Signing Day 2016


Kevin Berns

Nine athletes sign their athletic letters of intent in the Emerson lobby. From left: Leonard Jones to Lindenwood for lacrosse, Justin Evers to Southwest Illinois College for baseball, Matthew Wahle to Rockhurst for golf, Erik Miller to Stanford for baseball, Griffin Palmer to Illinois for football, Drew Nuelle to Indiana for soccer, Matt Yankowitz to Truman State for soccer, Jack Klingel to Northern Iowa for golf, and Kyle Bennett to Benedictine Illinois for football.

Joe Cafazza, Sports Editor

Nine seniors signed their National Letters of Intent to compete in their respective sports at the collegiate level Feb. 3 in the Emerson lobby. The event was highlighted by Erik Miller (Baseball at Stanford University), Drew Nuelle (Soccer at Indiana University), and Griffin Palmer (Football at the University of Illinois).

“I picked Illinois because I really believe in what coach Cubit is going to do with the program,” Palmer said. “I also wanted to pick a school with a tradition of academic excellence as well as playing at a high level at a school like Illinois who plays in the Big 10.”

Others who signed their letters of intent include: Kyle Bennett- Football at Benedictine, Justin Evers- Baseball at Southwest Illinois College, Leonard Jones- Lacrosse at Lindenwold University, Jack Klingel- Golf at the University of Northern Iowa, Matt Wahle- Golf at Rockhurst University, and Matt Yankowitz- Soccer at Truman State University

Besides just working on the field, there are countless hours of training that no one sees in order for an athlete to be able to get an offer to compete at the collegiate level.

“I trained really hard for two years,” Nuelle said, “After that I got a couple offers and I felt like Indiana was the best fit for me.”

These student-athletes will all be furthering their academic and athletic careers for the next four years at different schools as a result of the hard work they have put in for the past four years.