBC 1st Team All-American in 2013. A four-year varsity player, Hamilton achieved almost every accolade possible at his level and will look to continue his successes with the Saints.

   
Rob Deiz

Rob Deiz - Ferndale High School

Rob Diez, who prepped at Ferndale High School, is the latest recruit to sign with the Saints for the 2014-15 season. Diez was both the MVP and the captain of his high school team the past two seasons. Rob was honored on the All Oakland County Regional and Conference Team, while also being a part of the All North Basketball Team selected by the Detroit Free Press.

   
Jeff Cain

Jeff Cain - Lansing Sexton High School/Lansing Community College

The men's basketball program will be adding Jeff Cain to fold in 2014-15. Cain was a part of two state championship squads at Sexton High School during his final two seasons. Last year, while at Lansing Community College, Cain led the Stars to the Regional Championship game. Jeff averaged 17.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 2.5 apg while shooting 38.5% from the beyond the three point stripe. For his efforts he was honored as a Honorable Mention All-Conference performer.

 

 

 

   
Loren Johnson

Loren Johnson - Stevensville Lakeshore High School/Lake Michigan College

Loren Johnson, who currently is enrolled at Lake Michigan College, has signed his national letter of intent with Aquinas College. Johnson, who prepped at Stevensville Lakeshore, was a member of the MHSAA Class B Basketball State Finals squad. Loren's teams at Lakeshore also earned a regional title and two district titles during his playing days. Johsnon was named to the Class B All-State Honorable Mention team and received many honors from the Big 16 Conference. Loren was also named the Male Student Athlete of the Year at Stevensville Lakeshore. While at LMC he was a part of the 2014 MCCAA Championship team and also garnered First Team All Defense and All Conference accolades for the Red Hawks.

 

Women's Basketball

2014 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
McKenzie Breimayer

McKenzie Breimayer - Belding High School

Head Coach Linda Nash, in her 18th year at Aquinas College, is pleased to announce that Senior All-Star from Belding High School McKenzie Breimayer signed a letter of intent to continue her education and playing career as a Saint. The 5’9” speedster will add an immediate punch to the Saints who graduate six seniors. Coach Nash comments, “I think McKenzie is the premier point guard in the area. She can do so many different things and she has the ability with her passing to be a great collegiate play maker. She has a picture perfect shot and has the ability to knock down three pointers. She pretty much led her high school team in just about every category and she averaged an impressive 18.7 points per game this season. What is most impressive is her knowledge of the game and her ability to pass the ball. She is very unselfish, and she is at her best in crunch situations.” She was a four year starter for the Bulldogs and each year she raised the level of her game. She is an excellent student and our academic programs at Aquinas College will provide a great opportunity to further her education. She excels on her high school track team as well and currently holds the school record in the 200 meter dash..

   
Katie Theut

Katie Theut - Cardinal Mooney High School

Katie Theut, a first team Class D All-State player from Cardinal Mooney High School, led her team to the state semi-finals where they were defeated by Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart. Theut is a 5’11” player that has the ability to play several positions on the floor. She poured in close to 20 points per game to go along with 4.3 assists. Coach Nash comments, “Katie can flat out play. She comes from an athletic family of four sisters that all played collegiate basketball. She has a very calm demeanor on the court and she doesn’t get rattled. She can shoot the ball from deep three point range and her court vision is excellent.” Theut was also named BCAM’s first team All-State and she was the Times Herald player of the year. She was a member of her high school football team as a kicker.

   
Miara Okie

Miara Okie - Sandusky High School

Miara Okie, a 6’0 star at Sandusky High School will add athleticism to the Saints post game. Okie averaged just under a double double while averaged 3.5 blocks and 3.2 steals per game. Sandusky was ranked in the top five in Class C the majority of the season. Coach Nash comments, “Miara is a great athlete. In addition to being on the basketball All-Conference teams the last several years, she also was a standout volleyball player and earned All-Conference. She is a leaper and a shot blocker. We haven’t had that in a while and Miara will be a great fit. She has tremendous anticipation and she really crashes the boards. She runs the floor extremely well and she comes from a successful high school program. She was also an honorable mention All-State performer.”

