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Lincoln-Way West Students participate in Fall Signing Day Ceremony
Friday, November 17, 2017

On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, three Lincoln-Way West students were honored in the athletic office of Lincoln-Way West High School. The Singing Day Ceremony is an event that recognizes student-athletes who have committed to play a sport at the collegiate level.

Abigail Baez, Mackenzie Mahy, and Ryan Taylor are excellent role models in the classroom, on the field, and by their determination and outstanding work ethic.

Teachers, coaches, staff, friends, and family of the students were present, and Athletic Director Ted Robbins presented.

“We are extremely excited to be here to recognize three outstanding student-athletes who are making the commitment to continue their education and athletic careers at the collegiate level. We are very proud of what they have accomplished throughout their high school careers. All of them have been an integral part of not only their teams, but also of Lincoln-Way West. We appreciate all of the time, effort, and determination they have displayed to become leaders in our school and our teams, and to represent Lincoln-Way West not only in conference and state competitions, but also in our community.“

The students honored included:

• Abigail Baez; Baez will play Softball at Purdue University-Fort Wayne.

Robbins spoke of Baez’ commitment to being the best player she can be throughout her high school career. “Abigail Baez has been starting at the varsity level since her freshman year and had a breakout season for the Warriors last year. She is a two-time All-Conference selection in the SWSC Red, and proved to be one of the area’s best catchers last spring. She earned All Area honors in multiple publications as well as third team Illinois Coaches Association All State honors. In Abigail’s first two seasons, she combined for 64 hits, 18 doubles, 8 homeruns, 47 runs, and 50 RBI making an immediate impact at the varsity level. As a junior, Abigail led the Warrior Softball team in many areas and was an athlete who could be relied up both offensively and defensively. She hit a team leading 456 batting average with 11 doubles, 19 RBI and 26 runs scored. Abigail also led the team with a 515 on base percentage. She is a tough competitor who can hit for both average and power. We are excited to follow her career at the next level. Best of luck at Purdue-Fort Wayne.”

• Mackenzie Mahy; Mahy will play Softball at Northern Illinois University.

“Mackenzie has been a mainstay in the Warrior Softball varsity lineup since her freshman year,” said Robbins. “She is a two-time SWSC Red All Conference selection and has been extremely involved here at Lincoln-Way West. Off the field, Mackenzie is a member of multiple leadership activities including National Honor Society, The Lincoln-Way Math Honor Society, Liberty Leaders, and Warrior Way. As a freshman, Mackenzie had a team leading 482 on-base percentage with 24 runs scored. During Mackenzie’s sophomore season, she had an outstanding year defensively at shortstop with only four errors in her entire sophomore season. She also continued to be a tough out at the top of the order. In Mackenzie’s junior year, she hit 347 and was among the team leaders in many offensive stats. She also earned third team All Area honors in The Herald-News. Mackenzie has continually been looked upon to be a leader on and off the field at Lincoln-Way West, and has been a great representative of Warrior Softball during her entire career. She has truly set the bar high for our Warrior Softball student-athletes of the future. Congratulations Mackenzie and best of luck at Northern Illinois University!”

• Ryan Taylor; Taylor will run track and cross country at DePaul University.

Robbins spoke of Taylor’s unparalleled work ethic over the past four years. “Ryan has been a leader on the cross country team for the past 4 years. He has been a 2x All-Conference performer, an SWSC Conference runner up, an IHSA Regional runner up, and an IHSA State qualifier. Ryan also has the 3rd fastest 5K and 3-Mile time at Lincoln-Way West. Ryan was also a SWSC Conference Track runner up in the mile, an IHSA sectional runner up, and IHSA State qualifier in the two mile. Ryan is currently second on the list for the fastest 2-mile and third for the mile records in school history. Ryan is a 4 Year Varsity Letter winner in Cross-Country and will be in Track after this season. He will run cross-country and track at DePaul University who are the defending 2017 indoor and outdoor Big East conference champions. Ryan plans to major in business/marketing with a minor in Spanish. He has developed into a great leader and role model for all of our runners. Congratulations on a great career and best of luck at DePaul University.”