Hampshire’s Crater to play 2 sports at Olivet Nazarene

Tyler Crater has a standard answer when asked which sport is his favorite.

“I always told them it depends what time of year it is,” said Crater, Hampshire’s man for all seasons.

Football was something he did well because he was fast and strong. Basketball and baseball are his best sports. Picking one over the other was too difficult, so he refused to do it.

Crater, who will finish his high school career with nine varsity letters, has committed to play basketball and baseball at NAIA Olivet Nazarene in Bourbonnais. Crater scored 30 on the ACT and will receive academic and athletic scholarships (for both sports), which will cover most of his costs at the school.

Crater (6-foot-3, 185 pounds) was a Northwest Herald All-Area first-team selection after scoring 18.0 points a game for the Whip-Purs, who were 23-6. He passed 1,000 points for his career.

“Coming into my senior year, I always thought I’d have to pick one and before basketball season I was leaning toward baseball,” said Crater, a four-year starter in baseball where he now plays catcher. “But after the year I had in basketball, I couldn’t see myself giving that sport up.”

Crater considered three NCAA Division III schools – Carthage, Illinois Wesleyan and Augustana – along with Olivet. Illinois Wesleyan was the choice of Woodstock’s Jordan Turner, a friendly rival of Crater’s the past three seasons in the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division.

“I talked with Jordan a little bit,” Crater said. “I think their coach asked him to call me.”

Crater knows playing two sports at Olivet Nazarene will not be easy.

“It’s going to be a lot of work,” Crater said. “I know the challenges that will be there, but at the end of the day, I couldn’t see myself not playing both sports.”

Biewald, Casaletto on champs: Prairie Ridge defenseman Pat Biewald and CCM forward Anthony Casaletto played for Team Illinois, which won the 2013 America’s Showcase hockey tournament April 14 in Pittsburgh.

Team Illinois was 4-1 in the tournament. It defeated Indiana, New Jersey and lost to Ohio in pool play, then beat New England, 2-1, in the semifinals and defeated Pittsburgh, 3-2, in the championship.

“It was awesome,” Biewald said. “I got to play in it last year and we lost to Pittsburgh in the semifinals, so it was nice to avenge that and win the showcase. It’s really fun playing with showcase guys. The speed is the biggest thing. It’s really good hockey.”

CCM is a team comprised of players from Crystal Lake Central, Dundee-Crown and McHenry. Casaletto attends McHenry’s West Campus.

Obecny to Northwest Missouri: Huntley senior Trevor Obecny will continue his running career at D-II Northwest Missouri State in Maryville next year.

Obecny was third in the 800 meters in the McHenry County Track and Field Meet on Saturday. He also ran on the Red Raiders cross country team.

• Joe Stevenson is a senior sports writer for the Northwest Herald. He can be reached by email at You also can follow him on Twitter @nwh_JoePrepZone. 

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