   
Kylie Robb

Kylie Robb - Plymouth High School

Kylie Robb is another player that can handle the ball in pressure situations and run a team on the floor. A four year varsity starter at Plymouth High School, Robb originally committed to play Division 1 soccer at Western Michigan University. As she approached her basketball season she realized that basketball was the sport she wanted to continue with in college. Coach Nash says, “That decision to play basketball was music to my ears. Kylie is the type of player that approaches every practice as if it were the national championship game. She was a three year All-Conference player while pushing the ball up the floor anytime there was an opportunity. She will fit in very well and her work ethic is impressive. I really like her leadership on the court and she wants the ball in pressure situations.”

   
Mary Vojtko

Mary Vojtko - Lake Michigan Catholic High School

Mary Vojtko, a 6’1” center is finishing up a stellar career at Lake Michigan Catholic High School in St. Joe’s, MI. Vojtko, will follow in the footsteps of her two brothers that are also students at Aquinas College. Vojtko is a four year four sport athlete that has competed in volleyball, basketball, softball and track. In basketball she led her team in scoring and rebounding while gathering all-conference honors throughout her career. Coach Nash comments, “Mary has a tremendous amount of drive when it comes to her athletic endeavors. She is a versatile athlete that will give us strength and depth in the post position. She has great hands in the post and will give us needed size.”

 

   
Anna Omness

Anna Omness - Grandville High School

Last, but certainly not least is Anna Omness from Grandville High School. Omness capped her senior career earning first team all-conference in the competitive OK Red and was a member of the Advance All-Area West team. At 5’10” Omness proved to be a difficult match for opponents. Coach Nash says, “Anna is very versatile. She can put the ball on the floor and drive the basket and she is a great shooter. She shot 43% from the floor and 38% from 3 point range. What is most impressive is her nose for the ball and her aggressiveness on the boards. She averaged 7 rebounds a game and was also the player bringing the ball up in critical game situations.”

 

Women's Softball

2014 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
Brooke Senkbeil Brooke Senkbeil - Plymouth High School
   
Megan Hicks Megan Hicks - L'Anse Creuse High School
   
Rachel Hunt Rachel Hunt - Belding High School
 

Men's Cross Country & Track

2014 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to run for Aquinas College:
 
Cal Morgan - Forest Hills Northern High School

Cal Morgan - Forest Hills Northern High School

Coach Wojciakowski is excited to announce the signing of Cal Morgan, who recently concluded his cross country career at Forest Hills Northern.  Morgan is a two-time All-State performer for the Huskies, who holds personal best times of 16:10 (Cross Country), 9:38 (3200 Meter) and 4:33 (1600 Meter).  Cal joins three former Huskies on the Saints roster.  Forest Hills Northern coach Joe Curcuru, an Aquinas alum, reunites Cal with former teammates Zach Stepanovich, Jacob Towne and Grant Cook.  Cal is the son of Yvonne and Tom Morgan and is the middle child between his two siblings (Ty and Josie).  Cal is currently undecided about his major at AQ.

   
Adam Gizowski

Adam Gizowski - St. Clair High School

Adam Gizowski, a senior standout from St. Clair High School, has committed to continue his running career at Aquinas College. Gizowski, a key member of the 2013 Division II State Championship team, brings a strong work ethic and high level of excellence to the Saints fold. Adam earned All-State accolades during the 2013 season as he placed 17th in a time of 16:19. Gizowski's personal records include - 16:00 (cross country) and 10:15 (2 mile). Adam commented, "Everything about Aquinas just fit. I I just had a gut feeling of this is where I needed to continue my academic and athletic career." Gizowkski is planning on going into the medical field and is the son of Elizabeth and Ralph Gizowski. Adam is the youngest Gizowski and has two older brothers (Andrew & Greg).

   
Stephen Pfahler

Stephen Pfahler - St. Joseph High School

Stephen Pfahler, who is currently attending St. Joseph High School, signed his national letter of intent to continue his running career at Aquinas College.  Stephen was a key contributor to the last four St.  Joseph squads that competed at the Division II state meet.  During that span the Bears finished 7th, 2nd, 3rd and 2nd to establish St. Joseph as one of the “super-powers” in boys cross country in the state of Michigan.  Stephen capped his senior year by earning All-State accolades to aid his team to their runner-up finish.  Pfahler also qualified for the state meet during his junior track season in the mile.  Stephen currently sports personal bests of 16:16 (cross country), 10:04 (3200 meters) and 4:29 (1600 meters).  Pfahler will pursue a degree in Accounting while at Aquinas and is the son of Paula and Randy Pfahler.  Stephen also has two brothers (Chris and Daniel).

