Two Lincoln-Way Central student athletes put pen to paper Wednesday to signify they'll take their game to the next level. One's season just ended, the other's is just beginning. But they've both made a big impact on Knight athletics the last four years.
Brad Foster, a basketball player from New Lenox, signed with Lewis University. Danielle Dowd, a volleyball player from Manhattan, will continue her sport at Ferris State University in Michigan.
Foster is a 6-foot, 8-inch center with a 3.947 GPA, and he plans to major in pre-physical therapy. Although he's accomplished the goal of landing a scholarship to play in college, Foster is excited to refine some of his skills this season, primarily ball handling and rebounding.
"I also want to try and become a good team leader so I can carry that over to college and try to play right away," he said.
He had interest from schools such as Stanford and Northwestern, but said a couple opportunities fell through. He then visited Lewis and fell in love with it, especially appreciating that his family would still be able to come to all the games and cheer him on.
Dowd just finished her volleyball season, one for the record books at Lincoln-Way Central. The team went 26-12 this year and won both conference and regional championships.
"She always held herself to the highest expectations," coach Kathy Sulkowski said. "She realized her potential, and she's not done achieving that potential."
The senior outside hitter was a force, making numerous All-Conference and All-Area teams. Of all her accomplishments and memories with the team, one stands out.
"I'll always remember the relationships I've built with the girls. I'm proud to be a Knight."