Romeoville sending seven to college football
From Staff Reports April 19, 2011 9:38PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
ROMEOVILLE — When Jeff Kuna became the head football coach at Romeoville a few years ago, one of his objectives was to help get his players into appropriate college programs.
The beat has continued this spring as seven Spartans seniors signed with the schools of their choice.
Bo Goshorn, one of the outstanding all-around athletes at Romeoville, will attend Augustana, which recruited him as a safety. Linebacker/defensive end Kyle Trethewey is headed to Aurora, while offensive tackle Ed Sexton and linebacker Eric Turner will continue their careers at College of DuPage.
Sexton, incidentally, will play in the East-West Shrine Game in July at Peoria.
Meanwhile, three of the top skill-position players from the Spartans’ offensive unit — quarterback Matt Gillis, wide receiver Donald Miller and running back Josh Griffin — will move on to play at NCAA Division III Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Gillis will attempt to play football and baseball.
“We had eight kids go on last year and now we have seven this year,” Kuna noted. “Right now, we have 15 in the junior class who are interested in playing on the next level.”
Signings were plentiful at Plainfield North.
The football program is sending all-state running back Kapri Bibbs to Colorado State, linebacker Cody Lopez to Central Michigan and defensive back Mike Laudizio to Dayton on the NCAA division I level. Bibbs will major in kiniseology and commuciations.
In addition, Nick Pietrek has signed with Indianapolis and will be a science major, Kyle Paladech will attend Elmhurst and major in criminal justice, Kyle Ryan is headed to North Central as a communications and theater major and Evan Whaley will attend Carroll and major in physical therapy.
Other signings for the Tigers:
Baseball — Brian Evak, Illinois-Chicago; Patrick Cashman, Benedictine; Joe Pendolino, Olivet, business.
Girls basketball — Cassie Wolfe Illinois-Springfield, education; Mailani Burton, Benedictine, biology; Leslie Gonzalez, Waubonsie, business.
Boys basketball — Jack Krieger, Saint Xavier, physical therapy.
Boys bowling — Alex Noble, McKendree, athletic training.
Boys cross country — Andrew Sandoval, Illinois State.
Girls golf — Kelsey Marshall, Methodist, professional golf management.
Girls soccer — Hayley Wegrzyn, St. Ambrose, occupational therapy; Marissa Basar, Otterbein, athletic training.
Girls track/cross country — Allison Dempsey, St. Francis, nursing; Desiree Salb, St. Francis, physical therapy.
Baseball — Patrick Domke, Illinois Wesleyan, Brenden Dunleavy, Chicago; Mike Hamilton, St. Francis; Matt Skryzpiec, St. Joseph’s; Bobby Wilmsen, Moraine Valley.
Cheerleading — Alex Turnbough, Loyola.
Cross country — Joe Oldendorg, Regis; David Sajdak, Marquette.
Diving — Connor Howard, Illinois-Chicago.
Bowling — Kyle Anderson, St. Ambrose.
Football — Brent Brock, Grand Valley State; Dan Leja, Illinois Wesleyan; Jordan Roxas, Ferris State; Matt Sawickis, Ball State.
Soccer — Cassie Pullia, Saint Xavier; Kelly Wetherald, Iowa Wesleyan.
Softball — Jenn Bond, Judson; Kelly Bowler, Lewis; Samantha Demasi, Seton Hall; Amanda Oberc, Wisconsin; Lia Romeo, Western Illinois.
Swimming — Bill Bafia, IIT; Austin Mrkvicka, Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Tennis — Haley Ilcewicz, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville; Chad Randall, St. Francis.
Volleyball — Alexis Davito, Lewis; Drew Dicksen, Robert Morris.
Wrestling — Jameson Oster, Northwestern; Emeric Williams, Wisconsin-Platteville.
Greg Ferguson, a defensive tackle and offensive guard at Plainfield South, has signed to play at Augustana. He will major in pre-physical therapy or education.
Bolingbrook infielder Mallie Hall will play softball for Saginaw Valley State.
A four-year varsity starter, Hall has moved to shortstop this season after playing second base for three years. She is batting .370 with 12 runs scored and five RBIs.
Linebacker Andrew Elliott will play football at St. Cloud State. He and Lockport’s Sawickis had signed with Nebraska-Omaha before it dropped football.