 

   
Josh Risner Josh Risner - Caledonia High School
 

Women's Cross Country and Track

2014 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
Morgan Martin

Morgan Martin - Clarkston High School

Morgan Martin, daughter of Bethany and Roy Martin, has signed her national letter of intent to continue her running career as a Saint. Morgan is currently in her senior year at Clarkston High School and has a career best of 20:21 in cross country. Morgan is planning on majoring in Speical Education and more specifically the POHI (Physical or Other Health Impairment) program at Aquinas College. Morgan states, "Everything just fell into place for me. Aquinas College is the perfect fit for me. I am so excited to be a Saint."

 

   
Leanne McWain

Leanne McWain - Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School

Leanne McWain has signed her national letter of intent to continue her running career at Aquinas College.  McWain, who preps at Grand Rapids Catholic Central, is eagerly looking forward to the opportunity in front of her. McWain holds personal bests of 20:18 (Cross Country) and 5:51 (1600 Meters).  Leanne is the daughter of Jennifer and Fred McWain and has two siblings (Chelsea and Chris). McWain will be majoring in Elementary Education at Aquinas College

   
Kayelin Mazar

Kayelin Mazar - Flint Powers High School

Coach Wojciakowski is excited to announce the signing of Kayelin Mazar, who is currently a senior at Flint Powers High School.  Mazar is an All-State performer in the 3200 meter relay and holds personal best times of 19:38 (Cross Country), 5:38 (1600 Meter) and 2:28 (800 meters). Kayelin  is the daughter of Diana and Thomas Mazar and is an only child.  Mazur is currently undecided about her major at AQ.

   
Lindsay Ross

Lindsay Ross - Zeeland West High School

Lindsay Ross, a member of Zeeland West's All-State 4x4 team from 2012, has committed to continue her running career at Aquinas College. Ross, who plans on majoring in Psychology, is the daughter of Adrienne and John Ross and has an older sister named Alex. Lindsay states, "I feel in love with the close knit, family atmosphere at Aquinas College." Ross has personal best of 2:26 in the 800 meters and has split 60-point for the Dux mile relay. Lindsay also has a lifetime best of 21:30 on the cross course.

   
Hannah Busch

Hannah Busch - East Lansing High School

Hannah Busch, a senior standout from East Lansing High School, has committed to attend Aquinas College. Busch, who has been a mainstay at the front of the Trojans pack, is a great addition to the Saints cross country and track program. Hannah has been a part of three state squads, with her team finishing 7th during her sophomore season. Busch's personal best include - 19:40 (Cross Country), 12:07 (3200) and 5:39 (1600). Hannah explains, "Aquinas is a perfect fit. Through the whole college search process, something always brought me back to AQ. Everything just feel into place for me." Hannah is the daughter of Jen and Andy Busch and has two younger brothers (Andy and Sam). Busch plans on studying Elementary Education at Aquinas.

   
Molly Peregrine

Molly Peregrine - Traverse City Central High School

Molly Peregrine, daughter of Joanne and Chris Peregrine, has recently signed her national letter of intent to continue her running career as a Saint. Peregrine, who preps at Traverse City Central High School, will pursue a degree in the Pre-Physician's Assistant program at Aquinas College. She has been a three-time Academic All-State honoree and was a finalist for the MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award. Molly has led the attack for the Trojans the pass four years. Peregrine has competed at four Division I State Cross Country Championships and one Division I Track & Field Championship. Molly received All-State accolades during her junior and senior cross country seasons at TCC (24th place - 2012 & 25th place - 2013) and holds a personal best of 18:28 on the XC course. She has personal bests of 5:18 (1600 meters) and 11:07 (3200 meters) and has a younger sister named Kelly. Molly comments, "I was impressed with the kindness and respect that seemed to flow throughout the school and be contagious among classmates, teammates, staff, and coaches. I knew I wanted to be part of an environment that encouraged and daily exhibited those kinds of caring behaviors, and I felt that I would fit in well because of that. In addition, the location of Aquinas is filled with fabulous opportunities to help me in my dream to become a healthcare professional someday; Grand Rapids is notorious for its "Medical Mile", which is a perfect place for me (and others studying pre-health/med) to gain some quality experience for our future jobs!".

