By Ryan Kaczmarski
The Lutheran West Longhorns will be represented at two area colleges this fall, with Chris Ranc signing to play running back at Ashland University and Kameron Bremer slated for defensive line or linebacker at Notre Dame College.
For Ranc, after the first time he visited Ashland U., there was nowhere else he really wanted to go.
“I’ve always loved it there,” he said. “It’s a Christian university, and I like everything that they stand for.
“The football program, bar none, is one of the best in the country at their level,” he added. “The distance (to home) and everything, it’s just a great fit for me.”
Many schools from the Ohio Athletic Conference were interested in Ranc, but he had narrowed his search down to Ashland, Concordia University (where his brother attends and plays soccer) and Grove City College, with Ashland winning out.
Ashland’s coaching staff has not made Ranc any promises on playing time or a varsity roster spot.
“They said that the opportunity is there, and it is my job to come in and take advantage of it, and work hard and be able to make the most of it for myself,” he said.
There was no real pressure from friends, family or coaches,one way or another, for Ranc to make his collegiate decision.
“The decision ultimately was mine,” he stated. “My parents helped by giving me guidance and insights to help me make my decision. My mom always said, ‘It’s the first monumental decision you have to make by yourself,’ but in the end I just really loved Ashland.”
Ranc also played four years of basketball (two years as captain), performed community service through his church youth group, holds a 3.8 GPA and is a three-year member of National Honor Society.
The decision to sign for Notre Dame College was a tough one for Bremer.
“They’ve been recruiting me since last summer,” he said. “I kept pushing them off, trying to keep things open, and then I took a visit and I liked what I had seen. Then, I took a second visit and had a chance to see the whole campus, with all the improvements that have been made, and I think the program is on the rise.”
Along with Ranc, Bremer knows that he will have to work hard to get on the field in his freshman year, but he is willing to put in the sweat.
“It’s going to be tough to earn a spot (in the lineup), but that’s something I’m going to try to do,” he said.
According to Bremer, the experience of attending Lutheran West High School, both on the field and in the classroom, has given him the opportunity to not only attend college, but play collegiate athletics.
“The coaching staff here has really helped me along from the beginning, of where I was, to where I am now. I am a much better player now than when I first started. The school, in general, is a big family and everybody loves everybody, that is what it is all about.”
Bremer also played basketball all four year of high school, is in the Speech and Debate club, holds a 3.5 GPA and is a three-year member of National Honor Society.