College Signing Ceremony April 2018

IMG_2492Seventeen Marist High School seniors participated in a signing ceremony at the school on Wednesday, April 11 to commit to their respective college athletic programs. Parents, coaches, and school administrators were in attendance.

Girls’ lacrosse players Courtney Dahl, Bridget O’Malley, and Kate Sanchez will move on to college programs in the fall. Dahl is a two-year varsity athlete and a skilled attack player. She will attend Loras College in Iowa where she will also be a member of the golf team. O’Malley will attend Illinois Wesleyan University. She is a three-year varsity player and received all-conference status in 2017, among other honors. Sanchez will attend and play for Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia. A strong defensive player, she has competed for three years at the varsity level.

Erin Stapleton will continue her academic and soccer career at Moraine Valley Community College. A seasoned defender, she has honed her skills year-round. She has received awards such as Heart and Hustle and most valuable player and also served as captain of the junior varsity team.

Nora Doyle will continue to compete in track and field and cross country for the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota. Doyle was a member of the state qualifying 4x800 relay in 2016 and helped Marist’s cross country team reach the state final in 2015. She was a member of the 2016 and 2017 cross country regional championship teams for Marist.

Boys’ lacrosse two-year captain Tristan Ach will attend and play for Transylvania University in Kentucky. At Marist he was a four-year varsity letterman and will end his high school career with the second highest career goals total and among the top three for career points and assists. He was also a key member of Marist’s 2018 boys’ basketball team which advanced to the state sectional final.

Boys’ basketball guard Morgan Taylor will continue his academic and athletic career at the University of the Incarnate Word in Texas. Taylor averaged 21.8 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game, and 2.4 steals per game. He holds Marist’s single season record for most points—698—and is the sixth all-time leading scorer with 1,212 total points. In 2018, he was the East Suburban Catholic Conference (ESCC) co-player of the year. He received all-state, all-city, and all-area honors.

Maggie Meyer, a member of Marist’s 2017 state championship volleyball team, will continue to play for the University of Nebraska Omaha. An outside hitter, Meyer received all-area and all-state honors. She was the most valuable player at the 2017 Wheaton Warrenville High School Classic and a Chicago Tribune player of the week. She received ESCC all-conference honors.

On the boys’ side of Marist’s volleyball program, Brady Mack and Patrick Mahoney participated in the ceremony. Mack will attend and play for the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Mack is a 2018 pre-season All American and team captain. In 2017, he had more than 200 digs. Mahoney is also a team captain and pre-season All American. He was a 2018 RedHawk Invitational all-tournament team member. As a junior starter he had more than 200 kills and 100 blocks. He will continue his career at Loras College.

Jake Alberts, a four-year varsity starter for the boys’ bowling team, will continue to compete for Judson University in Elgin, Ill.  Alberts was a 2018 individual sectional qualifier and a finalist for the 2017-2018 Chicago Catholic League Lawless Award. He had a career high game of 298.

Marist poms team member Jenna Wilmot will continue her competitive dance career with St. Ambrose University in Iowa. Wilmot is a four-year member of the Marist poms program and was a captain her senior year. She helped lead the team to a 2018 regional title.

Girls’ basketball center Erin Moore will attend and play for Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. Moore was two-year varsity player. Teammate Maddie Glennon will join the Lake Forest College program. Glennon was a guard and two-year varsity player for the RedHawks. Both players helped the RedHawks to successful seasons. 

Wrestler Nathan Bednarczyk will continue his career at Cornell College in Iowa. In 2018 he placed fourth in the ESCC tournament at 120lbs. He was a conference runner up in 2015 and 2016 and champion in 2017.

Colleen McCue and Kimberly Guinn, who play for Bombers Fastpitch Illinois, also participated in the event. McCue, an outfielder, will play for St. Ambrose University. In 2015 Guinn was ranked among the top 25 pitchers in the Midwest. She will attend the University of Wisconsin at River Falls.

Before the April signing 18 other seniors committed to college programs, bringing the current total to 35. Marist is a member of the highly competitive East Suburban Catholic Conference and regularly garners local, state, and national accolades for its athletic program.