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A total of eight Northwestern student athletes also signed Division III college letters of intent at last Wednesday’s ceremony. The signees include: (from left to right) Keegan Coffield, Erika Thomas, Christian Peters, J.D. Haaf, Brandon Miller, Rachel Mikols, Matt Shields and Mikaela Koenig.PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ A total of eight Northwestern student athletes also signed Division III college letters of intent at last Wednesday’s ceremony. The signees include: (from left to right) Keegan Coffield, Erika Thomas, Christian Peters, J.D. Haaf, Brandon Miller, Rachel Mikols, Matt Shields and Mikaela Koenig.PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ

Football, boys soccer players head to D3

Friday, April 22, 2016 by TODD KRESs mhaines@tnonline.com in Sports

Both the Northwestern football and boys soccer teams made it to their respective district championship games. The latter of the two won the Class 2A crown this past fall season.

A total of seven players from those two teams lead a list of eight male athletes that signed college letters of intent last Wednesday at Northwestern High School’s Gymnasium.

That list includes soccer standouts JD Haaf (Elizabethtown College), Keegan Coffield (DeSales University) and Christian Peters (Pennsylvania College of Technology) and football players Brandon Schrader (See story on this page), Brandon Miller (Lycoming College), Dylan Lobach (Lebanon Valley College) and Matt Shields (Moravian College).

For Haaf, he’s coming off a season that included 41 goals and 14 assists on the pitch. And now he gets to add at least for more years to his resume, a feat he’s envisioned for quite some time.

“I enjoyed high school sports so much,” Haaf said. “I look forward to continuing that in college. It’s really big for me and exciting. I can’t wait to get out there and start playing for school again.”

Haaf had interest from plenty of Division III schools, and some Division 1 and Division 2 schools in Loyola and California University of Pennsylvania. But the recruiting process came full circle to a place he couldn’t say no to.

“Going into my junior year, teams really started to look at me and getting in contact with me,” Haaf said. “Then it was hard to narrow it down to three schools that I wanted to go to. I feel like I made the best choice.”

Haaf wants to major in something business related.

Shields, who played offensive guard and defensive end on the gridiron, narrowed his college choice down to Moravian and Lebanon Valley College. Staying closer to the New Tripoli area was a big factor in his decision, hence his choice to continue playing with the Greyhounds at Moravian.

“It was a tough decision between those two because they are both really good schools and the coaches are pretty nice,” Shields said. “It felt more like home. It’s kind of in the area that I’m living in now.”

Like most players, he had goals of playing in college ever since his youth days. In fact, Shields’ dreams began in flag football.

“It makes me feel like I accomplished what I’ve always wanted to do as a kid,” Shields said. “Ever since I was little I always wanted to go to college, and I always wanted to play football in college.”