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Noblesville Athletics Spring Signing Day

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The Noblesville Athletic Department celebrated its Spring Signing Day with eleven student-athletes along with their families and friends on Friday afternoon in The Mill.

The student-athletes who signed were:

  • Nick Brady
  • Harris Camp
  • Parker Deakyne
  • Rico Duncan
  • Max Flinchum
  • Travis Gillian
  • Nolan Ginther
  • David Kitko
  • Abigail Klinker
  • Brianna Tragesser
  • Lily Walter

Nick Brady – Wrestling

Pictured (L to R): Front Row: Susan Brady, Sue Vanvoorhis, Nick Brady, Laurie Brady. Back Row: Noblesville Wrestling Head Coach Tom Knotts, Caitlyn Brady, Sean Brady.

Pictured (L to R):
Front Row: Susan Brady, Sue Vanvoorhis, Nick Brady, Laurie Brady.
Back Row: Noblesville Wrestling Head Coach Tom Knotts, Caitlyn Brady, Sean Brady.

  • Attending: University of Indianapolis
  • Position: 125 lb.
  • Intended Major: Pre-Med
  • Academic Achievements:
    • 3.9 GPA
    • National Honor Society
    • High Honor Roll – 4 years
    • First Team Academic All-State as a Junior and Senior
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • National Honor Society

Why I Chose UIndy:  “I chose the University of Indianapolis strictly because I have the ability to wrestle at a top nationally ranked program and receive an excellent medical education with an extensive amount of future opportunities.”

How I Want to Get Involved:  “I would like to be involved in the Honor Student Association, UIndy DM, Student Leadership Council, Indianapolis Student Government, Modern Languages Club, and Sigma Zeta.”

My Biggest Inspiration:  “My inspiration to always keep going was without a doubt Brady Eppert. He saw the potential inside of me, when all I saw was a gymnast trying to wrestle. Through 1-on-1 time, he specified my areas of strength and maximized my full potential in a small period of time. He taught me all the basics and fine point details, which would make a huge difference. From Sophomore to Junior year and from Junior to Senior year, it was obvious the amount that he impacted me to keep achieving more. There is no way I could or would be where I am at today without Brady by my side.”

I Would Like to Thank:  “First and foremost, I would like to thank my dad, Sean Brady, for pushing me to try something new and providing me with all the opportunities to be successful. My mom and dad sent me to camps, tournaments and multiple clubs to get as much knowledge as possible. Next, I would like to thank Tom Knotts for taking a chance and letting me join the team late. Coach Knotts, Coach Jeremy, Coach Reecer, and Coach Crist all impacted me immensely in the three short years I was with them. They all taught more than just wrestling, they taught me life skills that will accompany me throughout my entire life such as discipline, never giving up, and you get whatever you put in. Next, I would like to thank Gary Meyers, who devoted all his time to give me the best opportunities. He brought me to Virginia Beach for a wrestling tournament, which still remains one of my most favorite memories. Next, I’d like to thank Nick Hull. He taught me the basics and caught me up for all the missed time. Also, I would like to thank all of my practice partners for drilling, pushing me, and making me become the best. Ryan Bell, Sebastian Dillion, Gary Kitko, Dalton Huffman, Noah Long, Luke Marlow, and Ryan Leslie were the best partners I ever had and pushed me each and every day, also they helped me shred pounds. Before I forget, I can’t forget to thank Stacy Bell for being my #1 fan and being the team doctor. Finally, I would like to thank Brady Eppert and his sidekick Coach Gill for turning me into the wrestler I am today. He made me fall in love with the sport and saw potential in me. Coach Gill and himself believed in me when no one else did and helped me learn fast. They motivated me and kept me mentally engaged when times were tough and I thought I could not do it. He related wrestling to gymnastics which help incredibly. Words cannot describe the time he put in for me. I thank everyone who supported the Noblesville wrestling team and every person who helped me become the wrestler and the person I am today.”


Harris Camp – Baseball

Pictured (L to R): Front Row: Jim Shields, Linda Shields, Harris Camp, Jenny Camp. Back Row: Presley Camp, Chris Camp, Andy Camp, Noblesville Baseball Head Coach Justin Keever.

Pictured (L to R):
Front Row: Jim Shields, Linda Shields, Harris Camp, Jenny Camp.
Back Row: Presley Camp, Chris Camp, Andy Camp, Noblesville Baseball Head Coach Justin Keever.

