College Bound Lakers 2017-18

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Coburn Signs with Taylor University


After proudly sending many athletes from his program off to college, IL Head Varsity Football Coach Dave Coburn is excited to see his own son's success at the next level. Senior Collin Coburn signed his letter of intent to play football next season at Taylor University in Indiana with family and friends there to cheer him on. Both father and son say serving as integral parts of the IL football program together was a joy and a challenge, forcing them to find a balance between roles as team leaders and family members.

Collin says, “I think we made it work a lot better than we both thought it would at the beginning. He definitely taught me that the coach is always right, no matter what. He taught me how to work hard and what it takes to get to the next level.”

“For me personally, and for my family it’s a very special day…My coaches say I always undersell him (Collin). The one thing we’ve always talked about at home and as a family is trying to do it the right way, do the right thing. I’m very proud of Collin, the way he handled himself because I’m the coach. I feel he always put the team first…I believe that unselfishness will serve him well at Taylor,” says Coach Dave Coburn.

Collin led the Lakers in receptions for the past two years and was named CBC Offensive Player of the Year in 2017, among many other accolades as part of the three-peat state playoff team. He plans to study marketing at Taylor. 

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Wright to play at Muskingum


An integral part of the Indian Lake football team’s successful offensive line is heading to play for Muskingum University. 

Senior guard Preston Wright signed his letter of intent recently. He was joined by his family, friends and coaches for the big event. Wright earned CBC Second Team for the past two seasons as an offensive lineman and he looks forward to helping build the fighting muskies program in the small town of New Concord, Ohio. 

 “I like the family atmosphere that they have in the football program at the university. It’s nice and close. I’m excited to help change their program around and just do the best I can," says Preston Wright. 

IL Head Football Coach Dave Coburn says Wright's consistent hard work and football IQ will serve him well at the next level. 

“The one thing that Preston Wright will bring to Muskingum is versatility…What he was able to do was play three different positions for us- center, guard and tackle. Two different seasons, he played two different positions at a very high level.”

Wright plans to study sports management. 



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Shoffner Signs with Bluffton 

Indian Lake standout guard Kale Shoffner will further his career on the hard court at Bluffton University. It was a packed house as friends, family, coaches and school officials joined together as he signed his official Bluffton Beaver paperwork. 

Shoffner says is looking forward to the opportunity, “I like how it (Bluffton University) is small. Everybody is friendly and the professors will have more contact with you because it’s not so big. I hope to accomplish a lot, just like I have at Indian Lake, to be strong academically and have a great career in basketball.”

Shoffner is a two-time First Team CBC basketball player and a key member of the Indian Lake football team’s state playoff success for the past three years. But former Indian Lake Head Basketball Coach David Starr says basketball is Kale’s priority. 

“He was one of what I call my “basketball guys.” He was basketball first and you always want a couple of those on your team to build the program. He was just one I could always depend on as a player. I think he’s going to be a better college player than he was in high school,” Starr says.  “I think Bluffton’s an excellent fit for him. Coach (Guy) Neal works very well with local kids. I’m excited for him and I also excited that he’s going to be staying close because I can keep up with him more. You he’s become like family, as well as his mom and dad and the rest of his family, so I’m going to enjoy watching him grow.”

Kale plans to study sports management. He is the son of Dave and Janelle Shoffner of Huntsville. 


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Wrestling Trio Signs  

It was an historic day for Indian Lake High School Wrestling. Surrounded by family, friends and fans, three wrestlers signed their letters of intent to continue their athletics at the collegiate level. 

Connor Dixon signed his letter to wrestle at Urbana University under new head coach Brett Smith. 

With a career record of 147-46, Connor placed fifth in the state in the 182 lb. weight class. 

Dixon says the facilities and atmosphere at Urbana University feel similar to his wrestling home at Indian Lake. 

“I really like their coach because he’s younger and he’s leaving the program more to us. It’ll will be fun to start with the guys from around here.”

Dixon earned a partial athletic scholarship. He plans to study criminal justice. 

His teammate, Dylan Knotts will be joining him as a Blue Knight. Knotts also signed his letter of intent. Knotts was district champion in the 160 lb. weight class and wrestled at the state meet. His career record is 109-42. Knotts is originally from Champaign County and is excited to return. 

“I like the culture down there, it’s pretty cool. I grew up down there, so I know a lot about it and it’s close to home. I like that I can commute.”

Knotts also receives a partial athletic scholarship and he plans to study exercise science. 

Finally, Cole Mefford signed his papers to wrestle for Ohio Northern University. Mefford placed 7th in the 220 lb. weight class at the state wrestling tournament this spring.  Mefford will wrestle for Polar Bears Coach Ron Beaschler and has committed to the university’s ROTC program. 

“I really loved the professors, the coaches and I really love the campus. It really felt like home and everything about it is perfect to me. I plan to study accounting, wrestle and also go every Thursday for ROTC and become an Army officer during my four years of college.”  

