At The Summit Country Day School’s National Signing Day and Collegiate Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 8, four state champion soccer players and two football standouts signed letters of intent to play for Division I (DI) teams in 2018-19. Three other students were recognized for making commitments to play on Division III (DIII) collegiate athletic teams.
Signing were Ravin Alexander, Fairfield, University of Louisville; Mimi Stines, Loveland,University of Dayton; Nick Mishu, Mason, and Diego Vallota, Mt. Lookout, Wright State University. Xavier Johnson, Westwood, is a preferred walk-on at Ohio State University for football while teammate Michael Warden, Loveland, is a preferred walk-on for Vanderbilt University football. Committing to DIII schools were Lily Melink, Loveland, another state soccer champ who committed to Gettysburg College; Eva Nicholson, Anderson Township, who will play field hockey at Depauw University; and Will Doran, Terrace Park, who will play lacrosse at Ohio Northern University (ONU).
Ravin, Mimi and Lily were members of the 2015 and 2017 Division III state championship girls’ soccer teams. Nick and Diego were members of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 state championship boys’ soccer teams. During the last four years, the girls’ team won four consecutive district titles, three regional titles and the two state titles. The boys’ team has been regional and district champions all four of the last four years. Ravin, Mimi, Nick and Diego served as captains this past season.
Ravin Alexander: A three-year letter winner and a three-year starter, she holds eight school records: 70 career goals; 169 career points; 41 season goals, 2017; 10 season game winning goals, 2017; 12 season multiple goal games, 2017, 94 season points, 2017, 13 consecutive games scored, 2017 and 15 consecutive games scored, 2017). Her recognitions include Miami Valley Conference (MVC) Honorable Mention, 2014; 1st Team, 2015 and 2017; Player of the Year, 2017; All-Southwest (SW) Ohio, 2015 and 2017; SW-Ohio Player of the Year, 2017; All SW Ohio Academic, 2015 and 2017); Enquirer All Star, 2015 & 2017; All-Ohio 1st Team, 2015 and 2017; Ohio Player of the Year, 2017; All-Ohio Academic, 2017; All-Region, 2015 and 2017; All-American, 2017 and a Scholar All-American nominee.
“It would be easy to state that Ravin is the best player in the history of our program, but that would detract from acknowledging how good of a person she is,” said Girls’ Soccer Head Coach Mike Fee. “Her demeanor and attitude are consistently team first, and she approaches her individual success with great humility. She expresses gratitude at every opportunity. I predict Ravin will meet with great success in the future both on and off the field.”
Mimi Stines: A four-year letter winner and a three-year starter, Mimi holds seven school records: 30.5 career shutouts; .875 career winning percentage; 8 consecutive shutouts; season goals against percentage, .22 in 2015; season winning percentage, 1.000 in 2015; tournament shutouts, 11.5; and tournament wins. Recognitions include: MVC Honorable Mention, 2015; 1st Team, 2016 and 2017; Team Most Valuable Player, 2016; All-SW Ohio, 2016 and 2017; All SW Ohio Academic, 2016 and 2017; Enquirer All Star, 2016 and 2017; All-Ohio 2nd Team 2016; 1st Team 2017; All-Ohio Academic, 2017; All-American game participant, 2017; All-Central Region, 2017 and a Scholar All-American nominee.
“Mimi is the most complete goalkeeper in the history of our program and has been acknowledged as the top goalkeeper in the area regardless of division,” said Coach Fee. “She works hard to improve on a daily basis, takes time to teach the younger goalkeepers in the program and, as a leader, demands a high level of performance for both herself and her teammates. Mimi has represented our program and school as well as an athlete can for the past four years. She has lofty goals for herself both in college and beyond and has the capability of reaching those goals.”
Nick Mishu: Recognitions included: All Southwest Team, 2017; All-Conference First Team, 2017 and All-Conference Second Team, 2016.
“Nick has the tactical awareness and technical ability that very few players (at any level) possess,” said Boys’ Soccer Head Coach Scott Sievering. “Nick was the driving force behind much of what we were able to accomplish during his tenure at The Summit."
Diego Vallota: Holding the school record for assists – 68, Diego’s recognitions included: All-State Second Team, 2017; All-Southwest Team, 2017; and All-Conference First Team, 2016, 2017.
