JACKSON TWP. Four Jackson senior athletes made their college commitments official in signing ceremonies held last week at the school.
Senior basketball players Kyle Young and Logan Hill signed their letters of intent with Butler and Toledo, respectively, while senior baseball players Kyle Nicolas and Dillon Dingler committed to Ball State and Ohio State, respeectively.
The two programs have won the two state championships in Jackson High School athletic history and both have produced numerous Division I college players in recent seasons. Young and Hill become the first Jackson boys basketball teammates to commit to Division I colleges in the same year since Josh Egner and Mark Henninger in 2010.
Dingler and Nicolas join numerous Jackson players to join Division I programs in recent years, including Sam Miller, Kyle Mottice and others. Dingler is was also the leading receiver for the Jackson football team, which qualified for the playoffs this fall for the first time in 12 years.
Dingler, a catcher, was named first team All-Federal League in 2016. he batted .360 with 11 extra-base hits, 23 RBI and 11 stolen bases. He was part of league and district championship teams in 2015 and 2016.
Nicolas, a right-handed pitcher, was a part of the rotation that paced Jackson to a regional tournament berth last season. He earned honorable mention All-Federal League recognition after going 3-1 with a 0.51 ERA on the mound.
With Hill and Young leading the way, Jackson earned a share of the league title for the second straight season on the hardwood last winter, going 21-5 and reaching the district final before falling to Canton McKinley. Both players averaged double figures in their sophomore and junior season and will be expected to play a central role in helping the Polar Bears chase their second state title in state history this season.
All four players had family on hand for their signings, along with coaches, to help celebrate the occasion.