Millers News · Twenty-One Millers Celebrate Their College Decisions


Noblesville Athletics hosted its annual Spring Signing Day on Friday, April 26 at Noblesville High School. Twenty-one Miller student-athletes were joined by their families, friends, coaches, and teachers to celebrate their commitment to further their academic and athletic careers in college.

This spring signing class is made up of student-athletes from nine programs. IU Kokomo will be feeling Miller Pride this fall as six student-athletes from the spring class will join the Cougar program, joining the three others that participated in our fall and spring signing days.

We asked these Millers to give insights to their decisions, and in this article, they will appreciate the people that surrounded them throughout their journey.

The following Millers celebrated their college decisions (you can select their names to go directly to their profile):

  1. Justin Amburgy
  2. Miles Atkins
  3. Mitchell Conard
  4. Nick Dombroski
  5. Zach Gruver
  6. Alex Hancock
  7. Xavier Hines
  8. Blake Hipkiss
  9. Zack Johnson
  10. Eagan Keever-Hill
  11. Meredith Miller
  12. Emily Minett
  13. Ashlyn Morefield
  14. Jack Newcomer
  15. Mackenzie Pedigo
  16. Max Pollard
  17. Jordan Schmidt
  18. Patrick Simpson
  19. Autumn Strong
  20. Katie Witte
  21. Dwayne Zeissig

Justin Amburgy, IUPUI. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Mark Amburgy, Justin Amburgy, Melinda Amburgy. Back Row (Left to Right): Kent Graham (Noblesville Boys Cross Country Head Coach), Bill Kenley (Noblesville Boys Track & Field Head Coach).
JUSTIN AMBURGY, MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY AND MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

Indiana University-Purdue University (NCAA Division I); Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Position: 800m, 1600m, 3200m Relay
  • Intended Major: Business
  • Academic Achievements: 3.6 GPA
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • Student Government
    • Youth Group
    • Internship with MileSplit

Why I Chose My School: I chose IUPUI mainly due to the exceptional business program it offers through the Kelley School of Business. There is so much to do in the city of Indianapolis which will make it hard to ever get bored. Indianapolis also has several opportunities to get involved in business, which is important as that is what I am majoring in. IUPUI also has one of the strongest recruiting classes in the state for running this year which is an added positive.

How I Want to Get Involved: I would like to get an internship with a successful business in Indianapolis while I am studying at IUPUI.

I Would Like to Thank: I want to thank Coach Koeppen for allowing me to continue my athletic career in running. Coach Graham, Coach Simpson, and Coach Kenley all have had huge impacts on my development as a runner and all deserve a special thanks as well. I have to thank my parents, of course, for supporting me and throwing so much money away for new running shoes and other gear throughout the years. I want to thank all of my teammates from the past seven years who have made running a little more bearable. Finally, I want to thank my aunt who is the one that convinced me to try out for the cross country team in 6th grade.

Head Coach Kent Graham, Noblesville Millers Cross Country
“Justin has been an excellent team captain this year, not only leading by example in workouts but also by being a very competitive team runner and racer. Justin has kept training logs that epic reads; I have learned so much by reading his detailed descriptions of his training and racing. I am sure the college distance racing will be to his advantage and he will be an excellent 8K runner as he matures.”

Head Coach Bill Kenley, Noblesville Millers Track & Field
“Justin is a special kind of leader whose influence will, hopefully, remain with our team for some time to come. He’s detail-oriented and utterly reliable as team captain. As far as his running, he’s a no-nonsense worker who seems to have no room for doubt in his mind. Coach Koeppen is getting a special guy in Justin Amburgy.”

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Miles Atkins, Illinois College. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Elissa Atkins, Miles Atkins, Richard Atkins. Back Row (Left to Right): Ken Dollaske (Noblesville Boys Soccer Head Coach).
MILES ATKINS, MEN’S SOCCER

Illinois College (NCAA Division III); Jacksonville, Illinois

  • Position: Goalkeeper
  • Intended Major: Music Performance
  • Academic Achievements:
    •  3.6 GPA
    • 1340 SAT
    • Advanced Piano Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • Volunteer Soccer Coach
    • Founded Ping Pong Club
    • Achieved Gold at ISSMA State for Piano Solo

Why I Chose My School: Two things lead me to decide on Illinois College: First was the price after scholarship, I believe it is very important that I am able to walk away from school with only a small amount of debt. Secondly, and more importantly, I based my decision off of the campus. Illinois College has an intimate and friendly campus that I believe will help me find success.

How I Want to Get Involved: Outside of sports I look forward to joining or starting a band and playing gigs for parties and churches in the nearby area. I also look forward to traveling abroad while I am at Illinois College.

My Biggest Inspiration: My biggest inspiration is Jake Hart. He is the high school goalie coach and was my goalie coach for all four years and though he has faced many adversities through his life, he has never allowed them to hold him back from achieving, furthermore he is driven by what is right and I hope to be driven the same way he is someday.

I Would Like to Thank: I would like to thank my mother and father as they have been my two #1 fans no matter what it is I am pursuing. Whether they have enjoyed it or not, they have been my backbone for the entirety of my life.

Head Coach Ken Dollaske, Noblesville Millers Boys Soccer
“Miles will continue the tradition of Noblesville High School producing strong goalkeepers going on to play at higher levels. Miles’ shot-stopping abilities along with his excellent field vision and communication skills make him a great addition to the Illinois College soccer program. Not only is Miles a quality goalkeeper, but he is a fantastic teammate; during Miles’ four years at NHS, he was able to aid in the positive culture transformation of the program. He will be missed and the Millers wish him success at the next level.”

