Troy High School seniors Chipley, Zimmer, Paff make college choices


TROY — Three more Troy High School senior athletes made their college choices Tuesday morning in the Trojan Activity Center.

Max Chipley

Chipley, the son of Ryan and Katie Chipley, will continue his football career at Ashland University.

Chipley said the decision was an easy one.

“They have great facilities there,” he said. “I really liked it there and the coaches and players were great.”

The 6-foot, 278-pounder has been a mainstay on the Troy offensive line for the past three years.

He helped the Trojans rushed for 2,987 yards and 51 touchdowns this season, with an average of 5.7 yards per carry.

The Trojans also passed for 908 yards and seven touchdowns.

“I have always enjoyed it,” Chipley said about playing on the offensive line. “It gives you a bond with the guys you play with.”

Chipley is currently recovering from an ACL injury, which will delay his college career.

“I will probably red shirt next year,” he said. “Then, I will be good to go.”

Kaden Zimmer

Zimmer, the son of Kendrick and Regina Block, will continue his football career at Bluffton University.

Zimmer, a 6-foot, 210 pound linebacker, had a breakout season for the Troy defense that was number one in the MVL in 2023.

The Trojans allowed just 618 yards and seven touchdown rushing this past season, allowing just 1.7 yards per carry.

Zimmer was second on the team with 65 tackles, had 1.5 sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovered.

He is excited about the opportunity to play for Bluffton.

“Playing at the next level is something I have dreamed about since I was little,” Zimmer said. “I really like the coaches.”

And he will be playing at middle linebacker.

“That’s my favorite position,” he said. “Because, you can just go hit people, you don’t have to do a lot of thinking.”

Gabi Paff

Paff, the daughter of Grant and Mindy Paff, has found success on the ice rink.

She will be playing for the Adrian College women’s hockey team.

“They have a really nice hockey community up there,” she said. “I am looking forward to it.”

She credits her brother Garrett and her dad for her success in hockey.

“He (Garrett) was always playing hockey, so I thought I would give it a try,” she said. I probably didn’t (think at the time it would lead to playing college hockey). My dad was one of my coaches.”

After playing three seasons on the Troy boys hockey team, she played on a girls team this past season and is looking forward to putting on the Adrian uniform.

“I played on a girls team this past year,” she said. “It (Adrian) is a small community and I think it is a place where I can make an impact right away.”

After all three made their mark on the Troy football and hockey programs.

Sports Editor Rob Kiser can be reached at [email protected]

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