May 5th, 2015

Trinity spring signees

Staff Report

Trinity spring signees
Trinity seniors Tristan Thielmeier, Thomas Shellenberg, Eric Goranflo, Vince Turner, Cooper Warner and Michael Stafford signed national letters of intent / photo from the ECHO newspaper

Here’s a list of all the Trinity student-athletes that signed with colleges during the spring signing period over the past few weeks.

Eric Goranflo (soccer) will sign with Spalding University. “Eric is a fantastic goalkeeper,” said Trinity head soccer coach Dale Helfrich. “Spalding University is getting a real steal with Eric, as he has matured late in his game, and they will benefit from that. It has been amazing to see his growth in athleticism, tactical awareness and maturity develop over the last four years.”

Thomas Shellenberg (soccer) will sign with Transylvania University. “Thomas is a tremendous student/athlete and will do very well at Transylvania University,” said Trinity head soccer coach Dale Helfrich. “He has grown in a number of ways over the last four years in our program at Trinity, and will take those tools to the next level and do well with them. His versatility, leadership and team-first attitude will help him excel and will help the Pioneer program.”

Tristan Thielmeier (soccer) will sign with Transylvania University. “Transylvania is really lucky to get Tristan to play for their program,” said Trinity head soccer coach Dale Helfrich. “He has several tools that will help him be successful at the next level and has shown numerous traits over the last few years that will make him a standout player in their program for years to come.”

Cooper Warner (baseball) will sign with Centre College. “Cooper suffered an extremely unfortunate injury and lost his senior baseball season at Trinity,” said Trinity head baseball coach Rick Arnold. “It was a big blow to the team and for him personally. He has earned the opportunity to continue his baseball career at the next level. His time playing at Centre will be an opportunity to highlight his baseball skills, his toughness and his perseverance.”

Michael Stafford (basketball) will sign with Transylvania University. “We are thrilled that Michael has chosen to continue his playing career at Transylvania University,” said Trinity head basketball coach Mike Szabo. “Michael is a talented guard who will have the opportunity to be an impact player at Transylvania. He understands how to play and has the ability to be a great college player. It’s exciting to see him have the opportunity to play college basketball at a great school.”

Ryan Young (football) will sign with Butler University. “A true Trinity example, Ryan Young worked extremely hard to be our starting quarterback,” said Trinity head football  coach Bob Beatty. “And when things weren’t going his way, he did nothing but work harder.He didn’t complain or pout. He just continued to get better. He’s a true example of what a champion should be, and that is why he is our state championship quarterback. This work ethic will follow him to Butler and for the rest of his life!”

Young has also admirably served the Trinity High School community this year in his role as president of the Class of 2015.

Nick Hoffmann (baseball) will sign with Centre College. “Nick has prepared for this opportunity on and off the field for a long time,” said Trinity head baseball coach Rick Arnold. “He is a model student-athlete and has been a leader on our pitching staff from day one. Nick has been pitching really well and his best efforts are yet to come. Nick will be counted on heavily going into the post-season and has a very bright future ahead of him.”

Zach Berger (football) will sign with Centre College. “Zach is a great role model for young athletes,” said Trinity head football coach Bob Beatty. “His work ethic was excellent and his maturation process in Trinity football was on cue. He came in to his senior season and had to learn a new defensive scheme, absorbed it very well and this turned into a starting role at outside linebacker. He was a true leader in our program week after week. His toughness showed several times during the season as he had to fight through injury. Learning to play with pain is not easy, and he did it very well. Zach is a huge factor in why Trinity won our 23rd state championship this year.”

Lucas Miozza (wrestling) will sign with Lindsey Wilson College. “Lucas finished his junior year by being the state runner-up in the 170-pound weight class,” said Trinity head wrestling coach Eddie Rudolph. “He finished his senior year in fifth place at 195 pounds. Lucas is one of the hardest workers on our team. I’m sowrestling in college. The sky is the limit for him.”

James Inman (golf) will sign with Bellarmine University. “James is a great leader and a model of consistency,” Trinity head golf coach Mike Brumfield said. “Being named first team All-State was a tribute to his tremendous work ethic. I have no doubt that James will continue to progress on the course while also being an outstanding student in the classroom and representative of Bellarmine University and their golf program.”

Grant Hummel (golf ) will sign with Bellarmine University. “Grant is one of the hardest workers I have seen,” Brumfield said. “Grant will continue to improve and be not only a valuable member of the Bellarmine community, but also help their golf program contend for the highest championships.”

Jake Mattingly (golf) will sign with Centre College. “Jake has a tremendous upside to his game, and I know that his best golf is ahead of him,” Brumfield said. “Not only did Centre get a great golfer, but they got an exceptional young man who will help to work and guide his team to championships.”

Zach Mattingly (golf) will sign with Centre College. “Zach is one of the steadiest golfers I’veever seen at his age.” Brumfield said. “With his continued focus and desire to be great, Zach has the potential to be one of the greatest golfers to walk on to the golf course for Centre College.”

Ryan Trefes (ice hockey) will sign with Chapman University (Orange, Calif.) “During Ryan’s time on the ice for Trinity, he worked diligently to improve his skills in the net at the goalie position for us,” Trinity head hockey coach Mark Gustafson said. “Ryan and his teammates faced the most elite competition during this year’s state championship campaign, and not only showed noticeable progression, but a desire to compete and win. Aside from the success within the Trinity hockey program that Ryan enjoyed over the past two seasons, he was also twice voted Most Improved Player by his teammates. With his dedication to the game, Ryan will undoubtedly continue to improve, as well as impact the Chapman hockey program.”

David Bunnell (swimming) will sign with Xavier University. “David is a young man that has had a special high school career,” Trinity swimming coach Wayne Kraus said. “He’s a model student-athlete, with the highest levels of dedication in both the classroom and the pool. David was voted a two-year team captain by his peers at Trinity, and was honored with the Region Two Sportsmanship Award, presented annually to one male swimmer from more than 30 participating teams in the region. Along the way, he set a school record in the 100 backstroke and was named to the All-Region first team. One of the fastest swimmers ever to attend Trinity, David will make an immediate impact at Xavier University.”

Chris Owen (swimming) will sign with Bellarmine University. “Chris is focused in the classroom, dedicated in his training swimming regimen and above all is a polite and humble individual,” Kraus said. “Competitive swimming is hard work, and Chris always finds joy in the sport, as is evidenced by his consistently positive attitude. Chris was chosen team captain of his USA team, Triton Swimming, and has been a solid contributor for Trinity at the state meet throughout his high school swimming years. He will continue to enjoy successes in and out of the water at Bellarmine University.”



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