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Mitchell Conard, Indiana State University. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Matthew Conard, Steve Conard, Mitchell Conard, April Conard. Back Row (Left to Right): Becky McGriff (Club Head Coach), Todd Herman (Noblesville Boys Track & Field Assistant Coach), Mike Hanna (Noblesville Boys Track & Field Assistant Coach), Jonathon Glaub (Noblesville Boys Track & Field Assistant Coach), Bill Kenley (Noblesville Boys Track & Field Head Coach).
MITCHELL CONARD, MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

Indiana State University (NCAA Division I); Terre Haute, Indiana

  • Event: Decathlon
  • Intended Major: Kinesiology
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • Mission Trips
    • Body in Training Track Club Volunteer Coach
    • Noblesville Fishes in the B.A.S.S. High school Series

Why I Chose My School: I chose Indiana State for multiple reasons. The university isn’t too far from home and I feel comfortable and happy there. The coaches and the track program there are great. Lastly, I really liked the exercise science program there. The facility is connected to their indoor track and they do a lot of studies on Track and Field which I was really interested in.

How I Want to Get Involved: I would like to join a lot of clubs and try out new things. I would also like to help out the community as much as I can. I think it will be a great way to make some new friends outside of track and field.

My Biggest Inspiration: My biggest inspirations are my parents, coaches, and my teammates who are my best friends. Without them, I would not be where I am today; they push me to be the best I can be and they are always there for me when I need support.

I Would Like to Thank: First off I would like to thank Coach McGriff. She showed me the sport I love so much and has helped me out so much in athletics and in my faith. I would also like to thank all of my pole vault coaches – Mike Hanna, Colin Gayde, Joe Herron, and Mason McQuinn. The beginning of my junior year was when I decided that I wanted to be a track athlete in college. In order to be a decathlete at the level I wanted to be, I needed to learn pole vault and fast. All of these coaches have helped me improve so much in pole vault these past two years so I can follow my dreams. I would also like to thank coach Herman for improving me so much in high jump this year. Thanks to coach Graham for always being a great coach throughout my high school career. Lastly, I would like to thank my best friends; training for decathlons is very stressful and overwhelming at times because there is just so much to train for. My best friends always help me out and lighten the mood when I’m feeling overwhelmed and stressed and I couldn’t thank them enough for that.

Head Coach Bill Kenley, Noblesville Millers Track & Field
“Mitch Conard is a swiss-army knife of an athlete – the kind of guy in whom every coach on the team sees potential in the event he coaches. His focus and joy will be sorely missed next year, along with all the points he earned us.”

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Nick Dombroski, University of Southern Indiana. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Mary Dombroski, Meg Dombroski, Nick Dombroski, Frank Dombroski. Back Row (Left to Right): Kent Graham (Noblesville Boys Cross Country Head Coach), Bill Kenley (Noblesville Boys Track & Field Head Coach).
NICK DOMBROSKI, MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY AND MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

University of Southern Indiana (NCAA Division II); Evansville, Indiana

  • Events: 5k, 1600m
  • Intended Major: Undecided
  • Academic Achievements: 3.551 GPA
  • Non-Athletic Involvement: Church Youth Group

Why I Chose My School: I chose the University of Southern Indiana because of the not big nor small university feel, the majors offered, and the coaching staff for track and cross country, it just felt like home to me.

How I Want to Get Involved: I look forward to joining clubs, meeting all kinds of new people and experiences, and all of the cool things the university has to offer.

My Biggest Inspiration: My biggest inspiration is my older sister, Kat. Through her, I’ve learned that anything is possible with hard work and the will to succeed, and to give 100% at all times.

I Would Like to Thank: I would like to thank my parents, coaches, teammates, and friends who’ve helped me through the thick and thin and made me into the person I am today.

Head Coach Kent Graham, Noblesville Millers Cross Country
“Nick has grown tremendously as a distance runner and has become a very competitive racer throughout his high school years. Nick has a knack for racing in the tournament where he puts his previous racing experiences to good use. Nick will be a very competitive college runner.”

Head Coach Bill Kenley, Noblesville Millers Track & Field
“Nick was our mental attitude award winner in cross country this year due to his exuberance in racing. Never daunted, Nick brings an aggressiveness to racing that will serve him well in the future. (As long as he can keep it slightly in check.)”

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Zach Gruver, Marian University. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Mike Gruver, Zach Gruver, Ben Gruver, Jennifer Gruver. Back Row (Left to Right): Justin Keever (Noblesville Baseball Head Coach), Jonathon Glaub (Noblesville Football Assistant Coach), Jim Wormuth (Noblesville Football Assistant Coach), Paul Stinn (Noblesville Football Assistant Coach), Jay Taylor (Former Noblesville Football Assistant Coach), Justin Roden (Noblesville Football Head Coach).
ZACH GRUVER, FOOTBALL

Marian University (NAIA); Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Position: Cornerback, Wide Receiver
  • Intended Major: Sports Marketing
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • Baseball and Football Youth Camp Volunteer

Why I Chose My School: I chose Marian for many reasons: I really liked the campus and class size, and that the professors know who you are! I am really excited to be playing football for a successful program, and I am looking forward to being back on the field with my brother Ben!

How I Want to Get Involved: It is going to be really hard to leave Noblesville, I have had the best four years! I have made great friends and loved my coaches and teachers. I am excited to live on campus at Marian and am looking forward to meeting new teammates and friends! I am really interested in exercise science and want to be working in the sports world! I am hoping to find a great internship or possibly begin to coach. I am excited to share my college experience with my brother Ben.

