The Berkshire Local Schools’ Athletic Department capitalized on the need for innovative technology to community while finding a way to recognize some of the District’s highest performing student-athletes. A virtual signing ceremony took place earlier in the week to celebrate Matt Politzer, Ethan Bennington, Lianna Tiber, Lizzy Dingman, and Lexi Boyk as they make their commitment to play at the collegiate level next year.
Matt Politzer is a three-year member of our football team, in which he earned two varsity letters. He is also a three-year letter winner as a member of our track and field team in the spring. Next year, Matt will be attending The College of Wooster where he will study Business Economic and play football for the Fighting Scots.
Ethan Bennington is a 4- year member of both our track and field and the cross country teams. He earned his 3rd varsity letter in cross country and his 4th varsity letter in track and field. He has also been captain of both teams. In cross country, Ethan has been named both 1st and 2nd team CVC in his Senior and Junior seasons. In track and field, he earned honorable mention honors last year as a junior. He was main reason why the boys cross country programs won back to back CVC Championships in both 2017 and 2018. Next year, Ethan will be attending Heidelberg University, where he will study either exercise science or sports medicine, and will run cross country and track and field for the Student Princes.
Lianna Tiber is a 4-year letter winner as a member of our track and field team. She is also a 1-year letter winner as a member of our cross country team. Lianna was a varsity member of our 2017 CVC Champion girls track team. Outside of athletics, Lianna is the president of the National Honor Society, Vice-President of the Care Team, and she has been Co-President of Student Council. She has also been a part of Berkshire’s AC4P group, Leadership Geauga, the Teen Institute, and the National Spanish Honor Society. Next year, Lianna will be attending Ohio Northern University where she will study mechanical engineering with a concentration in biomechanics and run indoor and outdoor track for the Polar Bears.
Lizzy Dingman is a 4-year letter winner as a member of our cross country team, and a 2-year letter winner as a member of our track and field teams. She was a 2x honorable mention all CVC selection in cross country, as well as earning academic All CVC this past fall. She was a part of our 2019 CVC Championship Cross Country team and ran at the regional meet 4 years in a row. Outside of athletics, Lizzy has participated in the Berkshire theatre productions and orchestra. Next year, Lizzy will also be attending Ohio Northern University where she will study graphic design, play in the orchestra, and run cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track for the Polar Bears.
Lexi Boyk is a 4-year letter winner in both soccer and basketball. She has also earned 3 varsity letters in track and field, and 1 varsity letter each in football and in softball. She will graduate with a total of 13 varsity letters. Her accomplishments on the field and on the court will go down in the Berkshire history books. Lexi is a 2x second team CVC member and a 7x 1st Team CVC member in her various sports. She has earned All District honors in both soccer and basketball and was Berkshire’s 2nd soccer player to earn All Ohio honors in school history, earning 2nd team All Ohio in the fall of 2019. Her name reads throughout our record books, where she holds the girls basketball records for steals in a game, steals in a season, and steals in a career. She also holds the girls soccer records of assists in a game, assists in a season, assists in a career, goals in a game, goals in a season, goals in a career, and career points scored. She was a member of Berkshire’s only CVC champion soccer team in 2017, when the team finished 16-0 in the regular season and finished as district runner up. Next year, Lexi will attend Edinboro University where she will study physical therapy and play soccer for the Fighting Scots.
The Berkshire Local Schools would like to congratulate these student-athletes on a stellar career in our District and wish them well in taking the first step towards continuing their athletic careers at the next level.