FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Ten Northrop High School seniors celebrated their high school athletic careers by signing to continue playing their respective sports in college.
The student-athletes signed national letters of intent in front a big crowd of family, friends, teammates, coaches and classmates.
Keishon Edwards will play football at Trine University, an NCAA Division III program in Angola. Edwards, a running back, rushed for 1,334 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior. He earned 1st Team All-Summit Athletic Conference and 6A All-State and North All-Star honors. In 3 varsity seasons, he rushed for 2,108 yards and 21 touchdowns. Edwards holds the Northrop single-game rushing record with 352 yards.
Jake Price signed to play football at Wabash College, an NCAA Division III program in Crawfordsville, Ind. As an offensive tackle, Price anchored a line that rushed for more than 2,500 yards and 27.8 points per game. He earned Honorable Mention All-SAC honors. In the classroom, he maintains a 3.79 grade point average and was named Academic All-State as a senior.
Ben Arruza will also play at Wabash College. Arruza, a wide receiver, holds the school record for career receptions (73) and is 2nd all-time in receiving yards (1,069) and career touchdowns (11). He earned 3 varsity letters and Honorable Mention All-Conference. In the classroom, he is a 3.0 GPA student.
Arielle Thatcher will play college basketball at Indiana University Northwest, an NAIA school in Gary. Thatcher averaged 16 points, 4 assists 4 rebounds and 2 steals per game as a senior. For her career, she finished with 966 points and 4 letters. As a senior, she was 2nd Team All-SAC and Honorable Mention All-State. Thatcher plans to study nursing at IU Northwest.
Mackenzie Snyder will play basketball at Wittenberg University, an NCAA Division III school in Springfield, Ohio. Snyder lettered all 4 years of high school, and won the team Mental Attitude Award the past 2 seasons.
Maddie Almond signed to play women’s basketball at Hocking Tech College, a NJCAA school in Nelsonville, Ohio. Almond, a 2-time captain, scored a total of 47 points, 19 assists and 16 steals as a senior. In the classroom, she maintains a 3.3 grade point average. She plans to study pharmacy.
Kaitlyn Stone will play college volleyball at Indiana University-East, an NAIA school in Richmond, Ind. Stone, an outside and inside hitter, was a 3-year letter winner for the Lady Bruins, and played one season at Snider. She was 1st Team All-SAC as junior and 2nd Team as a senior. Stone plays club volleyball at Empowered Sports Club. She plans to study biochemistry.
Gaven Schreiber will continue his baseball career at Indiana Wesleyan University, an NAIA program in Marion. Schreiber, a shortstop, hit .357 as a junior. He helped the Bruins to a sectional title in 2016.
Lucas Witzigreuter signed his national letter of intent with Huntington University men’s golf team. Witzigreuter has a career-low 83 on 18 holes and 38 on 9 holes. As a junior, he averaged 47 for 9 holes, and earned All-SAC honors.
Breann Kelley signed to bowl at Huntington University. Kelley is a 3-year varsity bowler, and serves as a team captain. Her high game is 265, and she has a 179 average. who started the year with a 179 average. She helped Northrop to a sectional title and 5th-place finish at the state finals.
Northrop is one of 25 high schools that partners with Parkview Sports Medicine for athletic training and other medical services for its student-athletes.