FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Seven Northrop High School senior student athletes signed national letters of intent Friday to further their academic and athletic careers at various college programs.
Shaton Vaughn signed with Indiana University’s men’s track & field program, an NCAA Division I program. Vaughn is a decorated Northrop runner, winning the state championship in the 300-meter hurdles and finishing as state runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles as a junior. His accolades include Summit Athletic Conference, sectional and regional championships in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and with the 1600-meter relay team. He also won a sectional title in the long jump. He holds the school record in the 300-meter hurdles and is 5th-fastest all-time in the 110-meter hurdles. He is also a USATF state and regional champion in the 400-meter hurdles. Vaughn plans to study criminal psychology.
Niomi Dube’ will play women’s baskeball at Indiana University East, an NAIA school in Richmond, Ind. Dube is ranked 10th all-time in Northrop girls basketball history with 1,032 points. She is a 3-time All-SAC 1st team selection. Dube’ plans to study biology.
Baylee Honn signed with Hanover College women’s soccer, an NCAA Division III program in Hanover, Ind. Honn, a defender, played 3 seasons at Northrop, scoring 11 goals with 13 assists. As a Bruin, she was 3-times All-Summit Athletic Conference, 2-time All-District 2nd team, 3-time team Defensive MVP, overall Team MVP and Top Team Player. She plans to study physical therapy.
Nick Derickson signed to run track & field and cross country at Indiana Tech, an NAIA program. Derickson finished 3rd in SAC in the 800-meter run as a junior. He also ran a leg of a 3200-meter relay team that won SAC, sectional and regional titles; and placed 3rd at state. A four-year cross country runner, he has a personal record of 16:14 for 5,000 meters. He plans to study business.
Braden Klinedinst signed his national letter of intent to play baseball at Indiana Tech. Klinedinst, who pitches and plays 3rd base for the Bruins will be a 3-year starter when baseball season starts this spring. He has a .270 career batting average with 36 RBI and 1 home run. On the mound, he is 4-2. He has been part of two SAC championships and one sectional championship teams.
Tyler Clibon signed to play football at the University of Findlay, an NCAA Division II school in Findlay, Ohio. Clibon, a wide receiver, ranks 11th in school history with 40 catches, which includes 706 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also tallied one interception return for a touchdown on defense as a senior. Also an accomplished track runner, Clibon is a member of Northrop’s 1600-meter relay team that won SAC, sectional and regional titles in his junior season. He plans to study business.
Ashlyn Ray signed her national letter of intent to play women’s soccer at West Virginia Wesleyan, an NCAA Division II Buckhannon, W. Va. Ray played midfield and forward for the Lady Bruins, and netted 24 goals and 16 assists. She earned 1st team All-SAC honors her sophomore through senior seasons, and 2nd team as a freshman. Ray was also a 2-time Team MVP.
Northrop is one of 25 high schools in Northeast Indiana that partners with Parkview Sports Medicine for athletic training, sports performance, athletic rehabilitation and orthopedic services to student-athletes.