2017-01-26 / Sports

Six Flushing seniors sign national letters-of-intent

By Lisa Paine
810-452-2626 • lpaine@mihomepaper.com

Left to right, signing their national letters-of-intent on Dec. 30 at Flushing High were, Alyssa Davis, Jessi Lindstrom, Kamryn Chappell, Breanna Perry, Lauren Newman, Kayla Gerhardt. 
Photo courtesy Flushing Athletics Left to right, signing their national letters-of-intent on Dec. 30 at Flushing High were, Alyssa Davis, Jessi Lindstrom, Kamryn Chappell, Breanna Perry, Lauren Newman, Kayla Gerhardt. Photo courtesy Flushing Athletics FLUSHING – Temple, Bowling Green, the University of Tennessee Martin, Madonna, Hope and Henry Ford have all picked up standout Flushing seniors to bolster their rosters. The all-girl signers put pen to paper on Dec. 30 at the high school as they made their college selections and signed their national letters-of-intent to play college sports.

Breanna Perry will head to Temple to play women’s basketball after also considering Ohio State, Minnesota and DePaul. The physical therapy major, who also ran track and did high jump for Flushing is most looking forward to being out on her own.

“It will make me independent and I love the coaches and players,” Perry said of Temple. She also said that new-found independence will be her biggest challenge, but she’s excited to go out and meet new people.

“I will be a 3, 4 and maybe 5 and I will have to earn a starting spot,” Perry said.

“First I wanna thank God before anyone then my family and my therapist for all the help and support,” Perry stressed.

Kamryn Chappell has chosen U-of- T Martin for her collegiate soccer career. She also looked at Northwood, Saginaw Valley State, Western Michigan, Grand Valley and Oakland.

“What made me choose the school is the weather but also the people,” said Chappell. “They were so nice. The campus is beautiful also and the education department was great as well.”

Chappell will study elementary education and believes her biggest challenge will be getting used to the speed and “practicing every single day”. “Also weight lifting because I have never actually weight lifted.”

The 10 hour distance from home is another concern, but one Chappell is ready to embrace. “I’m excited to be on my own and play at the next level. I always wanted this,” said Chappell.

“I will fit into the defense, either outside D or center D. Every freshman that comes in will have to work for their spot but I’m excited and up for the challenge,” Chappell added. She thanks her parents and grandparents for all they have done to support her while she played soccer and four years of high school varsity basketball.

Jessi Lindstrom will lace up her shoes to run cross country and track for Bowling Green State University. She also looked at Saginaw Valley and Spring Arbor, but “loved the team atmosphere”.

“Besides that, I liked the coach, the area and it’s a big education school,” said Lindstrom, who is all but settled on elementary education.

“My biggest challenge is going to be the amount of time I am going to have to put into it (running),” said Lindstrom. “I’m excited about the competition and nervous about being away from home. I want to thank my parents who have supported me ever since I started running and Addie May, a former teammate. She was a big running role model in my life and her parents have always supported me. I also want to thank Coacch McGowman, Coach McGregor and Coach Endicott for pushing me to be my best.”

Kayla Gerhardt will golf and play soccer while studying pre-dentistry at Madonna. She also looked at Cornerstone and Siena Heights.

“I like the classroom sizes as well as the coaches and my future teammates,” said Gerhardt. “My biggest challenge is going to be playing against a bunch of other very talented athletes. I’m excited to meet new people and start the next chapter in my life.”

“I’d like to thank my grandparents and siblings, but mostly my parents for believing in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself,” added Gerhardt, who played basketball, golf and soccer while at Flushing.

Lauren Newman will hit the hardwood at Hope College after also considering Grand Valley and Wayne State. She’ll study nursing.

“Hope doesn’t just want you to succeed in a particular sport or club, but as an overall person entering life after college. It felt right when I visited,” said Newman, who’s also excited for the next chapter in life, although nervous.

“My biggest challenge will be balancing a major and playing a sport at the next level at the same time,” said Newman. The nerves for her will be quelled by the excitement of college life and earning playing time.

Newman also thanked her family for the “constant support and helping her achieve her dream of playing college basketball”.

Alyssa Davis will study nursing and play volleyball at Henry Ford after also considering Spring Arbor. Henry Ford just had more opportunities said Davis.

Her biggest challenge? “Managing my time around sports and hanging out with friends. Also the competition. I’m going to have to work a lot harder,” Davis said as she looks forward to being out on her own and working toward a starting position.

“I would like to thank my family because they always were there to support and cheer me on. My teammates and coaches for pushing me to do better,” said Davis, after four solid years of high school volleyball and soccer.

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