By Greg Gulas
The Youngstown State golf teams were the biggest benefactors Wednesday when five Boardman High School athletes signed national letters-of-intent.
Penguins head coach Tony Joy will welcome state qualifiers Brian Terlesky and Bryan Kordupel while Jenna Vivo is set to play for women’s head coach Nate Miklos.
Cade Kreps will hit the links next fall as a member of the University of Akron golf team and swimmer Kyle Kimerer finalized his intention to attend Canisius College.
Terlesky is a four-time state qualifier, three-time All-American Conference Player of the Year and three-time All Northeastern Ohio player and All-American Conference first-team selection.
“YSU is a great comfort zone for me. I wanted to stay home and along with my teammate Bryan Kordupel, we’re hoping we can make some noise,” Terlesky said. “I’ve known Tony Joy since I was 6 years old and am very comfortable with him. I wouldn’t want anyone else as my college coach.”
Terlesky was second-team All-Ohio as a junior, is a two-time sectional medalist, was an invitational medalist on 11 occasions and holds the school record for 18-hole (67) and nine-hole (31) scores.
A member of the school’s National Honor Society — he has earned a 3.5 grade-point average — he was part of the program’s record-setting 18-hole (282) and nine-hole (139) squads and plans on majoring in business.
Kordupel sports a perfect 4.0 GPA, scored 28 on the ACT and serves as class valedictorian.
“Staying local was very important to me and YSU is where I felt most comfortable continuing my academic and athletic careers,” Kordupel said. “Coach Joy is a great coach who will only make me better.”
A two-time state qualifier, Kordupel was second-team All Northeastern Ohio and is a two-time All-AAC, adding a hole-in-one on No. 11 at Canterbury to an already impressive resume.
His career best round is 71, recorded at Youngstown Country Club. Kordupel is set to major in mechanical engineering.
A four-time Vindicator Greatest Golfer of the Valley champion, Vivo is a two-time All Northeastern Ohio first-team selection, qualifying individually for the state Division I championship as a sophomore.
Her 18-hole average was 76 and nine-hole average 37 last season.
“YSU has quality players, is a great golf program and I am really looking forward to playing for coach Miklos,” Vivo said. “It’s nice to be able to stay at home and join my cousin [Terlesky] now at YSU.”
Vivo was an AAC first-team selection twice, district medalist as a sophomore and this past season earned Division I All-Academic honors according to the Ohio Coaches Association. She will major in exercise science.
Kreps is also a perfect 4.0 student, scored 27 on his ACT and is a three-time state qualifier. He earned All-Northeastern Ohio honors four times and was a four-time AAC first-team selection. He plans to major in business.
“From the moment I stepped on campus and met with Zips head coach David Trainer, I knew that this was the place for me,” Kreps said. “Firestone Country Club is their home course and I am really excited to be able to play on that course.”
Spartans golf coach Brian Terlesky — Brian’s father — said all three golfers will do well in college.
“There are two valedictorians and a 3.5 student in this group, so they are definitely excellent student-athletes,” Terlesky said. “Cade and Brian have played together since their junior golf days and Bryan, who just started to play competitively his freshman year, is talented as well and can kill the ball when on the course.
“Having three players from the same class sign national letters to Division I programs is truly amazing and the best recruiting year in our program’s history.”
Kreps owns a career-low round of 69 at Youngstown Country Club. He was the 2016 AAC tournament champion, co-medalist at the Canfield Invitational (he was also runner-up in 2015) and runner-up at the Ursuline Invitational this past season.
Kimerer is also a 4.0 student, National Honor Society member and three-year letterwinner for head coach Terry O’Halloran.
As a member of the school’s three record-setting relay teams (200 medley, 200 and 400 free relay), he earned all-Ohio honors in 2016 and 2017 and AAC first-team honors the past three seasons.
Kimerer has AAC several individual championship titles and is the meet record holder in both the 200 free and 100 butterfly events and will major in accounting.
“Coach [Terry] O’Halloran has been a great inspiration to me my entire life,” Kimerer said of his Spartans swim coach. “My success both in and outside the classroom can be directly attributed to him, as well as assistant coach Carlo Cordon. After meeting and getting to know Canisius head swim coach Scott Vanderzell and then seeing how beautiful the campus was, I knew that Canisius was the place for me.”
O’Halloran has known Kimerer since his grade school days.
“I was Kyle’s fourth-grade teacher and age-group swim coach for five years before he joined the Spartans swim team and he is a highly motivated student-athlete and outstanding team leader,” O’Halloran said. “He is at his best in pressure situations and will be a perfect fit for the Griffins’ swim program.”