Early reviews are positive for the newly minted college athletes in the Class of 2017. Former state champion swimmer Riley Mears has competed in six different events for Johns Hopkins University, including the 1650, 1000 and 500 freestyle, the 200 and 400 individual medley and the 200 backstroke. Golfer Parker Gillam is fifth among Wake Forest golfers with a 71.67 stroke average through 15 rounds. Gillam led the Warriors to consecutive state titles and was the state individual champion in 2016. He shot a season-best 10 under par for a 12th place finish in the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational in Hawaii in late October. Midfielder Matt McLaughlin played in 11 soccer matches for Catholic University and scored his first goal against Juniata College. Mackenzie Ashe earned high point rider of the day in her first equestrian competition for Long Island Post University. Left-handed pitcher Sam Crawford made the Georgia Tech baseball team as a walk-on this fall and will be redshirted for the coming season. Soccer player Witt Conger was redshirted this fall at Georgetown University.