High School Sports

Signing Day notebook: Marian Central's Stoll signs with Creighton; full local signing list

Senior signs with Creighton; C-G’s Caesar to run at UIC; Wisconsin softball coach praises R-B’s Bannon

Marian Central senior Siobhan Stoll experienced a lot in the past week or so.

She committed to NCAA Division I Creighton University in Omaha to run cross country and track and field. Then, the Hurricanes’ standout finished eighth in the Class 2A girls race at Saturday’s IHSA Girls Cross Country State Meet in Peoria.

On Wednesday, Stoll signed her National Letter of Intent with the Bluejays on the first day NCAA Division I and II athletes can sign with scholarship schools. Athletes can sign with colleges in all sports, except football, through Nov. 20.

Creighton was Stoll’s favorite school since the summer. She went on a tour, then was invited for an official visit by Bluejays coach Chris Gannon in September. Shortly after that, she received a scholarship offer.

“Until the past few weeks, Creighton was the only one I was looking at seriously academically,” Stoll said. “St. Louis and Northwestern reached out, but I was pretty set at that time on Creighton.”

Stoll will receive scholarship money for cross country, track and field and academics. She had a breakthrough track season, taking 13th in the Class 2A 3,200 meters as a junior, after battling various injuries her first two years of high school.

“I haven’t had full seasons,” Stoll said. “So it was so much fun running from start to finish. I was really happy with my finish Saturday. I was hoping for top 10, so I was pretty glad that I was eighth.”

Future Flame: Cary-Grove senior Maxum Caesar signed his letter of intent Wednesday to run cross country and track at D-I Illinois-Chicago. Caesar committed last week and finished 67th in the Class 3A boys race Saturday at the state meet.

Caesar checked out several D-I schools over the summer, but UIC initially was not on the list.

“They reached out to me, and I went on a visit,” Caesar said. “I enjoyed it. I went back for an official overnight visit and was with the team and realized I didn’t want to go anywhere else.”

It helped that Caesar found two old friends from the Fox Valley Conference in Jacobs’ Mark Lemke and Huntley’s Chris Simek. Lemke was his host for the visit.

“It definitely helped me be more comfortable fitting in with the team,” he said.

Caesar took third in the FVC Meet and finished 11th in the Hoffman Estates Sectional, grabbing the last individual state-qualifying spot.

“It was a very successful season,” Caesar said. “I’m very happy with it. Last year I figured out what to do, and this year I proved what I could do.”

On (to) Wisconsin: Richmond-Burton senior Peyton Bannon signed her letter of intent to play softball at Wisconsin. Two other area players who are juniors, Johnsburg’s Kate Linkletter and Crystal Lake South’s Brooke Kuffel, will sign with the Badgers next year. All three played last summer on the Illinois Chill Gold travel team.

NCAA rules forbid coaches from commenting on athletes until they have their NLIs in their possession. After Bannon faxed hers to Wisconsin, Badgers coach Yvette Healy tweeted the following: “Peyton is one of the best all-around athletes that we’ve recruited to Wisconsin. Her tremendous range & arm strength make her an ideal Big Ten shortstop and center fielder. Peyton is fast, agile [and] savvy.”

Frank-ly speaking: Belmont men’s basketball coach Casey Alexander is getting Cary-Grove’s 6-foot-8 senior Frank Jakubicek next season. Jakubicek committed last summer and signed Wednesday.

Jakubicek, who averaged 12.8 points and 7.4 rebounds last season, is the second FVC player who will play for the Bruins. Huntley 2014 graduate Amanze Egekeze played four seasons with Belmont.

“Frank offers us great size and skill at the 4 position and will fit nicely into our motion offense,” Alexander said. “Our staff loves his competitiveness and passion for the game.”


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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