TCSF Hosts Historic Signing Day
TRAVERSE CITY – It was an historic day for the Traverse City St. Francis football program on Wednesday as a record-number five senior student-athletes signed to play collegiately in the fall.
Gabe Callery (Siena Heights), Brady Buell (Central Michigan), Chris Kolarevic (Northern Iowa), Michael Hegewald (Dayton) and Dominic Hathaway (Colorado School of Mines) all signed National Letters of Intent and represent 25 percent of the program’s senior class that led the Gladiators to consecutive state semifinal appearances.
"I’m just excited for everything, you know,” Callery said. “Just being a college athlete and the connections that we can make with people. The new friendships that we can start."
Callery was an Associated Press Division 7-8 First Team honoree at defensive back after tallying 30 total tackles, three interceptions and five pass breakups while also rushing for 1,190 yards and 18 total touchdowns. Callery will play defensive back in college.
Buell, who made the AP Division 7-8 First Team as a place kicker and Hegewald, who will play at tight end for Dayton, are both exited to compete at the Division I level.
"It’s been my goal ever since sixth grade to play Division 1 football,” Buell said. “I can’t do it without my teammates, so I’m thrilled. It’s exciting.”
“That was definitely big when I looked into choosing a college,” added Hegewald who will attend a Dayton program that went 9-2 in 2016. “I wanted to go to a school that was essentially going to win football games.”
A three-year starter at offensive lineman, Hathaway is looking forward to attending a Colorado School of Mines program that is coming off its fourth NCAA postseason appearance.
"I love the area of Golden Colorado,” he said. “The engineering program there is very prestigious. They have high remarks throughout the world. Their football team is on the rise.