  • Attending:  Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Position:  Center Field
  • Intended Major:  Civil Engineering
  • Academic Achievements:
    • 4.0 GPA
    • National Honor Society
    • AP+PLTW Achievement in Engineering
    • Academic All-State in Football
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • National Honor Society

Why I Chose Rose-Hulman:  “I chose Rose-Hulman because of its highly ranked academics which has been ranked #1 in undergraduate engineering the past 18 years. It was just good fit where I could get a great college education and also be able to compete in baseball.”

My Biggest Inspiration:  “My father has inspired me the most and has taught me to always be the best I can be.”

I Would Like to Thank:  “I want to thank my family and all the coaches that have helped me along the way.”


Parker Deakyne – Men’s Golf

Pictured (L to R): Front Row: Jacob Deakyne, Jennifer Deakyne, Parker Deakyne, Father and Noblesville Boys Golf Head Coach Gary Deakyne. Back Row: Noblesville Boys Golf Head Coach Gary Sewell, Suzanne Boram, Larry Boram, Peggy Deakyne, Pete Deakyne.

Pictured (L to R):
Front Row: Jacob Deakyne, Jennifer Deakyne, Parker Deakyne, Father and Noblesville Boys Golf Head Coach Gary Deakyne.
Back Row: Noblesville Boys Golf Head Coach Gary Sewell, Suzanne Boram, Larry Boram, Peggy Deakyne, Pete Deakyne.

  • Attending: Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne
  • Intended Major: Business Management
  • Academic Achievements:
    • 3.975 GPA
    • National Honor Society
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • National Honor Society

Why I Chose Fort Wayne:  “I chose IPFW because coach King is not only a great coach, but a great guy as well, all I hear from the current team is that he does much more than just be a coach. The other huge reason that made me choose IPFW is the players that are already on the team and they are very closely bonded together, just like my team here at NHS, which was a huge factor in my decision.”

How I Want to Get Involved:  “I would love to get involved with the community around Fort Wayne and do whatever I can to make it an even better place than it already is.”

My Biggest Inspiration:  “My dad has inspired me the most because he has always been there to show me the path and always makes sure to take the positives out of any situation, which has helped me through my career.”

I Would Like to Thank:  “… My teammates for working to get better, which forced me to work along side them and compete with them to make me a better golfer. Both of my parents because they have always put my golf game first and been there to support me for all of my tournaments no matter what the weather was like or how good or bad I was playing. Lastly I want to thank my swing coach Mike Merchent for taking me under his wing 2 years ago and completely changing my golf swing to give me the ability to compete at a high level.”


Rico Duncan – Men’s Basketball

Pictured (L to R): Front Row: Bella Duncan, Elisa Duncan, Rico Duncan, Adrian Duncan. Back Row: Randy Reed, Noblesville Basketball JV Head Coach Corey Taylor, Evan Lavery.

Pictured (L to R):
Front Row: Bella Duncan, Elisa Duncan, Rico Duncan, Adrian Duncan.
Back Row: Randy Reed, Noblesville Basketball JV Head Coach Corey Taylor, Evan Lavery.

  • Attending: Rock Valley College
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Intended Major: Psychology

Why I Chose RVC:  “I chose Rock Valley College because it is a very nice area, somewhat like Hamilton County, and it has very nice facilities where I can improve my academic and basketball skills so that I can excel once I transfer to a 4-year college. Also, the coaches are big on character which is something that caught my eye, because our coaches here at Noblesville are the very same way.”

My Biggest Inspiration:  “My parents have especially inspired me because they were raised to work hard for what they want and to never take no for an answer. That has carried on to me because I feel like if I wanted to play college or even professional basketball, I have to work extremely hard every day in order for that to happen. My dad, in particular, has impacted me the most to reach this level of sport because he has been my mental coach off the court and even on the court as he always tells me what I should and should not be doing to better myself. Coach Taylor has also helped me to get to this point because he has been my skills coach during the season and the off-season which has made my level of play ten times better.”

I Would Like to Thank:  “I want to thank my parents, Coach McCauley, and Coach Taylor; as well as all the coaching staff for pushing me forward and teaching me what is right and wrong.”


Max Flinchum – Men’s Basketball

Pictured (L to R): Front Row: Josie Flinchum, Margo Flinchum, Max Flinchum, Mark Flinchum. Back Row: Alex Flinchum, Ray Moistner.

