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Area athletes sign national letters of intent to play in college

Westminster Christian Academy seniors who signed sports commitments Friday morning include: Luke Matheny (baseball, Oklahoma State), Emily Broyles (cheer, Lindenwood University), Charisse Williams (basketball, Lindenwood University), and Adrienne Horn (basketball, Drury University).

Westminster Christian Academy seniors who signed sports commitments Friday morning include: Luke Matheny (baseball, Oklahoma State), Emily Broyles (cheer, Lindenwood University), Charisse Williams (basketball, Lindenwood University), and Adrienne Horn (basketball, Drury University).

Two of the area’s top athletes — distance runner Hannah Long, of Eureka, and basketball player Napheesa Collier, of Incarnate Word Academy — have signed their letters of intent Wednesday (Nov. 12).

Long will run at Stanford. Long just won her third consecutive state cross country championship. She has also won state in several events in track and field.

Collier will play with the national power Connecticut Huskies, who have won back-to-back national Division I championships. Collier has helped Incarnate Word Academy win back-to-back state championships. Last season, Collier averaged 23.7 points and 10 rebounds a game for the Red Knights. Last summer while playing for Team USA, Collier helped the 18U team win the FIBA Americas Tournament in Colorado Springs, Colo., and then went to China and helped Team USA win their in the Youth Olympic games.

Area high school seniors could sign letters of intent with universities in all sports except football, soccer and water polo.

Here is a list of local signings:

 CBC
Baseball
Shane Melbrod and Stephen Haring with Xaiver, Ryan Deering with the University of Illinois-Springfield, and Ryan Vierling with Notre Dame.
Track and field
Jerrick Powell with Howard University.

Eureka  
Baseball
Blake Clynes with Murray State
Cross country/track and field
Hannah Long with Stanford.
Volleyball
Alexa McAndrew with St. Edward’s College, Ellen Schulz with Missouri S & T
Softball
Jessica Poore with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Incarnate Word Academy
Basketball
Napheesa Collier with
Rowing
Abigale Rachel Lane with Kansas

Lafayette
Lacrosse
Matt Roiter with Wingate
Softball
Maddie Seifert with Penn State, Lauren Reynolds with Evangel University.
Tennis
Abby Carpenter with Eastern Illinois
Volleyball
Lauren Flowers with Missouri S&T, Tori Roe with Oral Roberts, Allison Turner with Bradley, Courtney Palm Courtney Palm with Brown.

Marquette
Baseball
Daniel Covert with Maryville.
Soccer
Matt Waggoner with Drury.
Field hockey
Monica Ryan with Saint Louis University.
Swimming
Sam Marlow with North Dakota
Volleyball
Emily Randolph with Alabama-Birmingham.
Cross country
Kevin Ganahl with Saint Louis University.
Softball
Allison Matlock with Hannibal-LaGrange

Parkway Central
Golf
Elizabeth Leath with Central Missouri

Parkway North
Baseball
Brian Coulter with SIU Edwardsville
Softball
Anna Chisolm with Jacksonville State
Volleyball
Jazzlyn Harris with Kaskaskia College

Parkway South
Softball
Kaylyn Breitbach with Saint Louis University.
Field hockey  
Casey Carter with Lindenwood.
Swimming
Kirstie Crook with Illinois State, Jenna Wilkes with Xavier.
Lacrosse
Katie Sharp with Central Michigan

Parkway West
Volleyball
Paige Perego with Missouri State.
Lacrosse
Katie Sharp with Central Michigan
Cross country
Maddy Brown with Murray state
Softball
SoftballTaylor Scott with Lindenwood, Kennedy Frank with Drake, Ellie Ottensmeyer with William Jewell.

St. Joseph’s Academy
Basketball
Mary Barton with Truman State.
Volleyball
Bethany Besancenez with Florida Southern College, Morgan Gresham with Loyola University of Chicago, Hannah Western of Charleston Southern University.

Westminster Christian Academy
Girls basketball
Adrienne Horn with Drury, Charisse Williams with Lindenwood.
Baseball
Luke Matheny with Oklahoma State.

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