Thursday, October 6, 2022

Four Tigers sign Letters of Intent

Four Chagrin Falls senior athletes on Thursday signed National Letters of Intent to continue their education and athletic careers in college.

Tori Hallwachs signed with Georgetown University, where she will study business and play soccer. Jack Amendola will play baseball at Lafayette College, Kaden Ruffer will play soccer at Vermont and Otto Bergmann signed with Canisius College, where he will play lacrosse.

Hallwachs played for the Tigers during her freshman and sophomore seasons. She earned All-Ohio honors in 2016 and is now looking forward to her future at Georgetown.

“I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to continue playing soccer at the college level,” Hallwachs said. “I have loved playing soccer since I began playing soccer at the age of five. Looking back over the years, I feel such a sense of accomplishment and pride that the dedication I gave to my studies and soccer training has opened the door to such an amazing university and soccer program. I am so incredibly happy and I cannot wait for my time on the Hilltop.”

Georgetown’s academic reputation and prestigious soccer program made Hallwachs decision an easy one.

“Georgetown offers the perfect balance between unparalleled academics and an outstanding soccer program,” she said. “With Georgetown’s challenging but supportive environment both on and off the pitch and the excellent reputation of the McDonough School of Business, I am confident that Georgetown is the perfect fit for me.”

Hallwachs expects to play either forward or in the midfield in college.

“I have always been an attack-minded player, so I will most likely play as a forward or as an attacking midfielder,” she said. “I am really looking forward to making an impact on the continued success of Georgetown’s women’s soccer program.”

Amendola is a three-year letterman who earned All-Ohio honors in 2018.

Ruffer played the last four seasons with the US Developmental Academy at Internationals Soccer Club. He was selected to play for the United States Youth Futsal National team for the last two years, where he has played in Costa Rica and Colombia.

Bergmann transferred to Chagrin Falls for his junior season and immediately made an impact for the Tigers. He was named All-Ohio in 2018 and also was named all-region as a goalie. He plans to major in Business Management.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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