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More than just football signings

February 9, 2013
By JIM LINETTE ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Most of the focus of National Signing Day on Wednesday centered around football athletes signing scholarship letters-of-intent with colleges and universities around the country.

At Mariner, it was on senior soccer player Megan Fritz, who inked her name on a letter to play soccer at Wagner College. Fritz scored 42 goals and assisted on 55 others during her four years on the field for the Tritons.

She was a team captain each the last two seasons which ended up with district championship trophies in the school display case. She was an All-State nominee last year, and was an All-Star and All-Conference selection the last two seasons. Fritz also was a four-year letterwinner in tennis.

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Mariner senior Megan Fritz (right) signs a letter of intent to attend and play soccer at Wagner College as her sister Holly, a sophomore, looks on.

North Fort Myers has two seniors sign soccer scholarships this week. Casey Gentile is headed to Maryville College and Melinda Lukas will attend Georgia Southern University.

Cape High senior Chase Nixon signed a football letter-of-intent Wednesday with Georgia Military Institute.

In his senior season, Nixon was selected to first-team All-District and first-team All-Conference teams, as well as participated in the John Carrigan Rotary South All Star game.

T.J. Johnson at Island Coast inked a football letter to play out west at Arizona. Johnson is one of three Gators to extend their careers to the college level.

Quarterback Kurt Benkert committed to East Carolina and is already enrolled there. Teammate Vincent Green signed with Eastern Kentucky.

Ida Baker's Will Cunningham chose Georgia State for his college years while Regie Meant has hooked up with Kentucky.

Ida Baker's first girls' soccer signee of the year is Monique Elliott, who will play at Eckerd College.

Three Ida Baker baseball players signed their college scholarship letters as well, bringing the number of baseball scholarship singees this year to four.

Signees include left-handed pitcher Billy Larrimore (Brevard Community College), left-handed pitcher Tanner Renegar (Polk State College), a transfer from Island Coast, and catcher Isaac Struense (Lyon College).

They join right-handed pitcher Sean Brady, who is committed to Florida. They are the Bulldogs program's first to earn baseball scholarships.



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