Summit student-athletes from the class of 2015 entertain scholarship offers |

Summit student-athletes from the class of 2015 entertain scholarship offers

Summit senior Mitchell Gray thows a pitch for the New Zealand 21U national team against the Czech Republic in November, 2014. Gray is now looking at offers to play college baseball.
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Last year, there were seven — seven students whose performances on the field and in the classroom earned them a chance at the next level. This year, there are 11 student-athletes who have either committed or are still entertaining offers from colleges to learn and play on campus. This class is the high mark for Summit High School’s history, with more scholarship recipients than ever before.


At the top of the list is 17-year-old Taeler McCreary. McCreary passed time in high school playing soccer, but her true passion has been skiing since she was in elementary school. Now, as she says, she will have the chance to “bump up to the next level” as next year she will attend the University of Denver on a Nordic skiing scholarship. McCreary will bring state championship titles in both Alpine and Nordic skiing to the No. 1 Nordic program in the country next year and firmly believes she will continue to improve under the direction of head Nordic coach Dave Stewart.

This season, McCreary did not compete on Summit’s ski team but chose instead to focus on the more competitive club circuit. Though McCreary will miss “being spoiled with places to ski” here in Summit County, she is looking forward to the opportunities DU provides not only as the top skiing school in the nation, but also academically. She plans to major in integrative sciences while in route to medical school and looks forward to seeing where skiing takes her.


Another student with big plans is 18-year-old Astrid Ramos who will be studying pre-veterinary medicine at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Originally from Mexico, Ramos moved to Summit when she was 10 years old and didn’t begin playing rugby until she was in high school. In fact, her first experience with rugby was an unexpected one.

“One of my best friends told me we were going to Dairy Queen,” she said. “We ended up at rugby practice.”

Ramos hasn’t looked back since, and practice is still her favorite part of the game. In fact, she was able to make a great first impression on her coach and new teammates when visiting Springfield earlier this year. After flying out the same day, Ramos requested to attend a 5 a.m. practice with her potential teammates. Ramos was also recruited by Lindenwood University but chose American International on a partial scholarship because of their academic offerings.


Two of Ramos’ high school teammates will attend Lindenwood on partial rugby scholarships. Both Morgan Courtney, 18, and Paulina Las, 17, received offers and, after visiting the campus together, decided to continue their playing days with one another. For both girls, the biggest draw is Lindenwood’s head coach, Billy Nicholas. Courtney grew up in a rugby-playing household, with both her cousin and dad playing the game, while Las only got involved in the sport after Courtney’s recommendation. The girls will spend the summer training with their new team, and, though they will miss Summit rugby’s family-like atmosphere and Coach Karl, they are looking forward to building on their time and successes here. Courtney will look to major in journalism or creative writing, and Las will major in education with a minor in special education or physical therapy.


Summit native Emily Carlson, 17, rounds out the female athletes receiving scholarships this year. Carlson played both lacrosse and club hockey while in high school and will be attending Colorado College to continue with lacrosse. Though she has only played the sport through high school, she received many distinctions including 2nd team all-conference her junior year, 1st team all-conference her senior year and all-academic for both of those seasons. When asked what she’d miss about Summit, she said, “A lot. Teammates, friends and those goofy practices in the snow.” She looks forward to the challenge of playing at the next level and to meeting new people.


Fellow lacrosse player, Jack Bilenduke, 18, will also continue to play at the next level as he attends Cornell College on an academic scholarship. Bilenduke played golf, hockey and was a ski racer while at Summit but is passionate about lacrosse, the sport he has played since third grade. He was named all-conference this year and entertained offers from several schools before deciding to attend Cornell after visiting the campus. He is looking forward to the new chapter in life and continuing to play. He plans to major in business.


Bilenduke’s lacrosse teammate, Noah Glasco, 18, will also attend college on an academic scholarship. Glasco played basketball, lacrosse and soccer in high school and will continue to play soccer while attending Azusa Pacific University in southern California. He entertained offers from several schools including Colorado Christian, Great Falls and Palm Beach, but, after visiting Azusa, he said, “I went out there and fell in love with the school.” He leaves Summit after an undefeated season last year. He was all-state honorable mention and a captain on the team for both his junior and senior seasons. He’ll miss the team that’s become like a family but is looking forward to “stepping up my game.” He remembers ruining Battle Mountain’s 27-game winning streak as a highlight to his high school athletics.


Charley Peoples, 18, also received collegiate attention for his performance in lacrosse and the classroom. He will attend Ohio Northern University on a partial academic scholarship after looking at several schools including Swathmore and Muhlenberg College. Peoples decided on Ohio Northern because it provides the best academic program and opportunity to play early. He was named all-conference this season and academic all-state for two years. Next season will be the first year for Ohio Northern’s lacrosse program, and Peoples looks forward to being a part of building the program.


Several of Summit’s baseball players are also looking to play at the next level, though they are still entertaining a variety of options. Thomas DeBonville, 17, played soccer and basketball in high school but has always loved baseball and feels that it provides the best opportunities for him to continue to play. Trinidad State has offered DeBonville a scholarship that would cover his tuition, but he is also still looking at several other schools, including Ohloney Community College in California and Eastern Arizona. He had a great senior season in each of his sports. In basketball, he hit the game-winning shot against Battle Mountain after coming off of an injury, the soccer team made it to the elite eight in playoffs this season and DeBonville was 1st team all-state and the all-conference player of the year. He hopes to play baseball beyond college but will study physical therapy, as well.

Fellow baseball player Luke Egging, 18, is also looking at a number of schools still, including Lamar, Northeastern, Otero and State College of Florida at Manatee-Sarasota. Egging has played baseball since he was 4 or 5 years old and will go to the school that gives him the best playing possibilities. He will participate in an open tryout at whichever school he decides to attend and hopes to receive a partial scholarship. This year was an outstanding season for Egging, who maintained an earned runs average under two for the entire season. He will look to major in an agricultural business field.

Mitchell Gray, 18, moved to Summit from Maine after his freshman year of high school. He played basketball, soccer and baseball for his first couple years of high school before focusing on soccer and baseball. Gray has already gotten a taste for competition at the next level after playing for team New Zealand this past summer as a pitcher on their under-21 team. He was named all-conference for two years in baseball and his senior season in soccer. Gray is looking at a number of junior colleges in Colorado, as well as Ohloney Community College. He will study sports medicine and, if baseball doesn’t work out beyond college, will look to become an athletic trainer.

The last Summit High student-athlete to receive collegiate attention is Henry Trowbridge, 17. A Summit native, he will likely head to Montana to pursue Nordic skiing. He has also looked at the University of New Mexico and Alaska-Anchorage but likes the combination of skiing opportunities and agricultural studies that Montana can provide. Montana is in the process of hiring a new coach for the Nordic team and will determine scholarship offers once that hire is made. During his time at Summit, Trowbridge won two state championships, was a four time All-American and the fourth-ranked skate sprinter in the nation. He is looking forward to college for the change it brings and the opportunity to “settle into my own routine.” He will major in livestock management and industry and sees skiing as an aid to be able to afford the education he wants.

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