Golf

McHenry's Truman Keppy excited to join Stetson golf team; full local signing list

McHenry golfer, other athletes to sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday

McHenry's Truman Keppy uses some body English after chipping onto the second green Oct. 14 during the Class 3A DeKalb Sectional at Kishwaukee Country Club in DeKalb. Keppy, who recently committed to Division I Stetson in Florida, is among the local athletes who can sign National Letters of Intent beginning Wednesday.
McHenry's Truman Keppy uses some body English after chipping onto the second green Oct. 14 during the Class 3A DeKalb Sectional at Kishwaukee Country Club in DeKalb. Keppy, who recently committed to Division I Stetson in Florida, is among the local athletes who can sign National Letters of Intent beginning Wednesday.

Early into his high school golf season, McHenry senior Truman Keppy was shopping for his next place to play.

Keppy, working with the National Collegiate Scouting Association, looked for an NCAA Division I school in a warm climate and not necessarily one with a huge enrollment.

Keppy found what he was looking for in DeLand, Florida, and will sign Wednesday after school to attend D-I Stetson on a golf scholarship. Wednesday is the first day that athletes can sign their National Letters of Intent with NCAA scholarship schools (D-I and D-II) in all sports except football.

Keppy visited Stetson in September, committed to Hatters coach Larry Watson in October and visited again last weekend.

“I like the warm weather, and I feel like I’d fit in a lot,” Keppy said. “It’s kind of a smaller school, and I feel like I would fit in more with that atmosphere. It was a quick process. I met the guys, and [Watson] told me I’d be a good fit for the team. That hit hard and meant a lot. That’s the main reason I went there.”

Keppy finished this season tied for sixth at the Class 3A Boys Golf State Tournament, shooting 73-73-146. Keppy tied for second in the Harlem Regional and was runner-up at the DeKalb Sectional. He finished ninth at state as a junior.

Unlike many golfers heading to D-I schools, Keppy arrived late to the game. He started playing at age 14 as he was entering high school.

Keppy took lessons from Brian Dalton, the golf professional at Stonewall Orchard in Grayslake. He now works with professional Louis Sauer, who runs Louis Sauer Golf in Northbrook.

“I just started playing golf a lot, getting lessons,” said Keppy, whose father, Todd, is an avid golfer. “I practiced every day. It was just practicing every day and getting lessons.”

Keppy was not satisfied with the start to his senior season until he did some soul-searching.

“I wasn’t doing the best I wanted to,” Keppy said. “I felt like it clicked when I told myself one night, ‘Man, it’s the last time doing this for the rest of my life. Just live the moment and give it your all. Just be mentally tough and play well.’ That helped me out the most.”

SIGNING LIST

High school athletes can sign their National Letters of Intent with NCAA scholarship schools (Divisions I and II) starting on Wednesday. Here is a list of local athletes from those schools, and other levels, and where they will be heading to compete in college.

High school athletes can sign their National Letters of Intent with NCAA scholarship schools (Divisions I and II) starting on Wednesday. Here is a list of local athletes from those schools, and other levels, and where they will be heading to compete in college.

Female Athletes

Basketball

Athlete, School College Level
Janelle Allen, Marian Central Holy Cross D-I
Ava Interrante, McHenry Valparaiso D-I
Cassidy Randl, Dundee-Crown Loras D-III

Cross Country

Athlete, School College Level
Siobhan Stoll-*, Marian Central Creighton D-I

Golf

Athlete, School College Level
Molly Lyne, Cary-Grove Louisville D-I

Soccer

Athlete, School College Level
Jordyn Bigos, CL South Lewis D-II

Softball

Athlete, School College Level
Peyton Bannon, Richmond-Burton Wisconsin D-I
Jocelyn Currie, McHenry Loyola D-I
Julia Druml, McHenry Millikin D-III
Gwen Malecke, Hampshire Bellarmine D-I
Teagan O’Rilley, Huntley Butler D-I

Track and Field

Athlete, School College Level
Jordan Parker, Marengo Drury D-II
Holly Vogt, McHenry Eastern Illinois D-I

Volleyball

Athlete, School College Level
Brooke Amann, Woodstock North S. Dakota State D-I
Olivia Anderson, CL Central Indiana Tech NAIA
Hanna Berry, Woodstock Truman State D-II
Madde Blake, CL Central Gannon University D-II
Maddie Breeze, Jacobs Clarke University D-III
Sara Boelkens, McHenry Indiana Univ. (Pa.) D-II
Camryn Hausler, CL Central Wright State D-I
Taylor Jakubowski, Huntley Seton Hall D-I
Jacklyn Markovitz, McHenry Concord University D-II
Dunja Masic, McHenry Daemen College D-II
Josie Schmitendorf, Huntley Eastern Kentucky D-I
Trinity Sheridan, Prairie Ridge UNLV D-I
Sophie Wicker, Woodstock Southwestern College NAIA

Male Sports

Baseball

Athlete, School College Level
Jacob Bimbi, CL South Wabash Valley NJCAA
Nick DiBenedetto, CL South Loras D-III
Ethan Estes, Cary-Grove Marian University NAIA
Keegan Garis, Prairie Ridge Lake Land College NJCAA
Gavin Kriegel, Hampshire Eastern Illinois D-I
Justin Obaldo, CL Central Loras D-II
Ben Peltz, CL South McHenry Co. Coll. NJCAA
Holden Phelps, Prairie Ridge Missouri D-I
Drew Stengren, Cary-Grove Central Michigan D-I
Jack Wenninger, Cary-Grove Murray State D-I

Basketball

Athlete, School College Level
Beau Frericks, Cary-Grove Lewis D-II
Frank Jakubicek, Cary-Grove Belmont D-I
Trevor Beaugureau, Cary-Grove Aurora Univ. D-III
Ryan Mendoza, CL Central Carroll D-III
Tyler Miller, CL South Carroll D-III

Cross Country

Athlete, School College Level
Maxum Caesar-*, Cary-Grove Illinois-Chicago D-I
Ian Geisler-*, Huntley Iowa D-I

Golf

Athlete, School College Level
Truman Keppy, McHenry Stetson D-I

Lacrosse

Athlete, School College Level
Sam Ripple, Prairie Ridge Indianapolis D-II

Track and Field

Athlete, School College Level
Antonio Passarelli, Huntley Grand Valley State D-II
Finn Schirmer, Marengo Minnesota D-I

Wrestling

Athlete, School College Level
David Ferrante, Huntley Northwestern D-I
Jake Harrier, Jacobs Old Dominion D-I
Daniel Valeria, Marian Central St. Cloud State D-II

*-Also for track and field.

Note to readers: Please send emails to joestevenson@shawmedia.com with athletes missing from this list.

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