   
Adri Sigafoose

Adri Sigafoose - Northern Michigan Christian

Adri Sigafoose, a five-time All-State performer at Northern Michigan Christian, has signed her national letter of intent to continue her running career at Aquinas College. Sigafoose, the daughter of Holly and Casey Sigafosse, has been a major contributor for the Comets since she broke onto the track and field scene during her 8th grade year. Sigafoose holds personal and school records of 59.9 (400 meters), 2:22 (800 meters) and 5:24 (1600 meters). Adri also sports a personal best of 19:40 on the cross country and also competed in volleyball and basketball for NMC. She comments, "I fell in love with Aquinas the first time I visited. I enjoyed the beautiful campus and friendly atmosphere. I know Aquinas will strengthen me academically, physically, and spiritually. I am excited to be a Saint this fall!".  Sigafoose is undecided about a major at Aquinas College and has a younger sister named Ally.

 

Men's Hockey

2014 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
Jason Wrbelis

Jason Wrbelis - Rockford, Michigan

Jason comes to us from the Central Wisconsin Saints of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League (MnJHL). Jason has had a three year junior hockey career which took him from Montana, to Florida, and finally back to the mid-west in Wisconsin. Jason contributed 11 goals, 13 assists and 21 penalty minutes in 29 games played this season with the Saints. We look forward to his career as an AQUINAS Saint. 

   
Domenic Fusco

Domenic Fusco - Wyandotte, Michigan

Domenic comes to us from the Belle Tire Selects hockey club of the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League (LCAHL). Domenic is graduating from Saint Frances Cabrini High School this spring. Domenic was good for more than a point per game compiling 23 goals, 24 assists for 47 points in just 44 games played. Domenic has a bright future as a Saint.

   
Joshua Kramer

Joshua Kramer - Plymouth, Michigan

Josh is coming out of retirement to joins the Aquinas Saints. Josh comes from a year with the U of D Jesuit High School JV program two years ago and intends on jumping right back in the game this fall. He is excited to be a part of the program and we look forward to bringing him into Saints Hockey culture.

   
Alex DeVries

Alex DeVries - Byron Center, Michigan

Alex DeVries, of Byron Center committed to Aquinas College and Aquinas College Hockey, Monday morning. Alex is a graduate of South Christian High School and has been playing junior hockey in the Midwest Junior Hockey League for the last two seasons. He started his career with the Holland River Bandits where he collected 33 goals, 37 assists, totaling 70 points. He rounded off his junior career with the Traverse City Hounds where he finished the year with 12 goals, 16 assists for 28 points. 

Alex will be studying business this fall when he starts his freshman year. 
   
Scott Luca

Scott Luca - Kalkaska, Michigan

Scott comes to us from Kalkaska, Michigan where he was a 2012 graduate. Scott has played at various levels in our sport over the last three years. Splitting time in 2011-12 with the Lansing Capitals AAA U18 club and the Traverse City Northstars of the NAHL. The following two seasons Scott has played with the Hartland Hounds and the re-located Traverse City Hounds of the MWJHL, both of which he helped to a Veteran's Memorial cup championship and the national tournament in Las Vegas. Scott has an offensive prowess from the defensive side of the ice. He collected 23 points in a truncated 18 game campaign in 2012-13 and put up a defensive leading 25 goals 16 assists (41 pts) in the 2013-14 season. "Scott will be a great contributing addition to our defensive corps following the graduation of some key players. He will have some acclimating to do to make the jump to college, but we're confident he will make the transition",  states Coach VanVliet. 
Scott plans to study business with a focus on international business when he gets to campus this fall. He joins former teammate Alex DeVries who signed with Aquinas earlier this spring.

 

   
Calvin Wojtaszak

Calvin Wojtaszak - Comstock Park, Michigan

Calvin Wojtaszak comes to us from Comstock Park. Calvin captained his varsity hockey "Wildcats" this season where he collected 30 goals and 20 assists, for a very impressive four year total of 100 goals and 87 assists in just 100 games. Northview/Comstock Park Head Coach Scott Stephens tells Aquinas, "Calvin is one of the very best high school players in the area, bar none...You're getting a great kid both on and off the ice". Calvin will be studying business/communications when he gets on campus this fall, and he can't wait. We look forward to Calvin's career as a Saint!

