By Gracie Rudolph and Abbey Pour
On Feb. 8, postponed one day due to snow, McNick seniors Nadia Bentley and Sam Martin participated in a National Letter of Intent signing ceremony, committing each to college athletics beginning the 2018-2019 school year. Bentley signed to play soccer at Anderson University, and Martin signed to Mount Saint Joseph University for football.
Bentley will attend Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, as a member of the school’s soccer program. Bentley chose Anderson University because “they started recruiting me freshman year. It’s small, homey, and has soccer.” Bentley has been playing soccer for as long as she can remember.
“My main position is outside back, but I can play anywhere,” Bentley said. She will most likely be playing the same position at Anderson University. Bentley’s college training starts mid to late summer. “I’m looking forward to continue playing [in college] instead of stopping after high school,” Bentley said.
Bentley has been playing soccer at McNick for four years, two years on JV and two years on varsity. “I played [varsity] a little bit during sophomore year,” Bentley said. Looking back on her sports career at McNick a year from now, Bentley will remember “falling on my face in front of the whole team at least once a year,” the most.
Martin will attend Mount St. Joseph University starting fall 2018 to further his career in football. He was a four-year offensive guard for McNick, one-year freshman, one-year JV, and two years Varsity. During his time at McNick, Martin earned 2nd team GCL as a junior and 1st team GCL as a senior. Martin said that what he will miss most about McNick is, “the sense of family and being around my best friends all the time.”
“Our program [at McNick] teaches us how to grow into good people and have good teamwork.” Martin said these were important tools he’s learned during his time at McNick that he will use in college. Martin chose MSJ because “it is close to home and the team and coaches are great,” and he is looking forward to the traveling in college.
Martin received a full academic scholarship and plans on becoming a physician’s assistant during his time at MSJ.