RTHS holds 2022 Athletic College Signing Day

Rochelle Township High School held its 2022 Athletic College Signing Day on Thursday. Seventeen seniors are continuing their academics and athletics at the college level. From left to right are Liberty Hayes, Taylor Ponto, Jordin Dickey, Carly Summers, Lucy Monroy (bottom row), Andy Buskohl, Cooper Hasz, Rowan Williams, Josue Huerta (middle row), Zach Sanford, Nate Burdin and Braden Alfano (top row). Not pictured are Sylvia Hasz, Adam Kemp, Tanner Lager, Alyssa Mickley and Ella Seebach. (Photo by Russell Hodges)

17 seniors continuing academics and athletics collegiately

ROCHELLE — Rochelle Township High School held its 2022 Athletic College Signing Day ceremony Thursday afternoon, with 17 seniors finalizing commitments to continue their academics and athletics at the college level.

"It's the culmination of the careers of these student-athletes and an opportunity for them to continue to compete at the next level," Rochelle Township High School athletic director Rich Harvey said. "We talk with our kids a lot about participating in college athletics and getting that experience. Seeing the variety of sports represented today was astounding."

The Class of 2022 includes Braden Alfano (North Central College, Baseball), Nate Burdin (Lawrence University, Baseball), Andy Buskohl (Carroll University, Baseball), Jordin Dickey (Highland Community College, Softball), Cooper Hasz (Kishwaukee College, Basketball), Sylvia Hasz (Eastern Illinois University, Volleyball), Liberty Hayes (University of Dubuque, Cheerleading), Josue Huerta (Kishwaukee College, Cross Country), Adam Kemp (Carthage College, Basketball), Tanner Lager (Ripon College, Basketball), Alyssa Mickley (Kishwaukee College, Bowling), Lucy Monroy (Kishwaukee College, Soccer), Taylor Ponto (Illinois State University, Dance), Zach Sanford (University of Dubuque, Track), Ella Seebach (Concordia University Chicago, Tennis), Carly Summers (Kishwaukee College, Bowling) and Rowan Williams (Kishwaukee College, Golf).

"Rochelle Township High School is a great place academically and we have great coaches who care a lot about our kids," Harvey said. "It's not always about wins and losses. It's about developing relationships with them and teaching them how to become better citizens and how to be productive during and after high school."