As the calendar was turning to August, Bellaire High School graduate Dalton Conroy knew he was running out of time to make his collegiate decision.
The Big Reds' first-team all-Ohio place kicker then spent a week at Bethany College for the Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Charity Football Classic.
The decision became crystal clear.
Conroy met with the Bison coaches and has formally decided to continue his athletic and academic careers at Bethany College this fall.
"After spending that week there, I was able to see first hand what a nice campus and athletic facility Bethany offers," Conroy said. "I feel like I have an opportunity to be able to contribute to the team's success as a freshman."
Conroy had a splendid senior season and was right in the middle of a few Big Reds' victories with his strong right foot.
The 6-0, 240 pounder connected on 34-of-39 extra points and booted a school-record nine field goals.
Included in his field goals was a walk-off game winner at Harrison Central, which proved to be a huge win in the Big Reds' 8-2 campaign that saw them return to the postseason.
"My senior year was something that I will always cherish," Conroy said. "There is nothing better than being able to walk out of that lockerroom wearing the Red and Black and playing a game at Nelson Field. That Harrison Central game was really special. I just wanted to do my best for Coach (Ed) Miller, especially that week."
One adjustment that Conroy is facing at the college level is kicking the ball off the ground rather than a tee.
"I have to work on that transition," Conroy said. "That will be very important."
Along with kicking, Conroy also played on the defensive unit for the Big Reds. He logged 36 tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss.
During the spring, Conroy was a four-year mainstay for the Big Reds' baseball team.
Dalton, who plans on majoring in sports management, is the son of Chris and Jana Conroy.
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