Marengo’s Allison Rogutich was inspired by the IHSA Girls Track and Field State Meet in May.
Rogutich, now a senior, took fourths in the Class 2A triple jump and 100-meter high hurdles, but felt she could have done more. So she looked for a camp to attend over the summer and selected one at Grand Valley (Mich.) State.
Grand Valley had one of the nation’s top NCAA Division II programs and Rogutich’s visit worked out well for both sides. It gave her a chance to see the campus, the facilities and work with the coaches. Coach Jerry Baltes and his staff also had a chance to see Rogutich, whom he had on his recruiting list, first-hand.
Rogutich wound up committing last month to the Lakers, who were the D-II national champions in indoor and outdoor track and field last spring. She will sign her NCAA national letter of intent when the signing period starts Feb. 1.
“[Baltes] had been talking to me before I went to camp, he said he had seen me at the state meet,” Rogutich said. “I think he was going to contact me whether I went to camp there or not.”
Rogutich has been one of the area’s top jumpers and hurdlers since her freshman season. Rogutich had her career-best at 37-6 in the triple jump at state and also ran 15.37 for fourth in the high hurdles.
“After state I felt I could have trained harder and thought about what I could do training at the college level,” Rogutich said. “I want to see how good I could be.”
Rogutich, who is 5-foot-10, also plays volleyball and basketball and first thought she would play volleyball in college. She also had interest from D-I Miami, Ohio, and D-II Missouri Science and Technology. By going to Grand Valley, she will join a program that not only won the D-II track championships, but also won the D-II cross country national meet.
Bishop to Northern Michigan: Jacobs’ Evan Bishop started his junior football season as a 6-3, 170-pound safety. He finished his senior season at 210 pounds and is looking to put on more weight for his college team.
Bishop will sign with D-II Northern Michigan, where he will play linebacker, sometime around Feb. 1, the signing period for football and several other sports.
Bishop looked at Drake, a Football Championship Subdivision school that plays in the Pioneer Football League, which does not award athletic scholarships for football.
“When I got the scholarship offer from Northern Michigan, it was a pretty easy decision actually,” Bishop said. “They play in a dome, had the best facilities and a new coaching staff. It’s a great opportunity.”
Bishop was an integral player in Jacobs’ back-to-back playoff trips under head coach Bill Mitz the past two seasons.
Late in his junior season, Bishop moved to linebacker, which worked out well for the Golden Eagles and for his future.
“I lifted a lot [after my junior year] and naturally, with my height, got bigger,” Bishop said. “Coach Mitz had a great lifting program and I went a lot harder at that. [Northern Michigan] coaches are telling me to put on more weight.”
• Joe Stevenson is the senior sports writer for the Northwest Herald. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can follow him on twitter@nwh_JoePrepZone.