By Erika Greco
Every athlete dreams of making it to the big leagues. But before they can live the dream, athletes must receive an offer to play their beloved sport for a college. For a select group of Central’s student athletes, this dream has come true.
Several students have received offers and intend on signing with colleges. As of now, senior Jerret Haas has decided to commit to Indiana Tech to play hockey; senior Stephen Lee was offered a 90% tuition scholarship to swim at Olivet Nazarene University in the fall; senior Michael Morelli has decided to play baseball for Saginaw Valley State University while teammates and seniors Zach Kallgren and Kevin O’Malley will be pursuing baseball at Trine University.
“Being able to play college baseball has been a dream of mine ever since I was little. Having the right coaches and people around me helped me achieve that dream,” explained O’Malley. “It means the world to me knowing I get to play the game I love for another four years.”
“As a school, we are very proud of our athletes,” stated WLC Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Michael Fray. “Each of them has worked incredibly hard to earn the opportunity to continue competing at the collegiate level.”
Students participating in spring sports have yet to begin their seasons, and they are looking to receive offers from schools.
Central’s track and field team has a wide variety of athletes looking to receive scholarships to schools. Senior Jasmine Brown will most likely commit to Alabama State University. Robert Harris has received offers from Alabama State University as well as Central Michigan University. “I’m very excited! It’s one of the best feelings to know that you’re about to compete at the next level,” said Harris. Other track athletes that are looking to continue their careers in college include seniors Kayla Womack, Exhildi Prekaj, and Austin Shamoun.
“I’m somewhat nervous as well as excited and anxious at the same time. I’m looking forward to the new experiences and the people I’m going to meet as well as the heightened competition,” stated Shamoun.
Walled Lake Central is incredibly proud to have a great number of students representing the school at collegiate levels. The athletes have true dedication which goes to show that when you give it your all, you have the power to make it happen.