Pinckney seniors off to next level

Gabriel Wink (Ohio U.) Field Hockey, Alexa Bloom (Saginaw Valley State U. ) Swimming, Emma Kehn (Clarion U.) Diving, Ellen Rapp (Northern U.) Dance, Bryce Heatwole (Northern U.) Football, Peyton Kerns ( U of M Flint) Hockey, Zach Harwood (U of M Flint) Hockey, Jessica VanBynen (Ferris State) Track and Field, Brittany Banks (Aurora U.) Volleyball, Austin Wicker (Eastern Mich. U.) Track and Cross Country, Lynsey Jackson (Grand Valley State) Competitive Cheer, Joey Bachmeier (Hillsdale) Football. Not Pictured: Tyler Diehr (Adrian) Football, Katie Webb (SchoolCraft) Soccer, Jake Belford (Heidelberg U.) Golf, David Harris (Spring Arbor U.) Golf.
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Former Pinckney athletic director Tedd Bradley always made a point of collecting seniors who were going to play their sports in college for a group photo, to serve as a milestone and inspiration to the school’s younger athletes.

His successor, Brian Wardlow, is continuing the tradition, releasing a photo of this year’s athletes on Tuesday.

Gabriel Wink (Ohio U.) Field Hockey, Alexa Bloom (Saginaw Valley State U. ) Swimming, Emma Kehn (Clarion U.) Diving, Ellen Rapp (Northern U.) Dance, Bryce Heatwole (Northern U.) Football, Peyton Kerns ( U of M Flint) Hockey, Zach Harwood (U of M Flint) Hockey, Jessica VanBynen (Ferris State) Track and Field, Brittany Banks (Aurora U.) Volleyball, Austin Wicker (Eastern Mich. U.) Track and Cross Country, Lynsey Jackson (Grand Valley State) Competitive Cheer, Joey Bachmeier (Hillsdale) Football. Not Pictured: Tyler Diehr (Adrian) Football, Katie Webb (SchoolCraft) Soccer, Jake Belford (Heidelberg U.) Golf, David Harris (Spring Arbor U.) Golf.
Twelve of the 16 Pinckney seniors who are competing in college athletics gathered for a photo recently. They include (back row) Gabriel Wink, Ohio University field hockey: Alexa Bloom, Saginaw Valley State swimming; Emma Kehn, Clarion diving: Ellen Rapp, Northern Michigan dance; Bryce Heatwole, Northern Michigan football. Front row: Peyton Kerns, U-M-Flint hockey; Zach Harwood, U-M-Flint hockey;  Jessica VanBynen, Ferris State track; Brittany Banks, Aurora volleyball; Austin Wicker, Eastern Michigan track and cross country: Lynsey Jackson, Grand Valley cheer; Joey Bachmeier, Hillsdale football.
Not pictured: Tyler Diehr, Adrian football; Katie Webb, Schoolcraft soccer; Jake Belford, Heidelberg golf; David Harris, Spring Arbor golf.

The athletes will be going to all levels of college sports, with four moving on to Division 1 athletic programs.

“We are very excited here at Pinckney Community Schools as the Pirate Athletics program is strengthening more and more every year,” Wardlow said in a statement. “Not only are these graduating students tremendous athletes, their academics are just as impressive.  This group has an average cumulative G.P.A. of 3.4.

“These students are wonderful examples of individuals who have discovered the challenging balance of academics and athletics,” he added. “Pinckney Community Schools and the athletics program wish them the best of luck.”