Pictured (L to R):
Front Row: Josie Flinchum, Margo Flinchum, Max Flinchum, Mark Flinchum.
Back Row: Alex Flinchum, Ray Moistner.

  • Attending: Wabash College
  • Position: Guard
  • Intended Major: Economics & Pre-Law
  • Academic Achievements:
    • 4.4 GPA; Class Rank 18th
    • Top 10% – 4 years
    • High Honor Roll – 4 years
    • 2017 DECA State – Team State Champions in Independent Business Plan Category
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • National Honor Society
    • DECA
    • Student Government
    • Key Club
    • Spell Bowl

Why I Chose Wabash:  “I believe the academics available at Wabash will allow me to accomplish my career goals after graduation. This school has the reputation to push me into a stellar graduate school for a law or business degree.”

How I Want to Get Involved:  “I would like to be involved in DECA, as well as financial investing and banking clubs.”

My Biggest Inspiration:  “My father is always pushing me in not only the sport of basketball, but also challenges me to be the best student I can be. I bring a sense of professionalism to not only the court, but to the classroom each and every day because of him.”

I Would Like to Thank:  “First, I would like to thank God for allowing me to be able to play the sport I enjoy so much. I would also like to thank my parents for always pushing me to be successful in whatever I was doing. I would also like to thank my high school coach, Brian McCauley, and my teachers for holding me accountable throughout my high school career.”


Travis Gillian – Baseball

Pictured (L to R): Front Row: Carl Gillian, Beth Gillian, Travis Gillian, Jenny Whipple. Back Row: Matt Howard, Braden Gillian, Kim Gillian, Jim Gillian, Noblesville Baseball Head Coach Justin Keever.

Pictured (L to R):
Front Row: Carl Gillian, Beth Gillian, Travis Gillian, Jenny Whipple.
Back Row: Matt Howard, Braden Gillian, Kim Gillian, Jim Gillian, Noblesville Baseball Head Coach Justin Keever.

  • Attending:  Indiana University Kokomo
  • Position:  Shortstop
  • Intended Major:  Business
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • Community Service

Why I Chose IU Kokomo:  “I really like the campus; and the small size fits me. I love the baseball program; and the coaches are awesome.”

My Biggest Inspiration:  “One person who has inspired me throughout my four years of sports in high school is Coach Small. He would always know if something was wrong and I could always go and talk to him about stuff other than sports as well as baseball and football.”

I Would Like to Thank:  “I want to thank all of my high school coaches for pushing me and helping me grow into the person I am today. Of course I want to thank my parents for the many many hours spent at the ball fields and spending money and taking me everywhere so I could be a better baseball player. The constant love and support really helped.”


Nolan Ginther – Men’s Basketball

Pictured (L to R): Aubrie Ginther, Darlene Ginther, Nolan Ginther, Troy Ginther.

Pictured (L to R):
Aubrie Ginther, Darlene Ginther, Nolan Ginther, Troy Ginther.

  • Attending: DePauw University
  • Position: Forward
  • Intended Major: Actuarial Science
  • Academic Achievements:
    • 4.05 GPA
    • Academic All-State Football
    • Academic All-State HM Basketball
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • National Honor Society
    • Intern at Practical Insights Inc.

Why I Chose DePauw:  “I chose DePauw because not only does it give me a chance at playing basketball at the next level, but it is also a great school. With small class sizes and a good actuary program, I feel like this is the perfect college for me. I also think Greencastle is the perfect distance from home. From a basketball perspective, DePauw has great facilities.”

My Biggest Inspiration:  “My biggest inspiration, or more of a competition, is my brother, Austin Ginther. Growing up as a younger brother I always played basketball in the driveway with Austin and his friends. All the years spent battling to keep up helped me build toughness and resiliency. Throughout high school, Austin was a great athlete and he continues to play football at Marian University. Seeing his success in football drove me to be successful in sports as well.”

I Would Like to Thank:  “I would to first thank all of my coaches that helped me along the way. In both football and basketball, my coaches taught me more than just skill. High school sports puts athletes through all kinds of adversity and I thank my coaches for teaching me how to deal with this and helping through the tough times. Lastly, I would like to thank my family. I thank them for their endless support and dedication to my sports. From taking me to practices to traveling out of state for AAU games, my parents and siblings were always there.”