   
Billy Warren

Billy Warren - Aurora, Illinois

Billy Warren, Aquinas Hockey's first Illinois commit, hails from Aurora, a suburb on the west side of Chicago. Billy is a 2012 graduate of Oswego East High School and has spent the last three years developing his skills in the junior hockey ranks. Over three seasons, Billy has compiled an impressive 70 points in his 115 games played, capping his career for the Granite City Lumberjacks in the NA3HL. Billy intends on studying sports marketing when he gets to campus this fall. When asked what prompted his decision, Billy had this to say, "I loved the small campus atmosphere and the personal feeling everyone gives you around here... I'm excited to be a part of an emerging program and look forward to building a winning tradition." Billy was supported in his decision by parents John and Sue, and eagerly anticipates his sister Katie's graduation this coming year. 

 

Men's Soccer

2014 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
Marlon Bykerk

Marlon Bykerk - South Christian High School

Coach Veal is excited to announce the signing of Marlon Bykerk who recently concluded his prep career at South Christian High School. Bykerk led the Sailors to a berth in the Division III State Finals this fall and was named to the Boy's DIII First Team All-State squad. Marlon was also selected as a member of the 2013 Boy's Soccer "Dream Team" for the state of Michigan. This high honor recognizes the top eleven players (10 field/1 goalie) in the entire state regardless of division or class. Marlon is the son of Jeff and Nancy Bykerk and is excited to bring his talents to the Aquinas College men's soccer team.

   
Austin Perry & Kyle Hibbard

Austin Perry - Utica High School & Kyle Hibbard - Adlai Stevenson High School

Associate Head Coach Rodger Garner was on a trip to the Detroit area for two important reasons. Coach Garner was there to sign two of our top recruits for the 2014 squad. Austin Perry from Utica High School, a very energetic and inspiring young man. Coach Garner said "he is the type of player you see once and just know you want him on your team." Coach Veal said, "Austin will help us immediately at midfield and forward, and his ability to score goals will further more help us to regain our goal of conference champions." Kyle Hibbard from Adlai Stevenson High School is a strong and passionate goalkeeper. Coach Garner said, " Kyle has shown to be a fear-less goalkeeper and will come into the Aquinas Squad competing for a starting spot." Coach Veal said, "Kyle is the right type of student-athlete that can only thrive from Aquinas." Both Austin and Kyle will be playing for their club Carpathia this Spring, and after that they will be joining the AQ Squad in the summer.

   
Jose Covarrubias

Jose Covarrubias - West Ottawa High School

The men's soccer team had the privilege to sign recruit Jose Covarrubias. Jose is from West Ottawa High School. Jose played for Alliance Soccer Club and is a formable opponent out on the pitch. Coach Veal states, "We are very happy to have Jose commit to be a Saint. Jose plays with great control and calmness and we look forward to him being a contributor in our midfield." Coach Garner comments, "Jose has great vision and we look forward to him adding to our midfield depth."

   
Patryk Biel

Patryk Biel - Grandville High School

Coach Veal and Garner signed recruit Patryk Biel from Grandville High School. Patryk has come accustomed to top level soccer as he was Honorable Mention All State for the past two years.
At the club level Patryk has helped his Grand Rapids Crew Juniors squad to a 2012 State Championship, a 2013 State Champion Runner-up, a 2013 MRL Premier Blue Division Champions and a 2013 National Leaguers. As the Grandville High School captain this past season, Patryk ended his senior year with seven goals and 14 assists. Coach Veal and Garner bought stated that, "We look forward to working with Patryk and hope to utilize his talents immediately."

   
Jameson Cunningham

Jameson Cunningham - East Grand Rapids High School

Aquinas College men's soccer is happy to announce their newest recruit signing of Jameson Cunningham. Jameson, a four year starter at East Grand Rapids, was the leading scorer for his conference the OK White for two years and lead his team in goals for three seasons. Jameson played for the Grand Rapids Crew Juniors during the club season and also found time to win the OK White 1600 meter track and field event. Coach Veal stated, "That with Jameson the Aquinas squad will keep their hopes high to clinch that so important WHAC Championship." Both Coach Veal and Coach Garner know Jameson has been well coached in the past and look forward to seeing him in the AQ jersey this coming Fall.

