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Milford High School Announces College Plans Of 11 Senior Student-Athletes

Posted on: May 16, 2022

The Milford High School Department of Athletics is pleased to announce that an additional 11 members of its Class of 2022 will continue their athletic careers on the collegiate level. This group of signees brings the total for this year’s senior class to an astounding 34.

The student-athletes that have committed to continuing their academic and athletic futures are: Jacob Downs (Men’s Volleyball-Wittenberg University), Ayla Grabenbauer (Women’s Cross Country-Case Western Reserve University), Maddy Grein (Cheerleading-Miami (OH) University), Libby Mailloux (Women’s Cross Country-Case Western Reserve University), Collin Kittrell (Men’s Soccer-Ashland University), Mallory Klingshirn (Women’s Bowling-Northern Kentucky University), Keegan Laughlin (Men’s Lacrosse-University of Indianapolis), Danny McCoy (Football-DePauw University), Kaylie McKenney (Women’s Basketball-John Carroll University), Brandon Neff (Baseball-UC Clermont) and Sophia Otten (Women’s Swimming-Grove City College).

Downs recently surpassed the 700 kills mark for his career, an impressive feat achieved in just three seasons. Although not an official ECC-sponsored sport, Downs was chosen to the coaches All-ECC first team last season.

At Wittenberg, an NCAA Division III program in Springfield, Ohio, Downs will play for head coach Nathan Matthews. Jacob is the son of Keith and Melissa Downs.

Grabenbauer has competed in both cross country and track & field during her Milford career. She twice qualified for the OHSAA Regional Championships in cross country, helping the Eagles qualify as a team last fall. Grabenbauer finished 22nd at regionals as a junior. She tallied a 10th place finish at Districts last fall on the heels of a 14th place finish at the ECC Championships.

At Case Western Reserve, an NCAA Division III program in Cleveland, Ohio, Grabenbauer will compete for head coach Kathy Lanese. Ayla is the daughter of Cory and Kellie Grabenbauer.

Grein has been part of a dynasty at Milford as the Eagles have won seven straight ECC Cheerleading Championships. Milford also won National Championships in 2019-2020.

At Miami, an NCAA Division I program in Oxford, Ohio, Grein will compete for head coach Jerel Stewart. Maddy is the daughter of Tony Grein and Lori Seibert.

Mailloux has been a member of the Eagle cross country and track & field programs during her career. In addition to helping Milford earn a berth at the OHSAA Regional Championships last fall, Mailloux finished at team-best 25th at the ECC Championships as a sophomore.

At Case Western Reserve, an NCAA Division III program in Cleveland, Ohio, Mailloux will compete for head coach Kathy Lanese. Libby is the daughter of Eric and Jen Mailloux.

Kittrell has made a name for himself as a fierce defender on the pitch for the Eagles during his career, twice earning second team All-ECC honors. A three-year varsity letterwinner, he helped Milford to a District Championship in 2019. Kittrell has also enjoyed an outstanding season in track & field this spring, capped with a third-place finish in the 100 meter dash.

At Ashland, an NCAA Division II program in Ashland, OH, Kittrell will play for head coach Nick Roberts. Collin is the son of Kevin and Nicole Kittrell.

Klingshirn made a big impact on the Eagle Bowling program as a senior, earning first team All-ECC honors. Her 162.3 average ranked seventh in the league last winter, while her high game of 255 tied for third.

At NKU, Klingshirn will join a club team at the NCAA Division I program in Highland Heights, KY and compete for head coach Phil Connell. Mallory is the daughter of Mark and Mindi Klingshirn.

Laughlin has been one of the best players in Milford Lacrosse history, recently breaking the school record for career goals. He enters the Eagles’ first post-season contest with over 125 for his career, along with more than 50 assists. Laughlin earned first team All-ECC honors last spring and should earn a second honor later this spring.

At Indianapolis, an NCAA Division II program in Indianapolis, IN, Laughlin will play for head coach Greg Stocks. Keegan is the son of Sean and Patricia Laughlin.

Despite playing undersized at linebacker, McCoy had an outstanding senior season for the Eagles, finishing with 61 tackles, including 10.5 for loss. He registered three sacks and broke up four passes. He finished his junior campaign with 31 tackles and one interception, while tallying 26 tackles and five breakups as a sophomore.

At DePauw, an NCAA Division III program in Greencastle, IN, McCoy will play for head coach Brett Dietz. Danny is the son of Jeffrey and Andrea McCoy.

McKenney had a simply outstanding career at Milford as one of the most versatile Eagles in recent memory. A three-time All-ECC selection, including a two-time first team choice, McKenney made her name as a fierce rebounder and a capable scorer. Her 621 career rebounds and 55 career blocks both rank fifth in school history. As a senior, McKenney averaged 11 points per game, a career-high, and recorded seven double-doubles, giving her 12 for her career.

At John Carroll, an NCAA Division III program near Cleveland, OH, McKenney will play for head coach Beth Andrews. Kaylie is the daughter of Tom and Kristi McKenney.

Neff has been solid as a two-year member of the Eagle squad, contributing on the mound as both a starting and relief pitcher. Over two seasons, he’s compiled over 50 innings pitched and a 2.71 ERA with 58 strikeouts. Neff saved his best for last as he enters the OHSAA Tournament owning a 1.29 ERA this spring.

At UC Clermont, a USCAA Division II program in Batavia, Neff will play for head coach Keith Bauman. Brandon is the son of Charlie and Anita Neff.

Otten capped her Eagle career earning honorable mention honors for her performance in the 100 backstroke this winter. She ranked among the top-20 in the ECC in the event and placed 15th at the ECC Championships. Otten stayed busy this season, competing in all of the freestyle events, as well as the 200 IM.

At Grove City, an NCAA Division III program in Grove City, PA, Otten will compete for head coach Dave Fritz and join a roster that features her older sister, Emma. Sophia is the daughter of Benjamin and Sara Otten.