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Five Milford High School Student-Athletes Announce College Plans

Posted on: November 10, 2021

The Milford High School Department of Athletics is pleased to announce that five members of its Class of 2022 will continue their athletic careers on the collegiate level. The student-athletes that have committed to continuing their academic and athletic futures are Jade Avance (Women’s Track & Field-Ashland University), Paige Ayler (Women’s Basketball-Lake Erie College), Meredith Goff (Women’s Track & Field-Northern Kentucky University), Emily Morgan (Women’s Volleyball-Miami (OH) University) and Brooklyn Stewart (Softball-Tennessee Tech University).

Avance was part of the school record-setting 4x400 meter relay squad last fall that earned second team All-ECC honors. Running anchor leg, Avance also helped the squad qualify for regionals where they finished in fourth place overall. She also finished third at the ECC Championships in the 400 meters and was the owner of the second-fastest 400 time in the league last spring.

At Ashland, an NCAA Division II program in Ashland, OH, Avance will compete for head coach Jud Logan. Jade is the daughter of Bryan and Gerri Avance.

Ayler has been a fixture in the Milford varsity line-up since her freshman season and is a two-time All-ECC second team selection. After missing most of her sophomore year to injury, she reestablished herself amongst the best players in the ECC and as one of the league’s best pure shooters last winter. By season’s end, she was second among league players in both three-point shooting (39.4%) and free throw shooting (81.4%). For the season, Ayler averaged nine points and nearly seven rebounds per game.

At Lake Erie, an NCAA Division II program in Painesville, OH, Ayler will play for head coach Mackenzie Petrru. Paige is the daughter of Kirk and Kristin Ayler.

Goff had a remarkable junior year, earning first team All-ECC after winning the 100 and 200 meters, along with the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays. She was also tabbed Sprinter of the Meet for the ECC Championships and was the Top Points Winner of the meet. Goff was a regional qualifier in all four events, a two-time district runner-up and a school record holder in the 4x200 meters.

At Northern Kentucky, an NCAA Division I program in Highland Heights, KY, Goff will compete for head coach Steve Kruse and join a roster that includes former Eagle standout Andrea Armstrong. Meredith is the daughter of Jim and Jennifer Goff.

During her stellar career, Morgan was one of the top defensive players in the area. This fall, she ranked second in the league with 4.48 digs per set and was among the top-10 in the conference with 52 service aces on her way to ECC Defensive Player of the Year honors. This year marks three consecutive All-ECC awards, including two straight first team honors. Morgan was also recognized as All-Region and on the Best and Brightest list of the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

At Miami, an NCAA Division I program in Oxford, Ohio, Morgan will play for legendary head coach Carolyn Condit. Emily is the daughter of Kemp and Karen Morgan.

A first team All-ECC selection last year, Stewart was a force at the plate and behind it, finishing in the top-five in the league with a .560 batting average. Her 13 doubles were among the league’s best. Stewart also clubbed three triples and three homers, driving in 28 and stealing seven bases. At catcher, Stewart had five pickoffs, threw out eight potential base stealers and committed just four passed balls. She was also a first team Cincinnati Enquirer All-Star.

At Tennessee Tech, an NCAA Division I program in Cookeville, TN, Stewart will play for head coach Michelle DePolo. Brooklyn is the daughter of Todd and Rebecca Stewart.

Further signee information will be shared throughout the 2021-22 academic year as it is finalized.