Published Date Written by Jim Lewis and Noelle Barrett
When Nick Drawbaugh and Steven Cain visited Shippensburg University to consider a playing football there, they were impressed by the cheering crowd, the support the college, town and alumni give to the sport.
So it was an easy choice to make on National Letter of Intent Day for the pair and other high school student-athletes: The two defensive stars from last season’s Middletown Area High School football team signed with Shippensburg on Thursday, Feb. 6, two of six Middletown students who signed letters of intent with colleges to continue their sports career.
At Lower Dauphin, 12 student-athletes signed letters of intent during a ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 6, one of the largest senior classes to sign with colleges, said David Bitting, Lower Dauphin’s athletic director. Five of the students played with Lower Dauphin’s two-time state champion field hockey team.
• Nick Drawbaugh, son of Ellen and Herbert Drawbaugh, was impressed by the fans when he attended a Shippensburg football game during a visit to the college. “It was ecstatic,’’ he said. “It has intensity for the game – passion for the game.’’
• Steven Cain, son of Victoria and David Cain, agreed. His visit left the same impression. “I knew from that point on,’’ he said.
Middletown finished last season with a 6-4 record, a turnaround from two previous losing seasons. A powerful defense led the Blue Raiders, and perhaps earned Drawbaugh and Cain notice.
To Coach Brett Myers, the pair’s success in earning football scholarships was the result of “hard work. Being unselfish. And it probably has to do more with their parents than they can acknowledge.’’
Four other Middletown athletes will continue their sports career in college as well:
• Megan Martz, daughter of Mimi and John Martz, signed with the University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio, where she will be a cross-country runner.
• Christian Roberts, son of Mark Roberts and Stacey and Jeremy Frost, will play soccer at Seton Hill, Greensburg. He was Middletown’s No. 1 goalkeeper.
• Brooke Gates, daughter of Wendy and Tim Gates, will play soccer at Thiel College, Greenville.
• Brynne Schlicher, daughter of Kim and Erich Schlicher, will play tennis at the Culinary Institute of America.
The 12 Lower Dauphin students who signed letters of intent:
• Devyn Barry, daughter of Bruce and Dana Barry, will play field hockey at Lock Haven. She was Lower Dauphin’s co-captain last season.
• Delani Higgins, daughter of Jana and Marty Higgins, will play field hockey at Penn State. She was Lower Dauphin’s co-captain last season.
• Maggie Mostoller, daughter of Christine and Todd Mostoller, will play field hockey at Brown. She was also a co-captain for Lower Dauphin last season.
• Taylor Lister, daughter of Debbie and Charlie Lister, will play field hockey at Delaware.
• Anna Smuda, daughter of Tina and Tom Smuda, will play field hockey at the University of California-Berkley.
• Joe Julius, son of Patty and Larry Julius, will play football at Penn State. Julius, a kicker, broke the school record for longest field goal at Lower Dauphin.
• Trey Klock, son of Karen and Rob Klock, will play football at Georgia Tech.
• Kaylor Kulina, son of Kim and Ken Kulina, will play baseball at Polk State, Winter Haven, Fla.
• Cole Nissley, son of Sara and Rod Nissley, will join the cross country and track teams at Shippensburg.
• Maddison Duncan, daughter of Tracy and Gary Duncan, will play soccer at Robert Morris, Coraopolis.
• Taryn Messick, daughter of Tammie and Steve Treutle and the late Donnie Messick, will play soccer at Kutztown.
• Danielle Savage, daughter of Kim and Danny Savage, will play soccer at the University of Miami.