Glen Este athletes move to college level

February 17th, 2008    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Sports

Five Glen Este Senior athletes signed letters of intent today to continue their sports endeavors at the university level. Glen Este High School honored four from the Trojan football team and one soccer player in a ceremony at the school.

In soccer, Brittaney Rupert, who also runs the 200m and 400m track events, was a defensive star at the Marking Back position. Although a defensive player, she scored two goals this season. She came to Glen Este from Youngstown, Ohio as a Sophomore and has played soccer for 12 years. Rupert will be studying Forensic Science at Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio.

In football, offense and defense shared the honors. For the offense, Wide Receiver Josh Crawford will be attending the University of Charleston in West Virginia, while Tight End Brad Griffith is headed to Brown University in Providence, RI.

Crawford, 6’6″ and 210 pounds, racked up 327 yards and 4 TD’s this season. Starting his Sophomore year at 5’9″, he overcame growing pains to develop not only good hands but honed his blocking skills as well. Crawford plans to study Business.

Front row from left are Brad Griffith, Sam Olberding, Brittaney Rupert, Alex Meagher and Josh Crawford; back row, football coach Zack Taylor and soccer Coach Al Kirk.
Brad Griffith, 6'7" and 220 pounds, distinguished himself with an average 22 yards per catch last season. Griffith is known for his work ethic on the field as well as his scholarship. He is headed for a career in Civil Engineering.

For the defense, 6' 220 pound Linebacker Alex Meagher, second year as a starter, led the Trojans in tackles. He looks forward to studying Sports Agency or Exercise Science at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Meagher follows two years behind the footsteps of his brother Zach Meagher, who is a Tight End at the University of Louisville.

Safety Sam Olberding, 6'3" and 190 pounds, did a great job in over-the-top coverage throughout the year for the Trojans, including three interceptions in the last two years. Olberding plans to follow a course in Physical Therapy at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.

In some concluding remarks, football Coach Zack Taylor noted that his athletes "did the right thing in the classroom" and praised "a heck of a commitment" on the part of the parents and families. Girls soccer Coach Al Kirk echoed Taylor's comments about scholastic achievement and expressed his hope that these athletes' and their families' commitment leads them through the next four years.
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