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Thirteen More Milford High School Student-Athletes Announce College Plans

Posted on: April 26, 2018

The Milford High School Department of Athletics is pleased to announce that 13 more members of its Class of 2018 will continue their athletic careers on the collegiate level. The student-athletes that have committed to continuing their academic and athletic futures include: Sydnee Harris (Softball-Youngstown State University), Blake Holtman (Soccer-Marietta College), Blake King (Football-Wittenberg University), Bailey Knox (Football-Wittenberg University), Nathan McGeorge (Bowling-Thomas More College), Holden Owens (Tennis-Allegheny College), Sam Pickett (Football-Capital University), Bryn Rolfsen (Soccer-Hanover College), Matt Schnelle (Water Polo-Penn State-Behrend), Trey Smith (Soccer-Manchester University), Dylan Stewart (Baseball-Fort Wayne University), Cora Striet (Swimming-Drew University) and Gabe Tonucci (Lacrosse-Ohio Wesleyan University).


Harris has been a mainstay at the top of the Milford line-up and at shortstop for the past two seasons, earning first team All-Eastern Cincinnati Conference as a junior. During that campaign, Harris was among the Eagles’ leaders in nearly every offensive category, including a team-leading 15 stolen bases. She also hit .441 for the season with 13 doubles, one triple and 17 RBI. Harris is enjoying another stellar campaign this spring.


At Youngstown State, Harris will play for head coach Brian Campbell. Sydnee is the daughter of Mike and Jennifer Harris.


Holtman was a stalwart defensively for Milford during his career, earning All-ECC honors three times, including a pair of first team selections. On the offensive end of the field, Holtman concluded his prep career with four goals and four assists for 12 total points.


At Marietta, Holtman will play for head coach Joe Bergin. Blake is the son of David and Lauren Holtman.


King capped a senior season to remember by being named first team All-ECC and second team All-Southwest District. At the controls of the high-octane Eagles’ offense, King finished his senior year with arguably the greatest performance by a Milford signal-caller in school history. For the year, King completed 60 percent of his 309 passes for 2,342 yards and a staggering 23 touchdowns. He also rushed for 13 more scores on the ground, leading a Milford offense that ranked second in the league in scoring and third in total offense.


Knox was a defensive standout for the Eagles, earning second team all-conference honors and ranking second on the team with 84 tackles, including eight for loss. Knox also registered 1.5 sacks, two pass break-ups, one fumble recovery and a forced fumble. He also provided some hard running as a back-up in the offensive backfield, finishing with 99 yards and scoring a pair of touchdowns.


At Wittenberg, King and Knox will play for head coach Joe Fincham. Blake is the son of Stephen and Karen King. Bailey is the son of Tim Knox and Christina Gordon.


McGeorge had a huge senior year for the Eagles, capping it off by being named ECC Player of the Year. He ended his career at the District Tournament and finished the season leading the league in both overall average (213.8) and high series (516-a school record), and was fourth for high game (268). McGeorge was a first-team All-ECC selection for all four years of his prep career.


At Thomas More, McGeorge will compete for head coach Michele Colangelo. Nathan is the son of Robert and Diane McGeorge.


Owens has occupied the No. 1 position in the Eagles’ line-up for each of the last three years and played two matches in the spot as a freshman. His play has earned him All-ECC honors three years running, including a second team award last year when he posted a 12-5 record.


At Allegheny, located in Meadville, Pa., Owens will play for head coach Jared Luteran. Holden is the son of Chris and Lisa Owens.


Pickett was a solid two-way performer for the ECC Champion and playoff qualifying Eagles squad. At receiver, he hauled in 25 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns as a senior. Defensively, Pickett made 14 tackles, snagged one interception and broke up another pass, while also contributing as a kick and punt returner.


At Capital, Pickett will play for head coach Chad Rogosheske. Sam is the son of Anthony and Amy Pickett.


Rolfsen concluded an outstanding career with a second team All-ECC selection during her senior year in which she led the team with nine goals and 22 points, while tacking on four assists. For her career, Rolfsen was a three-time all-conference honoree, finishing with 24 goals, eight assists and 56 points.


At Hanover, Rolfsen will play for head coach James Watts. Bryn is the daughter of Michael Rolfsen and Dee Roberts.


Schnelle was a key contributor for the boys water polo team throughout his career. As a senior, he helped the Eagles to an eighth place finish in the state.


At Penn State-Behrend, Schnelle will play for head coach Joe Tristan. Matt is the son of Kristin Riegel.


Smith came on strong as a senior, capping his career with inclusion on the All-ECC second team. Last fall, Smith scored eight goals and added four assists to finish with 20 points.


At Manchester, located in North Manchester, Ind., Smith will play for head coach Corey Brueggeman. Trey is the son of Brandon and Heather Smith.


Stewart has excelled over the last two seasons at baseball’s most physically demanding position, catcher. As a junior, Stewart earned second team All-ECC honors. After starting the year at third base, he made the transition to catcher, finishing the campaign with a .273 batting average, four doubles and 12 RBI. He is having an even better senior campaign, ranking among the Eagles’ top hitters.


At Fort Wayne, Stewart will play for head coach Bobby Pierce. Dylan is the son of Todd and Rebecca Stewart.


Striet started her Milford career on a high note, earning All-ECC honorable mention honors as a freshman for her success in the 100 butterfly. As a senior, Striet was a member of the 200 medley squad that qualified for district competition. Individually, she competed in all four of the freestyle events, the 100 back and butterfly and the 200 IM.


At Drew, located in Madison, N.J., Striet will compete for head coach Rich Munson. Cora is the daughter of David and Patrice Striet.


Tonucci is the Eagles’ starting goalie as a senior, after spending last year as the back-up where he still managed to collect 25 saves. To date, Tonucci has corralled 90 saves during his senior year.


At Ohio Wesleyan, Tonucci will play for head coach Mike Planthot. Gabe is the son of David and Karen Tonucci.


These 13 commitments bring the total number for the MHS Class of 2018 to 31. Other commitments announced this school year include: Holly Barlage (Soccer-Capital University), Megan Cannon (Bowling-Thomas More College), Ashley Costa (Soccer/Lacrosse-Mount St. Joseph University), Dax Creager (Lacrosse-High Point University), Bryce Dugan (Football-Ohio University), Rodney Gorley (Bowling-Shawnee State University), Jessica Haines (Bowling-Shawnee State University), Ryan Hezlep (Lacrosse-University of Indianapolis), Alex Lutz (Baseball-Thiel College), Dan Lutz (Baseball-Thiel College), Mackenzie Mason (Bowling-Shawnee State University), Mitch Mierke (Baseball-Thomas More College), Jessica Morgan (Soccer-Malone University), Maggie Ohmer (Soccer-Ohio Northern University), Amanda Reinhart (Tennis-U.S. Air Force Academy), Lisa Sullivan (Volleyball-U.S. Military Academy at West Point), A.J. Teague (Lacrosse-Transylvania University) and Rachel Welty (Dance-University of Cincinnati).