My Biggest Inspiration: My dad is my biggest inspiration; he has always been my biggest supporter and toughest critic. He always shoots me straight and has always said “Hard work pays off!” He told my brother and me that he would help us get better any way he could. However, it was up to us to put in the work, have a positive attitude, and be accountable. He also said “life’s not fair,” but how you respond to it makes all the difference. I hope I have made him proud.

I Would Like to Thank: I’d like to thank my parents for always supporting me. They have been there cheering me on from day one! They have both done their best to never miss my games! I never realized how lucky I was to always have them in the stands. I know they are super excited to have my brother and I playing football together.

Head Coach Justin Roden, Noblesville Millers Football
“Zach Gruver was one of Indiana’s best two-way football players throughout his career. Last season he led all of 6A in interceptions, in addition, he had over forty career receptions with seven going for touchdowns. Throughout his career, Zach has done it all including returning punts, kickoffs, and even throwing a touchdown pass. His athleticism will be deeply missed in the Miller football program. Zach also possesses tremendous character and leadership qualities that will make him a program standout at the next level.”

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Alex Hancock, Muskingum University. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Adam Hancock, Alex Hancock, Heidi Hancock. Back Row (Left to Right): Jeff Haley (Noblesville Boys Basketball Assistant Coach), Patrick Hopkins (Noblesville Boys Basketball Assistant Coach), Brian McCauley (Former Noblesville Boys Basketball Head Coach).
ALEX HANCOCK, MEN’S BASKETBALL

Muskingum University (NCAA Division III); New Concord, Ohio

  • Position: Center
  • Intended Major: Marketing
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • Food Pantry
    • Red Cross
    • Third Phase Shelter

Why I Chose My School: When I first arrived on campus, I was immediately transfixed by the beauty and tranquility that surrounded me. My love for Muskingum only grew stronger as my visit continued. I met with the coaches and some of the teachers and I was treated with a level of kindness I’ve only found here in Noblesville. By the end of the visit, I knew Muskingum was the right place for me.

How I Want to Get Involved: I’m looking forward to continuing to volunteer within the community when I get to Muskingum. I will try to get involved with some clubs and I look forward to putting myself in the best position to meet new people and make new friends.

My Biggest Inspiration: I would say that my father is my biggest inspiration. All my life, he has been 100% supportive in who I am and what I want to do. He has spent his life working as hard as he could to ensure that my brothers and I would live a life full of adventure and new experiences. He has always been a great role model in times of struggle and in times of joy. Without my father, I would not be where I am today.

I Would Like to Thank: I would like to thank my parents for always being there for me. Without them, I would quite literally not be here today. I would like to thank Coach McCauley. He has always pushed me to do the little things right. And over time, I was able to realize that the little things can be what matter most.

Former Head Coach Brian McCauley, Noblesville Millers Boys Basketball
Alex developed into a very good defensive player for the Millers and I know he will do the same for Muskingum. Alex’s combination of his ability to run well and his physical strength will allow him to contribute day in and day out. He will be able to use his high energy and intelligence to do whatever is needed for the benefit of the team.

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Xavier Hines, Indiana University Kokomo. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Lexi Hines, David Hines, Xavier Hines, Polly Hines, Bella Hines. Back Row (Left to Right): Jeff Haley (Noblesville Boys Basketball Assistant Coach), Brian McCauley (Former Noblesville Boys Basketball Head Coach), Patrick Hopkins (Noblesville Boys Basketball Assistant Coach).
XAVIER HINES, MEN’S BASKETBALL

Indiana University Kokomo (NAIA); Kokomo, Indiana

  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Intended Major: Business
  • Academic Achievements:
    • 3.5 GPA
    • 27 ACT

Why I Chose My School: I chose to attend IU Kokomo for a handful of reasons, but I think the main thing was the coaching staff as well as the success of the program. They have a couple of great basketball minds with a lot of winning experience in Coach Echelbaker and Coach Jones. I think their vision for the program is great and I am very excited for the opportunity to be a part of it. They are coming off the school record for wins last season so my goal is to keep that winning tradition.

How I Want to Get Involved: The main thing that I want to achieve outside of basketball in college is working towards a degree in the business field. A goal of mine is to work as hard in the classroom as I do on the court so that I can set myself up for a successful life after my career in basketball is over.

My Biggest Inspiration: Growing up as a kid, the one person that motivated and inspired me was former NBA basketball player Allen Iverson. I always looked up to him from a basketball standpoint, but also his charisma. He was always the guy in the league with the most swag and drawing all the attention but at the same time, everybody loved him. He motivated me to want to be like him when I grew up.

I Would Like to Thank: Getting the opportunity to play college basketball is a dream of mine that I have had since I started playing back in kindergarten and being able to attain that would have been impossible without the help of many. I have had so many amazing coaches over the years that have believed in me and helped shape the player I am today. I want to give a special shoutout to Coach Taylor who helped me make a huge jump in my high school development from Freshmen to Senior Year. I would also like to thank my teammates for always being there for me and building an amazing bond with me since elementary school. Lastly, I would like to thank my family. They are probably the biggest reason I am who I am today. My two amazing sisters Lexi and Bella, who have always been supporting me since I can remember. My father, who introduced me to the game of basketball and is probably the biggest influence and role model I have had growing up. Last, but certainly not least, my mother, Polly; she is the superhero I have always had to lean on in my life and I cannot thank her enough.