Mefford’s overall career record was 103-42. He receives ROTC scholarships and other grants for academics. 

Indian Lake Head Coach Ryan Dickson was on hand for each signing. He said, 

“The wrestling coaching staff is beaming with pride that each of these young men have made the commitment to further their wrestling and academic careers at the next level in college.  All three have been a pleasure to work with and it has been awesome watching them grow into the men they have become.  Urbana University and Ohio Northern both gained some really amazing student athletes and we're excited to follow there careers! Dylan Connor and Cole have been major contributors to the success our program has had the last few years and we will miss them greatly.”
Connor Dixon is the son of Todd and Jamie Dixon of Huntsville. Dylan Knotts is the son of Sandra Knotts of Russells Point. Cole Mefford is the son of Daren and Missy Mefford of Lewistown. 






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Wallace Signs to Play at Edison State

 

Indian Lake senior pitcher Hailey Wallace is excited to be a part of Edison State Community College's first ever softball season next year. 

Wallace made it official by signing recently, surrounded by family and teammates. 

The CBC Special Mention pitcher will anchor Edison State’s new program that Head Coach Dan Cain is in the process of building for a spring 2018 debut. 

Coach Cain has already signed five other girls, but says Wallace was his top priority.

“As soon as I found out we were getting a team, she was the first girl I was looking at because of the strong league and she’s the top senior pitcher in that league…This is a good day for Edison State, we are happy to have her, good family.  I watched her play last year, she did well. The following day I saw her throw two more games, so I know she’s a workhorse. I’m really excited to get her and it’s a huge thing for us to get that kind of pitcher to start our program with.” 

Wallace’s arm helped propel the Lakers to a sectional and district championship in 2016. She hopes the team can make it ever deeper into tournaments this year. 

As for college, Wallace says the prospect of being part of a brand new program just down the road in Piqua helped her make this decision. 

“I wanted to continue on my career in softball and I didn’t want to go too far from home. With Edison, I can commute and play softball.”

Wallace plans to study middle childhood education. 

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Lewis Signs to play Softball at Heidelberg


With the high school softball season just underway, the Laker’s catcher is looking to extend her playing time. Surrounded by family and teammates, Senior Brooke Lewis signed to play softball at Heidelberg University next year. 


Lewis has worked hard in the off-season for years to make sure she had the chance to play collegiately. She loves to catch and looks forward to heading to Heidelberg. 
“I like to be in the grit of it. I like that I work hard and I’m always touching the ball. The softball program there (at Heidelberg) is really awesome. I love the girls, they are really upbeat and cool to be around. The coaches are awesome.”


The Lady Lakers Softball team is hoping to pick up where they left off after capturing sectional and district titles in 2016. Indian Lake Head Coach Skip Oliver says Lewis is a big part of his team’s success, earning CBC First Team honors as a junior catcher. 

“First of all, she wants to play every game, she does not want to rest. We play a double header, we try to give her a rest, she does not want to rest.” Oliver says, “She’s got that equipment, down there getting dirty, blocking the ball the way she does and everything else. In the paper, it’s always the pitcher to get noticed. But usually if there’s a great pitcher, you’ve got a really good catcher and we are lucky to have both.”


Lewis plans to study early Childhood Education at Heidelberg University because she loves to teach children. She is already making plans for the 2nd Annual “A League of Their Own” Softball Clinic for grades 2 through 5, which she organized and ran last summer at Indian Lake High School. 



 


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Kaffenbarger Signs to Play at Defiance College

Indian Lake utility player Nate Kaffenbarger will continue his baseball career at Defiance College. He recently signed his letter of intent, surrounded by family, friends, coaches and teammates. Kaffenbarger says he really clicked with the coaching staff at Defiance and looks forward to contributing to their improving program. Indian Lake Head Baseball Coach Ryan Lillard calls Kaffenbarger is the ultimate team player who will play any position to make his team better. Kaffenbarger was a CBC Special Mention Outfielder in 2015, but had to sit out the 2016 season due to injury. He looks forward to the coming spring season when he will lead the Laker outfield and return to the pitching rotation. Kaffenbarger plans to study Athletic Training at Defiance.



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Miller Makes It Official, Signs with Virginia Tech

Indian Lake’s first All-American athlete makes it official. Senior softball outfield star Sammi Miller recently signed with Division I Virginia Tech. Miller committed to VT two years ago, and ever since she’s been anxious to make it real. “It’s a relief to be signing. And it means I’ve achieved all my goals that I’ve worked so hard at.”


Miller has been playing softball since she was little. Like most, she started out with county ball in the summer, but quickly joined travel teams. Then Miller made elite travel teams from Tennessee and Virginia spending, her summers and weekends on the road at tournaments across the Midwest and beyond. Many of her coaches, from as far away as Chattanooga, were present for her signing ceremony along with family, friends, neighbors and teammates. 


Her hard work paid off for Indian Lake’s Softball program as well. Head Coach Skip Oliver says Logan County does not see many Division I-level players and Sammi is something special. “She’s who you compare yourself to if you want to know what kind of player you are. She’s a leader and always willing to help her teammates.”

Miller led the Lakers to their first ever Sectional and District softball titles this past season. She topped the CBC in batting average (.632), runs, hits, triples and stolen bases and was second with 7 home runs.  She earned CBC Mad River Division Player of the Year for the second year in a row, along with All-District and All-State honors. This summer she was selected for the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association All Region Team and the All-American Team Summer 2016. 

Miller looks forward to this season with the Lakers and then moving on the next level. 



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Silvis to Play for Wilmington 

Indian Lake Baseball shortstop Nick Silvis recently signed to play college baseball. Silvis will play for Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio. He's a two-time 1st Team CBC infielder for Coach Ryan Lillard's club and Lillard looks for good things from Silvis in the future. 
"Past his baseball skills, I think he's going to be very successful in life just because of his work ethic, his intelligence and how he treats other people. I've seen the growth and maturity in him over the past four years and I'm really appreciative that he was part of our program," Lillard said. 
Silvis said he chose Wilmington College because of the quality of education he can receive there, but he will miss his time at Indian Lake. 
"I enjoyed the coaches here, they really helped me progress in my baseball skills. And the players that I played with these last four years are unforgettable. I've really built some good friendships here," Silvis said.  
Silvis plans to study sports management. 


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Hefner to play Basketball at OSU Lima

The Laker guard who led the CBC in scoring assists this year will continue his career on the basketball court for Ohio State Lima. Beau Hefner signed with the Barons recently. He was joined by his parents Debbie and Shawn Hefner of DeGraff, OSU Lima Head Mens Basketball Coach Brady Schroeder, and Indian Lake coaches David Starr and Deron Newland.
Hefner was named CBC Mad River Division Co-Player of the Year for the 2015-16 season, 1st Team All District 9 and played in the District 9 All-Star Game.  
He looks forward to taking his game to the next level. 
"OSU (Lima) is a good campus and it'll be good for me. It'll help me get my name out there. I'm just excited to play with new people."
Coach Schroeder expects Hefner to have an immediate impact on his team. 
"The strongest point, I think, for Beau is he's going to be leading our team. He's actually going to step in right away I think. You can just see how he talks to other guys on the team right away that he's going to be a leader for us. I look for him to potentially start for us." 
Hefner plans to study business at OSU Lima. 



Indian Lake standout guard Kale Shoffner will further his career on the hard court at Bluffton University. It was a packed house as friends, family, coaches and school officials joined together as he signed his official Bluffton Beaver paperwork. 

Shoffner says is looking forward to the opportunity, “I like how it (Bluffton University) is small. Everybody is friendly and the professors will have more contact with you because it’s not so big. I hope to accomplish a lot, just like I have at Indian Lake, to be strong academically and have a great career in basketball.”

Shoffner is a two-time First Team CBC basketball player and a key member of the Indian Lake football team’s state playoff success for the past three years. But former Indian Lake Head Basketball Coach David Starr says basketball is Kale’s priority. 

“He was one of what I call my “basketball guys.” He was basketball first and you always want a couple of those on your team to build the program. He was just one I could always depend on as a player. I think he’s going to be a better college player than he was in high school,” Starr says.  “I think Bluffton’s an excellent fit for him. Coach (Guy) Neal works very well with local kids. I’m excited for him and I also excited that he’s going to be staying close because I can keep up with him more. You he’s become like family, as well as his mom and dad and the rest of his family, so I’m going to enjoy watching him grow.”

Kale plans to study sports management. He is the son of Dave and Janelle Shoffner of Huntsville. 

Indian Lake standout guard Kale Shoffner will further his career on the hard court at Bluffton University. It was a packed house as friends, family, coaches and school officials joined together as he signed his official Bluffton Beaver paperwork. 

Shoffner says is looking forward to the opportunity, “I like how it (Bluffton University) is small. Everybody is friendly and the professors will have more contact with you because it’s not so big. I hope to accomplish a lot, just like I have at Indian Lake, to be strong academically and have a great career in basketball.”

Shoffner is a two-time First Team CBC basketball player and a key member of the Indian Lake football team’s state playoff success for the past three years. But former Indian Lake Head Basketball Coach David Starr says basketball is Kale’s priority. 

“He was one of what I call my “basketball guys.” He was basketball first and you always want a couple of those on your team to build the program. He was just one I could always depend on as a player. I think he’s going to be a better college player than he was in high school,” Starr says.  “I think Bluffton’s an excellent fit for him. Coach (Guy) Neal works very well with local kids. I’m excited for him and I also excited that he’s going to be staying close because I can keep up with him more. You he’s become like family, as well as his mom and dad and the rest of his family, so I’m going to enjoy watching him grow.”

Kale plans to study sports management. He is the son of Dave and Janelle Shoffner of Huntsville.