Glendale High School always puts out a big crop of college athletes. This year’s senior class is no different with seven signings in the Spring class, bringing their 2016-17 total to 13.
Wednesday’s ceremony featured a wide variety of sports represented as the seven Falcons signed to play five different sports, all going to different colleges.
“I think it’s great, and I think Glendale produces a lot of great athletes,” said Track/Cross Country standout Luke Miller, who signed with Western Colorado University. “We have a great environment here and we really produce high quality, well-rounded individuals who can perform at top levels in a lot of their sports.”
Miller, who is fully healthy of battling some injuries, is headed to the high altitudes of Colorado where he plans to run both the 1,500 meter and 5k for a solid program that finished sixth in the nation at the NCAA-II level last year.
“Obviously they’re prominent in Division-II for both cross country and track and field, so that was a major factor,” said Miller, who finished sixth at the Class 4 country meet last fall. “They have major. I want to major in film, and the location is great. It’s just all around a win for me.”
Sean Perryman wraps up his soccer career with the Falcons as the all-time single season leader in assists. He plans to pursue an Engineering Management degree at Missouri S&T in Rolla while helping the Miners build their NCAA-II program.
“I think it will really be a lot of fun,” said Perryman. “Coach Hall is really doing a good job of improving the soccer team up there. They should’ve made the tournament last year and I feel like I’ll be able to help them get there.”
The lone football signing (so far) came from standout defensive lineman Ian Marshall, who inked his way to Missouri Southern.
Chase Gafner helped lead the Falcon Golf Team to a Class 4 state championship last Spring. He looks to be a major factor at up-and-coming Oklahoma Wesleyan.
Baseball was the sport with the most representation. A trio of Falcons signed to the next level; Connor Burnett to State Fair Community College, Dylan Stowell to Oklahoma Wesleyan and Sawyer Murrell to Finlandia University in Northern Michigan.