Today LCA Athletics celebrated 13 senior student-athletes that have committed to play college athletics. That number represents more than 12% of the entire senior class. Below is a brief bio on each!
Tyler Dobbs - Soccer - Transylvania University
Tyler Dobbs has truly exemplified what it means to be a Christian athlete. Lettering all 4 years in Boy’s soccer, he has been a true leader on and off the field. While playing attacking center mid, Tyler either scored, or was pivotal in creating scoring opportunities, for most of the teams goals this season. It was that ability to score and assist that made him so valuable as a player on the field.
Off the field he was equally as valuable. Playing for three different coaches the past three seasons, tyler provided stability and leadership to a program at a time when it very much needed it. As a senior, Tyler helped his teammates grow in spiritual maturity and grow in their soccer abilities.
Coach guzman said of tyler, “tyler is an amazing young man. Unfortunately, I was only able to coach him for one season, but he is going to do amazing things at transy and beyond. He is leaving behind a tremendous legacy of what it means to be a Christian athlete.”
Camille Downing - Soccer - University of Kentucky
Our next student-athlete is Camille Downing. One of the key players in the program for several years, Camille has been a leader and a multi-faceted player. She played multiple positions during her career in order to best help the team.
Coach Fugmann said of her, “Camille has been one of the hardest workers on our team these last four years. The amount of time she spent in the weight room really transformed her and had a huge effect on the field. She is one of the most competitive athletes I have ever coached and we will certainly miss her and the intensity she brought to our team.”
Camille earned Honorable Mention All-city honors in 2015 and 2nd team honors in 2016 and 2017. One of the toughest competitors in the always-tough 43rd district has prepared her well for the next step in her journey next fall at the University of Kentucky.
Austin Hall - Basketball - University of the Cumberlands
Austin Hall is 3 year letter winners at LCA. During his high school career, the Eagles had a record of 88 and 40. They captured back to back 43rd district championships, were the 2018 11th Region Runner-Up and won the 2018 All A Classic State Championship - All of which were firsts in program history.
Austin scored 1,125 career points and grabbed over 500 rebounds for the Eagles. Austin is 8th on the all-time scoring list and holds the single season and career record for most blocked shots in school history.
Coach valentine said of Austin, “he is the definition of ‘blue collar.’ His hard work, ability to lead by example and willingness to do the all little things played an integral role in our success the past two seasons.”
Carter Hendricksen - Basketball - University of North Florida
Like Austin, Carter Hendricksen is a 3 year letter winner at LCA. During his illustrious high school career, the Eagles had a record of 88 and 40. He helped his team capture back to back 43rd district championships, was the 2018 11th Region Runner-Up and won the 2018 All A Classic State Championship- All of which were firsts in program history.
Carter scored 1272 points and grabbed 600 rebounds for the Eagles. Carter is 5th on the all-time scoring list and holds the single season record at LCA for most rebounds in a season. He also earned first-team all city and third team all-state honors this season.
Coach v said of carter, “he is one of the most talented players to ever wear the LCA uniform. On the court, he helped his teammates accomplish things that have never been done in LCA basketball history. I am most impressed by selfless attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes to help his team win.”
Carter was named LCA Co-Male Student Athlete of the Year in 2018.
Jason Iler - Golf - Taylor University
Jason Iler has been a part of the LCA golf team since the 7th grade, and been a played on the varsity team for four years. During that time, he has provided valuable leadership both on the course and off. During his junior and senior years, he helped the team bring the Kentucky Cup back to LCA after a 5 year absence. He was tied for first place after 18 holes in the Kentucky Classic and finished in the top 10 to help the team win the All A State Tournament.
He continued to contribute to the team’s victories into the state tournament, where the team won the 2018 State Championship. Off the course, Jason served as team captain this year and routinely led the players in prayer before a round started. This year, the team awarded him the Christian Character Award. He also has also received KHSAA Academic All State First Team honors all four years of high school.
Coach Geldhof said of Jason, “He was an amazing example for our younger players of hard work paying off. Jason was someone the guys always looked to for leadership and he always delivered.”
Brylin Isaacs - Softball - Centre College
Brylin Isaacs joined the softball program as an 8th grader and has been a 5 year starter and varsity letterman. She started at shortstop for the last 4 years, anchoring the middle infield on some of the school’s best-ever teams. Individually, Brylin earned the following honors:
- 1st Team All District (2015,2016 & 2017)
- Academic All District (2015, 2016 & 2017)
- KHSAA Academic All-State (2015, 2016 & 2017)
- She has never batted below .380, including hitting an amazing .532 so far this year!
Coach Shewmaker on Isaacs, “She has meant a great deal to our program on and off the field. As a younger player she never backed down playing up. And as an upperclassman, she helped lead the younger players. She will be missed on and off the field.”
Brylin has committed to playing softball at Centre College next year, becoming the 3rd year in a row that a softball player has commitment to play softball in college.
Caroline Lancaster - Tennis - Centre College
Caroline has been playing tennis since she was four years old. She has also been a part of the Wildcat Tennis program at U.K. for several years and joined the LCA tennis team in 6th grade. She has played at regionals and state since she was a freshman and has been a regional runner up and a regional champion. Caroline has also been the one spot girls doubles player since she was a freshman. She set her goals and worked very hard.
