Saint Viator High School’s Athletics Department celebrated seven more student-athletes who signed commitments to play at the college level. They were showcased Wednesday during a Spring Signing Day that drew teachers, teammates, family, and friends to fill half of the Cahill Gymnasium to cheer them on.
“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 the sport,” said Saint Viator Athletic Director Martin Jennings.
The list included:
- Bryce Hellgeth of Arlington Heights, baseball at University of Dayton
- Ryan Stejskal of Arlington Heights, baseball at Trinity Christian College
- Patricia Dizon of Arlington Heights, tennis at Purdue University Northwest
- Charlie Hildestad of Gurnee, lacrosse at Illinois Wesleyan University
- Angelique Dalesandro of Rolling Meadows, bowling at Vanderbilt University
- Peter Lambesis of Mount Prospect, basketball at Illinois Wesleyan University
- Christian Dolecki of Roselle, football at Illinois Wesleyan University
Angelique Dalesandro is the first scholarship bowler to come out of Saint Viator. Since the school does not have a team, she bowls as an individual and was discovered by college coaches last summer, at a weeklong, national tournament in Ohio. Now she is headed to Nashville, to bowl for Vanderbilt University.
She signed her letter of commitment one day before the National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championships opens in St. Louis, where the Commodores from Vanderbilt are seeded fourth.
“I’m excited with how good they are,” said Dalesandro. “I’ve never been on a team before, so between that, and having teammates, it’s all new to me.”
Bryce Hellgeth plays catcher and is a right-handed pitcher for the state champion Lions’ baseball team. He committed to playing baseball at the University of Dayton, a Division I program, where he is expected to pitch.
“Their new coach, Jason King, has come in and established a new culture,” Hellgeth said. “He wants everyone to play tough baseball and compete every day, which I love.”
His teammate, Ryan Stejskal, committed to playing baseball at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, where he will play first base for the Trolls.
“I knew I wanted to play in college — and it’s close,” Stejskal said.
Charlie Hildestad had other choices, but he chose to play Division III lacrosse at Illinois Wesleyan, where several Lions have played and found success, including Michael Julius ’13, and current players, Nick Winter and Peter Trunk.
“The Titan’s lacrosse program, led by Coach (Zach) Iannucci is exciting and has a proud tradition, which our kids want to be part of,” says Bill Sanford, Saint Viator boys’ lacrosse coach. “They play a very intense style of lacrosse and have a well-rounded program that fits in well with the greater community down there.”
Christian Dolecki will be joining Hildestad at Illinois Wesleyan, where the football team competes in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). At Saint Viator, Dolecki was a two-year starter and an ESCC All-Conference selection at defensive back last season.
“He intercepted five passes on the year including three in one game, which came during an important victory at Marian Central Catholic,” says Head Coach Dave Archibald. “He received interest from several Division III schools before settling on IWU. They compete in the CCIW which is a very solid division III football conference.”
Another Saint Viator Lion looking ahead to becoming a Titan is Peter Lambesis, who will play basketball for the Bloomington school. Just last month, Lambesis helped lead the Lions to the Class 4A regional final and was among the senior leaders on the team.
“They were looking for a combination guard, who could be a shooting guard or play the point,” Lambesis said. “I love that. I haven’t played the point in a while, but I love the fact that now I have the chance.”
Rounding out the group was Patricia Dizon, who will play Division II tennis at Purdue University Northwest, located in Hammond, IN.
“It’s always been my dream to play high-level tennis,” Dizon said.
These student-athletes join their 10 classmates who committed to playing in college in February, on National College Signing Day.
- Michael Balcerak of Arlington Heights, swimming, University of Cincinnati
- Myia Clark of Schaumburg, basketball, St. Louis University
- Jack Scislowski of Inverness, football, Colgate University
- Anna Johnston of Arlington Heights, soccer, University of New Hampshire
- Catherine Hickey of Des Plaines, volleyball, Limestone College
- Olivia Solimene of Arlington Heights, basketball, DePauw University
- Anthony Maraviglia of Schaumburg, football, Johns Hopkins University
- Joe Hare of Arlington Heights, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
- Haley Robinson of Hoffman Estates, softball, University of Wisconsin, Eau Clair
- Shelby Mepham of Palatine, soccer, Benedictine University
“Your decision to take that commitment and sacrifice to the next level is something that not everyone makes,” Jennings added. “We’re proud of you. Congratulations. You’re all champions.”