Former Head Coach Brian McCauley, Noblesville Millers Boys Basketball
Xavier had a great career for the Millers and is an excellent fit for IU Kokomo! IUK is coming off the best season in their program’s history and Xavier will be a great addition to their talented team. His strength and ability to shoot will fit in extremely well with their team speed and quickness. Xavier loves basketball so he will continue to improve and is excited to help IUK reach new levels nationally.

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Blake Hipkiss, University of Southern Indiana. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Alex Hipkiss, Lisa Hipkiss, Blake Hipkiss, Devin Hipkiss, Chloe Hipkiss. Back Row (Left to Right): Kent Graham (Noblesville Boys Cross Country Head Coach), Bill Kenley (Noblesville Boys Track & Field Head Coach).
BLAKE HIPKISS, MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY AND MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

University of Southern Indiana (NCAA Division II); Evansville, Indiana

  • Position: Distance
  • Intended Major: Exercise Science
  • Academic Achievements: 3.3 GPA
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • Best Buddies
    • Special Olympics

Why I Chose My School: I chose Southern Indiana because it’s in-state and their exercise science undergraduate program is very solid and I believe that will get me more prepared for my career I am wanting to pursue there. In regards to the running, The program, and coach Hillyard have always done a great job in developing national talent runners and their teams have always had success at the national level in cross country and track. The team is also close and together as well and we have a ton of potential to do some amazing things. There were a lot of different schools that could’ve been great fits but I believe that Southern Indiana is the place to go for my academic and athletic goals.

How I Want to Get Involved: I want to get involved in the school and help as much as possible. I want to get involved in the Best Buddies chapter there, if available.

My Biggest Inspiration: There have been a lot of inspirations of mine in running and in life; although there could be others that I pick. My biggest inspiration is Coach Simpson, my track coach from my freshman to junior year. His overwhelming love and passion for the sport and his runners is something special and something I look up to. The impact he has on his athlete’s lives on and off the track is amazing and I hope to make an impact on a person’s life like he has with mine. He really cares about how well a person does not only on the track but in life. He has always been there for me even when I’m at the lowest of my lows and I’m really blessed to have him in my life, he’s been like a second dad to me. His wise advice he’s given to me is something I hope that I can share with someone else that needs it and hope to receive more support and advice from him as I begin this next journey.

I Would Like to Thank: I want to first thank my parents and siblings for raising me into a young man and for their support through good and bad. I also want to thank my past teammates like Eric Hoffman, Levi Neuzerling, Cole Martin, and many others for teaching me how to become a fierce competitor and a better teammate and friend. I thank my current teammates for making all of the runs enjoyable and pushing me every day to become better as a runner and for being great friends and teammates these past few years. I also want to thank Coach Graham and Coach Kenley for their guidance and support through all the injuries I’ve had this past year. I also want to thank my friends at school that have supported me in my running and for helping me in school. I also want to thank all the other coaches that saw me as a fit for their program, it means a lot. I lastly want to thank the entire Noblesville Cross Country and Track community for supporting me and my teammates’ goals and for accepting me into the program and making this program feel like a family, I will miss seeing all of you guys next year.

Head Coach Kent Graham, Noblesville Millers Cross Country
“Blake has developed into a very fine high school runner. His work ethic and inner drive to be the best is evident every day in practice. He has struggled with some injuries throughout his career but he always cross-trains diligently and is ready to race upon his return. The college distance of 8K will be very good for Blake as he gets better the farther he goes.”

Head Coach Bill Kenley, Noblesville Millers Track & Field
“An extremely talented and passionate runner, Blake Hipkiss’ love of the sport of distance running should be welcome wherever he chooses to run. While he’s dealt with injuries over the past years, his focus on running has never wavered.”

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Zack Johnson, Concordia University Ann Arbor. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Nickolas Johnson, Carl Johnson, Zack Johnson, Kristina Johnson, Mackenna Johnson. Back Row (Left to Right): Jeff Haley (Noblesville Boys Basketball Assistant Coach), Patrick Hopkins (Noblesville Boys Basketball Assistant Coach), Jackson Johnson, Brian McCauley (Former Noblesville Boys Basketball Head Coach), Ricky Yahn (Concordia University Ann Arbor Head Coach).
ZACK JOHNSON, MEN’S BASKETBALL

Concordia University Ann Arbor (NAIA); Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Position: Guard
  • Intended Major: Justice and Public Policy
  • Academic Achievements:
    • 3.67 GPA
      Academic All-State Honorable Mention
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • Campus Crusade for Christ
    • Northview Church Green Team
    • White River Clean-Up
    • Feeding the homeless in downtown Indianapolis as apart of the Indiana Faith organization

Why I Chose My School: The Justice and Public Policy major was eye-catching to me because of my aspirations to be an FBI agent in the future, Concordia also gave me a chance to the play the sport I love at the college level while placing an importance on Christianity.

I Would Like to Thank: I would like to thank my parents for always going over and beyond for me in allowing me to pursue my dream of playing basketball in college. I would also like to thank all my coaches that I was able to build relationships with and view their constant hard work and preparation. Thanks for pushing me to be the best player I could be and for all the basketball knowledge I was to learn from you guys.

Former Head Coach Brian McCauley, Noblesville Millers Boys Basketball
Zack had a tremendous senior season for the Millers! He is excited to continue his development as a person and player at Concordia University Ann Arbor. Concordia is a great match for Zack athletically, academically, and spiritually. He is an excellent teammate and will do whatever is needed to help the team be successful. Zack’s strength and skill level will continue to improve, and he will be a great asset to the Cardinal program over the course of his career.