Coach macy on caroline, “she has been a major part of our program for many years and is leaving an indelible mark on it. Her smile and tenacity on the court will be missed. centre is getting a terrific person and player.”
Caroline is very active on and off the tennis court, and will be attending Centre College in the fall to play tennis for the Colonels and to pursue a degree in medicine with plans to become an Optometrist.
Callie Messinger - Tennis - Transylvania University
Callie Messinger is a “lifer at LCA”, having attended since kindergarten. She is an honor student and is a member of Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta and the National Honor Society. She joined the LCA Tennis Team as an eighth grader, never having played tennis at all, and has been a part of the LCA Tennis Team for five years.
Coach Kyle Macy had the following to say about Callie, “Callie Messinger was a very hard worker during her years on the LCA Tennis team. Each year she played, she showed improvement and It is exciting that her best tennis is still ahead!”
Her future plans are to attend Transylvania University, majoring in biology, where she plans to continue her competitive tennis aspirations for the Transy Pioneers. Her long range future plans is to enter the University of Kentucky Medical School upon graduation from Transylvania to pursue a career as neo-natal specialist.
Graham Parks - Football - Centre College
Graham Parks has been an exceptional football player on both sides of the football for LCA over the course of his 4 years.
Going into his junior year Graham sacrificed for the betterment of the team to move to the offensive line while being a standout defensive end his sophomore year for us.
his senior year he had over 30 tackles, 5 Tackles for Loss, and 2 sacks helping to keep people from running one direction on our defense. Over the past 2 seasons Graham has helped lead lca to a 23-3 record & LCA’s district championship while opening holes for Dillon Wheatley to finish in the top 15 in KHSAA history in rushing yards.
With a 4.0 in the classroom 29 ACT, Graham truly personifies what it means to be a student-athlete.
Coach Atchley stated, “Centre College is a getting a terrific football player on both sides of the ball and I truly believe as good as he has been for us, his best years of football still lie ahead.”
Lexi Sheely - Soccer - Winthrop University
Lexi Sheely has been a major contributor to the LCA soccer program for several years. A starter and 4 year letter winner, she leaves LCA with impressive statistics.
A few of her achievements:
- All state 2016 and 2017 first team
- All city 2016 and 2017 first team
- Third on all time leading scorers list with 64 goals
- 7th on all time assists with 17
Coach Fugmann says, “Lexi is one of the most explosive athletes this program has ever had. Her speed, tenacity and determination enabled her to become a natural goal scorer. Lexi’s strength and toughness will serve her very well in college and we can’t wait to see her succeed at the level as well.”
Wyatt Southall - Football - Wheaton College
Wyatt Southall has anchored an offensive line since his first start as a freshman here at LCA. Helping to ignite an offense that has been at the top of all of Kentucky for the past 2 season, Wyatt has played nearly every spot on the offensive line. He is one of the most versatile offensive linemen ever to come through the program.
On the defensive side Wyatt has demanded double teams and kept linebackers untouched while amassing nearly 75 tackles and 20 tackles for loss. Wyatt’s academic career is unblemished while taking numerous AP and honors classes over his career that still saw him earn a 4.0 gpa.
Coach Atchley on wyatt,”Wheaton College is getting a football player that will continue to represent them on and off the field with the utmost class and character just as he did here at LCA. I cant wait to see him excel in college.”
Dillon Wheatley - Football - University of Pikeville
Dillon Wheatley helped LCA to a 37-14 record over his career. Wheatley was the most important individual piece to our success in resurrecting the football program at LCA in the last 4 years. He had 2 key sacks and 250 yards rushing on 40 carries & 4 TD’s in leading LCA to the school’s first ever 2A district championship.
Among of his highlights:
- 6215 total rushing yards in his career (20th all time)
- 98 rushing touchdowns (tied for 6th in KHSAA all time) & over 100 total touchdowns in his career
- 3 years in a row as the starting running back with over 1500 yards each year
- Helped lead offense that was 1st and 2nd in all classes in points per game 2016, 2017 seasons
He was also a key member of the school’s first-ever state champion boys track team in relays and sprints
“Dillon was a coach’s dream. I was blessed early in my career to have a once in a lifetime player such as Dillon,” stated Coach Ethan Atchley. “He worked the hardest, talked the least, and gave credit to anyone but himself. LCA Football will surely miss Dillon Wheatley, but the past 4 years have been an unbelievable ride with a selfless young man leading the way.”
Adam Wier - Cross Country/Track - Hillsdale College
Adam Wier becomes the latest in a line of talented distance runners to come through LCA. Not only is he talented as a runner, he is a true Christ-like person off the competition course as well.
Consider some of his accomplishments:
- All regional cross country 2014, 2015, 2016,2017
- All State cross country 2015, 2016,2017
- All Regional Track 2015, 2016, 2017
- All State Track 2016, 2017
- 2016 State Runner-up 3200 meters
- Member of the 2015, 2016 Cross Country State Championship Teams.
- And the 2016 State Championship Track Team
Coach Stickel on Adam, “He is one of the best student-athletes I have had the chance to coach. But as good as he is as a competitor, he is a better young man. He will be successful in whatever he chooses to do.”