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Five Falcons sign to continue sports careers this fall

April 19, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

On April 11, five Falcon athletes signed their letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at various colleges this fall. They held a joint signing ceremony with family friends and teammates attending in the media room at Fitch.

Signing with Youngstown State University for Women's Soccer was Jordan Evans. She said one thing she learned during her years at Fitch was good time management.

"My parents always said school first, soccer second, then other pursuits," she said.

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Austintown Fitch Principal Chris Berni (standing) introduced five Falcon athletes who signed their letters of intent on April 11. Among the signers were Emanuel Dawkins signing with Otterbein for football, Willie Beverly signing with Thiel for wrestling, Breylon Douglas signing with Lockhaven for wrestling, Eva Rivera signing with Mount Union for track, and Jordan Evans signing with Youngstown State for soccer.

She chose YSU because it was close to home and because it has a Division I soccer team, which she always dreamed of being part of. While there she plans to major in business and political science.

Eva Rivera signed her letter of intent to continue her track career at Mount Union this fall. She said during her time at Fitch, the coaches taught her how to push the limits. While she had her share of injuries, she said it is all part of the game.

"If you suffer a setback, remember there is always a comeback," she said. "It's all part of being a student athlete."

While at Mount Union she plans to pursue a nursing degree.

From the Falcon football team, Emanuel Dawkins signed his letter to continue his athletic career at Otterbein University in Westerville.

"They have a program that is nice and the football team is great," he said.

He said as far as academics, one thing he learned at Fitch was there is a time to think about sports and a time to think about school work. At Otterbein, Dawkins plans to major in physical therapy.

From the Fitch Wrestling Team, two athletes signed last Wednesday. The first was Eastern Ohio Wrestling League and Sectional champion Breylon Douglas, who signed his letter with Lock Haven University in Lockhaven, Pennsylvania. He said wrestling is like no other sport in that an athlete is a member of a team, but competes as an individual.

"Before each match I would say I am the best and I can do this," he said. "I use the same approach for academics."

Douglas chose Lockhaven for the great coaching staff that he said cares about the athletes. While there, he plans to pursue a degree in physical therapy.

The second and final signer from last Wednesday was wrestler Willie Beverly. He signed with Thiel College where he plans to go after a business degree.

He said he started wrestling at age 14 and grew to like it. As for his success as a Fitch wrestler, he said he owed that to his parents who were supportive, being at every match. Between them and the coaches, Beverly said he developed good life skills.

"A good work ethic made me a better wrestler and individual," he said. "It helps when you have coaches that see you for who you are, and for what you could be."

Fitch Principal Chris Berni spoke highly of the five athletes.

"All five of these students understand what being an Austintown Fitch athlete is all about," Berni said. "They represent us with a strong character and work ethic, and they have confidence in their individual talents."



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