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Eagan Keever-Hill, Franklin College. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Dylan Keever, Justin Keever, Eagan Keever-Hill, Nikki Keever, Reagan Keever. Back Row (Left to Right): Jeff Haley (Noblesville Boys Basketball Assistant Coach), Brian McCauley (Former Noblesville Boys Basketball Head Coach), Patrick Hopkins (Noblesville Boys Basketball Assistant Coach).
EAGAN KEEVER-HILL, MEN’S BASKETBALL

Franklin College (NCAA Division III); Franklin, Indiana

  • Position: Guard
  • Intended Major: Business and Sports Management
  • Academic Achievements: 3.0 GPA
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • YoungLife
    • Volunteer work for my church
    • Volunteer coaching
    • Yard work and mulching for the elderly.

Why I Chose My School: I loved the college atmosphere of being a smaller school and it’s a really cool town. Players and coaches are great people and always want the best from each person.

How I Want to Get Involved: I want to get involved in Greek Life as well as the school’s YoungLife.

My Biggest Inspiration: My older brother is my biggest inspiration because he always set the bar high for me and I always wanted to do things like him. When he became a college athlete, it inspired me to pursue that same path in college.

I Would Like to Thank: I’d like to thank my family for the constant support they gave me through my time at Noblesville High School. I want to thank the Noblesville coaching staff for putting me in spots where I grew as a person and player which made me become better at both. I also want to give a shoutout to Xavier Hines for always getting me to workout even if it was what I didn’t want to do.

Former Head Coach Brian McCauley, Noblesville Millers Boys Basketball
Eagan will be a great addition at Franklin College; his versatility on offense and defense will serve him well throughout the course of his career. He has the ability to develop into a very good player if he continues to work hard. Ultimately, Eagan is a great teammate and he’ll be able to use that to help the Grizzlies continue their outstanding winning tradition.

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Meredith Miller, Ohio Northern University. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Mallory Miller, Melinda Miller, Meredith Miller, Doug Miller, Max Miller. Back Row: Baylee Tobin (Noblesville Girls Lacrosse Head Coach).
MEREDITH MILLER, WOMEN’S LACROSSE

Ohio Northern University (NCAA Division III); Ada, Ohio

  • Position: Defense
  • Intended Major: Biology
  • Academic Achievements:
    • 4.2 GPA
    • National Honor Society
    • Top 10% for four years
    • Academic All-State Lacrosse
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • YoungLife Student
    • Wyldlife Leader
    • Volunteer Lacrosse Mentor
    • Spanish Tutor

Why I Chose My School: I decided to attend Ohio Northern due to their rigorous academics as well as the community. I know that Ohio Northern will challenge me and prepare me well for the real world. When I stepped onto the Ohio Northern campus for the first time I felt a sense of acceptance and confidence, it is something I will never forget.

How I Want to Get Involved: I plan on becoming active in Habitat for Humanity, Spanish Club, and FCA in my time at ONU.

My Biggest Inspiration: My biggest inspiration is my papaw Miller. He is the strongest person I know and supports me in all of my endeavors. He never fails to put a smile on my face and he pushes through the adversity that life brings upon him. It brings me so much joy to know that I have made him proud.

I Would Like to Thank: I would like to thank my parents for pushing me to work hard for my goals while instilling knowledge and motivation in me. I would also like to thank all of my coaches; without all of you, there is absolutely no way I would be where I am today. You all made me a better person and lacrosse player. Finally, thank you to my teammates for pushing me each and every day to be better. You guys made my high school athletic career so fun and cannot wait to see what all of us do in the future. Thank you all, I could not have done any of this without you!

Head Coach Baylee Tobin, Noblesville Millers Girls Lacrosse
I have known Meredith for quite some time now but have had the privilege of being her coach this season. I have always recognized her as a natural leader; she is confident, respectful, understanding, and a hard worker. She has been an integral part of our Low Defense for the last four years and will most certainly be missed next year! Her work ethic for someone who is in high school is one that you do not find too often, and she has made an impact not only on her teammates but also on me as a coach. I will definitely miss coaching Meredith, but I know she is going to do great things at Ohio Northern and I cannot wait to watch her play over the next few years.

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Emily Minett, DePauw University. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Jeanne Minett, Emily Minett, Brent Minett. Back Row (Left to Right): Deke Bullard (Noblesville Softball Head Coach), Larry DeSalvo (Noblesville Softball Assistant Coach).
EMILY MINETT, SOFTBALL

DePauw University (NCAA Division III); Greencastle, Indiana

  • Position: 1st Baseman
  • Intended Major: Undecided
  • Academic Achievements:
    • 4.0 GPA
    • Top 10%
    • National Honor Society
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • Noblesville Girls Softball Association Volunteer

Why I Chose My School: I chose DePauw because it felt like home to me. I’m excited to get to know the people and the campus there.

I Would Like to Thank: I’d like to thank my coaches Mike Ramsey and Deke Bullard for believing in me even when I don’t believe in myself. I’d like to thank my teammates for sticking by my side no matter what. I’d like to thank my parents for encouraging me and supporting me through it all.

Head Coach Deke Bullard, Noblesville Millers Softball
“Emily has been a four-year letter winner with our varsity program. In that timeframe, Emily has not only become a leader on the field but also off the field.  She has her unique way of getting buy-in from players and has had many younger players look up to her. During her senior year, she has displayed this further by grooming her replacement for the following year. She has been patient and has worked with younger players by showing them footwork and working through scenarios. Emily has been an absolute pleasure to coach; she has provided many laughs and a great team environment. She is a great competitor and she will no doubt have a successful career after high school with DePauw University.”

