Two area high school athletes can continue to contemplate their college playing careers.
Jacobs senior Nick Ledinsky signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Ellsworth (Iowa) Community College on Thursday.
Ledinsky, who pitches and plays outfield for the Golden Eagles, participated in the Illinois Prep Baseball Report Unsigned Senior Showcase last fall. The site reported that the 6-foot-5 right-hander throws his fastball in the mid-80s while his curveball and changeup has been clocked in the low-to-mid 70s.
Ledinsky said he first met Ellsworth baseball coach Nate Forsyth at a University of Iowa baseball camp before his sophomore year and that Forsyth has continued to express interest ever since.
“I thought it was a good opportunity to leave home and experience new things,” Ledinsky said. “[Ellsworth] has been very successful in transitioning players to bigger and better things – whether that be (Division) II, D-III, or D-I.
“I’m just looking to get to the next level.”
Lee receives Ivy League offer: Marian Central junior running back Ephraim Lee has picked up an offer from Yale to play football, according to Hurricanes coach Ed Brucker.
Ivy League schools cannot offer athletic scholarships but can provide financial aid to athletes. Brucker said Thursday night that Illinois also has expressed interest in Lee, who developed as a blocker last season in addition to showing explosive speed out of the backfield.
Brucker expects Lee to garner more recruiting interest now that he has received his first offer.
Lee was the area’s third-leading rusher last season when he ran for 1,323 yards and 15 touchdowns on 194 carries.