Millers News · Noblesville Spring Signing Day 2018: Meet the Millers


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Front Row (Left to Right): Chase Evans, Luke Balciunas, John Thomas, Kade Gorman, Sam Bleisch, Bryce Gatewood, Aaron Helms.
Back Row (Left to Right): Alexa Roberts, Zachary Freeman, Brooke Haflich, Jackson Parrish, Savannah Congrove.

Noblesville Athletics celebrated Spring Signing Day with twelve student-athletes along with their families and friends on April 27 in The Mill. This was the final Signing Day event for NHS this school year.

The following Millers celebrated their college decisions:


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Front Row (Left to Right): Laney Balciunas (Sister), Brenda Balciunas (Mother), Luke Balciunas, Ramunas Balciunas (Father), Lexie Balciunas (Sister).
Back Row (Left to Right): Kent Graham (Noblesville Boys Cross Country Head Coach).
LUKE BALCIUNAS, MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY, TRACK & FIELD

Trine University (NCAA Division III); Angola, Indiana

  • Event(s): 5k
  • Intended Major: Business Marketing
  • Academic Achievements: National Honor Society
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • A.C.T.S. (Purdue Youth Leadership Course)
    • L.I.N.K. Youth Philanthropy Board
      • Elected Co-Chair
      • The program decides how to split $15,000 in donations among hand-picked local not-for-profits
    • Volunteer Event Coordinator for Mephibosheth Ministries
      • Looks to improve their 5k fundraiser event to bring in more participants and more funding
      • May 5 at Red Bridge Park in Cicero

Why I Chose My School: I chose Trine University because I thoroughly enjoyed the coaching staff and the dean of the business school. Both were very inviting and kind and showed that they put a large amount of time and effort into guiding their students. I also have two friends that graduated in 2017 that enjoy being there and have helped in solidifying my decision to attend Trine in the fall of 2018.

How I Want to Get Involved: There are several student fellowship groups at Trine and I look forward to getting involved with one.

My Biggest Inspiration: Someone who inspires me is my grandfather, who immigrated to the United States from Lithuania during World War II. He had to completely restart his life and work around countless barriers. He learned English, got a job, was involved in his community, and took great care of his family. It is his success story that inspires me to explore new business ideas and work hard every day.

I Would Like to Thank: I would like to thank my parents for not letting me slack off. My parents constantly badgered me to get my work done. And because I didn’t like them always reminding me to get to work, I learned to get things done early. This helped me in building a strong work ethic that has helped me throughout my high school career. I would also like to thank my coaches for showing me how great of a sport running can be and motivating me to train year-round. They too have taught me the value of hard work both in and out of running.

Kent Graham, Head Coach Noblesville Millers Boys Cross Country
“Luke will thrive at the college distance of 8K/5 miles. He has a solid foundation of endurance and could be quite the competitive runner over time. I know Luke has a passion for running and this will help him with his transition to the next level. He is one of the most dependable and thoughtful runners on our team. It will be sad to see him leave, but I am very excited that he enjoys running to continue to seek new and challenging experiences.”

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Front Row (Left to Right): Annette Bleisch (Mother), Sam Bleisch, Tom Bleisch (Father).
Back Row (Left to Right): Rich Wolfred (Noblesville Swimming & Diving Head Coach), Aleks Fansler (Noblesville Swimming & Diving Assistant Coach).
SAM BLEISCH, MEN’S SWIMMING

Wabash College (NCAA Division III); Crawfordsville, Indiana

  • Event(s): Breaststroke
  • Intended Major: Political Science
  • Non-Athletic Involvement: Eagle Scouts

Why I Chose My School: I chose Wabash because with a smaller class size there is more room for discussion among students and Professors. I will be able to form closer relationships with my professors than I could at a big university.

How I Want to Get Involved: I hope to get involved with the Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse, where you go out into the community and help with public forums and other governmental affairs. I also plan to be an active member of Wabash College Democrats and Lambda Chi Alpha.

