Sixteen Marist High School seniors participated in a National Letter of Intent signing ceremony at the school on Wednesday, April 13, to commit to their respective college athletic programs. Parents, coaches and school administrators were in attendance.
The softball program had three players sign. Pitcher Emily Reilly will play for Loras College in Iowa. Reilly had a 6-0 record in 2015. Amanda McIlhany, a center fielder was the lead off for the RedHawks in 2015 with a .385 batting average, 34 RBI and 45 runs scored. She will attend and play for University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. Left fielder Paige Egan has a .444 batting average after nine games in 2016. In 2015 she had a .430 average and 31 runs scored. She will play for St. Francis University in Joliet. All three helped lead the RedHawks to the 2015 IHSA Class 4A state championship.
Marist’s girls basketball program had three student-athletes sign. Alexis Jones, a shooting guard and defensive specialist, will attend and play for Augustana University. Point guard Gabby Moran, will play for Clarke University. Madeline McHugh, a strong forward, will attend and play for North Central College. Both Moran and McHugh will also play lacrosse at their respective schools after being among the pioneers of Marist’s program.
The school’s volleyball program had three boys and two girls sign at the ceremony. Middle blocker Patrick Bradford, who had 191 kills in 2015, will continue his academic and athletic career at Dominican University. Middle blocker Michael Burcl, who had 215 kills in 2015, and setter Aaron Kummer, who holds the school record for assists with 1,101 in 2015, will continue to play together at St. Xavier University. From the girls team, libero Haley Belcik will join the Explorers of La Salle University in Philadelphia. Libero Maggie Murphy will attend and play for Maryville University in St. Louis.
Four Marist baseball players committed to college programs. Pitchers Ben Chaffee and Jack Snyder will continue to be teammates at Triton Junior College in River Grove. Zach Sefcik, a center fielder, and first baseman John Carmody will attend and play for North Central College in Naperville, Ill.
Running standout Kyle O’Farrell, who qualified as an individual for the 2015 IHSA state cross country final, will run track and cross country at Maryville University in St. Louis.
Marist competes in the East Suburban Catholic Conference, and each year dozens of students are recruited to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level.