College Bound Lakers 2019-20

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It's not everyday that a scholar-athlete from Indian Lake Local Schools signs to play football at a Division I college. Senior Nathan Reichert is the first Laker to do so in nearly 30 years. In front of a packed room of friends and family members, Reichert signed his national letter of intent to become a Ball State Cardinal on the first day of the early signing period. 
Reichert is a 4-year letter winning defensive lineman. He was recognized as an All-State defensive player his sophomore, junior and senior years. He also earned several CBC conference awards, including 2019 Mad River Division Defensive Player of the Year. 
Reichert knows his success can be an inspiration to others. 
"I just want to be one of those guys that younger kids look up to and say he's done it, it's possible. Hopefully this encourages younger athletes to go do the same and try to succeed in Laker athletics."
Reichert credits his family, his older brother, Ivan, and former Laker athletes Tyler Huffer, Parker Grothaus and Alex Jacobs for guiding and motivating him early in his career.
Indian Lake Head Football Coach Dave Coburn says Reichert was a great team leader and leaves big shoes to fill. 
"Nate is blessed with a tremendous amount of ability, but that only gets you so far. He's surrounded himself with good people. His family is where it starts. But the past and present players he's surrounded himself with pushed him along with the self-motivation he has. Just so pleased to see him get to this point and take the next step at Ball State. "
Reichert says Ball State was one of the first Division I schools to contact him and it's a perfect fit. 
"When I went on a visit there, I got to know the coaching staff well and they're a bunch of great guys. I vibed well with them. They also have Construction Management, which is the program I want to go into and not all schools offer that, which is huge. Also, Ball State is under two hours away from my house so that was key because I want my parents to be able to come to as many games as possible."
Not only is Reichert an outstanding athlete, he is an ILHS Honor Roll student, a key leader on the varsity basketball team and a valuable member of the Track and Field team. He is also a  member of Key Club, SADD and Science Club.
Nathan is the son of Dan and Theresa Reichert of Lewistown. 
The only other Laker to sign to play DI football was Tim Norviel for Ohio University in 1990. Since then Laker Jeremy Miller walked on and played as a long-snapper at Ohio State. Currently Laker Parker Grothaus is a kicker for the Florida State Seminoles. He transferred from a smaller college and recently earned Special Teams Player of the Year for the Seminoles. 

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Indian Lake Soccer standout Ethan Pequignot is excited to take his game to the next level. 


He recently signed to play soccer with the Pioneers of Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. 

Pequignot was sidelined for his senior season with a hip injury, but was a leader on the field for the Lakers since his freshman year. He holds several Indian Lake Soccer records including most goals in a game and most points in a game. Carroll’s coaches contacted Pequignot over the summer and after a visit to campus, he knew it was the right fit. 

“I will definitely come out with my degree, that’s the big thing they push as a DIII college. I also want to have the experience as a student athlete and really bond with my new team, make some memories and maybe break some records there,” Ethan says. 

Pequignot plans to study cybersecurity at Carroll University. 

He is swimming for the Lakers this winter to strengthen his hip. 

Pequignot has played soccer since he was young child as part of local, regional and even national youth soccer teams. He travelled to Europe last summer to represent the United States with the USA Galaxies Team. Pequignot also served as a local youth soccer referee and coach. 

Ethan is the son of Brett and Mimi Pequignot of Huntsville. 


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A duo of Indian Lake Softball players is taking their game of pitch and catch to Edison State Community College in Piqua.

ILHS pitcher Callie Stidam and catcher Paige Schindewolf recently signed to compete on the diamond at the collegiate level. 

Edison State Head Softball Coach Brent New witnessed the signings and is excited to have this pair. 

“I’m hoping to get at least four pitchers per year and I told the girls I want to rotate them so they don’t get burned out. Callie’s an outstanding pitcher and she’s certainly going to help us out in that capacity. Same thing with catchers, I want quality catching and I know Paige can do that.” 

Stidam and Schindewolf both suffered injuries last season, but are hoping for big things this spring starting with a CBC title. They are already working out with the team and as a pair this winter. In addition, both girls have participated in years of club softball around the region.
Once at Edison, Stidam plans to student health sciences, while Schindewolf hopes to study psychology. 
Callie is the daughter of Travis and Vanessa Stidam of Lakeview. Paige lives in Jackson Center and is the daughter of Cynthia and Chad Schindewolf. 



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.