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Become a Collegiate Athlete

If you are aiming to play sports at Division I or II school, start by visiting the NCAA eligibility center to registered and view the yearly checklist below.

  • Ask your counselor for a list of your high school's NCAA core courses and make sure you take them
  • Study hard and earn good grades
  • Register at the beginning of the year at the NCAA Eligibility Center
  • Make sure you take core courses on your high school’s List of NCAA Courses
  • Check with your counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate on time
  • Take the ACT or SAT and submit your scores to the NCAA using code 9999
  • At the end of the year, ask your counselor to send your official transcript to the Eligibility Center
  • Take the ACT or SAT again, if necessary
  • Request amateurism certification after April 1
  • After you graduate, ask your counselor to submit your final official transcript with proof of graduation to the Eligibility Center
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Lucus Pienton, Wrestling, Davenport University, Class of 2019

Athlete with Family and Coach, at Cedar Springs EventLucus was a standout on the mat, and the gridiron, for Red Hawks in his four years as a student.  Lucus was an all-state athlete in multiple sports and earned numerous athletic accolades in addition to finishing in third place at the MHSAA Wrestling Championships four times.  "I am excited about my future at Davenport University, and I want to thank all my family and friends who helped make this day possible," said Pienton.  Lucus will be joining former Red Hawk teammate Jordan Ringler on the Panther wrestling squad next year.
Lucus is the son of Julie Toelle &  David Pienton.  

Dawson Wood, Basketball, Aquinas College, Class of 2019

Athlete with Family and Coach, Signing papers at Cedar Springs EventDawson Wood was a varsity standout on the hardwood for three years as a Red Hawks.  An All-Conference selection, Dawson has developed into a great leader and potent offensive threat. “I’m extremely excited to be an Aquinas Saint, and to develop as a person and basketball player while also forming new friendships and memories that I’ll have forever,”  said Wood after signing.
Dawson is the son of Tracy and Shane Wood.

Ryan Ringler, Wrestling, Central Michigan University, Class of 2019 

Athlete with Coach at EventOn Thursday, November 29, 2018, Ryan announced he would be attending Central Michigan University next fall on a wrestling scholarship.  
Ryan, who was the defending state champion at 171 pounds, as well as a two-time all-state football player is excited about his future at CMU. “Central is a great fit for me, it’s a top-level Division 1 program and I know many of the current wrestlers, and have a great relationship with the coach,” said Ryan. 

Brighton Miller, Basketball, Aquinas College, Class of 2019

Basketball player with Coaches at eventBrighton is pictured at her signing ceremony with her mom Christine, and her father and coach, Brandon. Brighton signed with Aquinas College her senior year.  Head Coach Nash, from Aquinas College, says, "We are extremely excited to have Brighton as part of our women's basketball program at Aquinas College.  Brighton is an outstanding student-athlete. Her work ethic and knowledge of the game will be a huge asset to our program."
Brighton was a multi-sport standout athlete for Cedar, and she especially shined on the hardwood for the Red Hawks.  Brighton is excited about the commitment, and says, "Aquinas just felt like a good fit for me.  I like the location, and I am just excited to be able to keep playing at the next level beyond High School.  I am extremely thankful to my Mom and Dad for their support, and for giving me this opportunity."