How confident was the University of Cincinnati in Noah Müller?
The Bearcats offered the Monroe High athlete a baseball scholarship before he ever played a high school game.
Miller missed his freshman semester when all spring sports were canceled in Michigan in 2020 due to COVID-19.
Cincinnati made the offer about a year ago at this point.
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Miller held back until that summer when he made an oral commitment.
“I just realized that it was the right thing for me,” he says. “I like the coaches a lot. You have stayed loyal to me and the recruiting process. You were really patient. “
Cincinnati’s beliefs seemed rewarded when Miller hit a .341 in his sophomore year with 21 RBI and 20 runs for Monroe. His defense was even more impressive.
“He’s probably the best catcher his age I’ve ever seen,” said Monroe coach Bubba Bezeau.
That was kudos from a former Division 1 catcher.
“That made me feel great, of course,” said Miller. “I love Coach Bezeau. I love working with him. “
Miller is currently a member of Monroe’s college football team. He also played college basketball last winter. He wants to do that again this year.
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He loves to be a three-sport athlete. A Division 1 baseball scholarship won’t change that.
“I plan to play three sports throughout high school,” he said. “I’ll never be able to do these three sports again after high school. I love to be with my friends and to play. “
Bedfords Joey Wiemer played baseball in Cincinnati and is now having a great season in the minor league organizing the Milwaukee Brewers.
“I don’t know Joey personally,” said Miller. “But it’s great when someone from your home country is doing so well, not from your hometown.”
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Twin sisters Kayla and McKenzie Peters both are members of the Concordia University volleyball team in Ann Arbor.
Monroe High’s sophomore students both earned starting jobs last season.
Kayla was Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year and, as a newcomer, the All-Conference of the first team. She got off to a quick start in 2021, leading the 4-7 Cardinals with 148 kills.
McKenzie leads the team with 200 digs and is runner-up with 31 assists.
Kyla Wedemeier from St. Mary Catholic Central and Milan Madison Phillips are also on the Concordia roster. Both are defensive specialists for newbies.
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Concordia is coached by a Bedford graduate Danielle (cast) Cookwho is in her fourth season as the head coach of her alma mater. She was the WHAC Champion of Character in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
She played for the Cardinals from 2008 to 11 and occupies third place in school history with 1,033 blocks and sixth place with 1,469 excavations.
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Two former high school state soccer champions will clash on opposite sides of the pitch this weekend.
Khen Slagle, a 2016 graduate of St. Mary Catholic Central, won a state championship with the Falcons in 2014. He is now an assistant and running back coach at North Park University in Chicago.
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North Park is home to Washington University St. Louis on Saturday.
SMCC 1 c Zach Patterson is a freshman offensive lineman for Washington University St. Louis. Patterson graduated in 2020 and won a state championship with the Falcons in 2019.
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Vanessa Villarreal of St. Mary Catholic Central had a big night for the University of Lourdes volleyball team on Friday, 15 kills and a .316 hit rate in a five-set Indiana East win.
That gave the senior a team-leading 36 kills for the season. She averaged 2 kills, 0.78 digs, and 2.25 points per set.
The daughter of Ricardo and Cathy Villarreal majoring in art.
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Juliana Paoletti and Peyton Starner both scored to lead Northwood’s women’s game to a 4-1 win over Tiffin on Thursday.
The graduates of St. Mary Catholic Central were instrumental in the Timberwolves’ hot start to the season.
Paoletti is second on the team with 3 goals and leads all players with 20 shots. Starner is third with 2 goals and only 6 shots on the net. The juniors have played every game this season, with Paoletti starting as a striker in all four.
Northwood has scored 16 goals in just four games. The team scored 22 goals in 18 games in their last full 2019 season. The Timberwolves started the season 4-0 for the first time since 2002.
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Bedford graduate Brody Smith scored his first goal of the season for the men’s soccer team Concordia in a 4-0 win over Alma on September 1.
Smith, a defensive midfielder, has scored a goal in the first four games of the season. Concordia stands 2-2 in total.
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Graduate of St. Mary’s Catholic Headquarters Andrew Skibski is a qualified assistant golf coach at Adrian College.
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