National Signing Day once again delivered a bumper crop of Tri-State area athletes, all looking to take both their games and academic prowess to the next level. A trio of schools that we were able to visit, Memorial, Boonville and Castle, delivered standout classes.
At Memorial, soccer superstar Ryleigh Anslinger was at the head of the class, as she signed on the dotted line to play at division one powerhouse Indiana, following a stellar career that saw her finish second all-time in goals and assists for the Tigers.
"It's a great soccer program and I just love the coaches," said Anslinger. "They're always willing to help, push you to be your best. It's been a long process. I've been playing soccer for like my whole life. My teammates have always been there for me, my coaches especially. My parents taking me to every possible game there is, no matter where it is."
Joining Anslinger at today's Memorial signing day were swimmer Lilla Newkirk, who will swim in-state at Ball State, and Abby Myers, who will be taking her talents crosstown to play on the USI Women's Tennis Team.
"It's close to home and I love the team," said Myers. "I feel like I get along with them really well, and I feel like we work together, it would be really fun and a good opportunity."
Meanwhile at Boonville, a quality of quartet put pen to paper, led by two-time State Champion swimmer Braden Rollins, who will be swimming for the Crimson Tide of Alabama.
"There have been multiple different schools, and then Alabama's head coach called me and said 'I want you out here this week,'" said Rollins. "He showed a lot of interest, I got there and completely fell in love with the campus and the team atmosphere."
Other pioneer signings included softball stars Randi Jo Pryor and Jayce Purdy, who will play for Indiana State and Chattanooga, respectively. While Christian Zimmerman will take the soccer pitch next fall for Georgetown Kentucky.
Meanwhile, in Newburgh, Castle's traditional massive signing day had to be moved outdoors to John Lidy Field. That's because of the Coronavirus pandemic. However, that could not dampen the spirits of the athletes that put pen to paper, including star baseball player Blake Herrmann, who signed with Wes Carroll's Aces of the University of Evansville.
It's a great community," said Herrmann. "It's close to my family. My family can come watch me play. Great coaches, small college. I love that too. I know a lot of my friends are going there too, so it's great to have them there too."
Dozens of student athletes, from across the Tri-State put their signatures on National Letters of Intent, wrapping up yet another successful signing day.
Below is an alphabetical list by school of some local student-athletes who also signed on the 11th of November.
Randi Jo Pryor - Indiana State softball
Jayce Purdy - Tennessee-Chattanooga softball
Braden Rollins - Alabama Swimming
Chris Zimmerman - Gerogetown College Soccer
Jailyn Ballis - Olney Central softball
Blake Herrmann - UE baseball
Marisa Lane - Wabash Valley softball
Jonathan Lawson - Salem State baseball
Chloe Wilhite - USI soccer
Hannah Long - USI softball
Rebekah Gordon - Auburn basketball
Ryleigh Anslinger - Indiana soccer
Abby Myers - USI tennis
Lilia Newkirk - Ball State swimming
Brooke Jackson - Miami (Ohio) volleyball
Libby Steinhart - Lipscomb vollyeball
Kyle LaVanchy - Murray State baseball
Maycee Lange - UE basketball
Other area athletes will be signing the dotted line throughout the week.