I Would Like to Thank: I would like to thank both my parents for supporting me in my swimming career and my brother Zach and Coach Natalie for pushing me to swim in college.

Rich Wolfred, Head Coach Noblesville Millers Boys and Girls Swimming
“Sam is following in the footsteps of his two brothers and will swim for Wabash College. He literally started from nothing his freshman year in high school to be able to compete at the college level and worked hard to get in the best shape as possible by his senior year. He still has a lot more to improve upon so that will bode well when he gets to Wabash and trains with the team. “

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Front Row (Left to Right): Tori Congrove (Sister), Amanda Congrove (Mother), Savannah Congrove, Todd Congrove (Father), Lila Congrove (Sister).
Not Pictured: Dennis Scheele (Noblesville Girls Cross Country and Track & Field Head Coach).
SAVANNAH CONGROVE, WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY, TRACK & FIELD

Hastings College (NAIA); Hastings, Nebraska

  • Event(s): 5k, 1600m Relay, 3200m Relay, 800m Run, Long Jump
  • Intended Major: Wildlife Biology
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • White River Sports Youth Basketball Coach
    • Body In Training Youth Track Coach
    • Noblesville Millers Strength and Speed Camp Coach
    • Grace Church Usher and Childcare Volunteer
    • Grace Church Outreach Mission Trip Student Leader

Why I Chose My School: I chose Hastings College because it is a smaller school where the students are known and supported. The Wildlife Biology program is excellent, and the small class size will give me experiences I couldn’t find elsewhere. Hastings College also offered me the opportunity to be a college athlete which has been a long time dream and goal.

How I Want to Get Involved: I look forward to meeting new people and getting involved in student clubs and possibly the Greek Life. I currently enjoy volunteering and serving through my church. I’d like to continue that at Hastings by participating in some of the many service and outreach opportunities they have.

My Biggest Inspiration: My parents are my biggest inspiration. They have always made a great effort to attend my meets, games, and activities. My parents are supportive and encouraging while also gently pushing me to work harder and improve. Despite the outcome of my efforts, they love me unconditionally and always believe in me.

I Would Like to Thank: I would like to thank my coaches for investing in me over the years. Their training and encouragement have helped to make me the confident athlete I am today. My teammates have been great at pushing me in practices to improve and excel. I’d like to thank my parents and sisters for not only supporting me but supporting my teammates and our program.

Dennis Scheele, Head Coach Noblesville Millers Girls Cross Country and Track & Field
“Savannah was a tri-captain on this year’s cross country team. Savannah’s contribution to this year’s team was immeasurable. Her tremendous attitude and steadfastness are to be commended. Savannah was a member of one of the strongest distance programs in the state of Indiana. Savannah’s goal preparation, her energy, and positive outlook contributed to the team’s seasonal successes. Savannah’s commitment to academia and athletics have allowed her to reach her lofty goals. Savannah is finishing her NHS career running middle distance events in Track & Field.”

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Front Row (Left to Right): Bella Wyatt (Sister), Jeff Wyatt (Father), Chase Evans, Shayna Wyatt (Mother).
Back Row (Left to Right): Lance Scheib (Former Noblesville Football Head Coach), Austin Anderson (Noblesville Football Assistant Coach), Jay Taylor (Noblesville Football Assistant Coach).
CHASE EVANS, FOOTBALL

Hastings College (NAIA); Hastings, Nebraska

  • Position: Kicker/Punter
  • Intended Major: Business
  • Academic Achievements: 3.4 GPA
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • Small group leader at Grace Church
      • Led two mission trips in the summers of 2016 and 2017
    • Community Service opportunities through the Noblesville football program

Why I Chose My School: I chose Hastings College because I believe that it will be the best fit for me both athletically and academically. This was one of several schools that I had the opportunity to play for; the school atmosphere and the quality of education were what attracted me to the college. Hastings College also was able to award the most academic money of any of the schools, so that I will not be completely reliant on athletics through college.

