Six student athletes participated in National Signing Day on Wednesday, April 14 to celebrate their intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level: seniors Daniel Auxier, Clay Badylak, Riley Haugh, Emma McSwigan, Austin Ramey, and Mia Smith.
Athletic Director, Mr. Drew Schmidt, said, “It’s always a great day to be a Rocket, but when you can highlight the accomplishments of such great achievers, on and off the field, it becomes an even better day to be a Rocket.”
Daniel Auxier signed his intent to play lacrosse at Virginia Wesleyan University. Through just six matches so far this season, Daniel has scored 7 goals on 41 shots on goal and has won more than 10 groundballs. Daniel is a two-year team captain, three-year starter at attack, and, according to his coaches, he “possesses a high lacrosse IQ and is very competitive.”
Clay Badylak will continue his baseball career at Frontier Community College. As a three-sport athlete, Clay has been a member of the McNicholas football, basketball, and baseball programs. Along with All-League, City, and District accolades in football and basketball, Clay was named to the 1st Team All-GCL in baseball as a sophomore. He hit .431 and accumulated a 3.5 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 26 IP.
Riley Haugh committed to play football at Hiram College. As a member of the Rocket football team, Riley was a key-cog on the interior lines. He recorded nearly 70 tackles in 23 career games played, and earned 2nd Team All-GCL honors as a senior. McNicholas Head Football Coach, Mike Orlando, said, “Riley obviously was a tremendous football player, but more importantly he is an excellent teammate. In short, he has a tremendous heart, he gives uncommon effort, and cares deeply about those around him.”
Emma McSwigan will continue her soccer career at Northern Kentucky University. Emma is a two-sport athlete, competing as a member of Rocket basketball and soccer teams. She was named 2nd Team All-GCL her junior and senior seasons in basketball. In soccer, she competed at the varsity level for four seasons and was named All-GCL all four years. During her senior season, Emma was named 1st Team All-GCL, 1st Team All-City, and 2nd Team All-State.
Austin Ramey signed his intent to play football at Ave Maria University. As a Rocket football player, he was named All-GCL three times. Even though Austin’s senior year was plagued by injury, he still earned multiple accolades including 1st Team All-GCL, and 1st Team All-City, 1st Team All-Southwest Ohio, and 1st Team All-State.
Mia Smith will continue her softball career at Mt. St. Joseph University. During her sophomore season as a Rocket, Mia batted .421 and had 2 homeruns. So far this season in just five games, Mia is hitting .500 with 7 doubles, 2 HR, and 11 RBI.
Mr. Schmidt added, “Our signees represent everything we want our student athletes to be: dedicated, committed, accountable, and hard-working. As a result, we are proud to have had them leave their footprints in our McNicholas community’s history.”