"Diego is as dynamic a player as I have ever coached,” said Coach Sievering. “His field vision and ability in tight space make him extremely difficult for opponents. Diego took over the game in our semi-final victory this season, a testament to his refusal to lose attitude."
Xavier Johnson: A 6-foot-3, 205-pound wide receiver, defensive back, kick returner and punt returner, Xavier was a four-year starter and team captain this year. He received 13 Division I college offers. Including five school records, his career record includes: 1,049 return yards; 7 return touchdowns, a school record; 1,387 rushing yards; 14 rushing touchdowns; 128 receptions, a school record; 2,488 receiving yards, a school record; and 25 receiving touchdowns. He set the school record this year for single-season all-purpose yards – 2,274 – and touchdowns – 25. His recognitions include: 2016 Nike Opening All Star Event; All Ohio North/South All Star Game, 2017; All District 1st Team, 2017, 2016, 2015; All Ohio 1st Team Offense, 2017, 2016; 1st Team All MVC, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014; MVC Offensive Player of the year, 2017; Division 5 All City Offensive Player of the year, 2017.
“Xavier plays the game with passion and heart,” said Head Football Coach Justin Isaacs. “He has always put his best effort on the field, and many people don’t realize the effort and hard work that comes before a player takes the field. Xavier is very humble. He leads by example. He has a quiet confidence. He is selfless as a football player and person – always willing to do anything to make his team, school and community a better place.”
Michael Warden: A six-foot-two, 275 pound nose tackle and offensive tackle, Michael was a four-year varsity starter and four-year team captain. He received two Division I offers. His career stats include 42 varsity career starts, a school record; 12.5 sacks; 4 forced fumbles; 85 tackles; 1 touchdown; His recognitions include the 2017 Silver Knight Team Award; All-MVC offensive line 1st Team, in 2017, 2016, 2015; All City Offensive Line 1st Team 2016, 2015; All City defensive line 1st Team, 2017; All Ohio Offensive Line Honorable Mention, 2016; All Ohio Defensive Line Honorable Mention, 2017; Select All Ohio North/South All Star Game, 2017; Anthony Munoz Foundation Offensive Lineman of the Year, 2016 and 2017.
“Michael’s commitment level, heart, determination and leadership skills have helped reshape the foundation of The Summit’s football program,” said Coach Isaacs. “Michael has always been a coach on the field. He does not know what it means to quit. He always gives 100 percent in everything he does. He has always been the first one to every practice and the last one to leave.”
Among the three Division III commitments:
Lily Melink, is a four-year letter winner and a four-year starter, holds the school record for most career games played, 86. She is a Scholar All-American nominee and was recognized by the United Soccer Coaches with the Senior Class Award.
“Lily is the type of player that every coach hopes to have in their program,” says Coach Fee. “She sets a high standard for herself and demands the same of her teammates. She epitomizes the moniker of student-athlete. After our state semi-final win this season, an Enquirer reporter described her best. He said: ‘If Summit soccer was an orchestra, Lily Melink would be the conductor.’ ”
Eva Nicholson’s outstanding offensive skills earned her the program’s Circle Award this year, recognizing her as the player who had the most shots, goals, and assists on cage this season. She received Academic All Ohio certification all four years for outstanding scholastic achievements. She made First Team All Conference, 2017; All Conference, 2016; and Enquirer City All-Star, 2017. She plays on the elite club Field Hockey Life, which has played in national tournaments.
“Eva shows great intensity in field hockey and has an outstanding shot on cage,” says Field Hockey Varsity Head Coach Emily Beltz. “She is focused and dedicated. She will be greatly missed on the team. Depauw is very lucky to have her.
Will Doran still has his last season to play. “He is our most technically sound pole, with great positioning and a very high LAX IQ,” says Boys’ Lacrosse Varsity Head Coach Pat Collura. “What I love about Will is his approach to the game, how he carries himself and his relationship with his teammates. We expect a great year from Will and ONU will be getting a great addition to their program next year.”
Wednesday was one of several national signing days established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for high school athletes to sign with Division I and Division II programs, although the ceremony was delayed a day due to the weather emergency. In November, four Summit seniors signed to play with Division I. The total number of Summit students signed to Division I schools now stands at 10. “Many of our students are still weighing their options for college,” said Athletic Director Greg Dennis. “I expect we will see more kids committing to college teams as they firm up their plans for the fall.”
See a photo gallery of the Signing Day and Collegiate Recognition Ceremony here.