By Rob Kiser
SIDNEY — Lehman Catholic seniors Sara Fuller and Kassie Lee have had much success on their chosen athletic fields.
On Wednesday in the Media Center, they made their college choices.
Fuller, the daughter of Bill and Jeanne Fuller, will continue her career on the soccer pitch at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.
“One of the biggest reasons I chose Shenandoah was their athletic training program,” Fuller said. “They have a five-year program,”
Fuller fell in love with soccer from the start.
“I just always enjoyed the challenge of it and working together as a team,” Fuller said.
And her results speak for themselves.
During her four years at Lehman, the Lady Cavaliers amassed 62 wins against 12 losses and four ties.
The Lady Cavaliers were sectional champions all four years, two-time district champions and Fuller played on the regional runnerup team in 2013.
During her time at Lehman, Fuller had 54 goals and 28 assists and is the fourth all-time leading scorer for the Lady Cavaliers.
She is a WOSL Scholar Athlete, was first team All-Conference in 2014 and 2015 and was named Player of the Year in the WOSL this year. She was also MVSSCA North first team the last two years, first team All-MVSSCA this season and MVSSCA Player of the Year.
She was also an OSSCA first-team All-Ohio selectional this year and named to the NSCAA Central States Region team.
But, for all that, Fuller’s ability to make players around her better is what stood out.
“I think that is spot on,” Lehman girls soccer coach Jeremy Lorenzo said. “She led by her play on the field. When Ashley Keller played, she had a lot of those assists. Sara (Fuller) is always a girl who wanted the ball. I think Shenandoah is a great fit for Sara.”
Lee, the daughter of Kris and Peg Lee, will continue her throwing career in track and field at Capital University.
Lee said the benefits of going to Capital outweighed the one draw back.
“At first, I didn’t want to go there because my brother (Kris Lee) goes there,” Kassie Lee said with a smile. “They definitely made the best offer for me financially. I am looking forward to competing on the track team.”
While Lee has been a strong thrower for Lehman in the discus and shot put for four years, she says it wasn’t something she had an interest in initially.
“I didn’t do track until the eighth grade when a lot of friends decided to do it,” Lee said. “But, ever since I started I have really liked it.”
The multi-sport athlete, who also played soccer and basketball, has been slowed by a knee injury — but has overcome it this spring to perform at a high level.
“I think it has slowed me a little, but I have kind of gotten used to it,” she said. “I have some lofty expectations. I want to be a national champion before I graduate. So, I have got a lot of work to do.”
Lee — who is a solid performer in the discus and excels in the shot put — still thinks she can get much better.
“I can improve my form and I definitely need to get in the weight room and get stronger,” she said.
Lee still has some unfinished business left.
After winning the NWCC title in the shot put, she earned her first trip to the regionals Tuesday when she finished third at the West Milton D-III district with a put close to 36-11 and just short of her PR.
“The goal is to get to state,” Lee said. “If I can get 37-feet at the regional, I will be good with that.”
Lee said she would miss the other sports.
“I will probably still play some intramural basketball,” she said. “I can’t wait to get to Capital and compete (in track and field). I am really looking forward to it.”
As both schools are looking forward to getting two of Lehman’s best.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.