Avon Lake features eight commitments

MORNING JOURNAL/SCOTT MAHONEY From left to right: Devon Henry, Abby Rogers, Zachary Zamiska, Christine Bohan, John Lancione, Annie Wennerberg, Brett Kiser and McKenzie Bueck sit together before signing their letters of intent on Wednesday at Avon Lake.

AVON LAKE — Of the 30-some student athletes in Lorain County that committed to various colleges and universities on Wednesday, eight of them were from Avon Lake.

Of the eight, three signed National Letters of Intent to attend Division I schools.

Shoregal track and volleyball standout Christine Bohan singed an NLI to attend the University of Virginia in the fall.

“Christine is one of the greatest athletes to ever attend Avon Lake High School, male or female,” Shoregal varsity track coach Yvonne Craigo said. “For her to accomplish this today is not only special, but fitting as well.”

Virginia was one of three schools that Bohan was considering until the very last minute.

“I was considering Minnesota, Iowa, and UVA,” Bohan said. “Literally until the last couple days, I had no idea what I was doing. I was stumped myself. In the end, though, I’m really happy with what I decided.”

Fellow senior John Lancione signed a letter of intent to continue his education and play football at Yale University. For Lancione, it was a dream come true.

“This means everything to me. Yale was my first choice and my favorite school, of all the school I visited,” Lancione said. “Obviously, they have a great academic history there, and the coaches are working hard to build a championship program. That’s what I’m hoping to get, championships.”

Lancione plans on studying either economics or political science.

Zachary Zamiska, another football standout for Avon Lake, signed a national letter of intent to play football at Robert Morris University.

“Today means a lot. After all the hard work, since I started playing football as a little kid, it finally pays off,” Zamiska said. “This is my next step after high school, and it really means a lot.”

Zamiska said that he always believed he would reach his goal of playing football in a Division I college if he worked hard at it. He plans to study software engineering at Robert Morris.

The Shoregal softball team also had a couple of players commit to schools on Wednesday. Annie Wennerberg agreed to attend Case Western Reserve University, while teammate Abby Rogers committed to Otterbein College.

Brett Kiser agreed continue his athletic and academic career by playing baseball at Division III Ohio Wesleyan University. He will begin classes in the fall.

While Avon Lake doesn’t have a varsity lacrosse team, their club team drew enough attention to give two seniors the opportunity to play at the next level.

McKenzie Bueck committed to play at Division III Albion College next fall. Devon Henry also signed to attend the newly renamed Baldwin Wallace University and play lacrosse for the Division III school.

Having eight student athletes sign letters of intent at the same time wasn’t something that was lost on the seniors.

“I think this shows that this class, the Class of 2013, has a lot of determination,” Bohan said. “It shows that when we have a goal, we won’t give up on it until we achieve it.”

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Last Updated: 2/6/2013 8:48:17 PM EST

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