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Valley School Stories


Last summer, the Valley School Athletics department worked to design and install the Wall of Distinction near the locker rooms in the gymnasium. Coach Rohrer’s vision for the Wall of Distinction is to highlight the Valley School alumni who have gone on to play college athletics at the Division 1, 2, or 3 level. There are currently twenty-five Valley School alumni who are honored on the Wall of Distinction. Each athlete’s plaque features a photo of the alum playing their sport, high school graduation year, the name of the college or university attended, and sport(s) played. Ten different collegiate-level sports are represented on the Wall of Distinction, including baseball, basketball, crew, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, tennis, track and field/cross country, soccer, and softball. Three athletes who are featured on the wall played two collegiate-level sports in their careers.
“We’re honored to showcase these Valley School alumni athletes through the Wall of Distinction. We hope that current Lower and Upper School students see this Wall of Distinction in the locker rooms during Sports class and their athletic competitions and encourage them to strive to play a sport at the collegiate level if that is one of their passions. We are so proud of our past, present, and future Valley School athletes. If any past alumni have played a college sport and would like to be added to the Wall of Distinction, please contact me so we can be sure to celebrate your athletic endeavors with a plaque,” comments Coach Richard Rohrer, Director of Athletics at Valley School. Coach Rohrer can be reached at rrohrer@valleyschoolofligonier.org or 724-238-5025.
The full list of alumni featured on the Wall of Distinction includes:
Nolan Agostoni  ’21                  Soccer, Washington & Jefferson College
Jacob Artuso ‘13                       Lacrosse, Messiah University
Bella Baumgardner ’22               Tennis, Saint Vincent College
Prosser Cathey ‘19                   Crew, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Casey Columbus ‘13                Track and Field/Cross Country, Frostburg State
Logan Creamer ‘22                   Baseball, Wooster College/Point Park University
Timmy Creamer ‘20                 Soccer, Chatham University
Max Farner ‘19                          Soccer, Colby College
Samuel Farner ‘22                    Soccer, Liberty University
Ben Gardner ‘17                        Lacrosse, Hamilton College
Jane Garver ‘20                         Softball, Robert Morris University
John-Michael Hughes ’18          Basketball, High Point University
Nate Hugo ‘17                            Lacrosse, Pennsylvania College of Technology
Josh Kassel ‘04                           Ice Hockey, United States Military Academy
Caleb Leechalk ‘22                   Baseball, Saint Vincent College
Kendra McBroom ‘17              Lacrosse, Chatham University
Barrett Naugle ‘15                    Lacrosse, Capital University
Kelly Naugle ‘07                        Lacrosse/Field Hockey, Saint Vincent College
Connor Oechslin ‘22                Soccer, Gardner-Webb University
Cam Rohrer ‘22                         Lacrosse, Seton Hill University
Christian Spahn ‘20                  Lacrosse, Lycoming College
T. J. Spahn ‘18                            Lacrosse, Denison University
Brenna Springer ‘20                 Soccer, Akron University/Seton Hill University
Omar Ward ‘17                          Baseball, Canisius College/Seton Hill University

Valley School of Ligonier

Address: 153 Lupine Lane, Rector PA 15677
Mail: PO Box 616 Ligonier, PA 15658
Phone: (724) 238-6652  Fax: (724) 238-6838
In an environment that is safe, challenging, nurturing, and disciplined, Valley School provides a balanced and strong program of study for a diverse group of children. Our goal is to stimulate in each young person lifelong habits of moral behavior, seeking wisdom, and doing good works for others.
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