Seniors Sign Letters of Intent

News Date : 02/01/2017

Saint Thomas Academy Seniors Commit to Play College Sports

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn., Feb. 2, 2017 – Saint Thomas Academy seniors Eddie Perry, John Myran, and Sam Ruhland have signed letters of intent to continue their athletic pursuits following graduation in the spring. will play Division 1 soccer for DePaul University. Perry has dedicated himself to athletic and academic excellence while at Saint Thomas Academy, where his career includes:

  • 2016-17 – Saint Thomas Academy Top 20 Cadet (military)
  • 2015-17 – Saint Thomas Academy varsity basketball starter
  • 2013-17 – Saint Thomas Academy Honor Roll student
  • U.S. Soccer Development Academy - Minnesota Thunder
  • 2013 – Olympic Development Program Region II Team
  • 2013 – U.S. Club National Premier League Region II Champions
  • 2013 – Olympic Development Program Thanksgiving Inter-Regional Tournament Team
  • 2012 -13 – Olympic Development Program Minnesota State Team

Rob Zahl, coach with the Minnesota Thunder Development Academy, said of Perry, “Eddie is an inspiration not only to me but our entire team. He was born hard of hearing and handles that difficulty with such ease and grace and great humor. He doesn't get down or dwell on hardships but instead looks for ways to be helpful toward others. I've been honored to coach Eddie and he has surpassed all expectations and challenges handed to him. He is a great athlete, teammate and person. As the only D1 deaf person, the sky is the limit for a heart so big and a work ethic so strong.”

Myran, a lacrosse midfielder, will play for Rockhurst University in the fall. In 2016, Myran led the Saint Thomas Academy lacrosse team with 46 points and was named All-Conference.

“John has been a vital part of our offense for the past three years and I anticipate that he will join our 100-point club after his senior year,” said Varsity Lacrosse Coach John Barnes. “He is outstanding on the field with his ability to score goals. More importantly, lacrosse is the ultimate team sport and John’s vision on the field to find an open man and feed his teammates is outstanding. John is a great leader on and off the field and Coach Kelly at Rockhurst has a gem in his 2017 recruiting class.”

Ruhland has committed to play baseball for St. Ambrose University School of Business, which has awarded him academic and athletic scholarships. While at Saint Thomas Academy, Ruhland played first base. Going into the 2016-2017 season, he has played 19 games with 51 plate appearances. He has a .256 batting average and is ranked third on the team with 11 RBIs.

“Sam is a great ‘team-first’ player for the baseball team,” said Bobby Lynch, varsity baseball coach. “He is one of the hardest working players on the field, and this year it should lead to great things for him. Not only does Sam work, he is a key contributor to the team on the field.”

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