This time of a year is a time of anticipation and excitement for area graduates as they prepare for the next chapter of their lives. Many of them will continue to participate in the games they love at the next level.
Here’s a look at where this year’s local graduates are going to play in college. If there are others, please let me know.
Little Giants standout Marcus Winfert will play basketball at IVCC.
Alexandria Hernandez, Oscar Camacho, Erik Perez and Jose Garcia are all planning to play soccer at IVCC.
Two Red Devils are moving on in football, Anthony Buchanan (Ellsworth, Iowa Junior College) and James Mautino (Aurora University).
Lady Devils Gabby Englehaupt and Janessa Hart will hoop on the Hilltop for IVCC, while Sara Perkins will play softball for Heartland Community College in Normal.
The latest Hall grad to land in the college ranks is Chance Resetich, who will play baseball for Black Hawk College.
Thomas Stamberger, a BCR Runner of the Year, will run track at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
The Tigers will be spreading their wings in many directions this fall.
Two will pursue football careers — Chase Tatum (Augustana) and Hayden Welte (University of Louisiana-Monroe).
A trio of Tigresses will play soccer — Vicki Tieman (St. Ambrose), Jamie Orwig (IVCC) and BCR Player of the Year Kiley Schenck (North Park University).
Two more Tigers, Peyton Hammerich (Central College, wrestling) and Corinne Peterson (Sauk, volleyball), will also stay in the game at the college level.
A pair of academy products are heading to Purdue Northwest University in Hammond, Ind., Abbie May for softball and Kyle Clendenen for baseball at the Div. II level.
Another Lady Bruin, Maggie Sons, is heading to Akron University to play Div. I softball.
The IVCC baseball team will gain the talents of Bruins Demetrius Schupp, Dylan Grammer and Mateo Sanchez.
• Halberg moving on: While we’re on the subject of moving on, I want to pass on best wishes to Amboy-LaMoille girls track/cross country coach Bob Halberg, who is retired after 14 years. The 1972 Princeton High School grad has made the Lady Clippers’ programs some of the best in the state.
He was inducted into the University of St. Francis Hall of Fame in 2010.
I will miss talking sports with Bob and seeing his Cardinals cap around for sure.
Kevin Hieronymus is the BCR Sports Editor. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.