David Kitko – Wrestling

Pictured (L to R): Front Row: Gary Kitko Sr, Stephen Kitko, David Kitko, Valerie Kitko. Back Row: Noblesville Wrestling Head Coach Tom Knotts, Gary Kitko Jr, Joey Kitko, Elizabeth Kitko, Victoria Kitko .

Pictured (L to R):
Front Row: Gary Kitko Sr, Stephen Kitko, David Kitko, Valerie Kitko.
Back Row: Noblesville Wrestling Head Coach Tom Knotts, Gary Kitko Jr, Joey Kitko, Elizabeth Kitko, Victoria Kitko.

  • Attending: Manchester University
  • Position: 165 lb.
  • Intended Major: Pre-Med
  • Academic Achievements:
    • 1310 on the new SAT
    • Got a 4/5 on the AP environmental science exam
    • He survived ACP Calculus

Why I Chose Manchester:  “My brother is also going to Manchester; and it’s a nice, tight-knit university.”

My Biggest Inspiration:  “My dad has always been more than supportive of my wrestling career. He gets me the help and training I need and holds me accountable for how well I train myself.”

I Would Like to Thank:  “I’d like to thank everyone I’ve ever wrestled with, in practice or a match, that molded me into the wrestler I am today.”


Abigail Klinker – Women’s Cross Country & Track

Pictured (L to R): Front Row: Danelle Klinker, Abigail Klinker, Jerry Klinker.

Pictured (L to R):
Front Row: Danelle Klinker, Abigail Klinker, Jerry Klinker.

  • Attending: Miami University of Ohio
  • Events: XC: 5k; Track: 800m, 1600m, 3200m
  • Intended Major: International Business
  • Academic Achievements:
    • National Merit Scholar
    • Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar Alumni
    • President’s Bronze Volunteer Award Recipient
    • Academic All-State
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • National Honor Society
    • Mill Stream
    • InterAct Club

Why I Chose Miami:  “Miami University offers a high level of education in a beautiful environment. They have a nationally recognized study abroad program where I have the opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone and learn about those from different parts of the globe, and they allowed me to travel, while still training at the collegiate level.”

My Biggest Inspiration:  “My teammates have been an incredible influence on me over these last four years. They are an astounding group of girls willing to push themselves and each other; and without their help, I would not be where I am today. They are great role models to their peers, and I am very proud and grateful to call them my friends.”

I Would Like to Thank:  “I’d like to thank everyone who has helped out with the cross country and track teams; from the parents hosting spaghetti dinners, to Angel and Olivia and all the managers, to my coaches and family who have encouraged me along the way.”


Brianna Tragesser – Softball

Pictured (L to R): Front Row: Abigail Tragesser, Katrina Tragesser, Brianna Tragesser, Brian Tragesser. Back Row: Jim Crask, Chloe Tragesser, Noblesville Softball Head Coach Deke Bullard.

Pictured (L to R):
Front Row: Abigail Tragesser, Katrina Tragesser, Brianna Tragesser, Brian Tragesser.
Back Row: Jim Crask, Chloe Tragesser, Noblesville Softball Head Coach Deke Bullard.

  • Attending: Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Position: Outfield
  • Intended Major: Nursing
  • Academic Achievements:
    • National Technical Honor Society
    • NHS Merit Award Recipient
    • JELCC Torch Bearer Award
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • Special Olympics Capernaum
    • YoungLife
    • Best Friends Forever Club
    • Certified Nursing Assistants Class

Why I Chose IWU:  “I chose Indiana Wesleyan University because it’s a small school that’s close to home and the Christian atmosphere that’s on campus is something amazing. Every time I’m on campus, it just feels like home. The Christian atmosphere on campus definitely was a huge factor in choosing IWU because not only do I want to go to college to get my nursing degree, but I want to go somewhere where I’m able to express my love for Christ and be able to worship him in class, at chapel, with my team etc. I love IWU because it’s a school where everyone around me is growing in their faith and their relationships with God. IWU also has a great nursing program that I’ll be able to study and pursue throughout college. I love the small classroom environment and the ratio of students to professors as well. The softball team was a huge deciding factor for IWU because I want to be able to enjoy the experience of playing college softball as well as strengthening my relationship with Christ at the same time, and the coaches and players at IWU really encourage and want that from us. The softball team at IWU has amazing coaches and teammates and they incorporate life lessons into what they do as a team which I love. They have so much competitiveness and drive when it’s game time and they each play for the team, not themselves. Everyone on the team is so supportive, encouraging and so respectful towards one another which helps to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere and environment to play in. I’m so excited to continue my education and softball career as a Wildcat for these next four years!!”

