Signing Day: Five Summit students commit to college teams

Signing Day: Five Summit students commit to college teams

Five student-athletes from The Summit Country Day School signed letters of intent to play college athletics for their chosen school. From left to right is Connor McMurry, Andrew Bissmeyer, Margo Dailey, Tullus Dean and Allen Waltz.

Three students from The Summit Country Day School signed letters of intent for Division I and Division II schools on Wednesday, while two others committed to play at Division III schools.

Allen Waltz signed with Division I University of Dayton to play football. Tullus Dean signed with Division I Xavier University to run cross country. Margo Dailey signed with Division II University of Tampa to run cross country and track. Andrew Bissmeyer committed to Division III John Carroll University to play football. Connor McMurry committed to Division III Case Western Reserve University to play baseball.

In his career, Allen has 102-108 points after touchdown, 19 field goals, a 50.3-yard punting average in 2016 and 37-yard punting average in his career, 36 receptions for 486 yards and six touchdowns, 32 rushing attempts for 172 rushing with two touchdowns, seven interceptions with two touchdowns and 229 total points scored. He was named first team All-Conference, first team All-District and third team All-State. A kicker and starter on the Silver Knights squad, Allen holds the school records for points after touchdown and field goals.  

“Allen is a pure leader,” said Head Varsity Football Coach Justin Isaacs. “He has represented The Summit well on and off the field. Allen is one of the best kickers and punters who has ever walked through The Summit Country Day School. Not only did he help us on special teams, but he was a two-year starter on offense and defense.”

At the University of Dayton, Allen was recruited as a punter/kicker. He intends to major in engineering. 

Tullus, the son of The Summit’s Upper School Latin and Greek teacher Larry Dean, has developed a love of the classics, which he intends to pursue at Xavier University. At The Summit, he is only the second runner in school history to qualify for state competition all four of his high school years. He was voted captain this season.

“Tullus has dedicated his time here at The Summit to being a full-time Summit runner as he competed over four years in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track,” said Cotton Family Head Coed Cross Country Varsity Coach Kurtis Smith. “Tullus has an uncanny ability to find the best in any given situation. He is a young man who holds himself to the highest standards and ideals both as student and an athlete. His greatest asset to the team and this school is his servant leadership.” Tullus was also a member of this year’s state champion Latin team. He plans to study business and minor in the classics.

Margo is the ninth fastest female cross country runner in school history. She was captain of the team her senior year and a member of the Student Senate. She plans to study nursing at the University of Tampa.

“She is a part of the ‘Dailey’ cross country legacy, as her brother Jack was a member of the program as well,” Coach Smith said. “Margo’s greatest asset has always been her undying spirit to improve herself and encourage those around her.” 

In his football career, Andrew has 47 tackles and 47 sacks. He was named first team All-Conference, first team All-District and second team All-State. He received the 2016 Anthony Munoz Linemen of the Year award.

“Andrew has been the backbone of the Summit football program for the past two seasons,” Coach Isaacs said. “He has the most career sacks at The Summit and strives to be the best football player on the field. Andrew leads by example and plays with extreme passion. John Carroll University is getting one of the best pure football players that ever played for The Summit.”

Andrew signed to play defensive end at John Carroll where he intends to major in business.

Connor has a 19-7 career record, with 29 starts, 202 career strike outs and 167 innings pitched. Last season, he had a 7-2 record, with 81 strike outs and 54 innings pitched. Although he committed to Case Western as a pitcher, he also has a stand-out hitting record. His career average is .326 with 85 hits and 61 runs-batted-in. Connor is a four-year starter and two-year captain with the Silver Knights. He has led the team to three sectional titles and a district and a regional title in 2015 when the team was the runner-up for the state championship. Connor had three wins and a save on the mound in the 2015 tournament run. He has started since his freshman year, when he played first base, and is expected collect his 100th career hit during the 2017 season. 

"Connor McMurry represents what every coach would look for in a leader. He is a true competitor who has worked very hard in the classroom and on the field the past three years,” said Head Varsity Baseball Coach Triffon Callos. “Connor will finish his career as one of the best players to ever wear a Summit baseball uniform.”

Connor intends to study business management in college.

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