By Kelli Moynahan and Mike Anderson, NKU Sports Information

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The following individuals have signed national letters of intent to attend Northern Kentucky University and participate in intercollegiate athletics for the Norse during the 2007-08 school year.
They are:

Baseball

• Jeff Bohlen, a 2005 graduate of Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Ill., comes to NKU via UNC-Charlotte. The junior transfer saw action as an infielder with the 49ers. Prior to his collegiate career, Bohlen was an honorable mention to the Chicago Sun-Times All-Area Team.

• Brett Hofmann, a 2007 graduate of Elder High School in Cincinnati, led the Panthers to a 25-8 record and a berth in the Ohio state semifinals. Hofmann led the Greater Catholic League in home runs (5) and runs batted in (34) while leading the Panthers in hits (29), doubles (10) and runs (32). He was named to the All-GCL first team as well as Elder’s offensive and defensive Player of the Year as the team’s starting shortstop.

• Nate Kautz, a 2007 graduate of Lakota East High School in Liberty Township, Ohio, was a strong offensive outfielder for the Thunderhawks in 2007, leading the team with a .407 batting average and 20 RBI during his senior campaign. During his junior year he took the mound to throw the only no-hitter in Lakota East history. Kautz was a recipient of the Joe Nuxhall Foundation Scholarship.

• Justin Vanderglas, a 2007 graduate of Greenwood High School in Bowling Green, Ky., where he was the everyday shortstop for the Gators. Vanderglas hit a solid .379, including 12 doubles, and drove in 17 runs for the Gators during his senior year. He was named to the All-District team for his accomplishments. Vanderglas was also a member of Greenwood’s football team.

• Jamie Weinle, a 2007 graduate of Harrison High School in Harrison, Ohio, played centerfield for the Wildcats and hit .347 with four homers, five triples and 22 RBI in his senior season. Weinle also stole 21 bases on the year. During his junior campaign, Weinle was named second team All-Ohio and first team All-Fort Ancient Valley Conference. In the classroom, Weinle was honored as an All-Ohio Academic student-athlete. Weinle also lettered in football and basketball.

Men’s Cross Country

• Ryne Smith, a 2007 graduate of Scott High School. Smith placed second individually at the Kentucky State Championships in 2006, and was named to the All-Region 4, all-state first team and the Kentucky State Super Team during his senior year. The Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference crowned Smith its individual champion and Runner of the Year.

• Eric Dwyer, a 2007 graduate of St. Henry High School in Erlanger, was a seven-time letterwinner for the Crusaders’ cross country squad. He was a first-team all-state selection in 2005 and 2006 and has a career best five-kilometer time of 16:54. With his help, the Crusaders captured four regional and state cross country championships.

• Drew Harris, a 2007 graduate of Campbell County High School in Alexandria, was named the 2006 Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference Athlete of the Year. He also took home four all-region awards, a second team all-state honor in 2006 and three other all-state honorable mentions. With a best five-kilometer time of 16:38, Harris helped lead the Camels to a third-place finish at the 2006 KHSAA state championships.

Women’s Cross Country

• Lisa Ruth, a 2006 graduate of Bishop Brossart High School. Ruth received LaRosa’s MVP for track and Northern Kentucky top field event athlete of the year. She participated in the long jump, triple jump, pole vault and high jump for the Mustangs.

• Chelsea Cantrall, a 2007 graduate of Verona High School in Walton, Ky., helped lead the Bearcats to a 2006 Class A state championship. She was the individual runner-up at the North Central Kentucky Conference championships during her senior campaign as her team captured first-place honors. In the classroom, Cantrall was an Academic all-state selection her junior and senior years.

• Ashley Jones, a graduate of Highlands High School, was a part of a Bluebirds team that finished either second or first in Kentucky during each of her five seasons. Jones ran a career-best 20:19 in the five-kilometer while at Highlands.

• Sarah Koehler, a graduate of Ryle High School, was named most valuable runner for the Raiders for three of her five years with the team, and finished 10th in the region during her junior year. Koehler posted a personal-record five-kilometer time of 20:39. Sarah is the sister of NKU men’s cross country runner Zach Koehler.

Men’s Golf

• Daniel Lewis, a 2007 graduate of Little Miami High School in Morrow, Ohio. Lewis earned three All-Fort Ancient Valley Conference second-team honors, a first team All-FAVC selection his senior year, as well as an FAVC All-Academic Team member all four years with the Panthers. Lewis also lettered in baseball and wrestling.

• Cody Moore, a 2007 graduate of Taylor County High School in Campbellsville, Ky. Moore was a first team all-Region 5 and all-state selection his senior year. Moore was a runner-up medalist in four separate tournaments last season, including the Fifth Region Tournament, and finished fifth at the KHSAA State Championships. Moore holds the Cardinals’ nine-hole record at 33, and averaged just 34 strokes in each of his nine-hole matches.

