Glen Oaks Community College signed several athletes recently, including Sturgis multisport standout Baleigh Brazo, who will suit up for the Vikings on the softball field next year.
“Baleigh brings a lot to the table,” GOCC athletic director and interim coach Courtney Ivan said. “She is very athletic and has a strong skill set. I am very excited to have her on our team. Her versatility gives us added depth and options on the field.”
Brazo had 28 hits, including six doubles, 18 RBI and held a season average of .301 in her senior season for the Trojans. She’s the fourth signing for the GOCC softball team. Mendon’s Lauren Lash, Kennedy Musselman of Rochester (Ind.) and Michigan Center’s Arianna Harmon all signed with Glen Oaks in June.
“We are looking to have a few more signings in the next few weeks,” Ivan said. “I am really liking where this program is heading as we’re working hard to rebuild it.”
Glen Oaks was forced to cancel the remainder of this past season after nine games due to low numbers and injuries.
The school is also bolstering its 2018-19 men’s basketball squad through recruiting efforts that yielded recent signings by Anderson (Ind.) High School’s JoMel Boyd and Indianapolis Warren Central’s Joe Rush.
Boyd is a 6-foot-5 forward who averaged 12.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game for the Indians last winter.
“JoMel is a relentless worker,” said Vikings head coach David Victor. “He brings so many different elements to our team. He’s a tenacious defender and rebounder. He can play inside and outside, beat you off the dribble or catch and shoot. He’s really going to fit into our system and I believe he will excel here.”
Anderson High School Head Coach Mike Elliott, a Glen Oaks basketball standout and alum in his own right, first brought Boyd to the attention of the coaching staff.
“I was ecstatic to get back in touch with Coach Elliott,” Victor explaind. “He wants what’s best for his players at Anderson, but he also wants to help out GOCC. We are very fortunate to have an alumnus like Coach Elliott representing our college and program in the manner he does.”
Rush was a part of the undefeated Indiana 4-A state championship Warrior squad, primarily excelling in his role as sixth man.
“Joe can do everything a guard is supposed to do at this level,” Victor said. “He brings the ability to play great defense, and makes plays on both ends of the floor. He will definitely be an impact player for our team.”