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Nov. 9, 2006
The following are a listing of the student-athletes who have signed national letters of intent during the November signing period. This will be continually updated as letters arrive to campus. Each sport signing student-athletes in November will have a complete release on their sport-specific page on www.MURedHawks.com.
Briana Dunlap (Country Club Hills, IL/Hillcrest), a 5-foot-8 guard, is a four-year letterwinner and three-time team captain for a Hillcrest High School program that has spent the past three seasons ranked among Illinois' Top 25. A three-time all-conference and all-area selection, Dunlap has averaged in double figures in each of her first three seasons while already amassing more than 1,000 career points and 206 career 3-point field goals. She has helped lead the `Hawks to a three-year record of 60-26. Last season, Dunlap averaged 18.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game, while netting a Southern Suburban Area-best 68 3-pointers and earning Fourth-Team All-State honors from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.
Michelle Oswalt (Lafayette, IN/West Lafayette), a 5-foot-10 shooting guard, is a three-year letterwinner for a West Lafayette High School program that has forged a combined record of 54-17, won two conference titles and made two regional final appearances during her career. Last season, while playing point guard for the Red Devils, Oswalt averaged 15.2 points, 4.3 assists, 4.2 steals and 4.1 rebounds per game. A three-time all-conference and all-area selection, she enters her senior season with more than 1,100 career points to her credit and could break the West Lafayette H.S. career scoring record by the end of the season. She was named the Lafayette Journal & Courier's Big School Player of the Year last year and was tabbed an Indiana Junior All-Star.
Michael Drobnick (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) was a four-time All-Central District and All-Ohio Capital Conference selection. He played in two AJGA events this summer, tying for seventh at the Preseason Junior at Red tail and tying for 13th at the Nationwide Insurance Junior. Drobnick also qualified for the prestigious 2006 Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego where her made the cut and finished 53rd. In 2006, he also finished sixth at the US Open Local Qualifying in Toledo, sixth at US Junior Amateur Qualifying in Buffalo and eighth at US Amateur Sectional Qualifying in Pittsburgh. Drobnick placed 10th at 2005 US Amateur Sectional Qualifying in Dayton.
Matt Stasiak (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence) won the 2006 International Junior Masters and also captured the 2006 FCWT New England Open and the 2005 New York State Junior Amateur. In 2006, Stasiak also finished fifth at the Optimist International Finals at the PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and placed eighth at the FCWT Tampa Bay Classic and 11th at the AJGA Lessings Classic. Additionally, he advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2005 New York State Men's Amateur Championship and won the 2005 US Challenge Cup Invitational and 2005 Nike Winternational Series event in Pinehurst, N.C.
Nathan Sutherland (Wyomissing, Pa./Holy Name) finished third at the 2006 PIAA State High School Championship, earning first-team all-state honors. He was the first alternate at 2006 US Open Local Qualifying, 2006 US Junior Amateur Sectional Qualifying and 2006 US Amateur Sectional Qualifying. At the 2006 PA Men's Amateur Championship, Sutherland qualified and made the cut. He also finished fourth at the 2006 FCWT French Creek Open, seventh at the 2006 AJGA Smithfield Junior Championship and 17th at the 2006 AJGA Lessings Classic. In 2005, Sutherland finished fourth at the Pennsylvania Junior Championship, 17th at the AJGA Buick Junior Open and 20th at the AJGA Randall Parker Shootout.
Jenna McGivney -- Catcher (Canyon Country, Calif./Canyon) A right-handed hitting catcher from Canyon High School, McGivney was a second-team all-league selection in 2006. In her first two seasons with the varsity squad, McGivney batted .330 in 2005 and .311 in 2004 and was tabbed the team's best defensive player in 2005. Additionally, McGivney helped her summer team--the SoCal Choppers--to a second-place finish at Amateur Softball Association Nationals last season. She comes from a strong softball background as her sister, Jessica, is an all-region third baseman at Indiana State University. McGivney also has been a recipient of her school's academic achievement award each of the past three years.