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Ashlyn Morefield, Indiana University Kokomo. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Shaelyn Morefield, Ashlyn Morefield, Angela Morefield. Back Row (Left to Right): Mike Brady (Noblesville Girls Soccer Head Coach).
ASHLYN MOREFIELD, WOMEN’S SOCCER

Indiana University Kokomo (NAIA); Kokomo, Indiana

  • Position: Midfield
  • Intended Major: Undecided

Why I Chose My School: Overall it was a good fit for me; it’s close to home, a smaller college, and it is the first year for the women’s soccer program.

How I Want to Get Involved: I look forward to the exploration program that IUK provides so I can figure out a career path that I most enjoy.

I Would Like to Thank: I would like to thank my parents and my coaches for always pushing me to do my best and supporting me throughout the years.

Head Coach Mike Brady, Noblesville Millers Girls Soccer
“Ashlyn Morefield is an excellent teammate that puts the team before self. This past season she was constantly in a position to defend the best players in the state, which she not only did but as is her nature, she did it successfully. This competitiveness motivates others in both practice and games. She will thrive at IUK not only as a player but as a student as well.”

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Jack Newcomer, Taylor University. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Ellie Newcomer, Kirk Newcomer, Jack Newcomer, Linda Newcomer, Rylie Newcomer. Back Row (Left to Right): Todd Herman (Noblesville Boys Track & Field Assistant Coach), Bill Kenley (Noblesville Boys Track & Field Head Coach), Jonathon Glaub (Noblesville Boys Track & Field Assistant Coach).
JACK NEWCOMER, MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

Taylor University (NAIA); Upland, Indiana

  • Events: High Jump, Sprints
  • Intended Major: Sport Management
  • Academic Achievements:
    • 3.8 GPA
    • National Honor Society
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • Lead a 4th and 5th-grade boys small group at my Church
    • Lead 8th-grade boys in Wyldlife

Why I Chose My School: I chose Taylor University due to the community that I felt when I went on campus. Everyone on campus was so friendly including the coaches.

How I Want to Get Involved: I am looking forward to going on a few missions trips while I am at Taylor. The opportunities they have are amazing and I look forward to being able to be a part of them.

My Biggest Inspiration: My biggest inspiration is my dad; he has been a hard worker and really supportive. He coached me throughout all my elementary years in football and taught me how to be a good athlete and an even better person. He has inspired me to compete in multiple sports which helped me grow as an athlete.

I Would Like to Thank: I’d like to thank my high jump coach Todd Herman for all that he has done for me in my jumping. I would also like to thank my track coach Kent Graham for all that he has taught me about sprinting and about Track in general. I would like to thank my family for always supporting me. Finally, I would like to thank my jumping teammates for always pushing me to get better throughout the ups and downs.

Head Coach Bill Kenley, Noblesville Millers Track & Field
“As a captain on our track team, Jack Newcomer has shown a quiet leadership his coaches at Taylor will surely come to value. A true student-athlete, Jack is the epitome of what high school (and small college) sports should be about.”

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Mackenzie Pedigo, Indiana University Kokomo. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Dave Pedigo, Mackenzie Pedigo, Amy Pedigo. Back Row (Left to Right): Mike Brady (Noblesville Girls Soccer Head Coach).
MACKENZIE PEDIGO, WOMEN’S SOCCER

Indiana University Kokomo (NAIA); Kokomo, Indiana

  • Position: Defense
  • Intended Major: Nutrition

Why I Chose My School: I wanted a smaller school in Indiana which had my major, plus IUK is really affordable and I will have an IU degree, which is important to me.

How I Want to Get Involved: I am looking forward to doing community service in the Kokomo area.

My Biggest Inspiration: My sister Madison has been my biggest inspiration. I always looked up to her in school and soccer and it made me a better student and player.

I Would Like to Thank: I would like to thank my parents, my sister Madison, and my best friend Veronica. Their support has been amazing over the years and it means the world to me.

Head Coach Mike Brady, Noblesville Millers Girls Soccer
“Mackenzie Pedigo elevated her teammates through the determination that she brought to the high school soccer program. She is focused and driven, which is infectious with her teammates and a big reason as to why she will be successful in her future. While she will be missed by the Millers, IUK will be lucky to have her on campus as a student and an athlete.”

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Max Pollard, Thomas More University. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Paul Johnson, Sarah Pollard, Max Pollard, Chuck Pollard, Jane Johnson. Back Row (Left to Right): Jonathon Glaub (Noblesville Football Assistant Coach).
MAX POLLARD, MEN’S RUGBY

Thomas More University (NAIA); Crestview Hills, Kentucky

  • Position: Flanker
  • Intended Major: Business
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • Volunteer Football Coach for Youth Football
    • Community Service at Food Pantry

Why I Chose My School: I chose Thomas More University because it felt like home. I felt very welcomed by all of the staff and all of the coaches. I feel like they will help me succeed in my future academic and athletic endeavors.

How I Want to Get Involved: I want to do community service for the people of Crestview Hills because it is a very tight-knit community and their support for Thomas More is amazing, so the least I could do is give back to them. I also want to get involved in a good internship for my intended major and hope that they will be able to set me up with the base I need to exceed in my career when I get out of college.