   
Todd Hall

Todd Hall - Muskegon Catholic Central

The men's soccer team would like to welcome Todd Hall, a goalkeeper from Muskegon Catholic Central, to the Saint family. Todd also played multiple years at Lakeshore Premier Soccer Club. Todd is a multiple sport athlete was All-State accolades for soccer and basketball. Hall recently signed with Aquinas College with his parents at his side. Coach Garner stated, "Todd brings tremendous athletic ability and size to this vital position. As a keeper Todd has exceptional footwork for someone his size. We look forward to Todd battling for playing time from day one." Coach Veal is also happy Todd chose Aquinas stating, "The combination of Todd's athletic and scholastic ability make him a perfect match for Aquinas College."

   
Nedim Mehanovic

Nedim Mehanovic - Alliance Academy

Coach Veal is excited to announce that Nedim Mehanovic will continue his soccer career at Aquinas College. Nedim brings a strong love and passion for soccer to the team and Nedim's drive to succeed is second to none. Nedim has enjoyed success both on the soccer field and in the classroom. Nedim played this last year for Alliance Academy, and before that he was at Northview High School. Coach Veal stated, "In soccer, Nedim brings a goal scorer mentality to our team. We expect Nedim to fight for playing time from the beginning of camp this summer." Coach Garner stated, "We know he has had exceptional coaching and look forward to Nedim being a Saint the next four years."

   
Michael Harwood

Michael Harwood - Royal Oak Shrine High School

The Aquinas College Men's Soccer team is proud to announce the signing of Michael Harwood. Michael is a stand out goalkeeper who plays his club soccer at Alliance Academy. Michael is excited to join the Aquinas Soccer family. Michael is a hardworking goal keeper who will compete for minutes from the onset.

 

Men's Lacrosse

2014 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
Paul Sommerville

Paul Sommerville - Salem High School

The Aquinas College men’s lacrosse team is proud to announce Paul Sommerville as the first member of the 2014 signing class. Paul is a defenseman with nine years of lacrosse experience under his belt. He is a three-year varsity player for the Salem Rocks, and was a key member of a team that went 12-6 last season. As a junior, Sommerville was named 2nd Team All-Park by the area coaches. During the summer, Paul has played for the Wolverine Warriors travel club, a team of some of the best players in Southeast Michigan. Coach Seites says, “We are really excited to add Paul to our program. He is a high character individual and a hard worker who makes us a stronger team on and off the field.” Paul plans to study Sports Management at Aquinas.

 

   
Adam Zacha

Adam Zacha - Forest Hills Eastern High School

Head Coach Doug Seites is proud to announce the signing of Adam Zacha to the class of 2018. Zacha is a defenseman from Forest Hills Eastern High School. At 6’4, 220lbs, Zacha is an intimidating force on the backline. A four-year varsity player, Zacha has been a starter and key member of a Forest Hills Northern/Eastern team that competed in two State Championship games. He has played summer ball with True Lacrosse and was a member of the Forest Hills football team as well. Adam hopes to study to become a physical therapist or physician’s assistant.

   
Connor Jacobs

Connor Jacobs - Haslett High School

The Aquinas College men’s lacrosse team is excited to announce that Connor Jacobs will be a Saint next fall. Connor is a versatile midfielder from Haslett High School. Jacobs is capable of playing offense, defense, and taking faceoffs, and will be able to fill a lot of roles for the Saints. As a junior, Connor scored 15 goals for a Haslett squad that won its conference tournament championship and was 14-5 overall. Jacobs also was a varsity tennis player at Haslett. At Aquinas, he plans on studying business. Connor said heis most excited about “having the college experience and winning some championships at Aquinas.”

 

   
Michael Samalik

Michael Samalik - Warren De La Salle

The Aquinas College men’s lacrosse team is happy to announce the addition of Michael Samalik. Michael is a 6’3, 180 pound midfielder from Sterling Heights, Michigan. He has been a member of the varsity team at Warren De La Salle High School the past two seasons. Michael also competed in football and cross country while at De La Salle. Samalik is hard-working, versatile player who will compete for playing time right away. Michael is a high-character player who will be an asset to the program both on and off the field. He plays his summer lacrosse for GP Select.

