The early signing period for the NCAA sports opened Wednesday, and a total of six student athletes from Saint Viator High School took their turns signing letters of intent to play in college.
They include Ellie Meyer, the senior libero and captain of the Lions’ girls’ volleyball team, who signed a letter of intent to play at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. Meyer is a two-time all ESCC conference player and a member of the Daily Herald All-Area team for the last three years. In addition, she holds the single game record at Saint Viator for the most digs in a match (41) and season record with 650 digs this season, says her coach, Charlie Curtin.
“Ellie is an amazing defensive player, who has the ability to read the attack perfectly,” Curtin says. “She has been a staple in our program for the last three years and a huge reason for our success.”
Andrea Renner committed to playing hockey at Northeastern University in Boston. Renner competed in club hockey and during the last four years has been named to the all-state team by the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois and was a member of her club’s national championship team last year. As a Huskie, Renner will play in the East Hockey conference and for a team that has produced several Olympians.
The Lions also had two baseball players sign letters of intent for Division 1 programs. Senior outfielder Mike Ragauskis signed to play at the University of Oklahoma, while infielder Jack Coney will play at Purdue University.
Both players helped lead the Lions to their fourth straight Class 4A regional finals, and now will take their games to the next level.
“Mike is one of the fastest kids in the country,” says Coach Mike Manno, “which will help any program be successful.”
Coney was injured much of last season, but Coach Manno points to his intangibles and steady play in the infield.
“Jack has a tireless work ethic that is matched by few athletes,” Coach Manno says. “He has dedicated many hours to becoming the player he is.”
Saint Viator’s lacrosse team also announced two of its players had committed to playing at Division III schools. Brothers Kevin and Patrick Murphy are the first two products to come out of the Junior Lions Lacrosse program before they attended Saint Viator, and now are advancing to the college level.
Kevin Murphy will play at Salisbury University in Maryland, which is a perennial Division III powerhouse, having won 10 national championships, while Patrick Murphy will play at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, which is one of the Midwest’s best Division III lacrosse programs and a highly selective academic school.
While at Saint Viator, they have made their mark, with Kevin being named to the second team all-state last year and named the ESCC player of the year, while Patrick was the Lions’ leading scorer last season and named to the ESCC conference team.
During the late afternoon ceremony, Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, president, and Saint Viator Athletic Director Marty Jennings congratulated the athletes, their coaches and parents.
“This is a tremendous achievement of choosing to play college athletics,” Jennings said. “It is a select few, who can navigate the rigors of being a student-athlete and have the will to continue into the next level of sport. We are proud of your accomplishments.”