Rachel Brougher has known she is heading to Eastern Michigan for a couple of months, and Wednesday she made it official.
Brougher was one of 12 Columbus North seniors to participate in a signing ceremony in the school’s cafeteria. She will run cross-country and track for the Eagles beginning next season.
“It’s nice to finally make it official,” Brougher said. “It’s always been a dream of mine to run in college or be an athlete in college. It’s finally coming true.”
Brougher is a two-time All-State runner in cross-country and a three-time state qualifier in track. She was one of two North athletes to sign Wednesday with Division I schools.
Alex King committed to play basketball at Army. He was a high-honorable mention All-State selection this season.
“I just really enjoyed the coaching staff and the players,” King said. “I know Army is going to provide me with the leadership and education. There’s nothing else like it.”
King was one of two boys basketball players to commit. Stephon Peters-Smith is headed to Rochester (New York).
Girls basketball player Ashlyn Huffman signed with Cedarville (Ohio). Huffman was an Indiana Junior All-Star last season and this year, was a first-team All-State and first-team Academic All-State selection by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association.
Wednesday’s signings included three football players, two of whom are headed to Hanover. Mark Salle-Tabor, who set a school record with 10 field goals as a junior, and Joseph Suverkrup, an Indiana Football Coaches Association Academic All-State selection, will play for the Panthers.
Tucker Payne, who led the Bull Dogs in tackles will play for Wabash. His twin brother Tanner signed with Rose-Hulman earlier this year.
Three baseball players are headed to out-of-state schools. Wade Rankin will play for Kankakee (Illinois) Community College, Kevin Thompson is headed to Olney Central (Illinois) and Nolan Wetherald will play for Marietta (Ohio). They are part of a North team that is off to a 6-3 start this spring.
Sam LaVelle is headed to Manchester to play soccer. Justin Spoon will run cross-country and track at Asbury (Kentucky).
The signings bring the total of North commitments to 32 in this year’s senior class. The other 20 participated in signing ceremonies in November and February.