VND high school notebook: Knoch's Shinsky signs with Ohio University for baseball
Cole Shinsky's shoulder felt strong enough Tuesday to help him sign his national letter of intent to play baseball at Ohio University.
The Knoch left-hander hopes to get back to full strength by baseball season.
Shinsky, who suffered a grade 3 shoulder separation during the football season, said his rehabilitation is on schedule and believes he will be 100 percent in time to help the Knights begin the defense of their WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA championships.
He began throwing lightly last week and expects to begin a full throwing program soon, but he's taking the process slowly.
“I don't want to push anything, rush anything,” Shinsky said.
Worried about potential injuries, Shinsky — Knoch's starting quarterback at the end of the 2014 season — sat out the Knights' first three games this fall. But he missed the sport and rejoined the team, eventually recapturing his starting quarterback role. He led the Knights to a win over Hollidaysburg in his first start before getting injured against Mars.
“Definitely no regrets,” Shinsky said of his decision. “It seems like I would have them, but I love football, and high school football is just awesome on Friday nights. It was worth the one or two games I played.”
Shinsky kept Ohio's coaches apprised of his injury and his rehabilitation progress before the NCAA's “no-contact” period between athletes and schools began. He visited the Athens, Ohio, campus last week to see a football game between the Bobcats and Kent State.
“That was the second time I was on campus, and I just fell in love with it,” said Shinsky, whose older brother Connor is a lineman on Kent State's football team. “It was an eye-opener for how nice the campus is and how nice everything is. It got me really excited.”
Worthing signs with Bloomsburg
Kiski Area wrestler Tyler Worthing also signed his letter of intent Tuesday. The two-time defending WPIAL champion at 220 pounds will wrestle for Bloomsburg.
Worthing finished 20-2 as a junior, defeating Hempfield's Fred Mantsch in the WPIAL championship match at 220 pounds before placing fourth at the PIAA tournament.
Krug to YSU
Another Kiski Area athlete signed with a Division I college last week, as swimmer Paris Krug signed with Youngstown State on Thursday.
Krug is a three-time qualifier for the PIAA Class AAA championships. She made it to the state meet last season in the 100-yard freestyle after tying for eighth place in the event at the WPIAL championships. She also finished ninth in the WPIAL in the 100 backstroke.
Nolan gets Army offer
Plum senior tight end/defensive end Zach Nolan received his first scholarship offer this week, from Army.
“It's amazing,” Nolan said. “You work so hard since sophomore year, and you hear everybody older than you talking about it and see people from other teams getting offers. Once you finally get yours, it's just a great feeling.”
Nolan first heard from Army over the summer, as Plum assistant Kyle Simmons has a connection to one of the Black Knights' coaches. He received the official offer Monday and will visit the West Point, N.Y., campus this weekend.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Nolan was named first-team all-conference at tight end as a junior and at defensive end as a senior. He helped lead Plum to its second consecutive WPIAL Class AAAA playoff appearance.