Feb 16, 2014

Three Bradford High School athletes will compete in college

BY RYAN BERRY
MANAGING EDITOR
GREENVILLE – Bradford High School Athletic Director Dusty Yingst may get one student athlete to sign a Letter of Intent to pursue their sport and education at the collegiate level every couple of years, but to have three sign in one year may have never been done before. Even more exciting for the school is one of their athletes will be competing for a Division I school next year.

Shay LaFollette, Brandon Wysong and Haley Patty with family and coaches by their side smiled as they signed their letters letting the colleges know of their commitment. Yingst said, “It’s exciting to see their hard work and dedication they put in pay off.”

Shay will join only two or three other Bradford athletes to compete for a Division I school. She will be attending Northern Kentucky University (NKU) and will be joining the track team. The Bradford senior is excited about her choice and the opportunity, “I worked so hard to get to this point and I think it’s awesome.” NKU was an easy choice, according to Shay. The campus is small and it reminds of her home town. Her future coaches want her to compete in the Heptathlon. In addition to her athletic pursuits, she will be seeking a degree in Elementary Education.

Shay competed in Cross Country (9 and 10) and is getting reading for her fourth season of Track.

She has been named Cross County Conference All-Academic Team all four years and two time Academic All-Ohio. She has a 3.74 grade point average. Shay is a three time state qualifier and is an indoor track state qualifier in the high jump. Last year, she placed 16th in the New Balance Nationals Heptathlon and is a two time High School All-American Heptathlon. She was also a Wendy’s Heisman State Qualifier.

She owns school records in the 100 meter dash, 100 meter hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put, 4x400 meter relay, single season points and career points.

Brandon will go from a Railroader to a Yellow Jacket when he joins Baldwin Wallace University next year to play baseball. In addition to playing first base for the baseball team, he expects to major in Physical Therapy. Brandon is excited about the opportunity.

In addition to baseball, Brandon has competed in football and basketball all four years. He was 2010 Special Teams MVP, 2012 Special Mention Cross County Conference (CCC), 2012 AP Southwest District Honorable Mention (quarterback), 2013 First Team CCC, 2013 AP Southwest District Second Team, and 2013 Team MVP in football and earned several honors in baseball, including 2011 Special Mention CCC, 2012 Second Team CCC, and 2013 First Team CCC. He has also been named to the CCC All Academic Team for four years. Brandon holds a 3.87 grade point average and is the 2014 Valedictorian.

He holds the school record in football for single passing yards (282).

Haley Patty will be pursing her education and playing softball at Defiance College next year. She expects to pitch for the Division 3 School.

In addition to softball, Haley played volleyball, basketball and softball for Bradford.

She earned 2011-12 Special Mention CCC, 2012-13 Second Team CCC and 2012-13 and District IX All Media Team in basketball; 2012 Special Mention CCC, 2013 Second Team CCC and 2013 District IX All Star Game in Volleyball; and 2012 First Team CCC and 2013 Second Team CCC in softball. She also earned CCC All Academic Team for four years. She has a 3.49 grade point average.

She holds schools records in basketball for Single Season Assists and Single Game Assists.

Haley Patty, Brandon Wysong and Shay LaFollette have signed Letters of Intent to continue their education and compete in athletics. (Ryan Berry photo)

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