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Wayne soccer players make college plans

By Eric Dutkiewicz, 03/16/19, 10:45AM EDT


FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Four Wayne High School players will continue their playing careers in college after signing  Wednesday with different in-state schools.

Seniors April Salazar, Amber Minnick, Kayla Bunkowske, and Refik Dogruyol put pen to paper during a ceremony at the school.

Salazar, a midfielder, signed with the NAIA's University of Saint Francis. She earned Summit Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors this past season. She scored 23 goals and added 18 assists.

Teammate Amber Minnick will remain as such at USF. Minnick was named All-SAC goaltender for the Lady Generals, who finished 13-4.

Bunkowske, a defender, is heading to Indiana Tech in the NAIA. She tallied 2 goals and 6 assists in her senior season. She earned honorable mention All-Conference honors as a sophomore.

Dogruyol is headed to the University of Indianapolis, an NCAA Division II program.  The sweeper/midfielder scored 3 goals this past season. He earned All-SAC honors, and also has represented Wayne High School and Northeast Indiana on the prestigious IHSAA Student Advisory Committee for 2 years.

Wayne is one of 25 local high schools that partners with Parkview Sports Medicine for athletic training, nutrition, athletic rehabilitation and orthopedic services for Warrior student-athletes.