Eighteen Marist seniors participated in a National Letter of Intent signing ceremony at the school on April 21, 2021, indicating their plans to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. While these students have excelled in athletics, they have also attained success in the classroom and demonstrated excellent character.
Jack Harmon will play baseball at John Carroll University. Due to the cancellation of the 2020 high school season, Harmon’s 2019 stats include a .457 batting average with 28 RBI and 16 runs. In his 81 plate appearances, he only struck out four times. Harmon also played football for the RedHawks along with serving as student council president and student ambassador among other activities.
Basketball player Jabari Hill was a three-year varsity starter for Marist appearing in 58 games. He will attend and play for Aurora University. Hill shot 61% from the field, scoring 418 points and averaging seven points per game. He took down 121 offensive rebounds and 169 defensive rebounds for a total 290 rebounds and averaged five rebounds per game. A two-year captain, he led the team with his words and his actions.
Alex Knight scored 688 points over three seasons in 66 games for Marist basketball and will continue his career at Lake Forest College. He averaged 10.4 points per game over his three-year career while shooting 42% from the field. His senior year he scored 207 points, averaging 16 points per game. He was the second leading scorer his senior season in the East Suburban Catholic Conference. Knight was two-year team captain and two-time ESCC all-conference player the past two seasons. This past season, Knight was named to Chicago Sun-Times All City Special Mention Team and was selected to the Class 4A Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All State Special Mention Team.
Bridey Regan will continue her cheer career with Purdue University's all-girl cheerleading program. A talented gymnast, Regan was a Marist varsity cheer team member for two years, helping earn a third-place finish in state in 2020. Regan was the 2020 Rookie of the Year Award recipient and 2021 MVP Award recipient at Marist.
Jalen Hill is a three-year varsity player for the RedHawks, having helped the team to the 2018 and 2019 state semifinal. He will attend and play for Tufts University in Massachusetts. As a defensive tackle, his impact on the game is far greater than what typical statistics can measure. He often has to sacrifice his body, taking on double teams from the opponent’s offensive line so that the linebackers behind him can make tackles. He has garnered impressive stats on the field, in the weight room, and in the classroom.
Timothy Warr is a two-year starter at wide receiver and will continue his career at North Central College in Naperville, Ill. During his junior season, he finished with 13 receptions for 130 yards. Through five games this season, Tim has 12 receptions for 166 yards and two touchdowns. He is relentless in blocking downfield and takes pride in being a complete receiver and doing the dirty work that allows his teammates to make big plays.
Patrick Winters is a two-year starter on offense, playing tight end and H-back. He will continue to play football at John Carroll University. He was primarily used as a blocker as a junior, often asked to block players who outweighed him by 40 pounds or more. This year, Winters used his exceptional athleticism to become a large part of Marist’s passing offense. Through five games this season, Pat has 11 receptions for 124 yards and two touchdowns. His impact goes beyond his stats and he lets his actions speak for him on the football field.
Logan Pickands is a four-year member of the Marist hockey team and will continue to play at Lewis University. Pickands helped out the varsity squad many times during his freshman and sophomore seasons and then helped lead varsity during his last two seasons. Pickands can play both wing and defense, but is always able to adjust to help the team in any way.
Luke Schuler, who will join the team at Bowling Green University, played two seasons with the RedHawks as both a forward and on defense. He has been the anchor of Marist’s defense with the ability to rush the puck at any moment. Schuler is also involved in many activities off the ice.
Sedona Holland will continue to play lacrosse at Lewis University. Though she did not discover the sport until high school, Holland quickly developed a passion for it and has been a varsity team member for three years.
Sophie Bouck will join the lacrosse team at Illinois Wesleyan University. Bouck loves the adrenaline rush playing goal keeper provides. She holds a 52.3 career goal save percentage and a tournament high percentage of 69%. She was the recipient of the One Heart Award by New Wave and a True Lacrosse Spotlight Player. Bouck also swims for Marist while carrying a heavy academic and co-curricular load.
Ciara Bridges, a four-year varsity soccer player for Marist, will attend and play for Spring Hill College in Alabama. Bridges is a dead ball specialist, penalty kick specialist, and is considered the architect of the RedHawk offense. A senior captain, she has also earned conference and sectional accolades, and has been ranked among the top twenty conference players for two years.
Soccer teammate Cecilia Light has also been a four-year varsity player. She accrued 24 goal 17 assists during her freshman and sophomore seasons. A speedy forward with great ability to find the net, she has tremendous energy. Light too has been honored with all-sectional, all-conference, and offensive MVP honors. A team captain this year, she has been rated a top ten player in conference two times. Light also runs cross country for the RedHawks.
Jillian Elsouso was a member of the 2018 girls’ IHSA state championship team and will continue her career at Lewis University. In 2019, she totaled 178 digs and 15 aces and helped the varsity team to an ESCC championship, a super-sectional title, and a third consecutive appearance down state culminating with an IHSA third place finish. A senior captain, she wrapped up a great high school career on April 21.
Nyherowo Omene is a four-year member of Marist’s volleyball program and a three-year varsity starter. He will continue his studies and play at Princeton University in New Jersey. Omene is an IHSA state champion who was a major contributor to the 40-2 record the 2019 team earned on its way to capturing ESCC championship and state title. Omene finished the 2019 season with 182 kills and 88 blocks. He was selected to the USA Volleyball A1 Program with the top players in the country and will compete in the USA Junior National Championships this summer. He is also heavily involved in academics and activities.
Kyle Pietrzak will continue to play volleyball at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisc. A two-year varsity player for Marist and four-year program member, he was a major contributor as a freshman and sophomore two ESCC championship-winning teams. His senior season is off to a great start as he balances it with classes and clubs.
Wrestler Ethan Bednarczyk will continue his career at Wabash College in Indiana. Bednarczyk was all-conference in 2020, placing second at 106 pounds at the ESCC tournament, as well as second at the IHSA regional tournament. He was an alternate for the 2020 IHSA individual state finals at 106 pounds in Class 3A.
Bobby Gaylord will attend and wrestle for Ohio University. Gaylord amassed 83 career wins in three seasons as a starter for Marist wrestling. He was the 2020 IHSA regional champion at 170 pounds and placed sixth in state at the Class 3A IHSA individual state finals.
In early May, four more seniors committed to college programs. Nicole Wagner will continue her softball career with Moraine Valley Community College. Mateen Taylor will continue his academic and athletic career wrestling at North Central College. Taylor is a two-time IHSA state qualifier, a two-time ESCC all-conference honoree, and a 2020 regional champion. Track and field standout Carter Auer will continue to compete for Western Colorado University. Auer qualified for the USA Track and Field Nationals in the High Jump as a sophomore and has started his senior season by winning the first three high jump competitions and leads the sectional. Additionally, Patrick Streeter will continue to play lacrosse for Monmouth College. A four-year member of Marist's program, he is a lengthy defender who provides a great deal of versatility and a laid-back vibe to the team.
A full list of college commitments is available here.