Senior signings


Aidan McKee and Chloe Grimm

DI Signees

(All D1 signees were contacted by Lantern for comment.  The comments of those who responded are provided below.)

Aidan Palmer→ Lehigh University → Football


Colton Carmichael → Morehead State University → Football

Although Carmichael is hardly done with his football career, there are things he will miss about playing under the Friday night lights of Joseph F. Pappano Stadium. He explained just what he will miss.

“High school sports, in general, are more personal. I’ve lived here my whole life, so I developed a giant love of the town of Richfield. I was fortunate to represent the community on the gridiron, mat and track for the last four years, and I hope I made them proud,” Carmichael said.

While one chapter of Carmichael’s life is ending, another one is starting. He explained what he looks forward to going into this next stage.

“I am very excited about focusing on one sport. As a three sport athlete, I’ve never had the opportunity to focus entirely on one sport. As one ended, another one began, so I am looking forward to seeing what I can do,” Carmichael said.

Carmichael will continue his football career at Morehead State this fall, but much has led to that achievement. He spoke on what he believes to be his proudest moment of his High School football career.

“The proudest moment of my career was actually at our football banquet, and it had nothing to do with football. My teammates are very special to me, and I wanted to thank each one of them for their efforts this past season. I gave each player a hand-written note, sharing my gratitude to that individual player. Seeing and hearing their reactions was all I needed, because at that moment I knew the love was mutual. Once again I’d like to thank my teammates for the person I am today, because without them I would not be in the position I am today,” Carmichael said


Peyton Thurman → American University → Diving

Thurman will dive for American University. Over the past seven years of competition she has experienced success, but that has not been what has stuck with her. Thurman described the highlight of her high school sports career.

“Junior year I got to compete with a lot of my favorite high school divers who were seniors. It was bittersweet getting to see them compete one last time, but being with them made the meet so much fun. As a result, I competed really well and had one of the most consistent meets of my high school career,” she said.

Thurman has experienced a multitude of success throughout her diving career, but at the beginning of it the idea of being a DI diver seemed unbelievable. She told of the shock that the news brought her.

“I didn’t play any sports before trying out diving as a sixth grader, so I never would have believed I would be a committed division 1 athlete. I am so grateful for all of the people who supported and pushed me over the years so I could join such an amazing program at American,” Thurman said.

Thurman will compete in her first year with the Eagles next year. She enjoyed the relationships she had with her team and is looking forward to creating more. Thurman talked about what she is most excited about entering college.

“I am most excited about being part of a big swim and dive team and being friends with every single member. Knowing that I have a group of like-minded athletes who care about me before I even step on campus is so exciting,” she said.


DII Signees


Aiden Weiland → University of Findlay → Baseball

Anna Clarke → Mercyhurst University → Soccer

Ryan Shimek → Ashland University → Baseball


DIII Signees


Audrey Livesay → University of Mount Union → Basketball 

Reese Downing → University of Mount Union → Lacrosse

Anna Freeman → Washington University St. Louis → Volleyball

Garin Stearns → Alma College → Lacrosse 

Morton Dobos → John Carroll University → Tennis, Track and Cross Country

Flynn Cowie → College of Wooster → Swim


Other Signees


Abby Gayner → Cuyahoga Community College → Softball

Jeanne Hujer → Cuyahoga Community College → Softball


*The names of the graduates featured in this article were provided to Lantern by the athletic office, as reported to them by the students themselves.  Thank you to Mr. Seeker and Mrs. Lechman for their help with this article.