UPDATE (Nov. 14): Two Kentucky natives signed to play on the EKU men's golf team Nov. 14. 

Lexington native Henry Lane and Monticello native Reese Sexton will join the team for the 2020-21 season.

Lane played at Lafayette High School. He earned first team all-state honors in 2017 and was the Ninth Region Co-Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019. 

“Henry really came on late in the summer. I think he will continue that trend heading into next summer and next fall when he arrives at EKU,” said head coach Mike Whitson in a press release. “He is a fundamentally sound player and also shows the athletic ability to improve at a rapid pace. With hard work, Henry will thrive as a Colonel.”

Sexton played high school golf at Wayne County and earned all-state recognition three times (2017, 2018, 2019). 

“I was able to watch Reese quite a bit this year and his game improved each time out,” said Whitson. “Watching him compete the way he did at US Junior, arguably the best junior event in the world, was very impressive. If Reese continues to develop his game the way he has over the last year, his career at EKU will be great.”

 

Women's golf

The EKU women's golf team picked up two new players on Nov. 13 as part of National Signing Day.

Madison Central golfer Mattie Neeley is staying close to home and continuing her dream of playing college golf. 

Neeley had an accomplished high school golf career at Madison Central.

She earned first team all-state honors in 2018 and 2019, and was chosen as the 2019 Kentucky Female Player of the Year by the Coaches Association of Kentucky. 

She won three high school tournaments, finished as the runner up twice and had six top-5 performances. Neeley tied for eighth at the KHSAA State Tournament and was Region 9 Co-Player of the Year. She won the Kentucky Coaches All-State Tournament, which included the top 75 players in the Commonwealth.

Neely will join the EKU golf team for the 2020-21 season.

Next, Alice Daag from Linkoping, Sweden signed to be a part of the Colonel golf team. 

Daag had four top-5 finishes in Swedish junior events. She finished first at the Teen Tour Future Event, tied for third at the Teen Tour Future Event and tied for ninth at the Junior Masters Invitational.

Daag will join the women's golf team in January 2020.  

 

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(Nov. 14): Eastern Kentucky University Athletics announced its 2019 early signing class Nov. 13.

The men’s basketball team picked up two guards, Wendell Green Jr. from Detroit, Michigan and Trevin Wade from Marietta, Georgia.

“Wendell Green Jr. is one of the best point guards in the country,” head coach A.W. Hamilton said. “He is highly ranked by Rivals and 247 Sports. He had Power 5 offers and a lot of recruitments. He’s going to be special from day one.”

Green had offers from DePaul, Eastern Michigan, Oakland and Rhode Island.

As a junior, the three-star guard out of La Lumiere School in La Porte, Indiana led his team to a 38-1 record and an appearance in the Geico High School National title game in 2019.

Wade is a 5 foot 11 guard from South Plains Junior College. He chose EKU over schools like Manhattan, Troy and Longwood. 

“Trevin Wade brings a lot of toughness in here,” Hamilton said. “He’s a winner. He won a high school national championship at Montverde Academy and then took South Plains Junior College to the National Final Four last year.”

Hamilton is excited to have these guys sign and as Colonels.

“Both of these guys fit what we want to do,” Hamilton said. “They’re tough, they’re leaders, they fit our culture and how hard we want to work, both on and off the floor.”

Hamilton said his coaching staff is adding the right pieces to build a championship caliber team.

“We are getting the right guys to build a championship team,” he said.

Women’s basketball 

Head coach Samantha Williams and the EKU women’s basketball team announced their new signees on Wednesday.

The first signee was guard Jana Garcia from Barcelona, Spain.

“Jana comes from a basketball family, with her mother having played professionally in Spain for 10 years. She has a great understanding of the game, often running the point for her team. Jana gives us length on the perimeter and will stretch the defense with her ability to shoot and score the ball,” head coach Samantha Williams said in a press release.  

Next, guard Amerah Steele from London, Ky signed to officially be a Colonel. Steele played at South Laurel High School and led the Lady Cardinals in scoring with 21.2 points per game. 

“Amerah is a player that can score in different ways,” Williams said. “Not only can she shoot the three, but she can also play off the dribble. Amerah’s work ethic and dedication to the game is second to none and she will be a tremendous addition to our Colonel Family.”

The last signee for the Colonels on National Signing Day was Kendall Wingler from Meade County, Ky. Wingler is a guard out of Meade County High School. She led the Lady Greenwaves in scoring and has a school-record 2,197 points. 

Wingler chose EKU over Murray State, North Alabama, BYU and Evansville.

“Kendall is a dynamic guard that will be an immediate impact player as soon as she steps on campus,” Williams said. “She has the ability to not only score but has great court vision and play making ability to set up her teammates as well. To be able to get a player of Kendall’s caliber in our first true recruiting class was huge in what we are building at EKU.”

Volleyball

EKU volleyball picked up three new players on National Signing Day.

First to sign with EKU is Molly Michalak from Grove City, Ohio. The outside hitter played for Grove City High School.

Josie Schmitendorf, from Huntley, Illinois, was the second to sign with EKU. The libero played at Huntley High School. She has played varsity all three years for Huntley and was a part of the program’s first Fox Valley Conference championship as a freshman.

Last, setter Audrey Eurton from New Washington, Indiana signed her national letter of content to play for EKU. Eurton played for New Washington High School. 

 

Soccer

The EKU soccer team signed 13 new Colonels on Wednesday.

Defender Kylee Evans from Moon Township, PA was the first to sign. 

Seven out of the 13 players signed on Wednesday are from Ohio. 

Forward Kylie Fitzgerald from Olmsted Falls, Ohio made it official on Wednesday and according to EKU athletics, she plans to pursue a degree in EKU’s acclaimed nursing program.

Forward Gabi Reising from Stephen T. Badin High School in Ohio signed with EKU soccer and has a 4.0 GPA.

EKU soccer picked up another signee from Ohio, this time it is midfielder Josie Sanders from Canal Winchester, Ohio.

EKU signed three players from Cincinnati, Ohio. Allison Vaughn from McNicholas High School, Mackenzie Burdick and Lydia Jervier.  

 Burdick plans to study physical therapy while at EKU.

The last signee from Ohio on Wednesday is forward Hailey Barfuss from Wadsworth.  

The soccer teams’ lone signee from Tennessee is Deja Griffin from Knoxville.

EKU also signed, forward Katie Wall from Erie, PA, Gabby Torrez from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Kara Haas from Daytona Beach, Florida and Shae Robertson from Lexington.

Editor's note: These above are players that EKU athletics announced on Nov. 13 that signed their national letter of intent. In the spring semester, The Progress will publish another national signing day story detailing baseball, softball, golf and football recruits. 

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