College athletic signings take over IMC

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Alexa Abele receives flowers on senior night. Abele recently committed and signed to play at Davidson University starting 2016. She signed with three other senior athletes on November 12.

On Thursday Nov. 12, four class of 2016 members committed to D-1 colleges for sports. Seniors Kellen Alsip (UNC-Asheville for golf), Tommy Barnhorst (Jacksonville for lacrosse), Alexa Abele (Davidson for tennis), and Margaret Fry (Illinois for swimming) all celebrated their signings in the IMC.
Alsip has been a long time member of the girl’s golf program at SHS. This year she averaged a GMC-best score of 38.2 on 270 total holes. Alsip also won the individual Ohio state tournament.
Barnhorst is entering his fourth and final season on the boy’s varsity lacrosse team. In his first two seasons alone, the defender and long stick midfielder tallied 13 points and ten shots on goal. As a sophomore, he finished the season in first-team all region. Aside from Jacksonville, Barnhorst had an offer from NJIT.
Senior captain said, “Being a lacrosse player in the Sycamore community is a blessing. Lacrosse is a team sport and my relationships that I’ve developed with coaches and teammates are essential to my success.”
Abele is a 4-star tennis recruit that is listed as the second best HS player in Ohio and has peaked within the top 200 nationally. During her time as a senior Abele earned 30 wins and just five losses as a singles player. The Davidson women’s tennis program just came off of a 12-10 season.
Sycamore girl’s varsity coach Mike Teets said, “Alexa’s biggest strength is her determination. Nobody outworks her, so that translates to each level of tennis. I feel very confident that she will succeed at Davidson.”
Fry placed top ten within the the GMC for three categories: 50 yard freestyle (5th), 100 yard freestyle (6th), and 100 yard backstroke (10th). She also helped Sycamore finish second in the 200 yard medley relay. The Illinois women’s swimming program is 7-1 this season.
Fry said, “The swimming program at Sycamore provides me with a great group of teammates who are always there to encourage me. Also, my coaches helped me with my technique during the offseason, making a positive difference in my career.”