Danny Loch, Clermont Northeastern five-sport star, has signed a collegiate letter-of-intent to attend Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio.
The well-rounded star lettered in four sports – football (three years), wrestling (two), track and field (three) and baseball (one). He also played reserve basketball.
This year on the gridiron he was a leader in Clermont County with more than 1,400 yards rushing (believed to be second-best in CNE history behind the legendary Charlie Varner who gained 1,631 yards his senior year of 1970-71). He was the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division’s Offensive Player of the Year and was Division II all-district and all-city. On the mat he was a district qualifier.
At Mount Union he plans to major in secondary education and later work on a degree in administration.
"I visited a few schools, but Mount Union seemed like the best fit for me," said Loch. "I like the coaches and the school has a great winning tradition in football and they have a hard-working team."
The Purple Raiders have won the NCAA Division III national football title nine years since 1993 and are currently on a two-year streak.
"I'm really excited and very proud of him," said Danny's mother, Robin Loch.
"We're really excited that he's going to Mount Union. He wants to be part of a winning program." said Helmut Loch, Danny's father.
"His work ethic was noticed by Mount Union and they were very impressed. He deserves a good program because he has worked so hard to get where he is," said Jeff Durbin, CNE head football coach. "I'm really excited he's going to Mount Union."
A couple of senior year football games stand out in Danny's thoughts as highlights of his prep sports career. He recalled the New Richmond game, "I had a 97-yard kickoff return," and the senior night game against Batavia. "We won our last home game and it meant a lot to be out there winning with all the other seniors."
"Mr. (Tom) Burkholder (CNE running backs coach) really pushed me to push myself and we understood each other," said Loch. "Mr. (Scott) Wells (CNE head wrestling coach) was there for all of us so much. He is a great teacher, too...My mom has done everything for me and supported me in everything. . . my dad was always there for me and pushed me. . . Paul Voshell (Knothole coach) has been like a second dad. He taught me a lot about sports and dedication."