Another trio of Homewood-Flossmoor athletes officially signed to play college sports Wednesday, April 20, as the school held a photo session for the students and their families.
Colton Karczewski signed his letter to play college baseball at the Division III level at the University of Dubuque in Iowa.
The Spartans roster currently includes 17 players from Illinois and another from Indiana who went to high school at Mount Carmel.
“That wasn’t important to me, but it happens to be nice,” he said. “They like recruiting from Illinois, I guess.”
Karczewski visited the campus in September. He said the quality of the baseball facilities was an unexpected surprise. It was a factor in his decision.
The right-handed pitcher will fit in for the Spartans wherever he can. He hasn’t decided on a major but is considering sports marketing.
“I’m looking to be a starter but if they want me to be a relief guy, I can. Whatever they need me to do, I’ll do,” Karczewski said.
Jaedyn Price will play college football for St. Ambrose in Michigan. The Bees recently hired a new head coach in Vince Fillipp, who was the defensive coordinator a year ago. Several of his assistants are new, as well.
“They have a new coaching staff, so it’s like we’re all growing together,” Price said.
St. Ambrose will lose five of the nine players who registered a carry last season. That may offer a running back like Price a chance to see the field early. Bees coaches told him to expect to catch the ball out of the backfield frequently so he can work in space.
“They like my speed and my size for my position. They think I could be a big impact for them in the new offense they’re bringing,” Price said.
He’ll major in entrepreneurship.
Basketball player Miracle Thomas will stay close to home, playing for Prairie State College. She said Pioneers coach Ariana Dampier was the difference.
Dampier was at H-F Wednesday to watch Thomas sign.
“She gave me the home vibes from my visit to the first time meeting her,” Thomas said. “(Prairie State) is somewhere I feel at home. It’s somewhere I want to play. It’s just what I feel is best for me.”
The proximity to H-F means that Thomas will be able to share the floor with players she knows. Her friend Tanaya Mack, of Manual, recently committed to the Pioneers. The two have played together since they were young.
She’ll study criminal justice with the hopes of a career as a lawyer in the future.
“The plans are for me to come out, pretty much as a starter and do what I do best on the court,” Thomas said.