My Biggest Inspiration: My biggest inspiration is my grandfather. My grandfather has Parkinson’s Disease which makes your body slowly deteriorate to the point where you can’t walk and hardly talk. Every day for my grandpa is a constant struggle, he always needs help to get out of bed and has to deal with an insane amount of pain. But, he always fights through it. He is the strongest man I know, he gives no excuses and he always puts his head down and fights it head-on. He inspires me because I have no excuses in life and he also gives me the fighter spirit that I have. He is the smartest and kindest man that I know and he is someone that I would love to model when I’m an adult.

I Would Like to Thank: I would, first of all, like to thank my parents for all of the constant support, money spent, and rides to 6:00 a.m. practices that have not gone unnoticed. I would also like to thank my football coach, Coach Roden, for making me tougher and helping me mature into a man. I would also like to thank my high school rugby coaches Colin Southern and John Brenneman for all of the work that they put into the Noblesville Rugby Club and helping me to get better in life and on the pitch. I also want to thank one of my first rugby coaches, Aaron Galloway for teaching me everything I know about rugby and sticking with me from 5th grade all the way to now, you’ve done a lot for me in my rugby career and I don’t think I would be where I am now if it wasn’t for your help.

Head Coach Justin Roden, Noblesville Millers Football
“Max Pollard is a true tough guy and amplifies the grit that all Miller football players should embrace. Max played a variety of positions during his football career, all with a ferocious approach and all-out attitude. Max’s “tough guy” approach in football is a major part of his success on the rugby pitch. Max’s play makes opposing teams take notice and his tackling abilities will make him a stalwart at the next level.”

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Jordan Schmidt, Concordia University Chicago. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Josiah Schmidt, Joel Schmidt, Jordan Schmidt, Sharena Schmidt, Jeremiah Schmidt. Back Row (Left to Right): Patrick Hopkins (Noblesville Boys Basketball Assistant Coach), Jeff Haley (Noblesville Boys Basketball Assistant Coach), Brian McCauley (Former Noblesville Boys Basketball Head Coach).
JORDAN SCHMIDT, MEN’S BASKETBALL

Concordia University Chicago (NCAA Division III); River Forest, Illinois

  • Position: Guard
  • Intended Major: Criminal Law
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • Volunteer work for the homeless in downtown Indianapolis
    • Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Why I Chose My School: I chose Concordia because the campus is just amazing. The people here are always welcoming and there is always someone to help you with anything. The people on campus truly try to show you that they care about you and want you to enjoy your stay. The dorms are very nice and at the top of Concordia Hall, you can see the Chicago skyline. The players and the coach did the best they can to introduce me to everyone and made me feel like I was home.

How I Want to Get Involved: It is a Christian college and there’s Chapel at 11:00 a.m. every day so I would like to attend that. I still want to continue being apart of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and make bigger strides through that. I want to become a leader throughout the school and help others and improve not only my self-confidence but theirs too.

My Biggest Inspiration: My biggest inspiration is my coach from my AAU team throughout my middle school career. His name was Walt Messersmith and he taught me a lot of what I know. He always believed in me and when others said that I could compete at the college level he made sure that was possible for me.

I Would Like to Thank: I would like to thank my family, my friends, my teammates, and my coaches this year and past years. You have all made an impact on me and have helped me pursue one of my dreams of playing college basketball. You have all believed in me and have never been the people who doubted me. I want to thank the Noblesville community for always being so welcoming and playing in front of the crowds is one thing I will never forget.

Former Head Coach Brian McCauley, Noblesville Millers Boys Basketball
Jordan developed into an elite athlete for the Millers through his hard work and dedication in the weight room. Jordan’s ability to defend, handle the ball, and shoot will allow him the opportunity to contribute in a variety of ways at Concordia University Chicago. Jordan is just beginning to realize his potential as a basketball player, so it will be exciting for him to find his role and successfully contribute to the team.

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Patrick Simpson, Indiana University Kokomo. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Byron Simpson, Patrick Simpson, Suzy Simpson, Conner Simpson. Back Row (Left to Right): Kent Graham (Noblesville Cross Country Head Coach), James Pearce (Former Noblesville Track & Field Assistant Coach), Jay Taylor (Former Noblesville Track & Field Assistant Coach), Bill Kenley (Noblesville Track & Field Head Coach).
PATRICK SIMPSON, MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY AND MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

Indiana University Kokomo (NAIA); Kokomo, Indiana

  • Event: 800m
  • Intended Major: Undecided
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • Engineering Internship
    • Life Teen
    • Yearbook Staff

Why I Chose My School: I liked the feeling of the small class sizes compared to a larger school where the professor may not even know your name. I also loved the culture that the coaches and the team have made.

How I Want to Get Involved: I would love to get involved in a possible internship while also getting more involved in my faith.

My Biggest Inspiration: Throughout my running career, my father has been there. He pushed me to be a better runner with his tough but smart training regiment and I don’t think I would have gotten this far without his guidance.

I Would Like to Thank: I’d like to thank my parents and brother for being there for me through this entire process and always showing up to my meets to support me. I would like to also thank all the coaches and teachers that have helped me throughout my high school career, you helped me grow as a person and as a runner.

Head Coach Kent Graham, Noblesville Millers Cross Country
“Patrick enjoys running and will be a fine collegiate runner. He has struggled with a back issue over his career but has worked diligently to overcome and strive to compete. His willingness to fight through the setback displays his strong will to compete and inner drive to do better. His helpfulness and leadership will be great assets as he moves on to college. I am sure Patrick will enjoy the collegiate running and racing.”

