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Athletes sign up to play collegiately

Published: Friday, May 9, 2014 3:57 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 9, 2014 4:01 p.m. CDT
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Hall senior Kaitlyn Padgett signs to join the bowling team at Lindenwood University, joined by her parents Jim and Kathy Padgett and Hall coach Monica Hrovat (back).
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St. Bede Academy senior Gabby Mendoza signs to play golf with St. Ambrose University joined by her parents (from left) Malou Mendoza and Adelino Mendoza; and (back row SBA head coach Rich Cummings and assistant coach Tom Payton.
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Hall senior Trevor Urbanski signs to play football for Benedictine University, joined by his parents Ted and Laurie Urbanski (front) and Hall coach Randy Tieman (back).

Two seniors from Hall High School and another from St. Bede Academy have signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college.

Katelyn Padgett, the BCR Bowler of the Year, will continue to roll for Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. She said the size of the campus was just the right fit for her.

“It was the right size and has plenty to do in its town,” said Padgett. She will major in elementary education with a minor in special education.

She also looked at Nebraska University and Spalding in Louisville, Ky.

Classmate Trevor Urbanski signed on with Benedictine University in Lisle to play football. He had also considered to play baseball, but in the end he wanted to do football and Benedictine was the right place for him.

He found the campus to be “beautiful and the coaches were so respectful.” He plans to study accounting and was impressed to see they are building a new business building.

At St. Bede, Gabby Mendoza has signed with St. Ambrose University to golf next fall. She had considered several other schools, including Bradley, Marquette and Augustana, but said she found it to have a St. Bede-like atmosphere.

“I’ve heard so highly about it,” she said. “It’s far enough, but not too far and is a friendly-hospitable environment. I could just see myself going there and belonging.”

Mendoza, who will major in exercise science and kinesiology, was especially pleased with St. Ambrose’s physical therapy program, which is regarded one of the best in the Midwest.

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