Lincoln-Way West Students Participate in Signing Day Ceremony
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

On Wednesday, May 4, Lincoln-Way West students were honored in the Warrior’s Lodge of the Lincoln-Way West High School. The Signing Day Ceremony is an event that recognizes student athletes who have committed to play a sport at the collegiate level.

Teachers, coaches, staff, friends and family of the students were present, and Athletic Director Ted Robbins presented. His speech, as well as the recognized students, are below:
"We are excited to be here to recognize 16 outstanding student-athletes that 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 the students have been an integral part of not only their individual teams, but also of Lincoln-Way West and the continued success of the new athletic program.

We appreciate all of the hard work, time, effort, and dedication that they have displayed to become successful athletes, students, and leaders in their respective sports.

These student-athletes not only represent Lincoln-Way West in conference, regional, sectional, and state athletic competitions, but also as role models in the school and community for all of our current students and for all of the future Warriors to follow. They have not only excelled in the athletic arena but also in the classroom.

Their commitment to the team, determination, and work ethic to be the best that they could be has led to the great opportunity that is ahead of them, the opportunity to compete in college athletics while getting an education.

Thank you to the parents for all of your support of Lincoln-Way West and each of the respective sports that are represented. Your enthusiastic support of the students, coaches, teams, and the school enable all of us to experience the thrill and excitement of high school athletics.
Thank you for making Lincoln-Way West High School a great place to be, and we look forward to following your collegiate careers and seeing all the great things you will accomplish in the future.

Deena Baber: Culver-Stockton College: Girls Bowling
Deena Baber started bowling her sophomore year and was on the Varsity for her Junior and Senior years. She increased her average by over 40 pins in that short time and earned 16 awards with the team. Deena played an important role on the team that qualified for the state tournament in 2015. Congratulations and best of luck at Culver Stockton College.

Ellie Paul: Maryville University: Girls Bowling
Ellie Paul bowled all four years in Lincoln-Way West and was new to bowling her freshman year. Ellie subbed in for the varsity her sophomore year, and was a starter on the varsity her junior and senior year. Ellie had the 2nd highest average on the team this year, earned 23 awards with the team, and was All-Conference her senior year. Congratulations and best of luck at Maryville University.

Jessie Schram: Sam Houston State University: Girls Bowling
Jessie Schram bowled on the varsity for all four years at Lincoln-Way West. She had the highest average for three of those years. Jessie was All-Conference for three years, All Regional two years, and a State Qualifier for two years. She earned 37 awards with the team during her four years and holds many school records. Congratulations and best of luck at Sam Houston State University.

David Eggert: University of Wisconsin – Whitewater: Boys Bowling
David Eggert was a four year Varsity starter for the boys bowling program. He earned All-Conference Honors three times and also was a Regional Champion and a State Qualifier. He was a member of LW West's first two Conference Championships, including an undefeated season in 2013/2014. David earned over 30 individual awards at the Varsity level and was a great teammate and team leader who led by example. Congratulations and best of luck at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Katie Davis: Elmhurst College: Girls Volleyball
Katie was a longtime leader for the varsity volleyball team and three-year varsity starter. She worked hard to be an offensive threat and effectively ran the offense for those three years. Katie earned All-Tournament honors at Joliet Central, Oak Lawn, Rich East, and Lincoln-Way Central. She was also named All-Conference in the SWSC and this year's Most Valuable Player for our team. Katie finished the season with 45 aces, 101 kills, 25 blocks, 418 assists, and 196 digs. She is now 2nd in West's history for assists in a season and 4th for aces. Congratulations and best of luck at Elmhurst College.

Maddie Bellone: Judson University: Girls Golf
Maddie served as the team captain this past season for the girl's golf program. She is a two year varsity letter award winner. Maddie has established herself with a reputation for having outstanding character, and being a first class teammate and person, and as being one of the top players in the conference! Congratulations and best of luck at Judson University.

Natalie Krol: Millikin University: Girls Track and Field
Natalie is a four year Varsity Track & Field athlete. Natalie holds school records in the 800m run, 1600m run, and was part of the record holding 4x800m relay. She is a possible four time state qualifier (sectional next week) in three events. Natalie's freshmen year she qualified in the 4x800m relay, as a sophomore in the 4x800m relay & 1600m run, and as a junior in the 1600m run and 3200m run. Natalie also earned all-state honors by placing 8th in the 1600m run in 2014. Millikin is getting a great track & field competitor, but even a better person. Congratulations and best of luck at Millikin University.

