College Bound Lakers 2020-21

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Indian Lake senior football kicker Derek Cline is taking his footwork to Marietta College next fall. 

Surrounded by his parents, Lenny and Kim, siblings Dylan and Jenna, and many friends, Derek officially signed to play football for the Pioneers. Like he did for the Lakers the past four seasons, Cline will serve as a place kicker. 

He says for him, Marietta College is an all-around fit. 

“I love their academics and their Health Science program. Also Coach Waddle was super nice and the family atmosphere at Marietta is awesome.”

Cline earned First Team Central Buckeye Conference honors his sophomore and senior years. He was also a second team CBC kicker as a freshman. In addition, Cline also earned league Special Mention honors as a senior soccer player for Indian Lake. 

Cline says this commitment is extra special because his father is a Marietta College graduate. 

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Indian Lake senior baseball pitcher Isaac Roby is ready to hit the field after losing his junior season to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Roby recently signed to play baseball for the Miami Middletown University ThunderHawks program. Roby’s parents, Amie and Joe Roby, sister Tori, and several friends joined him as he made it official. Miami Middletown Coaches Ken Prichard and Matt Haddix were also at Indian Lake for the event, along with IL Head Coach Ryan Lillard. 

With baseball season officially underway this weekend, Roby is raring to go. 

“This season, for me, is all about proving myself and for the team to get a CBC title,” Roby said. 

As a sophomore during the 2019 baseball season, Roby was one of the Central Buckeye Conference’s leading pitchers with 7 wins. He also led the team in strike-outs. When not pitching, Roby is a solid outfielder. 

He looks forward to the next few months as a Laker and then moving on to the Miami Middletown program. 

“The ThunderHawks are all about developing players and helping them improve on their baseball skills to either help them go to the Oxford campus or another school in a higher division.”

Roby plans to study science education in hopes of becoming a Chemistry teacher. 
 


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Indian Lake wrestling star Hayden Pummel solidified his future this week by officially signing to wrestle for Division I Northern Illinois University. He was joined by his father Rick, mother Keely and brother Owen, along with Coaches Ryan Dickson and Phil Mackesy at Indian Lake High School for a signing ceremony. Pummel has had his sights set on collegiate wrestling for many years and he says putting ink to paper is the culmination of years of training and commitment. “This is a big moment for me. I was able to get it out of the way, almost, just sign and have this big pressure relieved off my shoulders of knowing that I’m able to go wrestle in college and that I’m one of the best to come through the room.” As a freshman, Pummel went one and two at Districts in the 160-pound weight class. As a sophomore, he moved up to third in Districts and placed 7th in the State Wrestling Meet. Before Covid-19 hit, Pummel wrestled to a District first place finish as a junior. He stands as the projected State Champion in the 160-pound weight class for the 2020 season, which never saw a conclusion to the state tournament. Pummel is hoping the 2021 season can end the way he’s always dreamed. “Going forward for this wrestling season coming up, the expectations/goals are the same. I’m still training everyday to become a state champ. That was the goal since I was a freshman, was to be a multi-time state champ. Unfortunately, those goals have been marked off. This is the last time I can, so I’m really training hard to get it done this year.”
Indian Lake's wrestling season begins with a meet at home on December 9th. Pummel will wrestle for Coach Ryan Ludwig at Northern Illinois University, which is located in DeKalb, Illinois.


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.