How I Want to Get Involved: I look forward to meeting all new people, making new friendships, and getting involved with a new community far away from home.

My Biggest Inspiration: My biggest inspiration would have to be my mom and dad. They are always pushing me to better myself and never letting me slack off no matter how much I want to. They always inspire me to try new things, and they don’t let me give up.

I Would Like to Thank: First, I would like to thank my parents for always being there for me no matter what the situation was, on or off the field. I would also like to thank all the coaches that have pushed me along the way in my development so that I was able to obtain the opportunity to sign to play in college. Finally, I would like to thank all of my teammates and friends for being there with me throughout high school and making these four years memorable.

Jason Simmons, Former Head Coach Noblesville Millers Football
“Chase Evans was a key contributor for us on Special Teams. He developed himself as a punter and kicker with his tireless work ethic and dedication to his craft. He grew in his ability to place the football where he wanted and assisted our football program while trying to win the field position battle. His ability to contribute on special teams as a punter, holder, and placekicker will be missed. Hastings College is getting a committed young man that will work to contribute right away. They are getting a young man that will grow into handling the big moment.”

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Front Row (Left to Right): Kiersten Freeman (Sister), David Freeman (Father), Zachary Freeman, Chandra Freeman (Mother), Teresa Beach (Grandmother).
Back Row (Left to Right): Ernest Moss (Marian University Track & Field Assistant Coach), Kent Graham (Noblesville Boys Cross Country Head Coach), Jay Taylor (Noblesville Boys Track & Field Head Coach), Byron Simpson (Noblesville Boys Track & Field Assistant Coach).
ZACHARY FREEMAN, MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY, TRACK & FIELD

Marian University (NAIA); Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Event(s): 5k, 1600m Relay, 1600m, 800m
  • Intended Major: Physical Therapy

Why I Chose My School: I chose Marian University because when I went on my visit it felt like home and I really enjoyed the team.

How I Want to Get Involved: As of right now, I don’t really know what activities I am looking forward to outside of sports, but I am excited to see all the different ways I can get involved and meet new people.

I Would Like to Thank: I would like to thank my family for always being there and supporting me, and I would also like to thank all of my coaches for making me the runner I am today.

Kent Graham, Head Coach Noblesville Millers Boys Cross Country
“Zachary has had a very solid high school career. His development as a runner and person has been a pleasure to witness. His leadership this Spring season has been an integral part of our distance group improvement. His passion for running both cross country and track has been growing each year. The new challenges of the collegiate schedule will work to his favor, and I am sure he will be competitive at the next level, given time. It will leave a big hole upon his departure in our team that will be difficult to fill next season.”

Jay Taylor, Head Coach Noblesville Millers Boys Track & Field
“Zach has had an outstanding impact on our program. His leadership skills and willingness to work has been very impactful on the people that surround him. Marian is getting a very good runner and an even better person. Zach’s best running is still ahead of him.”

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Front Row (Left to Right): Bruce Gatewood (Father), Bryce Gatewood, Chelse Gatewood (Mother), Jim Julian (Grandfather).
Back Row (Left to Right): Kent Graham (Noblesville Boys Cross Country Head Coach), Jay Taylor (Noblesville Boys Track & Field Head Coach), Byron Simpson (Noblesville Boys Track & Field Assistant Coach).
BRYCE GATEWOOD, MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

Hanover College (NCAA Division III); Hanover, Indiana

  • Event(s): 400m, 800m, 4x400m Relay, 4x800m Relay
  • Intended Major: Business, Marketing and Sales
  • Non-Athletic Involvement: 4-H, 10-year member

Why I Chose My School: I chose Hanover because of the beautiful campus and the great opportunities they offer their students. The main things that interested me were the ability to study abroad, the business scholars program, and the track program.

How I Want to Get Involved: I plan to get involved in the business scholars program and excel in business. Also, I plan on joining a fraternity but not sure which one yet.

