Every year Corey Dingwerth played basketball at Northeastern was a step forward for the Knights.
Now, Dingwerth looks to take another step forward himself. The 6-foot-7 Northeastern graduate will continue his playing career at Anderson University of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Dingwerth carries in the momentum of a successful high school career. He was a key part of the Knights’ first sectional championship, as well as an unbeaten season in the Tri-Eastern Conference.
“That will help going into a new program, bringing the success I had in high school with me,” Dingwerth said. “I think it will be a confidence builder.”
Dingwerth averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and nearly 2 steals per game for the 22-3 Knights.
He also helped the program earn Wayne County Tournament, TEC and Class 2A sectional championships as Northeastern advanced to the regional tournament for the first time.
Dingwerth’s Northeastern teammate and fellow graduate Alex Smith will also play in college. Smith will compete for Miami University Middletown.
“I just think it’s great,” said Northeastern coach Brent Ross. “If they can trade athletics for an education, I’m always for that.
“I know it’s been the goal of both of them to continue on and play basketball.”
Anderson finished 6-19 overall last season, 6-12 in the HCAC. The NCAA Division III Ravens play in the same conference as Richmond’s Earlham College.
“The facilities they have are so nice,” Dingwerth said of Anderson. “It’s not too small. I like the people there. I like the coach.
“I’m really versatile on the defensive end. I think my offensive game will definitely improve when I get there.”
Dingwerth plans to major in technical and mechanical engineering.
Dingwerth’s senior success wasn’t limited to the basketball court. He was also a member of the Northeastern tennis team that won a semistate title and became the smallest public school to advance to the state finals in that sport.
Ross sees Anderson as a good fit for Dingwerth.
“I think great things will happen,” Ross said.