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Poland has five sign to continue athletic careers

May 22, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Poland Seminary High School hosted a signing event for five seniors on May 15. Seniors Ashley Wire, Justine Carney, Clay Schafer, Jacob Blackburn, and Mark Lanterman each signed to continue their sport this fall.

Wire, a senior softball player, signed her letter of intent with Westminster College. She plans to major in bio-chemistry.

"I really like the coach and the vibe of the school," Wire said.

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Signing their letters of intent on May 15 were Poland athletes Mark Lanterman (swim team), Jacob Blackburn (wrestling), Clay Schafer (wrestling), Justine Carney (softball), and Ashley Wire (softball).

Teammate Carney also signed to continue her softball career by signing with Notre Dame of Cleveland, where she is looking at a nursing major.

"I absolutely loved the campus," she said. "It is beautiful and the coaches are amazing."

For Poland softball coach Jim Serich, Wire and Carney were the second and third senior to sign to play ball in college. He said the senior girls played a key part in Poland's success.

"Our success is a direct result of senior leadership," the coach said. "They have done everything you'd expect them to do and they have left a blueprint for the underclassmen to follow. They are great students, athletically and academically."

Another pair of teammates were wrestlers Schafer and Blackburn. Schafer signed to wrestle for Kent State Tuscarawas this fall where he will major in nursing..

"I visited the Kent and liked the campus," Schafer said.

Blackburn plans to major in mechanical engineering at Thiel College this fall. He said the coach at Thiel helped seal the deal.

"I enjoyed the campus and the coach was very nice," Blackburn said. "The coach had been there 16 years and he felt I would be a good fit."

The two grapplers made for the first signers under the new era of coaching. First-year head coach Tony Jameson said, "Both are great leaders and they will do well."

The lone swimmer at the signing was Lanterman, who will attend Westminster College for business.

"It is a real good school," he said. "I like the coaches and the campus, it is a good fit for me."

Athletic Administrator Brian Banfield said the five bring the total number of athletes signing for the current year at 12. He said the seniors this year have proven to be inspiring leaders who helped their teams compete successfully.

"We have won 11 out of 16 sports at Poland Seminary High School," he said. "That says a lot."



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