My Biggest Inspiration: My biggest inspiration would be my best friend and father, Bruce Gatewood. The reason I look up to him is because of his selflessness, work ethic, and how he treats everyone he meets with respect. He has always been there for me, and I hope I can become as great of a man as him.

I Would Like to Thank: First, thanks to my sister, Kendall Gatewood; for always loving me, even if I stir up trouble, and always treating me as a best friend. Also thanks to my grandpa, Jim Julian; for always coming to my track meets and not only cheering me on but my teammates as well, even if he doesn’t know them. I would like to thank my coaches as well, Coach Graham and Coach Simpson, for their persistence and always encouraging me. Lastly, I would like to thank my teammates I have surrounded myself with, without you guys I wouldn’t be where I am now. Thanks for the laughs, encouragement, and being such great friends!

Kent Graham, Head Coach Noblesville Millers Boys Cross Country
“Bryce has had a very solid high school track career. He even ran cross country this past fall to enhance his track times this spring. He leads by setting a great example with his work ethic. He is very passionate about track and field and is a great leader of our team. Hanover is getting a great student-athlete who will make an immediate impact for their team. I am sure he will have continued success on the track and in the classroom. I look forward to watching and hearing of his successes.”

Jay Taylor, Head Coach Noblesville Millers Boys Track & Field
“Bryce is the perfect example of a person that is a leader by example. Bryce is always doing the right thing, the right way. There is a great comfort level when I leave a group to do something, and I know that Bryce is a part of it. Bryce is going to have an outstanding career at Hanover, and the coaches and program should be very excited to get him.”

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Front Row (Left to Right): Caleb Small (Noblesville Baseball Assistant Coach), Dave Gorman (Father), Kade Gorman, Justin Keever (Noblesville Baseball Head Coach).
KADE GORMAN, BASEBALL

Goshen College (NAIA); Goshen, Indiana

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Intended Major: Business

Why I Chose My School: Goshen College offered a great learning environment where I can also play baseball for another four years. The coaches were extremely welcoming and really pursued me while I was in the recruiting process.

I Would Like to Thank: I’d like to thank my coaches and teammates at Noblesville. They were very dedicated in helping me become the best version of myself every single day. Finally, I’d like to thank my parents for being 100% accepting in my college choice and trying their best to help me along the way.

Justin Keever, Head Coach Noblesville Millers Baseball
“Kade Gorman embodies the Miller Way to the fullest. Kade has impacted this program and the school he represents to the utmost by his commitment, selflessness, and desire for continuous improvement. Kade is a pleasure to coach and really understands as much as anyone I have coached the importance of TEAM!”

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Front Row (Left to Right): Lesley Haflich (Mother), Brooke Haflich.
Back Row (Left to Right): Rich Wolfred (Noblesville Swimming & Diving Head Coach), Aleks Fansler (Noblesville Swimming & Diving Assistant Coach).
BROOKE HAFLICH, WOMEN’S SWIMMING

Franklin College (NCAA Division III); Franklin, Indiana

  • Event(s): 200 Free, 500 Free
  • Intended Major: Elementary Education
  • Academic Achievements: Receiving an academic scholarship from Franklin College
  • Non-Athletic Involvement: Teaches swim lessons

Why I Chose My School: I️ chose Franklin College because I️ love how small the campus was and how everything was near each other. The students and teachers that are there are very welcoming, and I like how everyone knows each other.

How I Want to Get Involved: Getting involved in other college activities besides swimming is important to me because knowing other people besides the people who are participating in my sport makes the college experience even more worth it. I️ would like to get involved with different programs that will help with the major I’m looking into.

My Biggest Inspiration: My biggest inspiration right now is my coach Rich Wolfred because he has always pushed me to do better, but we have always found a way to have fun with it!

I Would Like to Thank: I’d love to thank my family for always supporting me with school and swimming. They are very supportive of my choice of Franklin College and deciding to swim in College!

