Marengo outfielder Noah Klick is thankful he met former Judson University assistant baseball coach Jason Richardson a few months ago.
Richardson left the NAIA school in Elgin for D-II Tiffin (Ohio) University. He liked Klick from the camp at Judson and invited him to another one at Tiffin. After attending that camp, Klick received a scholarship offer from Tiffin and signed his NCAA National Letter of Intent in November.
“It’s crazy how it worked out,” said Klick, a senior. “Tiffin was awesome. They have a great coaching staff. I looked at a lot of NAIA schools, but I really wanted to play D-II.”
Klick will be a second-year starter for the Indians this spring. He moved up to varsity and played some during his sophomore season.
Marengo: Senior first baseman Abby Kissack will play softball at NJCAA Rock Valley College. Kissack, who will be a four-year starter this spring for the Indians softball team, will continue her career in Rockford.
Kissack was a starter on Marengo’s Class 3A state champion team as a freshman and again on the Indians’ Class 3A runner-up as a sophomore. The Golden Eagles finished sixth in the NJCAA National Tournament last season.
Huntley: Senior libero Rachel Shores committed to D-II Quincy University for a volleyball scholarship two weeks ago and will sign her letter of intent in April. First baseman Tamara Funke will play softball at NAIA Judson University.
“I visited there and a I really loved it,” said Shores, who is 5-foot-5. “I liked coach [Bob] Crank. He was a lot of fun and he’s very competitive. I met some of the girls and they were so nice and easy to talk to.”
Shores plays for Club Fusion’s 18 Blue team this spring and summer.
Funke, who had brothers Tanner and Tyler who played college baseball, has been a four-year varsity player for the Red Raiders. Funke was an All-Area honorable-mention pick at first base.
Prairie Ridge: The Wolves’ Colin Leverenz, a three-year starter at linebacker and member of the Class 6A state championship team, will play football at NAIA St. Ambrose in Davenport, Iowa. … Olivia Hanley, a 5-6 libero, will play next season at D-III North Central College in Naperville.
Crystal Lake Central: Crystal Lake Central’s three strongest football players will continue their careers next year in college. Defensive end Josh Mugler will play at NAIA Olivet Nazarene in Bourbonnais, while linebackers Nathan Talbott and Connor Hines will play at D-III Wisconsin-Platteville.
Talbott was a Northwest Herald All-Area first-team selection, while Hines made second team and Mugler was honorable mention. They all three made Central’s 1,300-pound club, meaning their combined lifts for bench press, squat and dead lift totaled more than 1,300 pounds.
Jacobs: Linebacker Greg McLeod will play football at NAIA Robert Morris and offensive lineman Blake Broz will play at NJCAA Iowa Western next year.
Broz, an All-Area second-team pick, will play for the program that won the 2012 NJCAA national championship. McLeod was an All-Area honorable-mention selection.
Dundee-Crown: Francisco Nava, an All-Area second-team defender, will continue his soccer career at NAIA Dominican next year. … Chargers offensive lineman Trent Hanselmann, an All-Area honorable-mention pick, will play football at D-III Loras College next year.
McHenry: Warriors pitcher and utility player Robert Nagel will play baseball at NAIA Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne next year. Nagel, who has played seven seasons in the McHenry County Hurricanes’ organization (now Pro Player Canes) will major in biomedical engineering.
Woodstock: Running back Mike Santucci will continue his football career at D-III Wisconsin-La Crosse next year. Santucci rushed for 375 yards and six touchdowns for the Blue Streaks.