Darby athletes sign to their future colleges

National Signing Day occurred all across the country, on Wednesday, February 1st. It featured huge prospects, ESPN specials, and more. Darby took part in the festivities, with nine of our Panthers signing on to continue their academic and athletic careers in college.

Principal Brinkley gives a speech at the Signing Day ceremony

   These students’ fellow athletes and families were invited to the ceremony, which took place from about 2:10 pm until the end of the school day. Coaches spoke heartfelt words about their players, and joyful parents snapped pictures. The principal spoke about the athletes’ dedication, and reminded them that they would always be welcome back at Darby. And, of course, the signing ceremony ended off with cake.


The athletes that signed are listed below:

Jacob Tivin – Ohio Northern University – Soccer

Ross Baumer – Ohio Dominican University – Soccer

Nicole Burke – Findlay – Soccer

Hailey Scott – Bellarmine – Golf

Michaela Roys – Olivet Nazarene – Cross Country

Allison Rhodas- Otterbein – Lacrosse

Josh Boyle – Capital – Football

Nick Russell – Capital – Football

Malcolm Mock – Urbana – Football

   It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the students involved. Signing to a college is a magical moment, as golfer Hailey Scott described.

   “The experience of my signing was very overwhelming. It really showed how supportive my friends really are. It showed how much I am going to miss all of my friends while I’m in college but I know they will support me even being many miles away,” Scott said,  “It also showed how much I appreciate my golf coach and everything he had done for me the past two years, and I owe a lot to him for where I am now with my golf game.”

  Record-setting goalie Nicole Burke also described what Signing Day was like for her.

  “It was nice. It was good to have all my family and my teammates and my friends here.”

  When asked about her coach’s speech, which included a request to give Burke a standing ovation, she was honored.

  “It was really heartwarming, and I’m really glad that I made that kind of impact to his life and my team’s life.”

  All in all, Darby’s ceremony was another great addition to the nation tradition, and a special event for all of those involved.


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