Two Summit seniors sign to play basketball and football in college

Two seniors signed to play sports at the collegiate level.

Seniors Rachel Martin, left, will study and play basketball at Thomas More University. Matthew Warden, right, will study and play football at the University of Chicago.

Two seniors at The Summit Country Day School were recognized for advancing their academic and athletic careers to the collegiate level on Feb. 5 during a ceremony in St. Cecilia Hall.

Rachel Martin, College Hill, will study and play basketball at Thomas More University. Matthew Warden, Loveland, will study and play football at the University of Chicago.

During her time as a varsity girls’ basketball player at The Summit, Rachel has proven she is a player who can do it all on the court. Last season, she was the Miami Valley Conference player of the year.

 This season, she is climbing near the top of the record book in points and assists. At this writing, Rachel had 970 points and 422 assists. She already has the school record for steals. She has 440 swipes and counting. 

“Rachel embodies what it means to be a Summit basketball player. Her competitiveness, drive to succeed and no-quit attitude are intangibles that mean a lot to our program,” Summit Assistant Athletic Director and varsity’ girls basketball head coach Beth Simmons said. “I have no doubt she will continue to push herself and her new teammates at Thomas More next year.”

She joins a program that has won two national championships in the last four seasons. 

Rachel plans to study education at Thomas More. 

Matthew has been an anchor on the offensive and defensive lines for The Summit’s football team.

He and his teammates gave quarterback Jimmy Stines time to throw for 2,693 yards, the highest total in the MVC this year. He helped open holes for an 1,000-yard rusher, too. He also scored a rushing touchdown against Reading the third week of the season.  

On defense, he was the team leader in sacks with 15 this season. 

The Enquirer named him first-team Division V-VIII selection on its Fall All-Stars team. 

“Matthew is an amazing young man and a real leader on and off the field,” Summit football head coach Justin Isaacs said. “He’s the gold standard of what it means to be a Silver Knight football player. Matthew’s one of the greatest young men I have ever had the pleasure of coaching. Our football program will not be the same without him. The University of Chicago is getting Summit’s best.”

Matthew plans to study neuroscience at the University of Chicago. 

To view a gallery of photos from the event, click here.