Created:Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12:00 a.m.CDT
Updated:Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12:14 a.m.CDT

Prep Zone: Prairie Ridge lefty Reitcheck headed to Penn

Prairie Ridge’s Mike Reit-check went to the West Coast last summer to be seen by an East Coast school.

The Wolves’ left-hander was invited to an all-star camp at Stanford University, where University of Pennsylvania coaches saw him pitch. Reitcheck, who longed to play for an Ivy League school, told the Quakers’ coaches he would come play for them.

Penn made Reitcheck’s commitment more official when it sent his “likely letter,” a correspondence from an Ivy League school that a prospective athlete’s acceptance is about to be finalized.

Reitcheck, a senior, will join his friend, Michael Vilardo of Cary-Grove, playing for the Quakers in the 2014 season. Although they are from rival high schools, Reitcheck and Vilardo became close friends playing for Pro Player Consultants’ summer travel team three years ago.

“Michael gave [Penn] my name, that’s how they made the initial contact,” Reitcheck said. “I talked to him a lot about the process and about Penn. He let me know a lot about things and helped with the recruitment process.”

Reitcheck looked at Brown and Harvard before Penn, but really liked the idea of joining his friend with the Quakers.

“The opportunities you have after school by attending an Ivy League school are great,” Reitcheck said. “And they’re pretty competitive with their baseball program.”

Reitcheck scored 30 on his ACT, owns a 4.25 GPA and ranks 20th in his senior class.

Fleck rehabilitates: Crystal Lake Central’s 6-foot-7 center Kyle Fleck had a procedure performed on both knees three weeks ago to alleviate the patellar tendinitis he was experiencing. Fleck said he expects to return to practice in another three weeks.

“I had a striking pain in the front of my knees,” Fleck said. “It’s bothered me since my sophomore year. My doctor said it went the best it could and I should be able to play with no pain.”

Fleck said the pain reached a point where it was difficult to handle over the summer when he was playing AAU basketball with Joy of the Game/Rising Stars. Fleck is expected to play a major role for the Tigers, who should be one of the top teams in the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division.

Joe Stevenson is a senior sports writer for the Northwest Herald. He can be reached by email at You also can follow him on Twitter @nwh_JoePrepZone.