Meghan Mawn --Middle Infielder (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos) A four-year varsity starter at Los Alamitos High School, Mawn earned second-team all-league honors and the team's best defensive player award in 2006. Mawn helped the Griffins win back-to-back Sunset League titles in 2004-05, and she led the team to the Division I California Interscholastic Federation Finals in 2004 and the Semifinals in 2006. The left-handed hitting Mawn has been successful in the club softball ranks as well, helping the SoCal Athletics to a fifth-place finish at last season's 18 Gold Nationals. Mawn also has earned her school's scholar-athlete award and placed on the honor roll.
Kathryn Russette -- Outfielder (Walled Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central) The left-handed hitting Russette is a multi-sport athlete from Walled Lake Central High School, but her forte has been on the softball diamond. A four-year starter for the Vikings, Russette had her most successful season in 2006, batting .526 with 27 runs scored and 11 stolen bases. She posted an on-base percentage of .571 and a fielding percentage of .942, earning all-division, all-conference, all-region and all-state honors. Russette also was an all-division selection in 2004 and has placed on the honor roll each of the last three years.
Kenny Hayes (Dayton, Ohio/Northmont/Cincinnati State), a 6-foot-2, 170-pound guard, averaged 19.1 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game at Northmont High School while shooting 46.0 percent from 3-point range and 85.0 percent from the free-throw line. He was tabbed the 2005 GWOC Player of the Year and earned third-team all-state honors as a senior. Hayes was a first-team all-league selection and earned Fanfile Magazine first-team all-area accolades as well as being named the player of the game at the District 9 All-Star Game. Last season, he averaged 17.0 ppg 3.0 apg, 3.0 rpg and shot 49.0 percent from 3-point range and 89.0 percent from the free-throw line en route to second-team all-league honors at St. Catherine Junior College. He is attending Cincinnati State this year.
Dwight McCombs (Chicago, Ill./Whiney Young), a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward, averaged 12.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 4.0 bpg and 3.0 apg as a junior for Whitney M. Young High School. He is a three-year letterwinner for the Dolphins, serving as team captain as a junior and senior. Last season, McCombs earned all-conference honors. McCombs is touted as one of the top power forwards in the state of Illinois.
Nick Winbush (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights), a 6-foot-7, 197-pound forward, averaged 17.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg as a junior at Shaker Heights High School. He was an all-state honorable mention selection last season and also earned all-league and all-district honors. He is a two year letterwinner for the Raiders and serves as team captain this season.
Michelle Mangia (Blacklick, Ohio/Bishop Hartley), a 6-foot-0 setter, was a second-team all-state selection and also was tabbed the district player of the year as a senior. She was a two-time First-Team All-CCL selection, while earning first-team all-district accolades in 2006. She paced the Hawks to a 20-6 overall record and 8-0 league mark as a junior as Bishop Hartley captured CCL and district titles and advanced to the regional semifinals. As a senior, Mangia spearheaded the team to a 24-4 overall mark and a 7-1 league record, tying Bishop Hartley for first in the CCL. The Hawks won their second consecutive district title and advanced to the regional finals, earning a No. 4 ranking in the state. She was named to the Central District All-Star Team and also was named to the state All-Star team
Michele Metzler (Lawrenceburg, Ind./Lawrenceburg), a 6-foot-1 middle hitter, amassed 1,366 career kills to break the Lawrenceburg High School record. She was a two-time second-team all-state selection, ranking sixth in the state in kills as a junior and 11th in kills as a senior. In 2006, Metzler averaged 5.3 kills, 1.3 blocks and 2.4 digs per game, while posting a .431 hitting percentage and launching 33 service aces. Metzler also was a two-time all-conference selection. She spearheaded Lawrenceburg to three sectional titles and two conference crowns, while amassing a 99-27 record during her four-year career. Metzler has been selected to try out for the Senior Indiana All-Star Team later this month.