How I Want to Get Involved:  “I would like to get involved in the community service clubs, mission trip organizations, bible study groups, and different clubs that IWU has to offer. I want to continue in helping with Special Olympics and hopefully continue serving and working with special needs as well.”

My Biggest Inspiration:  “All of my coaches I’ve had within the past ten years have impacted me and made me the player I am today. Coach Crask made a huge impact on me throughout my freshman and sophomore years. He’s constantly believed in me from day one and never let me give up. He kept my love and passion for the game alive and he gave me the extra confidence that I needed at certain moments throughout the two seasons he coached me. He’s taught me so much and he always knows how to lift my spirits, especially after a bad game. Coach Crask is always supporting me and cheering me on and for that, I’m forever thankful for him.

Coach Revercomb and Coach Jim have also made a huge impact for on me and helped me get to where I am today. They’ve been a major help in guiding me to Indiana Wesleyan and helping me reach my dream of playing at the collegiate level and a Christian school. The love and passion they have for the game is what makes them as coaches some of the best. I couldn’t be more blessed for the countless hours they’ve put into coaching me and helping me to become a better softball player. They make me want to practice and get better each and every day. I couldn’t have made it this far without them.

Lastly, I would like to say that Coach Clarke has inspired me over the past four years both mentally and physically as well. The amount of effort, hard work, dedication and time he puts into his job everyday for the athletes at NHS is beyond incredible. He’s always pushing me to be the best teammate, leader and player I can be. Whether that’s physically by working out or mentally by listening to motivational videos and speeches. Coach Clarke has really taught me what it’s like to be a servant-compelled leader and how to bring others along with me. He’s taught me many things physically but more importantly mentally that I’ll be able to use throughout the rest of my life.

#WAT “

I Would Like to Thank:  “I would like to thank my mom, dad, and two sisters for everything throughout these past 18 years. They’re always supporting me and loving me through all the ups and downs. There might be some better days than others, but they’re always telling me to keep going and never give up. Their constant love and support is what drives me everyday to be the best person and teammate I can be. I want to thank my parents especially for the sacrifices they’ve made for me over the past nine years that I’ve been playing softball. From traveling in and out of state each weekend during the summer, for driving me to and from practice and games everyday and for giving up your time to watch me play the sport I love. Thank you for spending countless money on traveling, hotels, gas, equipment, team fees etc. I also couldn’t have made it this far without my two sisters. They’re the two I can always count on to lift me up and push me to be the best person and player I can be. Without my family’s support, love and encouragement, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Hearing them and seeing them cheering in the stands makes my heart so full. It’s what drives me to do good and go alI out during every play. They’re the best support system I could ever ask for and without them, none of this would be possible today.”


Lily Walter – Women’s Track

Pictured (L to R): Front Row: John Paulson, Tim Walter, Lily Walter, Tricia Walter. Back Row: David Neville, Pat Paulson, Jane Walter, Graley Walter.

Pictured (L to R):
Front Row: John Paulson, Tim Walter, Lily Walter, Tricia Walter.
Back Row: David Neville, Pat Paulson, Jane Walter, Graley Walter.

  • Attending: Taylor University
  • Events: 1600m Relay, 400m Dash, 400m Relay, and Long Jump
  • Intended Major: Exercise Science
  • Academic Achievements:
    • Top 10%
    • All A’s in 4 years (to date)
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • National Honor Society
    • Key Club
    • Jazz Band
    • High School Youth Group
    • Leads Middle School Youth Group
    • Tutor
    • Fashion club

Why I Chose Taylor:  “I love Taylor’s mission and I love their education standard. Also Ivanhoe’s.”

How I Want to Get Involved:  “… CRU, music, internship, studying abroad, honors guild, and a few fun clubs like squirrel watching club.”

My Biggest Inspiration:  “Athletically, my teammates have inspired me the most. We push each other every day during practice, so I’m always improving. As a result of my participation in a team sport for middle and high school, I believe my college career wouldn’t be complete without a community of people that share a love of track and field. “

I Would Like to Thank:  “I’d like to thank my coaches; coach Sackers, Scheele, Craig, and especially Coach Crawford for being a great throwing coach. I also want to thank my family for always giving me freedom to pursue what I want. And finally, I want to thank my future coach, Coach Neville, for making my collegiate track and field dream a reality.”

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