By Ryan Kaczmarski
Lakewood High School has two sports stars who will be leaving home to attend college and participate in varsity athletics; but they will not be leaving the confines of the great state of Ohio.
Marquise Tyus will continue his academic and football careers at Ohio Dominican University.
“The deciding factor to play at ODU was the coaching staff and the family feel of the place,” Tyus said. “I feel like I’m home (when visiting the campus).”
Other colleges on his radar were the University of Charleston (West Virginia), Gannon University, Ashland University and Butler University. Many other colleges were interested in signing Tyus, including Siena Heights University, Tiffin University, Mercyhurst College, Lake Erie College, Notre Dame College and Findlay University.
“The decision was very difficult,” Tyus said. “My parents, coach Ron Lewis and trainer Mark Harris were the most influential (in making the decision).”
He feels his time attending Lakewood High School has given him a good work ethic and great self-confidence.
Along with playing football in the fall, Tyus has also played three years of baseball in the spring, earning two varsity letters in the sport.
He feels the skills he has honed in high school will transfer to the college game.
“My quickness and explosiveness, along with my frame of mind and focus on the game (will help in the fall),” he said. “I need to work on getting stronger and bigger.”
Amanda Sacha will be moving down to Athens, Ohio, and attend Ohio University. She will be competing on the women’s track and field team for the Bobcats.
“The campus itself is beautiful,” Sacha said. “I loved the atmosphere and the coaches, and the girls on the team were awesome (during her visit).”
She also had offers from Miami University (Ohio), Xavier University, the University of Mount Union and the University of Cincinnati, but she, with her parents’ help, decided on OU.
“It was a hard decision, but my mom and dad supported me throughout the whole process of choosing the right school,” she said. “My dad knows that I can do whatever I put my heart and mind to.”
For Sacha, there were many facets of her time at Lakewood High School that gave her the chance to sign a college scholarship.
“My teachers are great, helping me excel,” she said. “My coaches also challenge me and expect me to be the best runner I can be.”
She played varsity basketball in her previous three years of high school, but dropped the sport to focus on running in her senior year.
“I decided to quit (basketball),” Sacha said. “Running became the most important (sport), and I stand by my decision with no regrets.
“(Running in college) is going to be very challenging, but training hard and staying focused will only work to my advantage.”
She is itching to practice with and compete against her new teammates next season.
“Running is very different at the collegiate level, but I’m excited to get out there.”