Head Coach Bill Kenley, Noblesville Millers Track & Field
“Patrick Simpson comes from a family with a strong tradition in distance running. Over the years he’s shown commitment and an ability to respond to adversity. We wish him all the best as he continues his own running journey at IU Kokomo.”

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Autumn Strong, Indiana University Kokomo. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Heather Strong, Autumn Strong. Back Row (Left to Right): Mike Brady (Noblesville Girls Soccer Assistant Coach).
AUTUMN STRONG, WOMEN’S SOCCER

Indiana University Kokomo (NAIA); Kokomo, Indiana

  • Position: Midfield/Forward
  • Intended Major: New Media and Technology
  • Non-Athletic Involvement:
    • Volunteer Hours in Indianapolis through Starbucks
    • NHS Clubs
    • Riley Dance Marathon
    • Had my artwork shown in shows through NHS

Why I Chose My School: I choose this college because it’s close to home and the coaching staff is amazing and I look forward to starting the new program off on the right foot.

How I Want to Get Involved: At IUK they have a Key program that I would love to learn more about. This program sponsors kids to travel across the United States and even out of the country to expand learning beyond the classroom. I would also like to venture into some art clubs possibly during the soccer off-season just to be able to express my creative side while in college.

My Biggest Inspiration: My biggest inspiration is definitely my parents. They have been by my side since I started playing soccer competitively many years ago. They have always encouraged me to reach this point in my life and here I am doing what they always believed I could. My dad has always pushed me to my limits and my mom was always there for me after a rough game. Through the self-doubt and discouragement I faced they were always there to pick me back up again and keep me going.

I Would Like to Thank: I want to thank my family first and foremost for always supporting my decisions and keeping me focused on my goals. I also want to thank my teammates for both club and high school for challenging me every day to better my play no matter my self-doubt. Lastly, I want to thank my friends for being the people in my life that celebrate my accomplishments and supporting me.

Head Coach Mike Brady, Noblesville Millers Girls Soccer
“Autumn Strong brings to practice every day the attitude that any coach would want to have to make the program better. She knows when to lighten the mood, but when it’s time to get serious she is all business. Autumn is a player that makes training sessions better each and every day. I really expect her to shine on the field at IUK, and bring that same commitment to the classroom.”

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Katie Witte, Hanover College. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Densie Zidlick, Katie Witte, John Witte. Back Row (Left to Right): Rich Wolfred (Noblesville Swimming & Diving Head Coach).
KATIE WITTE, WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING

Hanover College (NCAA Division III); Madison, Indiana

  • Events: 100 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle, and 100 Backstroke
  • Intended Major: Undecided
  • Academic Achievements:
    • National Art Honor Society
    • Member of Top Wind Ensemble Band
    • 1st Place overall for Fine Arts Team
    • Academic Super Bowl
  • Non-Athletic Involvement: Lifeguard

Why I Chose My School: I chose my college because it gives that feeling of a big school, but it’s smaller. The staff and students made me feel really welcome. Also, the professors to student ratio is preferable.

How I Want to Get Involved: In college, I want to do more volunteer work. National Art Honor Society helps focus on art based service projects. I’m also looking forward to furthering my education.

My Biggest Inspiration: My biggest inspiration is my mom, she does so much for everyone and is always there to support me and encourage me to reach my goals. She helps me with whatever I have going on and without her, I wouldn’t be so successful.

I Would Like to Thank: I would like to thank my coaches Natalie, Rich, and Aleks for helping me decide that I want to further my swimming career. Also my parents for supporting me in the decision making process. I also want to give thanks to my best friend Megan for pushing me to keep swimming.

Head Coach Rich Wolfred, Noblesville Millers Swimming & Diving
“Katie has been an outstanding student-athlete on our varsity team and was one of our team captains this year. There is a lot of upside to her swimming, so Hanover will be getting an athlete who will only get better. This past year she also served on the Noblesville Swim Club Board as an athlete representative. We wish her the best as she continues her education and athletic career at Hanover.”

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Dwayne Zeissig, Indiana University Kokomo. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Amilia Davenport, Andrew Davenport, Dwayne Zeissig, Agnes Davenport, Anastasia Davenport. Back Row (Left to Right): Kent Graham (Noblesville Boys Cross Country Head Coach), Bill Kenley (Noblesville Boys Track & Field Head Coach).
DWAYNE ZEISSIG, MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY AND MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

Indiana University Kokomo (NAIA); Kokomo, Indiana

  • Events: 4x400m, 1600m
  • Intended Major: Video Production
  • Non-Athletic Involvement: StartEd Up

Why I Chose My School: IUK seems like the best choice academically and financially. It’s close to home, without being too close, and the size is what I like, too.

How I Want to Get Involved: I’m looking forward to just getting the college experience, making life long friendships, and work on some video production along the way.

I Would Like to Thank: I’d like to thank my parents for always having faith, my sisters for always cheering me on, and my friends who help build me up. I’d also like to thank all the people who were negative in my life, I’ve shown them that no matter what they said or did it wouldn’t knock me down.

Head Coach Kent Graham, Noblesville Millers Cross Country
“Dwayne has a passion and joy for running. His drive to become better has continued to grow throughout his career. Dwyane will be successful at the longer distances of the collegiate level. He has taken on a leadership role as a senior and this experience will help as he transitions to collegiate running. Dwayne has a promising lifetime of running ahead of him.”

Head Coach Bill Kenley, Noblesville Millers Track & Field
“Dwayne Zeissig is the kind of runner every team needs. This spring he was elected captain by his teammates due to his year-round consistency and passion for both his team and his sport. I expect Dwayne will be a runner through college and beyond.”

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