VINCENT - A trio of Warren senior student-athletes inked National Letters of Intent at Warrior gym on Wednesday.
MacKenzie Ullman is planning to attend West Liberty University to continue her education and play soccer; Adrian Shields is headed to Rio Grande University for track; and Jordanna Rauch will remain in Washington County at Marietta College for basketball.
All three are excellent students at Warren with Shields and Rauch (3.6 GPA) each a member of the Honor Roll, while Ullman is on the Principal's List (3.8 GPA).
Photo courtesy of Brian Rauch
Warren basketball player Jordanna Rauch, center, signs a National Letter of Intent to attend Marietta College at Warrior Gym on Wednesday. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are Katie Rauch (sister, Brian Rauch (father), Jordanna Rauch, and Jenny Rauch (mother). In the back row are Francis Rauch, Ed Adams, Janet Adams, Fred Ruth, Amy Colgrove (Warren girls head basketball coach), and Jerry Mitchem (Warren girls assistant coach).
On the hardwood during her career at Warren, the 5-foot-7 Rauch was a threat to score any time she touched the basketball. This past winter, she helped the Amy Colgrove-coached Lady Warriors compile a 13-9 overall record that included a share of the SEOAL title and an upset of a previously undefeated (21-0) Jackson team on Feb. 9.
After the season, Rauch was named an All-Ohio honorable mention.
She also played in the BACF Basketball Classic, and scored eight points, including two threes, in a 74-72 win.
During the fall, Rauch was a standout Lady Warriors' soccer player.
At Marietta College, Rauch will be under the guidance of Lady Pioneer head coach Stacia Shrider, a former Warren Warrior star.
"I selected Marietta College for a couple of reasons," Rauch said. "One, it's close to home, so my family will get a chance to see me play basketball.
"And, two, Marietta College has health science, which is what I'll be majoring in. Someday, I think I'd like to be a chiropractor."
MC graduated just one senior from last winter's team that finished 10-16 overall.
Rauch is the daughter of Brian and Jenny Rauch. She has a younger sister Katie, who is also a basketball player.
On the pitch, Ullman was a member of the Ekrem Eksi-coached Warren girls' soccer team (12-2-5 overall record) that won the program's first Southeastern Ohio Athletic League (SEOAL) championship in the fall of 2012.
The Lady Warrior booters advanced to the district final, where they bowed out to Hillsboro, 3-2, in overtime.
During the campaign, Ullman, an offensive midfielder, scored nine goals and assisted on two others.
One of her Warrior teammates was Rauch, a defender.
After the soccer season, Ullman was honored as both an SEOAL and Ohio Division II first-team selection.
An all-around athlete, Ullman's also a basketball letterwinner.
In April, she was a member of the Ohio all-star team that defeated West Virginia, 74-72, in the Battle Against Cystics Fibrosis Basketball Classic (BACF) at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center on the campus of Parkersburg South.
She scored six points in the contest.
When Ullman goes to West Liberty, she will be playing in a sport (women's soccer) that was introduced to the school in 2011.
Last season, the Barry Christmas-coached Hilltoppers were 2-13 overall.
"I really liked the campus, and it looks like a good fit for me," said Ullman, who is planning to major in pre-optometry.
West Liberty is an NCAA Division II univeristy, located near Wheeling, W.Va.
Ullman is the daughter of Dannie and Patty Ullman. She has two younger brothers - Drew and Elliott
Shields is currently a roster member of the Al-Riffey-coached Warren boys' track and field team.
A four-year letterwinner, he runs the sprints and relays.
At last Saturday's SEOAL championship meet at Hadsell Track in Portsmouth, Shields was a leg on the third-place 4x400 relay team that finished in a time of 3-minutes, 46.2 seconds.
He also ran the 100 in 12.4 for an eighth-place finish.
"Adrian is a hard worker and runs with a lot of heart," Riffey said. "I'm really pleased that he'll get an opportunity to compete in college."
Rio Grande's men's track squad is coached by Bob Willey.
One of Willey's assistants is Nick Wilson, a former Warren distance standout.