Jonathan Rossi: North Central College: Boys Volleyball
Jon has been a great asset to the Lincoln-Way West volleyball program. He is a four-year player in the program and a two year varsity athlete. Jon has shown great improvement as a player over the last couple seasons. He currently leads the team in assists with 343 and is 3rd on the team in digs and aces. Jon has a passion for the sport and his improvement on the floor is directly related to his work ethic. We wish him all the best as he moves on and brings his passion, leadership, and skillset to North Central College. Congratulations.

Adam Knerr: Joliet Junior College: Baseball
Adam has been the starting shortstop since his sophomore year. Currently he is hitting .314 and tied for the team lead with six doubles. Defensively, he is one of the top shortstops in the area and makes a lot of tough plays look easy on the field. Adam models what it takes to be a successful student-athlete on and off the field. He currently holds a 3.7 GPA and has been part of the JKB leadership team that educates high school and junior high school students on leadership skills and making good decisions. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments here at West and we wish you the best of luck as you attend Joliet Junior college next year.

Matt Monahan: St. Xavier University: Baseball
Matt has been the starting 1st basemen for the past two seasons. Last year he received SWSC All-Conference honors as he led the team with 43 hits, a .384 average, three homeruns, 30 RBI's, and 35 runs scored. This season Matt is among the team leaders in average, doubles, RBI's and runs scored. Along with his success on the field, Matt currently holds a 3.5 GPA and scored a 27 on the ACT. Congratulations Matt on your success at Lincoln-Way West and reaching your goal of playing college Baseball. Congratulation and we wish you the best of luck as you continue your academic and baseball career at St. Xavier University.

Gabe Montalvo: Coe College: Baseball
As a three-sport athlete, Gabe has performed at a very high level at Lincoln-Way West. In football, he holds many school records and was named to the All-State team as a running back. In his wrestling career at West, Gabe was a 40 match winner this year and a two time sectional qualifier. As a pitcher for the baseball team, Gabe currently leads the team with an ERA of 1.47. In the 19 innings he has pitched this year he has 22 strikeouts and has only given up 10 hits. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments here at L-W West and we wish you the best of luck as you continue your baseball and academic career at Coe College.

Ben Zordani: St. Xavier University: Baseball
In his four years here at L-W West, Ben has shown how good of an athlete he is as our starting TE on the state final football team, and basically playing every position during his four years in the baseball program. Last year Ben was a SWSC All-Conference & All-Area outfielder. This season, as our starting catcher, he is currently leading us with 23 hits for a .390 avg. and tied for lead in doubles with six. Ben possesses a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and mental toughness that will pave his way to his success in anything he chooses to do on and off the field. Congratulations and best of luck as you enter the next phase of your academic and athletic career at St. Xavier University.

Jordan Bills: Lindenwood University – Belleville: Wrestling
Jordan was a two-time varsity award winner, a state qualifier at 220 lbs. and finished the season with a record of 26-16. Jordan has a career record of 42 wins and 14 career pins. He finished second on the team this year in escapes. Jordan has just scratched the surface of his potential in wrestling and will continue to improve throughout his collegiate career. Congratulations and best of luck at Lindenwood University in Belleville.

Justin Bills: Triton Junior College: Wrestling
Justin finished the season with a record of 24-13 with 15 pins on the year. Justin was a regional champion, and a sectional qualifier at 285lbs, and helped the team finish with a 19-4 record and advance to the sectional finals. Congratulations and best of luck at Triton Junior College.

Amier Khamis: Coe College: Wrestling
Amier finished his career ranked 5th all-time on the career wins list with 105 as well as 10th all-time in takedowns with 158. Amier was a two-time state qualifier and a conference champion this year at 138lb. Amier will be continue to improve his wrestling skills and technique next year at Coe College. Congratulations and best of luck at Coe College.

Kyle Ruettiger: University of Nebraska: Wrestling
Kyle Ruettiger: Kyle leaves Lincoln-Way West as the most decorated wrestler to step on the mat at Lincoln-Way West. He is currently the career record holder in most wins with 154 and most pins with 71. He is also second on the career list in most takedowns with 261. He was a four-time state qualifier and three-time state placer. Although his wrestling will be tough to replace, his leadership skills both on and off the mat are irreplaceable. Congratulations and best of luck at the University of Nebraska.

As we all can see these students have accomplished great things not only in their respective sports but also in the classroom. Congratulations to all the students and their parents on their outstanding accomplishments at Lincoln-Way West and thank you for all of your support of Lincoln-Way West. Thank you."