Three student athletes from Lincoln-Way West High School signed National Letters of Intent on Nov. 15, agreeing to attend a variety of colleges and universities.
Kaci Krumreich will be attending St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA for softball. She will major in nursing. Sam Magruder will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis. for softball. Magruder will major in physical therapy. Softball coach for the two student athletes is Heather Novak.
In addition, Sarah Wegrzyn will attend Mercyhurst University in Erie, Penn. for volleyball. Rory Harrison is the volleyball coach at LWW.
“We are excited to be here to recognize three outstanding student-athletes who are making the commitment to continue their education and their athletic careers at the collegiate level. We are very proud of what they have accomplished throughout their high school career. We appreciate all of the time, effort, and determination they displayed to become the leaders of our school, and represent Lincoln-Way West not only in conference and state competitions, but also in our community,” stated Ted Robbins, athletic director.
Robbins introduced the student athletes to a crowd of parents, coaches, friends, and teachers. He said:
- Kaci Krumreich—"has been a starting catcher at the varsity level softball team for the past two seasons. Last season, Kaci emerged as an offensive power and consistently came up with clutch hits for the Warriors, including a walk off homerun and a walk off hit in a doubleheader against Evergreen Park. She led the team last year in batting average (.472), hits (60), on-base percentage (.500), and putouts (197). Kaci currently holds the single season program record in hits and putouts. Kaci was an integral piece to our 20 plus win season last year and will continue to be looked at as a leader in the program. The future is bright for Kaci as she finishes her career at West and begins her career at St. Ambrose next year."
- Sam Magruder—" has been a three year varsity starter in softball at Lincoln-Way West since the school opened in 2009. Sam has played centerfield, right field, first base, and currently plays second base for the Warriors. Not only is she a key defensive player, but she is a dangerous offensive threat in the lineup. Sam hits to all fields and can hit for both average and power. She is a fierce competitor on the field, last season she led the team in runs and scored (40), doubles (17), homeruns (7), total bases (91), and slugging percentage (.722). She currently holds the single season program records with doubles, homeruns, and total bases. Sam continues to set the bar high for future players in the Warriors Softball Program, and we are excited to see her continue her career at Parkside."
- Sarah Wegrzyn—"is Lincoln-Way West’s first four-year varsity girls’ volleyball player. Breaking the school record this year, Sarah currently holds the top three slots for kills in a season for the 2012, 2011 and 2010 seasons. As a captain this season, Sarah was selected as SWSC all-conference, All Tournament at the Rich South and Oak Lawn Invitational tournaments, Patch.com Player of the Week, and All-Area for the Joliet Herald."
“All of these students have been an integral part of not only their teams, but also of Lincoln-Way West. Congratulations to all of the students on their outstanding accomplishments at Lincoln-Way West. A big thank you to their parents for all their support; and students, we at West wish you the best of luck in the future,” stated Monica Schmitt, principal.
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Stacy Holland, community relations director for LWHS Dist. 210, contributed this story.