By David Fong
Regional Sports Content Director
TROY — A little thing like a snow storm wasn’t nearly enough to stop seven Troy High School seniors from making their dreams official.
Troy City Schools canceled school Wednesday — National Signing Day — because of inclement weather, wiping out the official signing ceremony for seven Troy athletes who were set to sign letters of intent to play sports at the respective colleges and universities of their choice.
All that did, however, was merely delay things, as all seven participated in their official signing ceremonies Friday morning at Troy High School. All seven — five football players, one cross country runner and one soccer player — put pen to paper Friday, officially closing one set of doors and opening another.
Here’s a brief look at the seven seniors who will be participating in athletics at the next level:
• Alex Dalton (football): The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Dalton made a verbal commitment to play football at Oklahoma University last year and stayed true to his promise throughout the recruiting process. Dalton is listed by every recruiting service as one of the top offensive line prospects in the nation. A three-year starter at tackle for the Trojans, Dalton likely will make the move to center or guard in college.
• Miles Hibbler (football): Like Dalton, the speedy Hibbler made a verbal commitment last year and never wavered during the recruiting process. Hibbler — who rushed for more than 1,500 yards and scored 20 touchdowns as a senior running back for Troy — will play at Kent State University next year. Hibbler was a two-year starter at tailback for the Trojans. He had offers from the majority of Mid-American Conference programs.
• Matt Barr (football): A two-year starter at quarterback for the Trojans, Barr has elected to play football at Robert Morris University, a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) program in Pennsylvania. As a senior, Barr became just the fourth different Troy quarterback since 1985 to throw for more than 1,000 yards in a season. Barr will take a “grayshirt” year in 2014 and join the team in 2015.
• Seth Overla (football): The versatile Overla was a three-year starter for the Trojans, seeing time at guard, tight end and defensive end during his time at Troy. He’ll play at Division II Hillsdale College in Michigan. He’ll likely start out as a defensive end/linebacker hybrid for the Chargers, but could also see time at tight end. Overla played both defensive end and tight end for the Trojans as a senior, rarely coming off the field.
• Andrew Kostecka (football): Kostecka was a two-year starter at tackle for the Trojans, although likely will make the move to defensive tackle for the Chargers. Despite being hobbled by a severe ankle sprain in the Trojans first game of the season, Kostecka barely missed any playing time as a senior. A standout student, Kostecka plans on studying engineering at the University of Dayton.
• Brandon Nosker (cross country/track and field): Nosker will compete primarly in cross country, but also could be a distance runner for the Mississippi State track and field team. He is a two-time state qualifier and a two-time first-team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference selection. Nosker, who expressed a desire to run in warmer weather, had offers from several schools in the South, most notable LSU and Memphis.
• Morgan Brown (soccer): Brown, a second-team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division selection, could play a number of positions for the University of North Alabama. She played primarily at defender for the Trojans, but is athletic enough to make the move to outside midfield for the Lions. Brown was discovered by North Alabama coach Chris Walker while playing at a college showcase last spring.
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