Seaholm nine sign college letters of intent

The media center at Birmingham Seaholm was the scene of a college commitment celebration Tuesday afternoon.

Nine student-athletes signed national letters of intent and announced where they plan to attend college in front of a nice crowd of family, friends, a collection of school coaches and fellow students.

The 15-minute event was coordinated and presided over by longtime Seaholm athletic director Aaron Frank. 

Following is a list of those who announced their college intentions:

Brennan Bull

Sport: Tennis

College: Rochester Institute of Technology

Athletic accomplishments: Two-year captain; four-time regional team champion; two-year No. 1 singles player; two-year coach’s award recipient; athletic director Sportsmanship Award recipient.

Quote: “I am proud and honored to have been a part of this team and of my accomplishments over the past four years, but even more excited for the opportunities and challenges that await me at Rochester Institute of Technology.”

Carson Claar

Sport: Squash

College: Bowdoin College

Athletic accomplishments: Four-year varsity tennis player; No. 2 singles player as a senior; two-year varsity lacrosse player; highest squash ranking, No. 14 in country; played in more than 50 national tournaments; current skill ranking, 5.03 out of 5.5.

Quote: “What’s squash? Give me five minutes and I’ll explain it to you.”

Fotini Demetriou

Sport: Soccer

College: Oakland University

Athletic accomplishments: Four-year varsity starter; all-district, all-league and scholar athlete (2015, 2016, ODP); 2017 ECNL national champion; Michigan Hawks captain.

Quote: “I am excited to be a part of an amazing program next year with exceptional staff and players. It’s a place where I can grow and become better person and student-athlete.”

Nicholas Lang

Sport: Football

College: Kalamazoo College

Athletic accomplishments: All-league (2017); team offensive player of the year, skill player of the year and receptions leader; three receiving touchdowns, one interception (2017); senior captain; three-year varsity player; team rookie of the year (2015); two-year varsity lacrosse letter winner.

Quote: “I had a one-on-one with (Kalamazoo) coach (Jamie) Zorbo and he just kind of laid out everything we would go through as a team and how they would help me academically, because it’s a very good academically rigorous school and I was a little worried how I would balance that. But he gave me a very good explanation of how to balance that and that made me feel very comfortable. And I had an overnight with the team and I felt very comfortable. The team was very welcoming and they are very close. Those are the reasons why I chose Kalamazoo College. I feel like I am ready to play at the next level after playing the last three years at Seaholm. I have been playing against very good teams — Farmington Hills Harrison, Oak Park, teams that have a lot of D-I guys on it — and (Seaholm) coach (Jim) DeWald is a very good coach. He gets you ready for the next level and he just helped me a lot through this process. I feel very comfortable moving on.”

Molly Ligon

Sport: Volleyball

College: Hope College

Athletic accomplishments: Three-year varsity player; two-year varsity captain, JV captain; all-state honorable mention (2017); two-time all-regional, all-conference and all-league; four-time scholar-athlete; three-time academic all-state; member of 2015 OAA Red Division championship team.

Quote: “I can’t wait to take on the challenges ahead of me at Hope College, both academically and athletically. Go, Dutch!”

Heather Meadows

Sport: Track and field

College: Grand Valley State University

Athletic accomplishments: Awarded more than 40 track and field medals; varsity captain (2018); team MVP (2016, 2017); coaches award (2017); broke school 100-meter hurdle record (2017); AAU Junior Olympics (2017); indoor track and field state meet (2015, 2016, 2017); heptathlon competitor (2017); scholar-athlete.

Quote: “I am extremely excited to attend Grand Valley State University. I feel it’s the right place for me to take my academics and athletics to the next level.”

Cooper Mixon

Sport: Basketball

College: DePauw (Ind.) University

Athletic accomplishments: Oakland County scholar-athlete (2017, 2018); all-state honorable mention; all-conference nominee (2018); senior captain; Black Student Union; Moneyball AAU team member.

Quote: “I am looking forward to playing college basketball and being part of the team at DePauw.”

Henry Scavone

Sport: Golf

College: Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) University

Athletic accomplishments: Four-year varsity player; two-year captain; all-state first team (2017); varsity MVP (2017); Detroit Free Press Boys Golf Player of the Year finalist (2018); top 10 state meet finish (2017); sportsmanship award (2016).

Quote: “I visited the campus and immediately fell in love with it. Loved it. I contacted the coach (Dan Rodgers) right away and we started to build a good relationship over the course of five or six months. And with how good their engineering program is and with my passion for math and science, it was just a perfect fit for me as far as education and golf combined. I committed in November (2017), just after Thanksgiving.”

Vaishnav Siddapureddy

Sport: Football

College: Pomona (Calif.) College

Athletic accomplishments: Two-time Glen Goode Award winner for performance, leadership and academic excellence; first team academic all-state; OAA scholar-athlete; Maple of the Year award (2016); team captain (2017).

Quote: “I am so excited to get to Pomona and be able to continue my education and athletics at a top-notch college in beautiful southern California.”

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