Senior Matthew Cleveland and his family on National Signing Day. Photo: Fred Assaf

Ten members of the Pace Academy senior class will be playing their sport in college, taking part in the NCAA signing ceremony on Feb. 7. Each of these athletes will be attending a different university, representing seven different Pace sports. 

Choosing the right college is a long and difficult process for most athletes. Star wide receiver Jayden Thomas felt like Notre Dame “was the place to be.” “The atmosphere, the culture and the coaches are a great fit for me,” he said. “I chose them because the academics are second to none and the football program is really great.”

Four-time GHSA state diving champion Lizzy Kaye is excited to be a part of the winning culture at the University of Virginia. “The women’s swimming and diving team just won the national championship, and I’m excited to be a part of that team and that atmosphere with such a supportive coach,” said Kaye. 

Cole Middleton has three primary goals for his basketball career at Cleveland State University. “Aside from the academic expectations, I want to expand my game, get recognition from pro scouts and win,” he said. The coaching staff sold me and my family on the three most valued principles to an athlete picking a school. I would fit well in the athletic program as a player, I can flourish academically and I would connect well with the coaching staff.” 

The Knightly News congratulates the following class of 2021 athletes who will be taking their athletic careers to the next level. 

Matthew Cleveland: Florida State University Basketball 

Evan Karetsos: Dickinson College Lacrosse

Lizzy Kaye: University of Virginia Diving

Amalie Little: Wesleyan University Swimming

Cole Middleton: Cleveland State University Basketball

Sydney Silverstein: Denison University Softball

Evan Smith-Rooks: Oberlin College Football

Johnny Sundermeier: Trinity College Track & Field 

Alexander Swann: Middlebury College Track & Field

Jayden Thomas: University of Notre Dame Football


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