• William Brown, a 2007 graduate of Greenwood High School in Bowling Green, Ky., earned four top-10 finishes during his senior season, including two finishes in the top-three. He posted the four lowest tournament scores in school history and led the Gators to their first Third Region championship in school history. Brown also finished top-five in the 2006 Westfield Junior PGA Qualifier and had a top-20 finish at the 2006 Kentucky Junior Amateur Championship. He also excelled in the classroom, being named Academic all-state three times.

• Joseph Castle, a 2007 graduate of Pikeville High School in Pikeville, Ky., took three tournament victories during his senior campaign, including the Pikeville and Centurion Invitationals. He holds the low-round record for the Panthers as he led them to a KHSAA Region 11 championship.

Women’s Golf

• Kathryn Fleming, a 2007 graduate of Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Ind. Fleming holds every girls’ golf record at Lebanon including the lowest nine-hole and 18-hole records. She was a medalist in all 17 matches and earned all-county honors twice. Fleming was the Sagamore Conference champion and regional qualifier in both 2003 and '06.

Men’s Soccer

• Matthew Lavric, a 2007 graduate of Gahanna Lincoln (Ohio) High School. Lavric was a four-year letterwinner, and he was the Lions’ leading scorer in 2005 and '06. He led the team with 21 goals his junior season and 14 goals his senior year. Lavric helped lead Gahanna to three Ohio Capital Conference
championships and two district titles.

• Michael Lavric, a 2007 graduate of Gahanna Lincoln (Ohio) High School. Lavric earned the Central District, Ohio Capital Conference, Division I and Ohio player of the year honors in 2006. He also earned All-American honors by setting the Gahanna school record for goals against average and a state record for consecutive shutouts (17).

Women’s Soccer

• Kara Costello, a 2007 graduate of Mercy High School in Cincinnati. Costello was a four-year letterwinner for the Bobcats.

• Kendall Day, a 2007 graduate of Lakota East High School. Day earned first team All-Greater Miami Conference and All-City accolades. She helped lead the Hawks to regional runner-up honors during the 2004 season and district runner-up honors during the 2005 and 2006 campaigns. Day was the team’s top
scorer her freshman year.

• Heather Meyer, a 2007 graduate of Northwest High School. Meyer led Northwest in assists and led the Knights to league championships over the past two seasons. She was a three-year letterwinner for Northwest.

• Caitlyn Mueller, a 2007 graduate of Mercy High School in Cincinnati. Mueller was a four-year letterwinner for the Bobcats. She earned honorable mention All-City accolades in 2006, and she helped Mercy capture the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League championship.

• Allison Ott, a 2007 graduate of Mason High School. Ott earned All-Fort Ancient Valley Conference honors two seasons in a row, receiving first-team accolades her senior season. She was also named a Cincinnati Enquirer honorable mention all-star last fall. She helped lead the Comets to the conference championship in 2005.

• Morgan Price, a 2007 graduate of Lakota West High School.

• Megan Smith, a 2007 graduate of Batavia High School. Smith led the Bulldogs capture the Southern Buckeye Conference championships all four years of her career, and the team won the sectional championship and were district runner-up honors her senior year. Smith also earned first team
all-city, all-league honors. She scored 20 goals during the 2006 season while being a four-year starter for Batavia.

Softball

• April Ehlers, a 2007 graduate of Floyd Central High School in Floyd Knobs, Ind. Ehlers held a team leading .407 batting average. As a sophomore and junior, she collected 432 strikeouts and finished with a .605 slugging percentage in 177 total at bats. She earned all-state and all-conference honors twice, and she was second in the state in strikeouts per inning. She helped the Highlanders capture Hoosier Hills Conference and sectional championships.

• Jamie Raabe, a 2007 graduate of Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati. Raabe led the Highlanders with a .338 batting average and three doubles in 2007 as the team’s everyday catcher.

• Lara Durham, a 2007 graduate of Conner High School in Hebron, Ky., helped lead the Cougars to a 24-7 record and the runner-up in the 9th Region. The first baseman hit .405 on the season with team-best 12 RBI and nine runs scored. Durham also earned many accolades in the classroom, including being named to the Governor’s Scholar Program.

• Chelsie Roy, a 2007 graduate of Grant County High School in Dry Ridge, Ky., helped lead the Lady Braves to a 2007 32nd district championship. Roy set school career records for wins (68), innings pitched (766), and strikeouts (893). Roy also maintained a 0.55 earned run average during her high school career.

Women’s Tennis

• Kristen Sunday, a 2007 graduate of Reynoldsburg High School in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Sunday spent four years as the first-flight singles player for the Raiders, qualifying for state finals during her senior season
with a 22-5 record. During her senior year, Sunday led the Raiders to a second-place finish in the Ohio Capital Conference.