May 12, 1998
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team decided to take a global approach to its 1998 recruiting class. The five standouts signed by the Buckeyes live in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Canada, and Australia. These five have officially signed letters-of-intent to continue their education at The Ohio State University.
Kuser is a high school All-American from Barto, Pa. She currently attends Boyertown High School. Along with her All-American status, she is also a three time all-state and all-conference honoree. Kuser also excelled in lacrosse, where she was a two-time all-conference selection. She plans to study sports medicine at OSU.
“Diana is a tremendous athlete who possesses a great vision for the game,” OSU head coach Anne Wilkinson said. “Her quickness, ability to create in the midfield, and finishing touch will make her an immediate impact player in the Big Ten.”
Panek signs with Ohio State after taking home her conference MVP honors. She earned all-conference accolades the past three years and was a two-time participant in the Bay State Games. She is a model student-athlete, earning both Boston Globe and Boston Herald all-scholastic team honors. Panek is also her class vice-president and a National Honor Society member. “Amanda is a pure goal scorer,” Wilkinson said. “She comes to us as the leading scorer from a very strong conference in Boston and will be a strong threat to opposing defenses.”
A native of Scarborough, Ontario, Reedy has been a member of the past two under-21 Provincial Championship runner-up squads. Her teams won back-to-back high school city championships in 1995-96. She plans on studying kinesiology at OSU.
“Kim is a great all around player who can play either forward or midfield,” Wilkinson said. “She is very dangerous in the circle and is the kind of player who can energize the whole team with her play and enthusiasm.”
Schwartz is the youngest person ever to play on the Australian Senior National Indoor Team. She has been a member of the squad for the past three years. Schwartz is from Melbourne, Australia, where she attended Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School. She spent last year at Deakin University. Prior to her Senior National Team experience, she was a member of the under-16, under-18 and under-21 national indoor teams.
“Anna has excellent size and presence,” Wilkinson said. “She brings a full range of skills to the team. Her decision making skills are brought to us from her extensive international experiences in both indoor and outdoor hockey.”
A Lititz, Pa., native, Wiles earned first team all-Lancaster-Lebanon league honors. At Warwick High School, she was a member of the league and Section I Championship teams. Wiles is also a two-time participant in the Keystone Games She plans to major is animal science or biology.
“Carrie comes from a traditionally strong program,” Wilkinson said. “She has shown her ability to play in crunch time in her team’s district and state playoff games. She is a versatile player with good skills and speed.”