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From left to right: Patrick McNamara, Collin Rustay, Joe McCollum, Brian Peters, Luke Fulton, Ben Dickey, Javier Romero, Chris Beiersdorf, Nick Carlson and Kevin Monson. (Not pictured: Chris Curnutt).

National Signing Day was a busy one at Saint Viator High School, with 11 student athletes signing letters of intent to play college sports.

They included Ben Dickey, who chose to play baseball at Northwestern University. Nicknamed the “roadrunner” by his teammates, he stole 49 bases out of 50 attempts, and hit .292, while scoring 27 runs. Defensively, he played centerfield, which fueled by his speed, played havoc with his opponents.

Joe McCollum, who served as placekicker and punter for the Lions, signed on to be a placekicker at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, where he plans to study engineering.  Ironically, since the Mountain Hawks compete in the Patriot League, Joe just might play against his older brother, Harry, who plays the same position for Georgetown.

Luke Fulton committed to play football at the University of Dayton. After a standout season as a defender for the Lions, who advanced to the semi-finals of Class 5A, Luke will bring his tenacious defensive skills to the Flyers, playing at the safety position.

Another defender for the Lions, Chris Curnutt committed to play football at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, while defensive back, Brian Peters, will play at Washington University in St. Louis.

Collin Rustay committed to play lacrosse at Florida Southern University. Collin was selected as an ESCC All-Conference Player in both his sophomore and junior years. He was captain of the varsity squad as a junior, and helped his team reach the championship semi-finals in his sophomore year.

Patrick McNamara, committed to play basketball at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. The shooting guard is a three-point specialist for Coach Quinn Hayes and the Lions, after connecting for 74 three-pointers last season, and averaging 13 points per game.

Kevin Monson, will play baseball at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, MI. The senior shortstop helped the Lions notch their second consecutive 20-win season last year enroute to earning the regional title. Kevin’s defense also helps the basketball team, where he plays point guard, directing the offense and playing gritty defense at the other end of the court.

Two members of Saint Viator’s Class 2A sectional champion soccer team, will go on to play in college. Javier Romero, who played midfield for the Lions will play at Dominican University in River Forest, while defensive specialist Chris Beiersdorf, will play soccer at St. Mary’s College in Winona, MN.

Nick Carlson, who led the golf team to win the ESCC this year, enroute to being named all-ESCC, MVP of his team, and a second successive state qualifier, will play golf at Illinois Wesleyan University.