Western Reserve seniors to play college athletics

Cary Ashby • May 8, 2018 at 6:00 AM

COLLINS — Six Western Reserve students made it official Monday where they will play college athletics.

The standout Roughrider student-athletes included Morgan Boswell, Dominic Fannin, Brooke Ommert, Victoria Ramage, Dale Smith and Noah Stevens.

Boswell, the daughter of John and Yvonne, will play volleyball at the University of Mount Union. She plans on a double major in marketing and human resources, which she said fits her love for organization.

“The campus is just beautiful,” Boswell said. “I met with the professors; they are awesome. The coaching staff is just awesome.”

Since she had taken classes at Western through the College Credit Plus program, she had many credits transfer to Mount Union.

“That will let me travel abroad,” Boswell said.

Fannin, the son of Mike and Lisa, will play offensive tackle on the Defiance College football team.

“At Defiance, you don’t feel like a number. They care about the kids and you get a quality education,” he said.

“It’s a small school,” added Fannin, who looks forward to knowing his coaches and teachers well.

Fannin will major in forensic science. He said he plans to move to a big city after college and be a part of the forensics team at a police station. 

Ommert, the daughter of Dr. Scott and Denise, will play guard as a member of the women’s basketball team at Capital University.

“I really like the coaches. They were super nice and the players were really nice,” she said. “And it’s in the OAC (Ohio Athletic Conference), which is a really competitive conference.”

Ommert, whose father is a chiropractor, is majoring in biochemistry.

“I really like science. I’d like to go into pediatrics,” she said.

In choosing Capital, Ommert said she likes the “home-y” feel of the campus and the opportunities for internships.

“I really felt like the professors are passionate about what they’re doing,” she said.

Ramage will be a thrower for the track-and-field program at Ohio Northern University.

“Ever since I started throwing in middle school, it’s always been something I’ve been fond of,” said the daughter of Nick and Cindy.

Her major will be pharmacy. 

“I think there’s a lot of flexibility in the field,” said Ramage, referring to jobs in retail stores, doctor’s offices and hospitals.

Smith will play basketball at Bluffton University

“I’m thinking about going into education or business; I’m not sure which,” said the son of Chad and Natalie. “Coach (Chris) Sheldon went to Bluffton and he recommended it.”

Also, Smith said he really likes the Bluffton players and expects to have good relationships with them.

Stevens will play football and track at Oberlin College & Conservatory.

“Oberlin was the only place that could offer me both sports and I love both sports,” said the son of Daryl Stevens and Trish Balas.

Noah Stevens will major in economics.

“When you hear Oberlin, it carries a certain amount of weight and prestige,” he said.

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