A total of eight more student-athletes took their seats at the signing table on Wednesday, signaling their commitment to play at the college level. All eight will play at the Division III or the NAIA level—and they will take their Saint Viator experience with them.
With the 13 student-athletes who signed letters of intent earlier this year, on national signing days in November and February, that means more than 20 Saint Viator Lions will continue to pursue their sports in college.
“You are all tremendous representatives of this high school,” said Mr. Martin Jennings, athletic director. “You have taken your passion and love of the game and are ready to take it to the next level, and we are extremely proud of you.”
One by one, students expressed their thanks to their coaches and parents for all of their guidance—and sacrifices—over the years.
“I want to thank Coach (Chris) Boylan, for all the life lessons I learned—that go beyond the playing field,” said Max Hogan, who only started playing volleyball in eighth grade and now will be playing at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA.
His classmate, Shaun Falbo, thanked Coach Mike Manno for his wise counsel in leading the baseball program.
“He always preached to us that it was a gift to be able to play the game, and I want to thank him for that,” said Shaun, who will continue playing baseball for the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.
Senior Patrick Hickey pointed to the soccer team’s triumphant trip to downstate, his junior year, only to lose in the semi-finals.
“That’s when I realized that I wanted to keep playing. I wanted to come back and finish business,” said Patrick, who now will play soccer at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.
His soccer teammate, Miles McDonnell, thanked Coach Mike Taylor for his encouragement through his four years.
“There were so many great moments during my four years playing here,” Miles said, “that I realized I really wanted to keep playing.”