Area athletes sign up for college

Four more Hall athletes and two from St. Bede have made their commitment to continue their athletic career at the college level.

• Hall’s Matt Briddick has signed to play football for Millikin University in Decatur. He said he really liked the football program there and the feel the team gave me.”

“I believe the next four years hold a great opportunity for me and the team,” said Briddick, who plans to study sports science.

Millikin coach Patrick Etherton said Briddick will be a good fit for the Big Blue”

“We are very excited that Matt has decided to continue his academic and football career at Millikin University,” Etherton said. “Matt has the size that we are looking for at defensive end.  Matt had a great senior year and we believe his best football is ahead of him.”

Hall’s Miguel Villareal will take his baseball game to North Central College in Naperville. He cited three reasons for picking NCC: “It’s a good program, close to home and has a nice campus.”

He plans to study business and sports management.

For Deidra Whightsil, it was a case of Once a Red Devil always a Red Devil. The Hall product will play softball for the Red Devils of Eureka College. She picked Eureka over other schools because “it’s close to home and the program fit me perfectly.”

She said she is excited for the opportunity, because “It has always been my dream to play college softball.”

• St. Bede’s Morgan Knoblauch has signed to play softball for IVCC. She said it’s good fit for her, especially since she’s undecided on a major. She does want to get into elementary education or nursing.

“I’m excited to be able to continue playing the game I love at the college level,” she said.

• St. Bede’s Raley Mauck has also elected to attend IVCC to play basketball.