Rich Wolfred, Head Coach Noblesville Millers Boys and Girls Swimming
“Brooke has been a major contributor to the Noblesville High School Swim Team. She has started all four years and was a senior captain. She works extremely hard in practice and is a fierce competitor. Franklin College is getting an athlete that will be able to compete in multiple events and will be a great teammate for her team.”

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Front Row (Left to Right): Jan Helms (Mother), Aaron Helms.
Back Row (Left to Right): Rich Wolfred (Noblesville Swimming & Diving Head Coach), Aleks Fansler (Noblesville Swimming & Diving Assistant Coach).
AARON HELMS, MEN’S SWIMMING

Lake Forest College (NCAA Division III); Lake Forest, Illinois

  • Event(s): 200 Fly, 200 Free, 500 Free
  • Intended Major: Self-Designed: Film Major
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • Northview Students Production Team

Why I Chose My School: I chose Lake Forest due to a combination of my love for swimming and will to work in the film industry. Though many colleges could fit one of those two categories, many failed to give both, and so Lake Forest was an excellent comprise.

How I Want to Get Involved: Honestly, I hope to continue to do what I do here: tell stories, write music, and spend time goofing around and learning with friends.

My Biggest Inspiration: Apart from Jesus Christ, I would say a huge help and inspiration has been my friend and current college junior Luke Conner. He has always been a great friend and mentor in tough times, and I will miss him.

I Would Like to Thank: My parents (for obvious reasons), Luke Conner (for reasons stated in previously), and my team and my Coaches for pushing me to be my best self while providing an enjoyable experience all along the way.

Rich Wolfred, Head Coach Noblesville Millers Boys and Girls Swimming
“Aaron’s goal has been to be able to compete in college sports. He was able to find this match at Lake Forest College near Chicago. Aaron has worked his way up through his career to be a great distance swimmer. He excels in workouts to be able to compete with the best in the state. He has prepared himself both in the classroom and the pool to the point that Lake Forest is getting a complete athlete.”

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Front Row (Left to Right): Alex Parrish (Sister), Angie Parrish (Mother), Jackson Parrish, Dennis Parrish (Father), Madison Parrish (Sister).
Back Row (Left to Right): Lance Scheib (Former Noblesville Football Head Coach), Mark Milam (Noblesville Lacrosse Assistant Coach).
JACKSON PARRISH, MEN’S LACROSSE

Hanover College (NCAA Division III); Hanover, Indiana

  • Position: Defense
  • Intended Major: Business & Computer Science

Why I Chose My School: I picked Hanover College because I loved the small educational atmosphere. I fell in love with the campus when I went on my visit, I felt like the staff and students were very welcoming, and I felt at home. I look forward to being part of the lacrosse team and continuing the sport I love.

How I Want to Get Involved: I look forward to getting involved at Hanover. I want to join a fraternity and any other leadership and or business clubs that Hanover provides.

My Biggest Inspiration: My dad has always been the light of our family. Whenever life gets tough, he is always the one that is able to put a smile on anyone and everyone’s face. My dad is the definition of a role model; he leads our family by showing us what it means to be a good christian, father, and husband.

I Would Like to Thank: First off, I would like to thank my parents and family for their love and support. I would like to thank my coaches, especially Coach Kyle for always believing in me, and Coach Mark for teaching me the sport I love. I would also like to thank another coach/teacher who has always believed in me and supported me through my high school career, and that is Coach Scheib.

Kyle Kreutzinger, Head Coach Noblesville Millers Boys Lacrosse
“Jackson has been a three-year varsity player from 2016-2018. He also has history playing both baseball and football when not playing lacrosse in the fall. Being a dual-sport athlete has molded him into having a sharp mindset for lacrosse, not to mention helped to keep him physically fit all year long. Jackson is not going to be the loudest player on the lacrosse field or on the sideline, but he is quick to learn from his mistakes and is willing to listen to instructions that coaches provide him. He is a quick learner and has developed a natural talent for scooping ground balls. Hanover College will have a player that will quickly settle into his roles during his first year on campus. He is dedicated to keeping a stick in his hands during the off-season, as he always signs up to participate in fall and winter leagues. Jackson will be fun for any coach he works alongside at the next level at Hanover.”

