Lincoln-Way Central Celebrates Athletes with Signing Day
Friday, May 8, 2015

Lincoln-Way Central hosted a Letter of Intent Signing Day on May 6 to honor 24 student athletes who will go on to play sports in college.

Each of these students has demonstrated a tireless commitment toward their sport, leadership on and off the field, and a willingness to put in the work required to get to the college level, said Hud Venerable, Lincoln-Way Central Athletic Director. College sports are demanding and they require intense discipline and motivation; I know our athletes will rise to the occasion and I cant wait to see what they accomplish next.

Coaches recognized their players individually for the strengths they contributed to their teams.

Venerable called football player Sean Studer one of the top running backs in the state and described him as possessing coach-ability and character, as well as being a class act and the ultimate competitor.

Cody Moris is the type of athlete who makes everyone around him better because he works so hard, said Marlo Varnado, Centrals boys swimming coach. He is the best swimmer this school has ever had.

Central Girls Cross Country/Track coach Brian VanBeveren said Liz Venezio has been invaluable to their team. Her leadership and optimism has pulled us out of some tough spots.

Girls Soccer Coach Dan Radz described Kyla Grundhofer as extremely versatile and highly technical. She plays hard and she leaves everything she has on the field.

Girls track star Ashley Raehsler was named Triblocl Athlete of the Month and received $250 for Lincoln-Way Central from Country Financial for the recognition.

I want to thank all of the parents in this room for their sacrifices, including driving your children to early morning and late night games and practices, fighting the rain and cold, working through rescheduling, and raising hard-working kids, said baseball coach Scott Gardner.

Student athletes recognized were:

Wade Davis; baseball; St. Joseph College; Undecided
Joe Davi; baseball; Milikin University; Sport Management
Jason Stricklin; baseball; Marian University; Criminal Justice
Ryan Tishka; baseball; University of Concordia; Undecided
Erin Doody; girls soccer; University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; Social Work
Kyla Grundhofer; girls soccer; Missouri Valley College; Athletic Training
Sara Petrone; girls soccer; University of Wisconsin Milwaukee; Actuarial Science
Sarah Ortman, girls soccer; Olivet Nazarene University; Communications
Connor Hipelius, boys volleyball; Lindenwood University; Business Administration
Kyle Nilsen; boys volleyball; North Central College; Biology/Neuroscience
Andrew Bergstrand; boys volleyball; North Central College; Computer Science
Ashely Raehsler; girls track; Grand Valley State University Michigan; Exercise Science/Physical Therapy
Liz Venezio; girls cross country/track; Loras College; Media Studies/Secondary Education
Alan Radakovitz; boys cross country/track; St. Xavier University; Philosophy
Jackson Waters; boys cross country/track; Lewis University; Physics
Dan Hepfinger; football; Robert Morris University; Nursing
Joe Rodrigues; football; Loras College; Athletic Training
Sean Kelly; football; Elmhurst College; Nursing
Sean Studer; football; University of Wisconsin Platteville; Mechanical Engineering
Mark Bechtold; football; North Central College; Engineering
Joe Nealon; football; University of Wisconsin Platteville; Business
Brandon Dominski; football; Elmhurst College; Criminal Justice
Delaney Shepherd; girls swimming; Illinois Institute of Technology; major Biomedical
Cody Moris; boys swimming; Cornell University; major Economics