Lincoln-Way West Students participate in fall signing day ceremony
Thursday, November 10, 2016

On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, Lincoln-Way West students were honored in the Warriors 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. ”On behalf of Lincoln-Way West I would like to welcome all of the parents, family, and friends to our fall college signing day. We are extremely excited to be here to recognize four outstanding student-athletes who are making the commitment to continue their education and athletic careers at the collegiate level… Jenna, Kerrigan, Evan, and Marco are excellent role models for all of our student-athletes by excelling in the classroom, on the field of play, and by their determination and outstanding work ethic.”
The students honored included:

• Jenna Diers; Diers will run track and cross country at Colorado State University.

Robbins spoke of Diers’ success throughout her high school career. “Jenna Diers has been a varsity runner for Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way West all four years of her high school career. In her time at both schools, she has won five cross country invitationals. She was all-conference twice, all-regional three times, and all-sectional once. She qualified for the state cross country meet as a freshman, junior, and senior, placing 89th at the meet this past weekend. She is only the third Warrior to break 18 minutes for three miles; she also ran the second fastest three-mile time in Central’s history. In addition to these stellar accomplishments, Jenna has been a standout track athlete. She rewrote the record board at Lincoln-Way Central, setting new records in the 800-meter run and the 4x800-meter relay. She has qualified for state multiple times in both of these events, and she was conference champ as a junior in the 4x800-meter relay, the 800-meter run, and the 400-meter dash. This past summer, she competed for the club Track My Speed. As a part of this team, she won a national title in the 4x800-meter relay and earned All-American honors in the 800-meter run. Beyond her outstanding times, Jenna leaves a legacy of excellence that won't soon be forgotten. She inspires her teammates and everyone around her to find their greatness, and both the Central and West teams will continue to benefit from the example she set on and off the track.”

• Kerrigan Fritz; Fritz will play volleyball at Concord University (West Virginia).

"Kerrigan Fritz has been on the varsity volleyball team for four years,” said Robbins. “As a senior outside hitter, she finished top three in the kill category with 145 kills, and also had the third highest amount of aces on the team with 51 aces. Kerrigan also made the all-tournament team at the Oak Lawn Invite, and was voted 22nd Century Media's October athlete of the month. In addition to her success on the court, Kerrigan is also a genuine, funny, and caring person. She always found a way, to make the team laugh and create a positive playing environment. She currently helps students with special needs by working at Lincoln-Way Special Recreation Association. Congratulations on your commitment to play at the next level! Best of luck at Concord University.”

• Evan Mitchell; Mitchell will run track and cross country at Bradley University.

Robbins said, “Evan is the most decorated cross country and track and field athlete in Lincoln-Way West history. He has been a four year varsity athlete in both cross country and track. A short list of his awards and accolades for Cross Country includes: three-time all conference and two-time champion in the conference, two-time regional champion, a three-time state qualifier, and a two-time all-state runner. In track and field in the 3200m run, Evan has been a conference champion, a two-time sectional champion, a two-time state qualifier, and last year all-state by finishing 4th. To mix it up a bit, last year he was also a state qualifier in the 1600m run. Evan also holds five school records. Evan’s work ethic has always been unparalleled, and over the past four years 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 Bradley University!”

• Marco Pettinato; Pettinato will play basketball at Lewis University.

“Marco Pettinato, a Lewis University commit, is a four year varsity starter in basketball at Lincoln-Way West,” said Robbins. “He has already amassed well over 1,000 points for his career. As a sophomore, he was a member of the all-conference team, a member of the Joliet Herald all-area team, honorable mention all-area for the Daily Southtown and Chicago Sun-Times, and IBCA Honorable mention all-state. As a junior, he was second team IBCA all-state, all-conference, first team all-area in the Daily Southtown, Player of the Year in The Joliet Herald-News, honorable mention all-area by both Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune, was the Chicago Tribune athlete of the month for March, and made the all-tournament team at the Illinois State Basketball Tournament in Peoria. As a student, Marco maintains a high GPA, scored a 31 on his ACT, and is involved in many voluntary activities around school.”