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Thursday, November 09, 2017 1:00 am

IPFW signee is state runner-up in Florida

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

The early signing period for national letters of intent for college athletics opened Wednesday and will run through Nov. 15.

The IPFW men's basketball team signed Tionne Rollins of Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Florida. Rollins, a 6-foot-2 guard, helped his team to a Class 8A state runner-up finish this year.

“Not only is he a high-level basketball player but he is an exceptional student,” IPFW coach Jon Coffman said in a release. “On the court, he is a great fit with his versatility to play with the ball in his hands and off the ball.

“Tionne has the skill set to be very successful in our program. He is unselfish, shoots it, gets into the paint and makes his teammates around him better.”

The IPFW women's basketball team signed high school seniors Amaya Johns of Plainfield, Illinois, and Ellie Dykstra of Byron Center, Michigan, plus transfer Lakyn Gulley, a South Side grad.

“Our three signees are high-character student-athletes who fit our team culture, family atmosphere and bring a level of competitiveness that will elevate our team success,” coach Niecee Nelson said in a release.

Dykstra, a 6-1 guard, averaged 13.9 points, 6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.2 steals for Byron Center as a junior.

The 5-9 Johns, a guard, averaged 10 points, 4 rebounds and 1.7 assists for Oswego East as a junior. Her team has won back-to-back conference titles, had a 24-5 record last season and was ranked No. 4 in Illinois by The Associated Press.

Gulley, a transfer from Southeast Missouri State, ranked third in the Ohio Valley Conference in 3-point field goal percentage at 41.5 percent and played the 2015-16 season at Owens Community College near Toledo.

Leigha Brown, a DeKalb basketball player, signed to play at Nebraska. South Adams' Madi Wurster signed Wednesday to play volleyball at IPFW. Classmate Addie Wanner signed to compete in track and field at Louisville.

Carroll will have a slew of athletes signing today, a list that now includes: Timothy Cater to swim at Cal Poly; Ari Bolinger to play volleyball at Saint Thomas in Florida; Makaela Lochmueller for volleyball at Grace; and Connor Goetz to run at Oakland.

Cater is a four-year letter winner for the Chargers and scored at the state meet in the 100-yard butterfly and 200 individual medley. Bolinger was voted as the team's MVP as a junior, while teammate Lockmueller was the team's mental attitude winner in 2016. Goetz finished 13th at this year's cross country state championship and was a key contributor in last year's state championship team. He was named the Charles F. Maas Mental Attitude Award winner at this year's state meet, the first in Carroll program history.

DeKalb runner Tyler Schwartz will sign to Bradley on Nov. 14, after considering Furman and Georgetown.

“I like the coaching; they reminded me of the coach I have now (Wade Buchs),” Schwartz said at the cross country regional.

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