Area athletes sign on the dotted line

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Photo by Jeff Vorva

Brother Rice baseball players sign their letters-of-intent on Thursday.

Some area athletes put an end to the highs and lows of the college recruiting process and signed letters-of-intent last week as the signing period opened on Nov. 9

The area is sending some talented baseball players to college including Brother Rice’s Ryan Kutt (Illinois), Ryan King (Michigan State), Jack Guzek (Indiana State) and Andy Lopez (St. Joseph) and St. Laurence’s Jimmy Burnette (Illinois), Tommy Farrell (UIC), Jake Lotz (Lewis) and Joe Vascik (Maryville).

From Marist, Colin Pfotenhauer will attend Taylor University, Elijah Hayes will head to Concordia in Chicago and Matt Donahue will play at Roosevelt University.

Sandburg will send Eric Papierski to St. Xavier and Kevin Lane to the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, Shepard’s Jack Carberry will head to Western Illinois University and Chicago Christian’s Dan Vos will play at Trinity Christian College.  

Lopez wasn’t speaking for the whole group but he probably would receive nods of agreement from most of the other baseball recruits when he said “I’m very excited and very happy but I’m getting more excited for the coming season (in the spring). We have one more season and we’re going to keep working hard.’’

A look at some of the other early signees:

MARIST

Twin basketball players Kate and Julia Ruzevich are staying together as both are heading to Quincy University. Their sister, Rachel, is a senior at the NCAA Division II school.

Claire Austin, another player on the Redhawks’ girls basketball squad, will attend Davenport University in Grand Rapids Michigan and teammate Caily Landers is heading to St. Mary’s University in Minnesota.

Volleyball player Maddie Dunterman inked a letter to Lehigh University.

Softball player Alexis Rogers will play at the University of Tennessee-Martin.

Although Marist doesn’t have an equestrian team, Hannah Tapling will head to Texas A&M to participate in that sport.

 

 

SANDBURG

Golf star Emily McGiles will play at Southern Illinois University.

Softball player Sam Coffel will take her talents to Western Michigan.

Boys volleyball player Colin Ensalaco will head to Ball State University.

In boys swimming, Aiden Farley signed with Michigan State University.

(subhead) MOTHER MCAULEY

Four players from the Class 4A state championship team made their decisions official last week.

Ashley Maher is heading to Lipscomb University, Kaitlyn O’Connell and Abby O’Brien both are going to Ferris State University, and Emma Reilly is heading to Appalachian State University.

In softball, Alexis Smalarz signed with Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

And lacrosse player Birdie Schmalz is heading to the University of Notre Dame.

 

BROTHER RICE

Joe Kenzinger, a middle hitter on the boys volleyball team, is heading to national power Lewis University.

Golfer Liam Sweeney is heading to Tusculum College.

SHEPARD

Track and cross country standout Caleb Washington did not officially sign on the first day – he waited until Friday – Veterans Day – to sign with Army.

CHICAGO CHRISTIAN

Pete Vos, one of the top Class 1A golfers in the state, will continue his athletic and academic career right next door to his high school as he will attend Trinity Christian College, joining his twin brother, Dan, who is one of the baseball signees.

MORAINE VALLEY

Former Sandburg standout Tommy Demogerontas signed a men’s basketball letter-of-intent to Division I Northern Illinois University on Monday.

 

 

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