In the presence of family, friends, coaches and Bishop Ward faculty and staff, seniors Bryan Barnhart II, Azah Cummins, Larry Gatlin III, Cole Henley, Breana McMillon, Kendall Nick, Jared Paulakovich, and Andrew Ramirez officially took the next step toward their future.
“Through the Easter season we are reminded about the sacrifices our Lord Jesus Christ made for our Salvation,” Athletic Director Greg Duggins said at the signing. “Today we recognize the sacrifices that so many have made in order that these student athletes have the opportunity to share their talents with all of us. To have an opportunity to sign at any level and represent themselves and Bishop Ward is an amazing accomplishment.”
Bryan Barnhart II signed to play football at the University of Saint Mary’s in Leavenworth, Kansas. Saint Mary’s has had 12 Academic All-Americans in the past two seasons and is part of the KCAC Conference, which contains several top 20 teams. Barnhart will be playing defensive back and is one of three signees that have committed to join the Navy and Gold Spires under head coach Jay Osborne. Barnhart was joined by his parents Brian and Mary Barnhart, his sister Hannah and Bishop Ward head football coach Tim Dorian, assistant football coach Kam Ridley and Saint Mary’s head Coach Jay Osborne.
Azah Cummins signed to run track at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana. Grambling State competes in the SouthWest Athletic Conference. The Tigers have a strong men’s and women’s track program. This year the Lady Tigers placed in the top 10 of their first 12 meets. Cummins will be a sprinter for head coach Bertram Lovell. Joining her on stage were her parents Tee’shya and Scott Cummins, Bishop Ward head track Coach Kam Ridley and assistant coaches Courtney Boyd, Nick Ruiz and TJ Dorian.
Larry Gatlin III signed to play basketball at Johnson County Community College. Under head coach Mike Jeffers, Gatlin will be playing Center for the Navy and Gold Cavaliers. The Cavaliers have a long standing tradition of winning at the National Junior College level. Gatlin was joined by his mother Crishana Swinton, his father Larry Gatlin Jr. and Cyclones head basketball coach Zack Swanson.
Cole Henley signed to play baseball at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kansas. Henley will join the Cougars and play for Coach Brent Biggs. Barton County has signed over 16 Major League Baseball players and has 55 National Championships in its school history. Henley will showcase his talents by pitching and playing infield on the Lawson-Biggs Field next spring. Henley was joined by his parents Jessica and Brian Henley, multiple members of his family, Bishop Ward head baseball coach Dennis Hurla and his summer baseball teams head coach Tom Urqhart.
Breana McMillon signed to play basketball at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. Under head coach Mike Power the Lady Chargers have made the NAIA National Championship Tournament seven times and finished in the final four this past season. McMillon is expected play at the guard position. Joining Breanna on stage was her mother Tonya Brown, father Freginal McMillon and her Advisor Rejeanette Bailey.
Kendall Nick will be joining the Lady Spires volleyball team at the University of Saint Mary’s in Leavenworth, Kansas. Nick is the receiver of the Jubilee Scholarship at Saint Mary’s which is a huge academic accomplishment and she will be playing for head coach Matt Sonnichsen. Joining Nick on stage were her parents Kim and Jeff Nick, her sister Lexi ’14 and brother Jason.
Jared Paulakovich was the second to sign to play football at the University of Saint Mary’s. Paulakovich will play safety next year under head coach Jay Osborne. St. Mary’s has had several players named to the All-KCAC Team. Joined by Paulakovich were his parents Eugenia Winkelbauer and Paul Paulakovich ’78 along with Bishop Ward head coach Tim Dorian, Coach Ridley and Saint Mary’s head coach Jay Osborne.
Andrew Ramirez will be joining Barnhart and Paulakovich on the Spires Football team at the University of Saint Mary’s in Leavenworth, Kansas. He will be joining as the offensive lineman for head coach Jay Osborne this fall. Joining Ramirez on stage was his parents Mark and Linda Ramirez, sister Tessa and Bishop Ward head coach Tim Dorian, Coach Ridley and Saint Mary’s head coach Jay Osborne.