Local prep athletes in St. Charles County made their college commitments for the 2018-19 academic year official on Wednesday, Nov. 8, signing national letters of intent to play a sport while continuing their education.
The early signing period where high school seniors can sign national letters of intent for sports outside of football continued through Nov. 15.
Francis Howell had 11 athletes sign letters of intent. Holt also had a strong contingent with 10 athletes committing for sports and school next year.
Emily Rooney, Whitney Boschert, Marissa Guenther and Lexie Wallner from the Vikings Class 4 runner-up softball team signed to play college softball at Iowa Wesleyan, McKendree University, Missouri Western State University and Westminster College, respectively.
It was a day of celebration for the athletes and their families – the culmination of many years of hard work, sacrifice and dedication.
“It means a lot to have this day,” Boschert said. “Most of us have been dreaming of this since we were little and to be at this point in my life feels pretty good.”
“I think we have a great group of seniors that have not only done a lot on the court and on the field but also in the classroom,” Francis Howell Athletic Director Sean Erwin said. “It’s great to see the parents, the kids, the coaches, that have put in a lot of time to help them get to where they are now and just being able to celebrate that with them is really nice.”
Francis Howell: Zach Hunsicker, baseball, Central Florida; Lexi Pellegrini, basketball, Missouri Valley; Erin Gilbert, cross country/track, University of Memphis; Anthony Giacalone, cross country/track, Northwood University; Emily Rooney, softball, Iowa Wesleyan University; Whitney Boschert, softball, McKendree University; Marissa Guenther, softball, Missouri Western State University; Lexie Wallner, softball, Westminster College; Taylor Litteken, volleyball, Southern Indiana University; Alexa Brugere, volleyball, Tennessee Tech University; and Makenzie Thoman, volleyball, Henderson State University.
Francis Howell Central: Hannah Brickson, lacrosse, Lindenwood-Belleville; Kaitlyn Chadwick, softball, Missouri Baptist University; Hannah Currant, basketball, MacMurray College; Tim Ewald, baseball, Dallas Baptist University; and Grace Roberts, volleyball, Union College.
Fort Zumwalt North: DJ Schmidt, baseball, Missouri Baptist; Garrett Darrah, baseball, Northwest Missouri State University; Jakob Gentry, baseball, Central Methodist University; Casey Mareschal, baseball, Park University; Drevin Day, baseball, St. Louis Community College; McKenzie Menke, soccer, Northern Michigan University; and Mikayla Guthrie, softball, Westminster College.
Fort Zumwalt South: Ben Faherty, soccer, William Woods University.
Fort Zumwalt West: Patrick Connor, baseball, University of Central Missouri; Caden Diel, baseball, Northwest Missouri State University; Zach Krause, baseball, Park University; Blake McPhee, baseball, Northwest Missouri State University; Drew Strohm, baseball, Western Kentucky University; Clay Mandernach, baseball, Crowder College; Kelsey Etling, softball, Saint Louis University; and Josie Wagner, softball, Calvin College.
Holt: Bailee Zemianek, softball, Westminster College; Hayden Cooper, baseball, University of Tennessee-Martin; Cody Hacker, baseball, Jefferson County Community College; Jacob Thompson, baseball, Lindenwood University; Nick Wilke, baseball, Webster University; Nick Leadford, baseball, William Woods University; Drew Law, baseball, Missouri Baptist University; Nick Schmidt, baseball, Missouri State University; Dalton Claus, baseball, Harris Stowe; Madison Kettler, softball, Fontbonne; and Emily Griesenhauer, cross country/track, Missouri S & T.
O’Fallon Christian: Andrea Rogers, swimming, Oklahoma Christian; Zach Harding, basketball/football, West Point; and Lucy Randall, volleyball, Austin Peay State University.
Lutheran St. Charles: Jacob Emily, basketball, Concordia University; Chase Gibson, baseball, William Woods University; and Brody Roach, baseball, Lindenwood University.
Timberland: Makayla Hurst, softball, University of Utah; Amelia Flynn, volleyball, Missouri State University; Gage Patton, baseball, Lindenwood University; Alex Gauspohl, baseball, Lindenwood University; and Cole Cosman, baseball, Hutchinson College.
The early signing period for football runs from Dec. 20-22.