College Bound Lakers 2016-17


Wallace Signs to Play at Edison State


Indian Lake senior pitcher Hailey Wallace is excited to be a part of Edison State Community College's first ever softball season next year. 

Wallace made it official by signing recently, surrounded by family and teammates. 

The CBC Special Mention pitcher will anchor Edison State’s new program that Head Coach Dan Cain is in the process of building for a spring 2018 debut. 

Coach Cain has already signed five other girls, but says Wallace was his top priority.

“As soon as I found out we were getting a team, she was the first girl I was looking at because of the strong league and she’s the top senior pitcher in that league…This is a good day for Edison State, we are happy to have her, good family.  I watched her play last year, she did well. The following day I saw her throw two more games, so I know she’s a workhorse. I’m really excited to get her and it’s a huge thing for us to get that kind of pitcher to start our program with.” 

Wallace’s arm helped propel the Lakers to a sectional and district championship in 2016. She hopes the team can make it ever deeper into tournaments this year. 

As for college, Wallace says the prospect of being part of a brand new program just down the road in Piqua helped her make this decision. 

“I wanted to continue on my career in softball and I didn’t want to go too far from home. With Edison, I can commute and play softball.”

Wallace plans to study middle childhood education. 


Lewis Signs to play Softball at Heidelberg

With the high school softball season just underway, the Laker’s catcher is looking to extend her playing time. Surrounded by family and teammates, Senior Brooke Lewis signed to play softball at Heidelberg University next year. 

Lewis has worked hard in the off-season for years to make sure she had the chance to play collegiately. She loves to catch and looks forward to heading to Heidelberg. 
“I like to be in the grit of it. I like that I work hard and I’m always touching the ball. The softball program there (at Heidelberg) is really awesome. I love the girls, they are really upbeat and cool to be around. The coaches are awesome.”

The Lady Lakers Softball team is hoping to pick up where they left off after capturing sectional and district titles in 2016. Indian Lake Head Coach Skip Oliver says Lewis is a big part of his team’s success, earning CBC First Team honors as a junior catcher. 

“First of all, she wants to play every game, she does not want to rest. We play a double header, we try to give her a rest, she does not want to rest.” Oliver says, “She’s got that equipment, down there getting dirty, blocking the ball the way she does and everything else. In the paper, it’s always the pitcher to get noticed. But usually if there’s a great pitcher, you’ve got a really good catcher and we are lucky to have both.”

Lewis plans to study early Childhood Education at Heidelberg University because she loves to teach children. She is already making plans for the 2nd Annual “A League of Their Own” Softball Clinic for grades 2 through 5, which she organized and ran last summer at Indian Lake High School. 



Kaffenbarger Signs to Play at Defiance College

Indian Lake utility player Nate Kaffenbarger will continue his baseball career at Defiance College. He recently signed his letter of intent, surrounded by family, friends, coaches and teammates. Kaffenbarger says he really clicked with the coaching staff at Defiance and looks forward to contributing to their improving program. Indian Lake Head Baseball Coach Ryan Lillard calls Kaffenbarger is the ultimate team player who will play any position to make his team better. Kaffenbarger was a CBC Special Mention Outfielder in 2015, but had to sit out the 2016 season due to injury. He looks forward to the coming spring season when he will lead the Laker outfield and return to the pitching rotation. Kaffenbarger plans to study Athletic Training at Defiance.


Miller Makes It Official, Signs with Virginia Tech

Indian Lake’s first All-American athlete makes it official. Senior softball outfield star Sammi Miller recently signed with Division I Virginia Tech. Miller committed to VT two years ago, and ever since she’s been anxious to make it real. “It’s a relief to be signing. And it means I’ve achieved all my goals that I’ve worked so hard at.”

Miller has been playing softball since she was little. Like most, she started out with county ball in the summer, but quickly joined travel teams. Then Miller made elite travel teams from Tennessee and Virginia spending, her summers and weekends on the road at tournaments across the Midwest and beyond. Many of her coaches, from as far away as Chattanooga, were present for her signing ceremony along with family, friends, neighbors and teammates. 

Her hard work paid off for Indian Lake’s Softball program as well. Head Coach Skip Oliver says Logan County does not see many Division I-level players and Sammi is something special. “She’s who you compare yourself to if you want to know what kind of player you are. She’s a leader and always willing to help her teammates.”

Miller led the Lakers to their first ever Sectional and District softball titles this past season. She topped the CBC in batting average (.632), runs, hits, triples and stolen bases and was second with 7 home runs.  She earned CBC Mad River Division Player of the Year for the second year in a row, along with All-District and All-State honors. This summer she was selected for the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association All Region Team and the All-American Team Summer 2016. 

Miller looks forward to this season with the Lakers and then moving on the next level. 

Silvis to Play for Wilmington 

Indian Lake Baseball shortstop Nick Silvis recently signed to play college baseball. Silvis will play for Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio. He's a two-time 1st Team CBC infielder for Coach Ryan Lillard's club and Lillard looks for good things from Silvis in the future. 
"Past his baseball skills, I think he's going to be very successful in life just because of his work ethic, his intelligence and how he treats other people. I've seen the growth and maturity in him over the past four years and I'm really appreciative that he was part of our program," Lillard said. 
Silvis said he chose Wilmington College because of the quality of education he can receive there, but he will miss his time at Indian Lake. 
"I enjoyed the coaches here, they really helped me progress in my baseball skills. And the players that I played with these last four years are unforgettable. I've really built some good friendships here," Silvis said.  
Silvis plans to study sports management. 

Hefner to play Basketball at OSU Lima

The Laker guard who led the CBC in scoring assists this year will continue his career on the basketball court for Ohio State Lima. Beau Hefner signed with the Barons recently. He was joined by his parents Debbie and Shawn Hefner of DeGraff, OSU Lima Head Mens Basketball Coach Brady Schroeder, and Indian Lake coaches David Starr and Deron Newland.
Hefner was named CBC Mad River Division Co-Player of the Year for the 2015-16 season, 1st Team All District 9 and played in the District 9 All-Star Game.  
He looks forward to taking his game to the next level. 
"OSU (Lima) is a good campus and it'll be good for me. It'll help me get my name out there. I'm just excited to play with new people."
Coach Schroeder expects Hefner to have an immediate impact on his team. 
"The strongest point, I think, for Beau is he's going to be leading our team. He's actually going to step in right away I think. You can just see how he talks to other guys on the team right away that he's going to be a leader for us. I look for him to potentially start for us." 
Hefner plans to study business at OSU Lima.