College Scene

Kyla Blakenship

Kyla Blakenship

Megan Anderson

Ivee Kaye

Nate Cole

Staff Reports

Former Piqua standout Ivee Kaye competed in the NCATA national meet for the second time this week.

After competing as a freshman for Glenville State, Kaye transferred and is competing for Hawaii Pacific.

Hawaii Pacific was the four seed in the national tournament, but was upset by fifth seed Azuna Pacific after holding the lead for most of the match.

Kyla Blankankenship

The former Piqua softball standout is tearing up the diamond in her freshman season at St. Louis Community College.

Blankenship has a school record 20 win on the mound and has a 20-3 record with two saves for St. Louis, who is ranked 16th in the most recent NJCAA poll.

She has a 1.33 earned run average and has 160 strikeouts in 147 innings pitched.

Blankenship is also batting .333 with nine doubles, one triple and 46 RBIs.

Megan Anderson

The former Piqua softball standout is having a big freshman year for Sinclair Community College.

Anderson is batting .481 with two doubles, a triple, 18 stolen bases and 13 RBIs.

Nate Cole

Edison State Community College Athletic Director Nate Cole has been named a Hall Of Fame honoree for his time spent as Tiffin University’s (TU) head football coach. Cole will be one of five NCAA Division II coaches and athletes to join the 2017 Hall of Fame Class.

“I am very humbled to receive this honor,” said Cole. “Tiffin University is a very special place to me.”

Cole’s strong leadership stems from his time spent on the field. A 1991 graduate of Allen East High School, Cole earned All-Northwest Conference (NWC) honors under Ohio High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame member, Bill Goodwin.

Following high school, Cole became a four-year football letterman recipient, playing tight end on two of TU’s playoff teams. After graduating from TU, Cole served as an assistant coach before gaining the role of head coach.

As TU’s head football coach from 2003-07, Cole holds a career winning percentage mark of .655, going 36-19. He was named three-time Coach of the Year, earning NCAA National Independent Coach of the Year in 2004, Independent Coach of the Year in 2006, and Great Lake Football Conference (GLFC) Coach of the Year in 2007.

Cole was responsible for leading the Dragon football team to two GLFC titles (2006, 2007) including a school-record 10-1 season in 2006. He coached players garnering two All-American and 10 NCAA All-Region picks, including NFL standout Nate Washington.

“I would not have been able to accomplish anything without all of the fantastic student-athletes, coaches, and staff that were a big part of our success,” said Cole. “I thank them all.”

In just his third year as Edison State’s Athletic Director, Cole has made monumental strides. Cole oversees all athletic and student life functions including a coaching staff of over ten and 100 student-athletes. On his watch, Edison State athletic offerings have expanded to include NJCAA baseball and softball.

Originally from Westminster, Ohio, Cole along with his wife, Amy, son, Cooper, and daughter, Taylor, currently reside in Lewisburg, Ohio. Nate is the son of Rex and Sharon Cole.

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Megan Anderson Anderson

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