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Two Senior Athletes Sign Spring Letters of Intent

Two Senior Athletes Sign Spring Letters of Intent

Surrounded by family, classmates, teachers, and coaches, two standout Nighthawks announced what colleges they will be taking their athletic talents to next year during spring signing day.

Colin Heekin declared his intention to play football at Denison University. Sydney Bortz signed a letter of intent to play soccer at the University of Richmond. About playing soccer at the college level, Bortz says, “I’m excited to have the opportunity to take the next step in furthering my skills in a sport I love at such a great school.”

While Sydney and Colin were recognized at the signing ceremony on May 11 in the Carey Family Amphitheater, six more student-athletes were in attendance and celebrated for signing their letters of intent earlier in the year.

Athletic Director Dennis Coyle thanked the student-athletes for their hard work, sacrifices, and the long hours of practice and training they dedicated to their sports and teammates. Addressing the seniors, Dennis reminded them that “as you move on from Country Day, please remember that your coaches, teachers, and classmates at Country Day will be cheering you on from afar. Transitioning to college isn't always easy; it's quite a commitment to balance academics and sports but I feel like your experience at Country Day has prepared you for the balance that will be required of you in this next phase of your journey.”

The complete list of the eight seniors who will be participating in college athletics can be found below:

Gracie Barnes: Basketball – University of South Carolina Upstate
Sydney Bortz: Soccer – Richmond University
Tristen Davis: Lacrosse – University of Massachusetts-Lowell
CJ DeBra: Soccer – Youngstown State University
Michael Donahue: Lacrosse – Florida Southern College
Colin Heekin: Football – Denison University
Titan McMullin: Football – McKendree University
Graham Sorg: Football – Case Western Reserve University


2023 Student-Athletes Who Signed Letters of Intent

Back row – Titan McMullin (Batavia), Colin Heekin (Cincinnati), Tristen Davis (Loveland), Michael Donahue (Loveland), Graham Sorg (Indian Hills); Front row – CJ DeBra (West Chester), Gracie Barnes (Batavia); Sydney Bortz (Batavia)