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Front Row (Left to Right): Kari Roberts (Mother), Alexa Roberts, Nick Roberts (Father).
Not Pictured: Steve Hawthorne (Noblesville Volleyball Head Coach).
ALEXA ROBERTS, WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Indiana University Kokomo (NAIA); Kokomo, Indiana

  • Position: Outside Hitter/DS
  • Intended Major: Criminal Justice
  • Academic Achievements:
    • 3.7 GPA
    • National Honor Society
    • Academic All-State

Why I Chose My School: I chose IU Kokomo because it felt like home the second I walked on to campus.

How I Want to Get Involved: I am really excited to get involved with my major and be hands-on in the crime lab while finding activities to occupy my free time.

My Biggest Inspiration: My biggest inspiration is my school volleyball teammates. They have always pushed me to work my hardest one-hundred percent of the time. Even when something goes wrong, they continue to make the game fun all the time. I play for them, and I always want to be better for them and so that we can be better as a team.

I Would Like to Thank: I’d like to thank my parents for always encouraging me to work hard and never to give up, and paying for everything of course! I’d also like to thank all of my coaches throughout the years because they have each taught me things that have made me a volleyball player and that has brought me to this point.

Steve Hawthorne, Head Coach Noblesville Millers Volleyball
“IU Kokomo is getting an incredible athlete in Alexa Roberts. Although she stands at a mere 5’4” her game and personality are larger than life. Her energy and enthusiasm are infectious. Alexa has been a key player for Noblesville in big moments over the last few years, and there’s no doubt in my mind that she will continue to make a big impact at the next level.”

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Front Row (Left to Right): Sid Thomas (Grandfather), Amy Thomas (Mother), John Thomas, Jeff Thomas (Father), Mona Thomas (Grandmother).
Back Row (Left to Right): Mark Milam (Noblesville Lacrosse Assistant Coach).
JOHN THOMAS, MEN’S LACROSSE

Columbia College (NAIA); Columbia, Missouri

  • Position: Attack, Midfield
  • Intended Major: Special Education
  • Non-Athletic Involvement: Best Buddies

Why I Chose My School: It is the right place for me to set myself up for success in adulthood.

How I Want to Get Involved: I want to continue with best buddies and keep on spreading inclusion.

My Biggest Inspiration: My biggest inspiration is my grandfather; the way he is able to always keep a smile on his face and treat everyone he meets like a long-time friend; it’s incredible.

I Would Like to Thank: Thank you to mom and dad for never losing faith even when things were bad. Thank you to all four of my grandparents for always being my biggest fans. Thank you to my sister for always being my loudest fan. Also, thank you to my girlfriend for dealing with my hectic schedule.

Kyle Kreutzinger, Head Coach Noblesville Millers Boys Lacrosse
“John received the Noblesville Boys Lacrosse Program’s Offensive MVP for the 2016-17 season as a junior and is quickly on his way to receiving the award again in 2017-18. He is a dynamic threat on the field and is willing to play in different positions; transitioning from playing attack his junior year to midfield his senior year. He is always a threat to score when he is on the field, and opposing teams know it. He always participates in off-season leagues and programs, which help to keep his skills toned all year long. John does a terrific job leading the team on and off the field; he is involved in philanthropic events through “Best Buddies” and “Toys for Tots,” which he recruits his fellow teammates to participate alongside him. He does a fantastic job leading by example and works with players rather than against them when negative situations or plays happen on the lacrosse field. He truly cares about the program getting better, not just in a team aspect. He loves the game of lacrosse and has a true passion for improving! John is a leader, and although not being a captain, he demonstrates strong leadership skills and will be a great addition to the Columbia College lacrosse team in 2019.”

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