By Rob Kiser
Three Piqua athletes recently made decisions on their future.
Junior running back/linebacker Darien Tipps-Clemons made a verbal commitment to Michigan State University, while senior offensive tackle Noah Magill signeded his letter of intent to play for Wilmington College and senior golfer Sarah Ganger will continue her career on the links at Grace College.
Clemons made his verbal commitment to the Spartans Tuesday night.
“Mainly it was coach D (Mark Dantonio),” Clemons said about his decision. “I really liked that he and his staff care about you as a person, not just as a football. They are looking at me as an outside linebacker.”
Clemons is happy to have the decision made.
“It is something I wanted to do before football season,” he said. “I wanted to have my decision made so I could focus on the high school season.”
Magill — 6-foot-1 and 267 pounds, feels Wilmington is the perfect place for him.
“They will take care of you, not just as a football player — but mentally and academically,” Magill said. “I really liked it there.”
The son of Caleb and Linda Magill always hoped to play in college.
“Definitely,” he said. “I am excited about it. I feel like I can make an impact right away. I am going to have to work hard, but I expect to contribute right away.”
Piqua football coach Bill Nees also feels it is the perfect place for Magill.
“He is not just looking at it from the football perspective, but academics as well,” Nees said. “Noah (Magill) was one of our most improved players. It is going to be fun to watch and see just how good he can be.”
Magill feels like he is well prepared for the next level.
“Obviously, it is a big jump from high school to college,” he said. “But, when you play for a coach like Coach Nees and his staff, you are well prepared for the college level.”
Ganger, the daughter of Randy and Chantel Ganger, also was a very good bowler for the Lady Indians.
She averaged 175 on the lanes for Piqua this past winter and was named second team All-GWOC North.
But, golf has always been something she loved and she will have the chance to continue playing the sport at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana.
“I went over there and met the coach and I played a couple rounds and he asked me to play for them,” Ganger said. “It (playing college golf) is something I wanted to do since I started playing. I think it is going to help me (improve) a lot.”
Piqua athletic director Chip Hare agrees.
“First off, Sarah (Ganger) is not only a good student, but a multiple-sport athlete,” Hare said. “Which is always great to see. A lot of people thought she would be bowling in college. Grace doesn’t offer bowling, so she is going to play golf.”
And Hare expects Ganger to make great strides in the program.
“They are starting instruction with a professional in Columbus next week,” Hare said. “I think it is great to see Sarah (Ganger) making that kind of commitment to the program. I think it is exciting and a great opportunity.”
And another exciting day for athletes at Piqua High School.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.