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Triple signing for top Dogs

May 19, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
Poland Seminary High School hosted a rare triple signing on May 11 that saw three of the gridiron’s top Bulldogs announcing their commitments to continue their football careers on the college level this fall. Poland running back John Medina, center David Bobby and offensive tackle Nick Sebastian will be heading in different directions.

“The coach thought it was a good idea for us to all sign at one time,” said Medina. “We’ve hung out together and played together for a long time.”

Medina started his football career with the Poland Little Bulldogs at age six. Bobby joined the team when he was 11 and the two were joined by Sebastian in the seventh grade.

Over the years, the three became an important part of the varsity team where Medina finished his senior season by posted 1,000 yards rushing to earn the Top Dog award.

“I couldn’t have done it without David and Nick,” Medina said. “All my thanks go to those guys.”

He credited David and Nick with opening up the holes that enabled him to get into the four digit rushing numbers.

“They opened the holes for John and gave us a solid running game,” said head coach Mark Brungard. “Each of those three started 24 ball games for the Bulldogs.”

This fall, the three friends will each be going his separate way, signing with three different colleges that won’t be playing each other. Medina is heading to Geneva College this fall, where he plans to major in mechanical engineering.

“I chose Geneva because the coaches made me feel needed and they make it comfortable to talk to,” he said. “Also it is a Christian school and I am very religious.”

Bobby will be heading to Waynesburg College where he will major in business with a minor in sports management. He will also be doing double duty by playing football and baseball.

“I like the coaches at Waynesburg,” Bobby said. “The school has a good staff and good academics.”

Sebastian will be heading to Hiram College where he will major in business management.

“I like the coaches and players at Hiram,” Sebastian said. “They are great competitors. It is going to seem odd not playing football with David or John though.”

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Poland High School Library was the scene of three of Poland’s outstanding football players on May 11 as they signed to play at different colleges this fall. Nick Sebastian will be heading to Hiram, David Bobby to Waynesburg and John Medina to Geneva.



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