Multiple Teams · Middletown Schools celebrate the signing of 12 student-athletes

MIDDLETOWN-The Middletown City Schools Athletic Department is proud to announce that 12 senior student-athletes made their college selection official on Tuesday, February 1.

Each school year high school seniors across the country sign their name on a National Letter of Intent (NLI). The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and a NLI member intuition.

The NLI encompasses two basic principles. That a prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters), and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year.

Tuesday morning, Middletown Schools hosted a celebration ceremony as these special seniors put the pen to paper in the MHS Media Center.

Head football coach Lance Engleka introduced seven student-athletes that will continue their football careers at the collegiate level.

Cole Smith headlines the 2017 class and he will be attending the University of Cincinnati as kicking specialist for the Bearcats.

Smith will also participate in a special signing celebration hosted by the Great Miami Conference on Tuesday afternoon at Beacon Orthopedics in West Chester.

Nick Howard, Marquise Petty, and Will Thomas will all be heading south to Georgetown, Kentucky where they will play football for the Georgetown College Tigers.

Georgetown is an active member of the Mid-South Conference and the NAIA.

Gary Beatty, Cam Winding, and Jaevan Wright are committing to continuing their education and athletic careers at Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio.

The Blue Knights are members of NCAA Division II and the Mountain East Conference.

Girls soccer head coach Jeremy Hyman was proud to introduce Kelsey Joseph and Maddie Muterspaw.

Joseph will be attending Rio Grande University in Rio Grande, Ohio. The Red Storm are active partners of the NAIA and the River States Conference.

Muterspaw will take her soccer talent to Mt. St. Joseph University in Cincinnati. MSJ proudly supports student-athletes who represent the Mount as active leaders, and compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and in NCAA Division III.

First-team all-Greater Miami Conference boy’s golfer Noah Johns will stay close to home. Johns’ has chosen Miami University Hamilton to continue his education as a student-athlete for the Harriers.

Chris Cupp is the son of Middletown’s head bowling coach Larry Cupp. Larry has had an active role Chris’ development as a successful student-athlete for the Middies.

The Cupp Family is proud to announce that Chris will be attending the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima, Ohio and he will bowl for the Racers.

The Middletown cross country team had a strong 2016 campaign, and veteran head coach David Fultz introduced senior Chris Parsons’ Tuesday morning.

Parsons’ will continue his running career as a student-athlete at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio.

The Runnin’ Bears are led by head coach Eric Putnam, and participate as active members of the NAIA and the Mid-South Conference.

“We are excited and very proud of our student-athletes that are committing to continue their athletic and academic careers at the collegiate level,” said MHS principal Carmela Cotter.

“Each of these special student-athletes proudly represent the five pillars of development we hope to instill in all of our students. We celebrate their accomplishments today, and look forward to watching them continue to grow as productive young adults.”