At Loy Norrix, athletes who were moving on to play their sport in college used to have individual signing days which were held in the main hall conference room. This year was different. Signing Day was one big event held after school, with all the athletes that were signing in attendance. The decision to combine all signing events was easy to make this year due to last year’s individual signings taking up so much time because of the large number of athletes.
“Last year there were 22 [athletes that signed] so, we stopped [hosting them individually]. It was too much class interruption for one or two kids,” said Loy Norrix Athletic Director Andrew Laboe.
Many supporters were in attendance and the feedback for switching Signing Day up was positive.
“We got good feedback from it. Kids liked it,” said Laboe. “What we are going to do next year, I haven’t decided yet but it was just feeling it out and trying it.”
Student athletes that participated in Signing Day were: Tony Dougherty, Morgan Kenbeek, Ryan Ross, DJ Hughes, Delano Swift, Tony Dennis, Bruce Allen and Maria Egloff.
Tony Dougherty and Ryan Ross try to figure out how to make a K for K College, the swimmers will continue to swim together on Kalamazoo College’s swim team. “I chose K, one, because I got accepted but, two, because I really felt at home at K. I know it’s still in Kalamazoo but I feel like I can still be on the campus and away from home, but it is still here and that’s nice but I really love the campus and I love all that K has to offer,” said Dourgherty. Photo Credit / Griffin Conley
Ashantai Hale-Sandifer signed in the athletic office with her family and future coach, she will be playing basketball in Muskegan Community college. “Well one, my friends plays there and two, it’s a place I’ve never really been before and so like going somewhere new and starting a new chapter in my life,” said Hale-Sandifer. Photo Credit / Leslie Sandifer
Tony Dennis poses with Principal Rodney Prewitt, Dennis will continue to play soccer at Lake Michigan College. “It’s a community college so its like a small start and I can build up my academics and hopefully transfer somewhere else bigger afterward,” said Dennis. Photo Credit / Griffin Conley
Delano Swift is going to play basketball at Monmouth in Illinois. “It was just one of the schools that had a lot of interest in me and they really contacted me. Then I went to visit the campus and it was really nice and I just felt at home there,” said Swift. Photo Credit / Griffin Conley
Maria Egloff will continue to play soccer at Hope college. “I just really love soccer and I love playing for your school and having the team atmosphere while going to school,” said Egloff. Photo Credit / Griffin Conley