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1 year ago by Pat McKee

13 CNHS seniors finalize college plans: six in football, four women's soccer, one men's soccer, two men's cross country

        Thirteen Columbus North High School seniors put pens to paper on Wednesday (Feb. 1) to finalize their commitments for college athletics and academics.
        Six football players, four women’s soccer players, one men’s soccer player and two men’s cross country/track athletes took part in a signing ceremony in the Columbus North cafeteria.
        Student-athletes who confirmed their choices were football players Mitchell Burton (Miami, Ohio), Alex Downin (Indianapolis), Tanner Payne (Rose-Hulman), David Redding (Miami, Ohio), Coleman Tennyson (Tiffin, Ohio) and Spencer West (Saint Francis); women’s soccer players Chloe Chambers (Franklin), Marina Hughes (Saint Francis), Natalie Teo (Bellarmine) and Charlotte Verbanic (Hanover); men’s soccer player Nick Beales (Indianapolis); and cross country/track athletes Elijah Brooks (Grace) and Eli Fischer (Marian).

        These are the eighth through 20th athletes in the CNHS Class of 2017 to announce their college plans. Seven CNHS student-athletes finalized their plans in November. Additional Columbus North seniors are expected to do so in another college-bound student-athlete ceremony to be held April.

        More information about the athletes who participated in the ceremony and their respective college choices follows.

         >> Nick Beales, men's soccer, Indianapolis: The back-forward totaled 13 points on five goals and three assists as the Bull Dogs went 15-6-1 en route to sectional and regional championships. He joins a Greyhounds’ program that went 10-5-5 overall and 6-5-4 in the Great Lake Valley Conference last fall.

         >> Elijah Brooks, men's cross country/track, Grace: Placed 89th in the 2016 IHSAA cross country state meet with a time of 17:02.7 for 5,000 meters. He also was 11th in the 3,200 in the 2016 Franklin Regional in 10:06.10. He joins a Lancers’ cross country program that placed sixth in the Crossroads League last fall.
         >> Mitchell Burton, football, Miami (Ohio): The 6-3, 190-pound running back ran for 1,698 yards and 22 touchdowns in a 9-2 senior season while earning Class 6A all-state honors from the Associated Press. He had three other TDs for a school-record 25 in 2016 and finished his CN career with 3,992 yards rushing and a school-record 55 touchdowns. He joins a RedHawks’ program that went 6-7 overall and was 6-2 in the Mid-American Conference in 2016.
         >> Chloe Chambers, women's soccer, Franklin: The forward totaled five points on two goals and one assist as the Bull Dogs posted a 13-3-4 season that included sectional and regional championships. She joins a Grizzlies’ squad that went 16-4 overall and 8-1 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference last fall.
         >> Alex Downin, football, Indianapolis: The 6-3, 250-pound offensive lineman was a key blocker for a unit that averaged 357.5 yards and set a school record with 41.2 points per game. He joins a Greyhounds’ program that went 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the GLVC last fall.
         >> Eli Fischer, men's cross country/track, Marian: Finished 111th in the 2016 IHSAA state cross country meet with a time of 17:14.8 for 5,000 meters. He also was seventh in the 1,600 in 2016 Franklin Regional in 4:37.30. He joins a Knights’ cross country program that won the Crossroads League championship last fall.
         >> Marina Hughes, women's soccer, Saint Francis (Ind.): The defender keyed a defense that yielded just 14 goals all season while amassing a 13-3-4 record that included sectional and regional crowns. She joins a Cougars’ program that went 8-10-2 overall and 3-5-1 in the Crossroads League.
         >> Tanner Payne, football, Rose-Hulman: The 6-1, 220-pound tight end caught eight passes for 37 yards while also blocking for an offense that set a school record for points per game (41.2) and averged 357.5 yards per game. He joins a Fightin’ Engineers’ program that went 8-3 overall and 7-1 in the HCAC last fall.

         >> David Redding, football, Miami (Ohio): The 6-5, 285-pound Redding was the top blocker for a Bull Dogs’ offense that averaged 357.5 yards and set a school record with 41.2 points per game. He also earned Class 6A all-state honors from the AP. He joins a RedHawks’ program that went 6-7 overall and was 6-2 in the Mid-American Conference in 2016.
         >> Coleman Tennyson, football, Tiffin (Ohio): The 6-2, 290-pound defensive tackle produced 75 tackles as a senior, including 15 tackles for loss, plus two sacks, six QB hurries, two forced fumbles and one blocked kick. For his career, he had 24 TFLs, second on the Bull Dogs’ all-time list. He joins a Dragons’ program that went 8-3 overall and 7-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference last fall.
         >> Natalie Teo, women's soccer, Bellarmine (Ky.): The midfielder totaled 15 points on five goals and five assists for a 13-3-4 squad that captured sectional and regional championships. She joins a Knights’ squad that went 11-3-4 overall and 9.2-4 in the GLVC last fall.
         >> Charlotte Verbanic, women's soccer, Hanover: Goalkeeper posted a 0.98 goals against average while allowing four goals in 325 minutes as the Bull Dogs went 13-3-4 with sectional and regional championships. She joins a Panthers’ program that went 14-6 overall, 8-1 in the HCAC and reached the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
         >> Spencer West, football, Saint Francis (Ind.): The 6-1, 210-pound defensive end amassed 35 tackles, including three tackles for loss, plus three sacks, five hurries and one forced fumble. He joins a Cougars’ program that went 13-1 last fall and won the NAIA national championship.

         The complete list of CNHS college-bound student-athletes in the Class of 2017 follows.

COLUMBUS NORTH CLASS OF 2017

    Student, Sport, College Choice

    ^ Holly Anderson, women's golf, Ball State
    ** Nick Beales, men's soccer, Indianapolis
    ** Elijah Brooks, men's cross country/track, Grace
    ** Mitchell Burton, football, Miami (Ohio)
    ** Chloe Chambers, women's soccer, Franklin College
    ^ Darby Coles, women's swimming, Marshall University
    ** Alex Downin, football, Indianapolis
    ** Eli Fischer, men's cross country/track, Marian
    ^ Imani Guy, women's basketball, Southern Indiana
    ^ Maliah Howard-Bass, women's basketball, Ball State
    ** Marina Hughes, women's soccer, Saint Francis (Ind.)
    ** Tanner Payne, football, Rose-Hulman

    ** David Redding, football, Miami (Ohio)
    ^ Mackenzie Rooks, volleyball, Manchester
    ** Coleman Tennyson, football, Tiffin (Ohio)
    ** Natalie Teo, women's soccer, Bellarmine (Ky.)
    ^ Cooper Trinkle, baseball, Evansville
    ^ Bryce Turner, men's golf, Saint Francis (Ind.)
    ** Charlotte Verbanic, women's soccer, Hanover
    ** Spencer West, football, Saint Francis (Ind.)

    ** Feb. 1 signing ceremony; ^ Nov. 8 signing ceremony

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