The Coshocton County Beacon February 15, 2017 - Page 14

14 THE BEACON www . coshoctonbeacontoday . com FEBRUARY 15 , 2017

Griffiths moving on to play football at Denison University

Ben Batchelor signs with the University of Findlay

Josie Sellers | Beacon
Dallas Griffiths , center , signed his letter of intent to play football at Denison University on Feb . 8 at Coshocton High School . He is pictured with his mother Amber Griffiths and Coshocton ’ s head football coach Jim Woodrum .
By Josie Sellers josie @ coshoctoncountybeacon . com
COSHOCTON – Dallas Griffiths is excited about his future at Denison University where he said he will be playing for a good football team and getting a great education .
“ It ’ s an amazing feeling to get to go there , but I still need to work on getting better for them ,” he said .
Griffiths signed his letter of intent to play football at Denison on Feb . 8 at Coshocton High School , where he is a senior and played linebacker , running back and tight end for the Redskins .
“ I have a lot of people to thank for being able to get here ,” he said . “ Coach Woodrum , Coach Fortney , Coach Ballentine , my guidance councilor Mrs . Nelson , Scott Nelson , my mom and my friends and teammates .” Dallas ’ mom , Amber Griffiths , couldn ’ t have been prouder of her son . “ I ’ m honored and blessed that he ’ s my son ,” she said . “ My heart is full . Denison is an amazing school and a wonderful option for him .” Amber has enjoyed watching him play football over the years . “ I ’ ve loved everything about it especially watching him grow into an amazing man ,” she said . “ He leaves everything he has on the field every game .” Amber gives the coaches a lot of credit for being great influences on her son and his teammates . “ These coaches are special men ,” she said . “ They are leaders , fathers , brothers , friends and coaches . They are 150 percent devoted to these children .” Jim Woodrum , Coshocton ’ s head football coach , was very happy for Dallas . “ It was a great honor to coach him and this group of seniors ,” Woodrum said . “ Denison is getting an unbelievable kid . He loves the weight room , is good academically , is a great teammate and very coachable . He is going to fit in well there .”
Dallas plans to major in computer science at Denison .
Josie Sellers | Beacon
Ben Batchelor , center , signed his letter of intent to play soccer at the University of Findlay on Feb . 8 at Coshocton High School . He is pictured with his father and mother , Bob and Shelley Batchelor .
By Josie Sellers josie @ coshoctoncountybeacon . com
COSHOCTON – Shelley Batchelor was a little teary eyed after watching her son Ben sign his letter of intent to play soccer at the University of Findlay .
“ I ’ m extremely proud of him ,” she said . “ He ’ s worked extra hard for this . Soccer is his love and now he gets to live his dream of playing in college .”
Ben is a senior at Coshocton High School and played center midfield for the Redskins .
“ I have a passion for the game of soccer and love the freedom you have on the field ,” he said .
Like his parents , Shelley and Bob , he too was excited to see his hard work pay off on Feb . 8 , when he officially committed to Findlay . Ben also knew he couldn ’ t have gotten to this moment alone .
“ I have to thank my parents , my brother , my teammates and my coaches , Brian Dunlap , Brandon Matz and Tony Jones ,” he said . “ I learned at an early age what it took to get here and I never gave up .” Ben plans to major in education next fall at Findlay . “ The coach from there reached out to me and I got to talk to a lot of the players and just knew it ’ s where I wanted to go ,” he said . Findlay is an NCAA Division II school and last year its men ’ s soccer team finished the 2016 season 7-10-1 . “ Shelley and I are very excited for him and his opportunity to compete as an NCAA athlete ,” Bob said .