2013-05-30 / Sports

Nine more Dragons to play collegiate athletics

BY DAN NILSEN
810-452-2655 • dnilsen@mihomepaper.com


Announcing their college choices on May 22 were (front row, from left) Kristin Loiselle, Morgan Storer, Daniel James, Abbie McGuire, (back row) Jaylen Schoenfield, Lauren Adas, Dewrell Tisdale, Hayley Cruthers and Allie Jo Brookman. 
Photo by Dan Nilsen Announcing their college choices on May 22 were (front row, from left) Kristin Loiselle, Morgan Storer, Daniel James, Abbie McGuire, (back row) Jaylen Schoenfield, Lauren Adas, Dewrell Tisdale, Hayley Cruthers and Allie Jo Brookman. Photo by Dan Nilsen SWARTZ CREEK — Nine Swartz Creek athletes will take their game to the next level at colleges across Michigan and the Midwest next year.

Lauren Adas, Allie Jo Brookman, Hayley Cruthers, DJ James, Kristin Loiselle, Abbie McGuire, Jaylen Schoenfield, Morgan Storer and Dewrell (JD) Tisdale all signed letters of intent May 22 in a ceremony in the Swartz Creek Administrative Building.

Adas and Brookman will play softball at Mott Community College, and McGuire will join them there on the Mott volleyball team. Cruthers will play softball at Ball State University. James will play football at Olivet College, while Schoenfield will play the same sport at Grand Valley State. Loiselle will play golf at Rochester College, and teammate Morgan Storer will play that sport at Cleary University. Tisdale will play basketball at Bowling Green.

Brookman and Adas also played volleyball and basketball at Swartz Creek, and have been batterymates for several years.

“It’s always nice to get a pitcher and a catcher from the same school,” said Mott coach Rod Studaker, one of several college coaches on hand for the event.

Brookman, a three-year varsity pitcher/ first baseman, also had an offer from Olivet, and was looking at Muskegon Community College and Oakland Community College.

“I picked Mott because it’s close to home and I want to stay around the community,” she said. “I love all the people here. It’s a great place. I love my family and I can’t go very far from them.”

A 3.3 grade-point student, Brookman will major in criminal justice.

Adas is a senior co-captain, three-year varsity player and First-Team All-Metro League catcher. She also considered Concordia University and Kalamazoo Valley Community College before picking Mott.

“The coaches are great, and it is close to home,” she said. “I’m excited that I don’t have to give up softball and I get to continue playing the game. The challenge is going from playing three different sports to only one.”

A 3.7 grade-point student, she will major in broadcast journalism.

Cruthers is nearing the end of a record-setting four-year career that earned her First-Team All-State honors last year. The power-hitting, left-handed shortstop also looked at Central Michigan, North Dakota and Indiana State before picking Ball State.

“They have an excellent business program and a great softball program,” she said.

A 3.4 student, she will major in finance.

McGuire also played softball and was Creek’s Most Valuable Player in volleyball last fall. She’ll be playing with her older sister, Taylor McGuire, at Mott and didn’t consider any other colleges.

“My parents chose for me, and I have a chance to play volleyball there,” she said of her decision.

A 3.6 student, McGuire will study accounting.

Schoenfield was the unanimous All- Metro League First-Team quarterback last fall after leading Creek to its first state playoff berth. Also a basketball player and state-qualifying pole vaulter in track, he looked at Ferris State and Michigan before choosing Grand Valley.

“I liked the campus and the opportunity to earn more scholarships,” he said. “The biggest challenge will be having to earn a spot again, trying to prove I can play with anyone.”

Schoenfield wanted to give a departing shout-out to “the best football team I’ve ever been a part of.” A 3.14 student, he will major in business.

James was a two-year varsity player who rushed for 1,623 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also considered Saginaw Valley State, Alma, Concordia, Eastern Michigan, Adrian, Bethany Lutheran, Wayne State and John Carroll.

“I chose Olivet because of the small college atmosphere, and they have my intended majors,” he said. “They have great student support programs, and an up-and-coming football program with amazing coaches that help me succeed on and off the field.

“None of this would have been possible without my parents’ help,” James added. “Especially my dad. He’s done everything he could to help me get to the next level of football. My mom helped me with my school work and my studies.”

James will major in sports broadcasting and sports entertainment.

Loiselle was a Second-Team All-Metro League golfer the last two years and finished 22nd in the state tournament last fall. She picked Rochester College over Siena Heights, Spring Arbor, Madonna, Aquinas and Alma.

“I absolutely love the coach and his philosophy for his golf team,” she said. “Rochester is a perfect school for me. It’s a smaller school, and I loved that it’s a Christian college.”

A 3.604 student, she will study nursing.

Storer was a three-year state qualifier and senior captain. She chose Cleary over Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and Alma.

“They are a smaller university and I wanted that, and the golf scholarship,” said Storer, who also played basketball, volleyball, soccer and tennis at Creek. “The biggest challenge will be not being able to play other sports.

A 3.6 student, she will major in corporate communications, with an eye on sports broadcasting.

Tisdale earned All-State honors in basketball and said he also considered North Dakota and Western Michigan before choosing Bowling Green.

“The biggest challenge will be bigger and better talent in college,” he said. “But, I’m excited about being on my own and making it to the big tourney.”

He will study sports management and exercise science.

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