During the fall national signing day, McNick recognized three students who are committing to play a sport in college. On November 11, Haven Dwyer, CJ Mullis, and Lauden Brooks committed to playing collegiate softball, track, and baseball, respectively.
Haven Dwyer has committed to playing softball at Purdue University Fort Wayne as a pitcher. Dwyer began playing softball when she was four, and fell in love with the sport at seven when she began pitching. “I’ve learned some of the most important life lessons in softball, and it has taught me things that I will be able to take to my job and anything that gets thrown at me in the future.” Dwyer is very thankful to the McNick community and her teammates for getting her where she is. “I think my time [at McNick] has taught me how to be a leader and has helped me make relationships and make me step up, every game you have a new opportunity and new situations happen every game. I think I’ll remember all the relationships I have built with teammates and even with opponents the most. I’ll definitely remember the toughness of the GCL and how every game you are pushed. Also the never ending support of the McNick community.” Dwyer is also thankful to her parents who helped her most on her path to signing to play in college. “They sat through every lesson, went to every game, and always pushed me to succeed. They always believed in me.”
During her time at McNick, Dwyer received many awards: GCL All League First Team and MVP in 9th grade; GCL Coed player of the year, GCL All League First Team, and MVP in 10th grade.
Dwyer said she is most looking forward, “…meeting new people and I think being surrounded by people who all love the game as much as I do and all have the same work ethic.” She is deciding between two majors: Early education and physical therapy.
CJ Mullis committed to running track at Mount Saint Joseph University, where he will be a sprinter. Mullis begins conditioning in the fall. His time at McNick gave him many valuable skills that he can apply in college, and he said he is incredibly grateful for his teammates. “They have been there to cheer me on every step of the way,” Mullis said.
He will remember most his teammates and friends who had a significant role in his journey to signing on with Mount Saint Joseph University. Mullis plans of majoring in Financial Economics.
Lauden Brooks committed to playing baseball at the University of Kentucky in the shortstop position. He begins conditioning in the winter of 2021-2022, with the season starting in February of 2022. Brooks is most looking forward to “playing in front of thousands of people in the best conference.” He attributes his achievements to his teammates, his coaches, Brian Conley, and his dad. “They push me to be my best every day,” Brooks said.
While Brooks got offers to play at different colleges, he ultimately chose the University of Kentucky. “I chose Kentucky, so I could see my dad and so that he could come watch me play every home game.”
During his time at McNick, Brooks received many awards, such as: Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, and Pre-Season Player of the Year. Brooks has not yet decided on a Major.