Copley High School seniors Beth Moore and Anna Haverchak have committed to continue their academic and athletic careers on soccer scholarships.
Moore is set to play at St. Bonaventure University and Haverchak is headed to compete for the University of Cincinnati.
They will sign national letters of intent at Copley on Friday.
Moore holds Copley school records for shutouts in a season (11 in 2013) and shutouts in a career (19 from 2011-2013).
Haverchak, a two-time NSCAA All-Region selection and 2014 NSCAA All-American, holds the Copley school record for assists in a season (17 in 2013), career goals (34 from 2010-2013) and career assists (30 from 2010-2013).
“They are two of the best athletes and players to ever come through the Copley girls soccer program,” Indians coach Wally Senk said.
“I have a soft spot for where Beth is going because I graduated from St. Bonaventure University. She is has the potential to start right away. She is one of the best goalkeepers in the state and was a big reason why we made the Division I district final this past season. Ironically, St. Bonaventure’s coach is Steve Brdarski, who is 1996 a Copley graduate. He was a starter on the 1994 [Division II] state championship boys soccer team.
“As far as Anna, she is going to the University of Cincinnati, which is one of the top schools in the region. She is a super-dynamic player. She is very good at breaking defenders down. I think she will be a very good player at the college level.”
Marlington kicker at UA
Marlington senior Shawn Kirk has accepted a preferred walk-on offer to kick for the University of Akron football team, according to Fridaynightohio.com.
Kirk chose to pass on chances to play quarterback at other schools and kick at UA.
Kirk was the Northeastern Buckeye Conference Player of the Year this fall, helping the Dukes return to the playoffs for a second year in a row as their quarterback. He was a four-year letterman and led Marlington to a 37-9 record.
This fall, Kirk completed 77-of-138 passes for 1,084 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed for a team-high 19 touchdowns and gained 886 yards on 157 carries. He also intercepted two passes as a safety.
Kirk converted two of three field goals over the final four games, including a 46-yard boot and went 11-for-11 on point-after touchdown kicks. He also averaged 39.1 yards on 19 punts the final four weeks, putting four of them inside the 20.
Hillsdale senior joins Herd
Hillsdale senior Ryan Bee has signed a national letter of intent to play football at Marshall University.
Bee, who is 6-foot-7 and 250 pounds, was a defensive end, wide receiver and tight end for the Falcons. He is set to play defensive end for the Thundering Herd.
“I went down there on an unofficial visit during the summer and I really felt like I had a connection with the coaches,” Bee said. “Then when I went on a official visit last week and I met some of the players and felt a connection with them. I feel like I will fit in very well at Marshall.”
Bee was a three-year letter winner at Hillsdale. He also received interest from Washington, Bowling Green, Toledo and West Virginia.
“This is quite an honor for Ryan, and it is exciting for our football program for Ryan to continue playing at the Division I level,” Hillsdale coach Tom Williams said. “The coaches and players [at Marshall] are a great fit and he could really excel both as a football player and person.”
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