Athletes Beyond

Athletes Beyond

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College Athletes

Mercersburg’s athletic program is geared to service a diverse student population, one that includes athletes with aspirations of competing on the next level. Typically, 20-25 percent of each graduating class features student-athletes who are recruited for collegiate competition. 

Over the last several years, Mercersburg athletes from 18 different sports have committed to compete in leagues and associations that span the United States, including the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East Conference, Big Ten Conference, Ivy League, Pac-12 Conference, Patriot League, Southeastern Conference, American Athletic Conference, America East Conference, Atlantic-10 Conference, Conference USA, Horizon League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Mountain West Conference, Northeast Conference, New England Small College Athletic Conference, and University Athletic Association.
 
Jake ArtzBaseballSt. Joseph’s University
Matt Athanas-LindenSoccerMuhlenberg College
Ben CarterSwimmingDenison College
Stephanie DowningSwimmingU.S. Naval Academy (Navy)
Kane DoyleSoccerMuhlenberg College
Gabby FraserSquashHobart & William Smith Colleges
Saaman GhodsiTennisFranklin & Marshall College
Jake GirardSwimmingNavy
Kate HastingsCrewUniversity of Virginia
Elliot HicksTennisEmory University
Mason KholiFootballMuhlenberg College
Morgan KingSwimmingCalifornia State University-Bakersfield
Rina KiyoharaSwimmingSwarthmore College
Courtney LevinsSwimmingMarist College
Dilin MassandSwimmingOccidental College
Will OakleyBaseballKenyon College
Sarah O’LearySwimmingUniversity of Pennsylvania
Jake RistBaseballBall State University
Joana SantosBasketballUnion College
Luka SevaljevicBasketballQueen’s University (Canada)
St. John SmithBaseballGettysburg College
Molly TaylorBasketballLoyola University Maryland
Lizzie TroySwimmingNavy
Tori YoderBasketballFrostburg State University
Ruichi ZhouGolfNew York University
Andrew ZhugayevichSwimmingU.S. Military Academy (Army)

Olympic Athletes

Mercersburg students and alumni from 15 countries have appeared in 22 different Summer Olympics held since 1896, including every Summer Games but one in which the United States competed from 1908 to 2004.

Mercersburg athletes have competed in several areas of athletics: track and field, swimming, sailing, gymnastics, wrestling, and the former Olympic sport of tug of war.

Notably, there have been 15 Olympics with more than one Mercersburg athlete participating, including the 1924 Summer Games, when five Mercersburg alumni competed.  And in 1952, Mercersburg alumni Charlie Moore ’47 and Lee Yoder ’50 even competed in the same event.

Pro Athletes

Only a select few athletes in any sport rise to the professional level, but, true to its tradition of excellence, Mercersburg has produced a diverse group of competitors whose career paths have included a number of professional sports dating back to 1900.  

Jayvien Sandridge ’18 (baseball)
Baltimore Orioles (Gulf Coast League)
Molly Taylor ’16 (basketball)
Newcastle Eagles (UK)
Christian Binford ’11 (baseball)
Kansas City Royals (AAA), Baltimore Orioles (AA), Detroit Tigers (AA), Kansas City T-Bones (American Association)
Curtis Feigt ’09 (football)
Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs
Josh Edgin ’06 (baseball)
New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles (AAA), Washington Nationals (AAA)
Vincent Rey ’06 (football)
Cincinnati Bengals
Adam Chubb ’00 (basketball)
Bundesliga (Germany), Liga ACB (Spain)
Matt Kranchick ’99 (football)
Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots
Ugonna Onyekwe ’99 (basketball)
Ligat HaAl (Israel), Liga ACB (Spain)
Stéphane Pelle ’99 (basketball)
PBL (Belgium), Pro A (France), TBL (Turkey)
Kareem Wright ’99 (basketball)
Harlem Globetrotters
Mike Bush ’98 (football)
San Francisco 49ers
Holly Vaughn '80​​​​​​​ (golf)
LPGA Tour
Mark Talbott ’78​​​​​​​ (squash)
world's top-ranked hardball squash player
Scott Christopher '72​​​​​​​ (baseball)
Baltimore Orioles (AAA)
Tom Edlefsen ’61​​​​​​​ (tennis)
top-10 ranked professional, Davis Cup player
Roy Lechthaler 1927 (football)
Philadelphia Eagles
“Bump” Hadley 1924 (baseball)
Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Browns, New York Yankees, New York Giants, Philadelphia A’s
Bob Books 1922 (football)
Frankford Yellow Jackets (NFL)
“King” Lear 1910 (baseball)
Cincinnati Reds
Joe Birmingham 1904 (baseball)
Cleveland Naps/Indians
"Doc" Gessler 1900​​​​​​ (baseball)
Detroit Tigers, Brooklyn Superbas, Chicago Cubs, Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox