Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day held its annual signing ceremony Nov. 14 inside the Seligman Performing Arts Center. The school had 12 athletes sign to 11 different colleges.

Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day held its annual signing ceremony Nov. 14 inside the Seligman Performing Arts Center. The school had 12 athletes sign to 11 different colleges.

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Country Day athletes sign on the dotted line

By: Jacob Herbert | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published November 20, 2018


BEVERLY HILLS — Students, players and parents gathered inside the Seligman Performing Arts Center Lobby Nov. 14 at Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day as 11 athletes signed their letters of intent to continue their respective sports at the collegiate level.


National Signing Day is the first day that a high school senior can sign a binding National Letter of Intent with a school that is a member of the NCAA.


Among the 11 athletes signing, was Kai Rivers, of Birmingham, who will be attending Louisiana State University for gymnastics; Megan Stockreef, of Novi, who will be going to play field hockey at Central Michigan University; and Jon Campbell, of Bloomfield Hills, who will be attending Boston College to play baseball.


Rivers, who has been committed to LSU since the first semester of her freshman year, was thrilled to see this day finally come to fruition.


“It’s been really crazy just because I’ve been committed for so long, and it’s finally real,” she said. “It’s so cool that it’s happening with my friends at school. They’re all going somewhere really awesome.”


Rivers had been looking at an array of schools across the Southeastern Conference as well as many in Michigan, but Baton Rouge and 2017 National Coach of the Year D-D Breaux seemed like the perfect fit when all was said and done.


“It was far enough away for me,” Rivers said. “I didn’t want to be close to home. I love the team, and I love the coaches.”


Like Rivers, Campbell signed his letter of intent to play at a school outside of Michigan. Campbell will be attending Boston College to play baseball for coach Mike Gambino.


Michigan, Michigan State and Western Michigan University had all been in contact with Campbell to play for their schools, but Campbell picked BC for its ability to allow him to compete at a high level.


“I think the ACC is perfect for that,” he said. “I really liked the coaches there, and I feel really comfortable with them. Also, I just wanted to get out and go somewhere other than Michigan.”


Boston College contacted Campbell later on in his recruiting process. The Eagles told Campbell they liked his versatility as he has the talent to play outfield, middle infield and pitch.


Stockreef is looking forward to continuing her field hockey career at Central Michigan.


“This is crazy,” the senior said about her Signing Day experience. “Field hockey is kind of a really small sport in Michigan, there are only two club teams in the whole state. It wasn’t until last year that I decided I wanted to play in college. It’s crazy that I’ve been able to make it this far in just a year.”


Field hockey recruitment is unique to some of the larger sports. In order to get recruited, players compete in recruiting tournaments with a club team. Stockreef was contacted by CMU after playing in just her second tournament.


"I instantly knew it was a good fit,” she said. “I kept emailing with the coach. We talked on the phone a couple times, and then I went to the campus for an unofficial visit and that’s when they made the offer.”


During her visit, Stockreef was able to stay with one of the players on the team and attend her classes. She felt Central Michigan was a great fit due to it being close to home, and the opportunity to play Division 1 field hockey was hard to pass up.


Chippewas coach Catherine Ostoich told Stockreef to expect to get some minutes as a freshman.


Other athletes signing their letters of intent included Jasmine Powell (basketball University of Minnesota), Adrian Folks (basketball, Indiana State University), Kennedy Bearden (soccer, Grand Valley State University), Jessica Garmen (softball, Michigan), Gabrielle Maday (softball, Cornell University), Aaron Dolney (baseball, University of Nebraska), Mason Kolean (baseball, Bowling Green State University), Elle Hartje (hockey, Yale) and Anthony Toma (baseball, Bowling Green State).


Call Sports Writer Jacob Herbert at (586) 498-1062. Follow Sports on Twitter @CandGSports.