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Currently a Panther, Straub signs to be a Lion

Currently a Panther, Straub signs to be a Lion
Currently a Panther, Straub signs to be a Lion
Corydon Central senior Chase Straub is joined for his signing with Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati by, front row from left, his parents, Heather and Shannon Straub and brother, Blake Straub; back row, John Atkins, CCHS athletic director, Aaron Humphrey, CCHS head football coach, and sister, Bailey Combs. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor
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In the fall, Corydon Central senior Chase Straub will no longer be a Panther; instead, he will be a Lion with the Mount St. Joseph University football team in Cincinnati.

Straub began playing football “as soon I could walk,” he said after becoming interested in the sport while watching NFL games on TV.

In high school as a member of the Panthers squad, Straub has played linebacker, center, offensive guard and tackle and defensive end.

The gridiron isn’t his only sport of interest. Straub, who was born in Corydon, has played baseball for 15 years and has wrestled for five. This past season, he advanced to regional in the 220-pound weight class.

Straub said his best memory of high school football is Georgetown football camp, “because we stayed the night and played Madden and 2k video games all night.”

In deciding to pursue the opportunity to play college football, Straub said, “When my senior year football season came around, I realized I will never be able to play football again.

“You can always go out and play a pick-up game of baseball or basketball and you can always go to the wrestling room,” he said. “But, you will never be able to put pads on again.”

Straub considered several post-secondary schools, including Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., which offered him a four-year scholarship. In the end, Mount St. Joseph won out partly because it is closer to home, Straub said.

MSJ was established by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati in 1920 as the first Catholic university in southwestern Ohio for women. It is a Division III school in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

As a Lion, Straub will play defensive end.

“I’m excited to meet new friends and play football,” he said, adding he will miss playing sports with his friends at Corydon Central.

Straub, the son of Shannon and Heather Straub, plans to major in criminology.

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