Eight Marist High School seniors participated in a National Letter of Intent signing ceremony on Wednesday, February 5 in the school’s RedHawk Theater. The event confirmed their plans to continue their academic and athletic careers at the college level.
Golfer Hunter Guest will attend and play for Illinois Wesleyan University. A varsity golf team member since her sophomore year, she placed in the top ten at the past three conference tournaments. She was co-captain for the RedHawks in 2019. In her senior season, Guest averaged a 9-hole score of 41. She placed second at the 2019 IHSA regional tournament with an 18-hole score of 78. She plans to major in business at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Amanda Tracy is four-year varsity track and cross country athlete who will continue her cross country career at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind. She served as team captain her junior and senior seasons for both teams at Marist. Tracy was a state qualifier in the Class 3A track 4x800 relay in 2018 and 2019. She is a scoring member of the four-time IHSA regional championship teams for Marist in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. She has earned individual medals in multiple events and East Suburban Catholic Conference races.
Kivonte Houston will continue his academic and football career at the University of Indianapolis. Houston was a two-year varsity starter for Marist and captain his senior season. In his two varsity seasons, he amassed 110 tackles, 15 pass break ups, and six interceptions—including two returned for touchdowns. In his senior season he was named Wintrust Athlete of the Week and earned all-conference honors. In the last two state quarterfinal games, he made clutch plays to advance the RedHawks to the semifinal.
Tom Kapa, an offensive lineman, will continue his career at recently crowned Division III National Champion North Central College. While stats are not kept for his position, Kapa was effective in taking down opponents in the run game and knocking linemen off their feet. He worked hard to be in the best physical condition for his senior season and made an impact on and off the field.
AJ Markett, who served the RedHawks as a running back and wide receiver, will attend and play for the University of Chicago. A two-year starter, he was voted captain his senior season. As a junior, he had 15 passes for 227 yards, one touchdown, and one 99-yard kick-off return. During his senior season, he rushed for 345 yards and had three touchdowns on 41 carries. He had 35 receptions for 478 yards and five touchdowns. He had 18 kick-off returns for 352 yards. He was all-conference and was named to the Illinois High School Football Coaches’ Association all-state academic team.
Quarterback and senior captain Hayden Mikesell will attend and play for Western Michigan University. As a junior, Mikesell played in four games completing 17 of 29 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 71 yards and one touchdown. During his senior season, he played 13 games, going 85 of 167 for 1,132 yards and twelve touchdowns. He also rushed for 583 yards on 89 carries, scoring seven touchdowns. He came through with crucial plays in week nine and in the quarterfinal—both against Loyola Academy—with 80-yard and 73-yard touchdown runs, respectively. He also had six receptions for 40 yards and one touchdown as a wide receiver. He also served as punter, averaging over 34 yards-per-punt with nine downed inside the opponents’ twenty yard line.
Offensive lineman Sean Quarterman will play for Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Penn. A two –year starter, he was voted captain his senior year. As a junior, he helped lead the team to an 11-2 record. He has a great combination of athleticism and strength not commonly found in high school offensive linemen. His work ethic was evident on and off the field. He was named to the Illinois High School Football Coaches’ Association all-state academic team and earned all-conference honors.
Keyon Turner will continue his academic and football career at Valparaiso University. A defensive back for Marist, coaches say he was pound-for-pound the strongest athlete on the team. His senior year he played in seven games and finished with nine tackles and three pass break-ups. Turner dealt with injuries during both varsity seasons, but continued to prepare for his eventual return. He played with infectious joy that impacted his teammates.
Nine classmates made commitments earlier in the school year and more are expected as the school year continues. Marist is a member of the competitive East Suburban Catholic Conference and its athletes and teams regularly garner success at the local and state levels.