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Lake Catholic’s Anthony Tutolo (Kent State) and Abby Detering (Florida) signed national letters of intent Wednesday.

Lake Catholic seniors Abby Detering and Anthony Tutolo both know what it feels like to reach their ultimate goals on the high school level.
Soon, the talented student-athletes will be on the path to reaching their collegiate goals.
On Wednesday afternoon in the school cafeteria, Detering and Tutolo signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic careers on the Division I level. Detering, a 6-foot-1 right side hitter/setter, will attend Florida. Tutolo, who wrestles in the 126-pound weight class, will attend Kent State.
Detering, a four-year varsity starter, led the Cougars to a Division II state volleyball championship her freshman year. Tutolo is the defending Division II state champion at 126 pounds. He was a state runner-up as a sophomore.
Going Division I has been one of my goals since I was little, Tutolo said. I always watched the older kids accomplish so many great things, and I knew I wanted to do the same thing one day. Now its all finally coming together.
In the InterMat national rankings released on Wednesday, Tutolo was ranked 14th in the 126-pound weight class. While he is just beginning his final year of high school wrestling, Detering is wrapping up her final year of high school volleyball.
She averaged 4.1 kills, 4.4 assists, 2.5 digs and 1.0 blocks this season for the Cougars, who advanced to the regional championship for the fourth consecutive year. She finished her career with a school-record 1,009 career kills.
I dont know if Ill ever have another Abby, Lakes 24-year coach Rich Severino said. Division I full ride to Florida? That doesnt come around too often. Not only was she a great volleyball player, she was a great leader and a great captain. She was a total team player. The kids loved her.
Detering is graduating from Lake early to attend Florida. She will join the Gators on Jan. 6.
Lancer signings
Gilmour seniors Kelsey Dugger, Jess Janota and Macie McNichols signed their letters of intent to continue their respective athletic careers on the collegiate level.
Dugger, who will begin her fourth year as a starter on the basketball team this season, signed with Division II Gannon. She has been a captain since her sophomore year in which she was not able to compete due to a knee injury. She received All-Ohio honors her freshman and junior seasons. A year ago, she was named the Division III District Player of the Year and Gilmours Defensive Player of the Year.
Since Kelsey came into the Gilmour program, the team has played at a .853 winning percentage clip (64-11), Gilmour coach Bob Beutel said. However, that tells just a small part of the story of Kelseys contributions. She has provided leadership and inspiration that cant be measured by simple numbers.
Janota, who has committed to Division I Iowa, led her volleyball team to its third trip to the Division III state finals in the past four years.
This season, the 6-foot-3 opposite hitter led the team with a total of 437 kills (5.3 per game) and 164 blocks (2.0 per game).
Ive been fortunate to have four great years of volleyball with very talented teammates, Janota said.
McNichols will attend Division I Ohio State. She is a three-time state champion (twice in the 50-meter freestyle and once in the 100-meter freestyle). She is also a two-time state runner-up. The Scholastic All-American, who maintains a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher, qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials. Her goal is to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Trials.
Macies dedication to the team has been integral to the success of Gilmour swimming, Gilmour coach John Fagan said. She is a leader both in and out of the water. I look forward to a very positive and exciting senior year.
Bowman commits
Beaumonts Courtney Bowman of Chagrin Falls has signed a letter of intent to continue her volleyball career at the University of New Hampshire.
Bowman, a 5-foot-11 outside/right side hitter, helped lead the Blue Streaks to three consecutive appearances at state.
We are excited to add Courtney to our program, New Hampshire coach Jill Hirschinger said. She will add depth to our outside hitting position. Courtney comes from a very successful high school program that has made it to the final four the past three years. She has the ability to elevate her game to whatever level shes playing.
Other signings
Lynsey Englebrecht (North) and Shannon Zajec (Mayfield) officially committed to Division II Findlay. Erin Haislah (Euclid) will attend Division II Notre Dame College.
As a three-year starter at North, Englebrecht has helped lead the Rangers to a 53-14 record. A year ago, she led the team with 18.8 points per game. For her career, she has averaged 14.5 points per game and made 172 3-pointers.
Zajec, who recorded her 1,000th career point last year, led the Wildcats with 18.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.8 assists per game last year. Like Englebrecht, she is a four-year varsity starter.
Haislah averaged nine points, three steals, two assists and two rebounds per game a year ago. She earned Lake Erie League first-team honors last year. She was also named Euclids defensive Player of the Year.

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