HU soccer signs four new players


Joseph Brenneman

Antonio Castillo

James Handtke

Huntington, Ind. - Huntington University head coach Russ Lawson has announced the addition of four new signees to the men's soccer program this fall. Mitchell Wattleworth, James Handtke, Joseph Brenneman and Antonio Castillo have recently signed national letters of intent to continue their playing careers in green and white.

Joseph Brenneman, a two-time member of the First Team Western Buckeye League and All District Team, hails from Saint Marys, Ohio (Memorial High School). He will enter HU as a presidential scholar majoring in mathematics. He is the son of Brice and Lydia Brenneman and brother of current HU student athletes, Jameel and Jonathan.

"Joseph is a clean player who is dangerous in the attack," commented Coach Lawson. "His composure, vision and ability to distribute are strengths that will serve our team well."

Antonio Castillo comes to HU as a Horizon Scholarship recipient and presidential scholar. This pre-med major is a Westview High School product and the son of Katherine Wheeler of Shipshewana, Ind.

"Tenacious, hard into every challenge and an engine that never quits are just a few ways to describe Antonio’s play," remarked Coach Lawson. "He is suited for the holding mid role, a position that I feel he will thrive in during his career at HU."

James Handtke of Demotte, Indiana (Covenant Christian High School) is also a pre-med major who has earned HU's coveted presidential scholarship. Handtke is a two-time member of the Northwest Indiana Soccer All-Conference Team. He is the son of Roger and Karen Handtke.

"The one thing that stands out watching James is his strength on the ball," noted Coach Lawson. "He has the potential of being a tempo guy in the center of the park with the ability to finish."

Rounding out HU's recent recruits is Mitchell Wattleworth, the Madison County Boys Soccer Player of the Year. This past fall Wattleworth (Pendleton, Ind., Pendleton Heights High School) led the Arabians to an IHSAA Regional Championship. He also received Hoosier Heritage Conference First Team honors. He plans to study accounting at HU. He is the son of Brad and Mary Wattleworth.

"Mitchell is an attack-minded midfielder who loves getting numbers up," said Coach Lawson. "He has previous striking experience which will bring versatility to the program."

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 53 NAIA All-America honors and 173 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.


Heather Barkley
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