2017-06-18 / Sports

Three more Lightning commit to college

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Left to right: Lapeer’s Brenden Huggler, Dylan Regling and Griffin Hammond, all signed national letters-of-intent on Monday. 
Photo by Kylee Richardson Left to right: Lapeer’s Brenden Huggler, Dylan Regling and Griffin Hammond, all signed national letters-of-intent on Monday. Photo by Kylee Richardson LAPEER – A signing ceremony took place Monday at Lapeer High for another three senior athletes committing to colleges. Griffin Hammond and Brenden Huggler will both be attending Olivet College in the fall, with Hammond going for soccer and Huggler for baseball. Dylan Regling also signed a letter-of-intent for lacrosse at Kalamazoo College.

Hammond, a lifelong soccer player, decided on Olivet because of the opportunity he had to continue his soccer career and the homelike feel of the college. He had also looked into Northwood University and Tiffin University, but ultimately decided on Olivet, where he will have a chance to earn the starting defensive outside left back position on the team.

Despite Hammond thinking his biggest challenge will be learning to live on his own, he is particularly excited to meet new friends and be in a new atmosphere. He has already decided on majoring in business administration.

“I’d like to thank my mom and grandma for supporting me since I was in Little Kickers and always pushing me to thrive farther,” Hammond added.

Joining Hammond at Olivet will be Huggler, where he will have to earn a starting position on the baseball team. He plans to major in sports management. Huggler had looked at Northwood University as well, but decided on Olivet for the opportunity to play baseball at the college level.

Huggler, a starting pitcher for the Lightning, had nine starts in 12 games played pitching 40 innings. He had the most wins as a pitcher with a 4-4-1 mark and ended the season with a 2.800 ERA. He led the team in strikeouts with 30.

Huggler added that he is excited to see and meet new people, but will have to overcome his biggest challenge of waking up on his own. He also took the time to thank his friends, family and mom and dad for all their support throughout his career.

After having considered Alma and Olivet colleges, Regling ultimately decided on Kalamazoo College for “the education and the campus.” He has also chosen to major in engineering and will be starting as a long stick midfielder on the lacrosse team as a freshman. Regling is most excited to get back on the field, but knows his biggest challenge will be balancing his course load, social life and playing lacrosse.

When asked who he would like to thank for supporting him throughout his sports career, Regling said, “my mother for sacrificing her time and money to get me to where I am today.”

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