Summit seniors sign to play football, lacrosse in college

Three seniors at The Summit Country Day School signed letters of intent

From left: Dane Barker, Alonzo Motley and Connor Woodruff made their college choices official.

Three seniors at The Summit Country Day School signed letters of intent on Wednesday, Feb. 6 to play football and lacrosse at Ohio colleges.

Connor Woodruff, Hyde Park, and Alonzo Motley, Montgomery, signed to play football at Division I University of Dayton. They rejoin Allen Waltz '17. Allen is a kicker and punter for the Flyers.  

Dane Barker, Anderson Township, signed to play lacrosse at Division III Marietta College. 

Connor has been an anchor on the offensive line for The Summit football program the past four seasons. 

His career accolades include starting as an offensive lineman on the victorious U-18 national team that played in the International Bowl, and being named as a second-team all-State performer. He was first-team all-District and first-team all-Miami Valley Conference, too.

According to head football coach Justin Isaacs, Connor strives to be the best football player on the field. “Connor leads by example, plays with passion and loves his teammates,” Coach Isaacs said. “Dayton is getting a great football player.”

Connor plans to study business and is weighing his options with an education minor.

As running back/linebacker for The Summit, Alonzo was a two-year varsity starter and was the team’s offensive most valuable player for the 2018 season. He finished his career with 1,434 all-purpose yards and 16 touchdowns.

“What an honor it was to coach Alonzo,” Coach Isaacs said. “I coached Alonzo hard for the past two years, never wanting to make it easy for him. I saw the God-given talent and greatness in him. Alonzo plays the game with passion and always leads by example. He has a quiet confidence and is truly gifted. Dayton is receiving one of Summit’s best.” 

Alonzo plans to study electrical engineering with a minor in business.

Dane signed to be a goalie for the Pioneers, but he was not always protecting the net for the Silver Knights.

For the good of the team, Dane made the switch from defenseman to goalie his sophomore year. The next season, boys’ lacrosse head coach Pat Collura told Dane he could return to being a defenseman if he wanted. 

Instead, Dane told the coach he was going to be the starting goalie for the 2018 season. After splitting time during the first two games of the year, Dane assumed the starting job and has not looked back.

“Dane is a gifted three-sport athlete with good speed and great quickness,” Coach Collura said. “What separates Dane from the pack is that he is absolutely fearless and has the confidence and attitude to match. We are expecting a great senior year from him.”

Dane plans to study petroleum engineering.  

In November, two other seniors at The Summit Country Day School made their college choices official during National Signing Day. Seniors Colleen McIlvenna, Madeira, and Kennidy Belle, West Chester, signed to play soccer at Division I schools University of Tennessee and Iowa State University, respectively.

To see a gallery of Wednesday’s signing ceremony, click here