Honda Athlete of the Week: Four University athletes sign to further their athletic careers

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Four University High School athletes signed with colleges Wednesday to further their athletic careers at the next level. 

Brise Bennett (William Penn), Matt Simpson (West Liberty), Jonah Phares (West Liberty) and Corinne Grabow (Bethany College) are those four athletes. 

Bennett  chose William Penn University in part because of it just feeling right he said. He also said he hopes to be somewhere in the 140s or 150s, as far as weight, when he gets to college. 

Either way, he knows it’s a good fit. 

 “I was looking into West Liberty, and some things went back and forth. Different scholarship opportunities. But, like I said before, William Penn just seemed like the right choice overall because of the team and environment and stuff,” said Bennett. 

Bennett’s wrestling teammate, Matt Simpson, is also headed to the next level. 

Simpson chooses to go to the same school as his brother — West Liberty –, and said he hopes to walk-on there, which isn’t the normal answer from a high school athlete. Here’s why that is. 

“Just more experience. Just getting more experience and stronger. And college, it’s a lot different than high school. A lot of maturing and all that,” Simpson said. 

Simpson not the only Hawk that said he’d be attending West Liberty. 

Univeristy kicker Jonah Phares said he too will be headed to the northern panhandle for the next four years. 

And even though kicking on the gridiron isn’t what he expected to be doing when he started high school, he’s now got the skill to hit from deep.

 “In a game, it’s 42 yards against MHS. I always have my best field goals against MHS, I don’t know what it is.”  “Oh practice, I’ve hit up to 65 but that was with a tee,” Phares said. 

Corinne Grabow was the final of the four Hakws signees Wednesday. 

She won’t be too far away from Simpson and Phares, as she is attending Bethany College to play women’s soccer.

And she’s got a great opportunity, with a chance to play right away. 

“If I went to a different school, like a D-2 school or whatever, I might not get playing time, might not get to play until my junior year. Knowing going in that I’m going to be getting playing time my freshman year is awesome. “

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