Friendship is truly one of the world’s greatest, if not, the greatest blessing on earth. Two Milford sports greats have decided to continue their education and athletic careers at the same college.
Tyler Scheid and Kyle Stone will be moving up Interstate 71 a bit to study and play at Wilmington College.
At Milford, they were close teammates and stars on the swimming team and the state champion water polo team.
In addition to the friendship, they had additional reasons to attend Wilmington.
"I like Wilmington, too. It's a little school, smaller than Milford (high school)," said Stone will will major in athletic training and continue his swimming career.
As an Eagle, Scheid lettered three years in the water and two years on the wrestling mat. He also played football one year. His junior year was the All-Ohio goalie in water polo.
Stone earned four varsity letters in water polo and swimming.
Both agree "winning the state championship" in water polo was the highlight of their prep sports careers. They are proud that as a duo they were nicknamed the X-Factor because "we made a difference" in their sports in which they competed together.
Their friendship grew quickly after they first met during their freshman year at Milford - Scheid attended Milford South Elementary and Stone arrived from Madeira his freshman year.
Scheid was recognized as the fastest "runner" on the water polo team.
Stone stood out in that he improved from "the worst swimmer to the best in certain strokes" on the swimming team including the 50-yard freestyle, 50-yard butterfly, and 200-yard individual medley. He plans to continue his competitive advantage in swimming at Wilmington.
Scheid, who recently became an Eagle Scout, said, "Paul Splitt (assistant water polo coach) motivated me to be the best I could be...Mr. Wilson (assistant principal) was a really good coach."
"Coach (Gary) Tameris got me started swimming," said Stone of notable individuals in his successful prep athletic career...My dad (John) encouraged me to do things with my talent.
"I started to think more about going to Wilmington and Tyler and I talked each other into going together."
"I'm sure we'll hang out a lot together at Wilmington," said Scheid. "We've talked about it. We're really going to miss our teammates on the water polo team."
Tameris is the head of both the boys and girls water polo and swimming teams at Milford. He said, "They are outstanding young men. They've been with me most of high school and they've come a long way and have meant a lot to our program.
"Tyler was an outstanding team player. He was the all-state goalie his junior year and this year we had a foreign exchange student join the team who played goal. Tyler voluntarily moved to a field position to help the team. He is very committed and the move made our team better...Tyler was outstanding where ever we moved him.
"Kyle came a long way. He is a very determined athlete who anchored good swimming relay teams."