Krissy Pratt took full advantage of having an older sister going through the college volleyball recruitment process.
The 5-foot-11 Crystal Lake Central outside hitter traveled with sister Katie, a senior, on her trip to NCAA Division II Union University last year.
The private Christian school in Jackson, Tenn., made such an impression with Krissy that she had Club Fusion recruiting director Jim Mohr contact Union’s coaching staff again this year. Pratt, a junior, recently committed to Bulldogs coach Christy Mooberry and her staff.
“I wanted to go to school in the South and I wanted a faith-based school,” Pratt said. “I loved the campus, it’s so big and has some beautiful buildings. I visited last year and then visited again a few weeks ago.”
Katie Pratt will play at D-III Bethel (Minn.) College. Krissy, who plays with Club Fusion’s 17 White team, picked Union over D-II Cedarville (Ohio) University.
“I’ve played travel since I was in the seventh grade,” Pratt said. “I’ve wanted to play in college for a long time.”
South’s Meyers to Moorhead: Crystal Lake South’s Katie Meyers, a 5-2 senior, will attend D-II Minnesota-Moorhead on a volleyball scholarship next year.
Meyers was a three-year varsity player and also looked at D-I Middle Tennessee State before choosing Moorhead. She plays for Club Fusion’s 18 White team and Mohr helped her find the right fit, even late in the process.
“I was a little nervous, but [Mohr] told me many times it’d be OK,” Meyers said. “I really liked the size of the campus and got to practice with the team.”
Meyers also said Moorhead’s physical therapy program was exactly what she wanted.
Wuensch to Eau Claire: Marian Central forward Shannon Wuensch, the area’s girls basketball scoring leader, has decided to play basketball at D-III Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Wuensch averaged 17.6 points a game for the Hurricanes and was a Northwest Herald All-Area first-team selection. She hit 44 3-pointers and passed Katie Sharp for Marian’s career scoring leader. She finished her career with 1,183 points.
“I was drawn there because of their nursing program,” Wuensch said. “I sent the coaches my video and as soon as I met them, I knew I wanted to play for them.”
Wuensch had been talking to Eau Claire’s coaching staff since January.
Hart to Roosevelt: Marengo pitcher Bethany Hart has committed to play softball at NAIA Roosevelt University next year.
Hart was a starter last year for the Indians’ Class 3A state runner-up team. This season she took over as Marengo’s top pitcher. Hart is 11-5 this season with 109 strikeouts with 31 walks in 108 innings. She is 25-7 for her career.
Fleck to St. Norbert: Crystal Lake Central’s Kyle Fleck, a 6-7 center and two-year starter, will continue his basketball career at D-III St. Norbert next year.
Fleck averaged 8.8 points a game for the Tigers, who were 25-4. He was a Northwest Herald All-Area honorable-mention selection.
Double duty: Huntley senior Kam Sallee and Prairie Ridge senior Alex Neckopulos both will compete in multiple sports at their respective colleges next year.
Sallee will play football and baseball at D-III Beloit College. Sallee starts at first base for the Red Raiders baseball team, which leads the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division.
Sallee was third in the Northwest Herald area in passing yardage last football season with 1,447 yards, 23 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Huntley finished 6-4 and lost to Fenwick, 10-9, in the first round of the IHSA Class 7A playoffs.
Neckopulos will compete in women’s basketball and track and field at D-III Grinell (Iowa) College next year. Neckopulos was a starter for the Wolves’ girls basketball team and is one of the area’s top throwers in shot put and discus this spring.
Wiltshire to Augie: Harvard senior Timmy Wiltshire will run cross country and track and field next year at D-III Augustana College in Rock Island.
Wiltshire was an integral part of the Hornets’ Class 1A state meet-qualifying team in the fall of 2011. He finished 15th in last year’s McHenry Count Meet and sixth in the Big Northern Conference Meet.
Bartusch to Dubuque: Crystal Lake South senior Alex Bartusch will play basketball at D-III University of Dubuque next year. Bartusch recently hit 5 of 6 3-pointers for a game-high 15 points in the 2013 McHenry County Area All-Star Basketball Extravaganza at Alden-Hebron.
Bartusch was a player who was cut from his seventh-grade team, then worked his way to a starting position at South this season and to college basketball.
R-B soccer players’ plans: Richmond-Burton’s Sam Boettcher will play at D-II Illinois-Springfield and Caitlin Sembach will play at D-III Millikin University next season.
Boettcher also played golf and basketball. She was a starter on R-B’s soccer team last season that took third place in Class 1A. Boettcher played with the Crystal Lake Force travel team.
Sembach transferred from McHenry and started playing for R-B this season. She plays travel soccer with the McHenry Vipers.