 

   
Brody Smith

Brody Smith- Grand Haven High School

The Aquinas College men’s lacrosse team is proud to announce the addition of Brody Smith of Grand Haven, Michigan. Brody is a defenseman/long-stick midfielder from Grand Haven High School. He is a three-year varsity starter and has served as captain for the Buccaneers. Brody was a starter on the 2012 Grand Haven squad that won the conference title.  He has been named team “Freshman of the Year” and honored with the “Unsung Hero” award.  During the summer, Brody has been a member of the Lakeshore Select and Westside Lacrosse travel teams.  Brody is an extremely hard worker and great teammate who will be an asset to the Saints thanks to his defensive versatility.

   
Jake MacKinder

Jake MacKinder- Grand Rapids Catholic Central

Aquinas College welcomes Jake MacKinder to the men’s lacrosse program. Jake is a goalie from Grand Rapids Catholic Central. MacKinder is a three-year varsity player for the Cougars, and was brought up as a freshman as well. At 6’3’’ and 210 pounds, MacKinder has good size and potential in cage. He has consistently had a save percentage around 60% throughout his career. Jake plans to study Pre-Med at Aquinas.

 
 

Men's Golf

2014 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
Jackson Bushway Jackson Bushway - Detroit Catholic Central
 

Women's Volleyball

2014 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
Katie Pelak

Katie Pelak – Mattawan High School

Katie Pelak is a 5’11” Middle Hitter from Mattawan High School and the first 2014 recruit to sign her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball here at Aquinas.  Katie was a 4 year Varsity player and a Senior captain who won 2 District championships, and was 2nd team All-Conference her junior year and 1st team All-Conference her senior year after hitting an impressive .318 percentage along with solid blocking, serving and defense.  Katie was also a Basketball and Track athlete who was a Regional qualifier her sophomore and junior years in both the 100 M Hurdles and the High jump. Coach Betsy Vander Meer says “Katie is a very athletic, hard working and coachable athlete who is capable of playing multiple hitting positions for us. I really look forward to working with Katie this fall and plan to utilize her talents immediately”. Katie works hard off the court as well being as a member of the National Honor Society.  Her faith is top priority and Katie prides herself in being an active member of her Catholic church.  She says, “Aquinas has a welcoming atmosphere. I love how personal it is due to the smaller size. I have a passion for volleyball and want to play where I am comfortable, close enough to my family, and where it feels like home”. Katie is one of 11 children of Troy and MaryClaire Pelak.

   
 

Cammy Means - East Kentwood High School

Cammy Means is an outside hitter from East Kentwood High School who played varsity volleyball ever since she was pulled up post-season her freshman year. That year, the team was a Class A state semi-finalist. For the next three years, the team continued their strong tradition of district appearances including a district title. As one of the “go to” players, she was awarded OK-Red Conference honorable-mention both her sophomore and senior years, in a highly competitive conference. “Cammy is very athletic and coachable with a high volleyball IQ. She will bring a variety of talent, explosive energy and positive attitude to the AQ team. We are very excited Cammy has chosen Aquinas to study Education and play volleyball and expect her to have an immediate impact on the court.” Asking her why she chose Aquinas, Cammy said, “I like the small school atmosphere and smaller class size for more one on one time with professors. I am also excited to play for both Betsy and Katie.” Cammy also excelled in track and field as a pole vaulter at East Kentwood.. This past senior season she placed 6th in the 2014 Class state finals jumping her personal best of 11 feet. Cammy is the youngest of five children to Matt and Pam Means.

 

 

 

 

Men's Bowling

2014 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
Jared Edgerton Jared Edgerton - Gull Lake High School
 

Women's Bowling

2014 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
Ciarra Landry Ciarra Landry - Charlotte High School
 
 

Women's Tennis

2014 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
Remington Gerst

Remington Gerst - Forest Hills Eastern High School

Coach Steve Greene is excited to announce the signing of Remington Gerst. Gerst is in her senior year at Forest Hills Eastern High School and is the daughter of Mark Gerst and Gina Morris. Remington grew up playing tennis at East Hills and Orchard Hills and was coached by local pro David Brouwer for four years and Mike Hodge for one year. Gerst achieved All-Conference, All-Area and All-State honors as a sophomore and junior at FHE. Remington plans on majoring in Sports Management at Aquinas.

 
 

Men's Baseball

2014 Signings
The following students have signed a letter of intent to play for Aquinas College:
 
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