Picking NMU a strategic decision for Seymour

Cary-Grove’s Meghan Seymour had to consider her position when making her college selection because there usually is one setter on the floor at a time.

Seymour liked NCAA Division II Northern Michigan University’s players after attending a camp there, and said she also felt comfortable with the roster she will join in 2014. Seymour, a two-year starter for the Trojans, committed to NMU last week and will sign her National Letter of Intent in November.

“They’ll have a setter who is a senior this year and another who will be a junior when I’m a freshman,” Seymour said. “That was a big part [of the decision]. I’m ready to compete for it. I’d love to have that spot as a freshman. Even just getting the experience and working with the team would be awesome.”

Seymour plays for Sky High Volleyball Club’s 18 White team. She considered D-I St. Louis University and D-II Minnesota-Duluth, but liked NMU the best. She made a one-day visit in May, then attended a camp two weeks ago where she met the rest of the team.

“I liked the environment, everyone on the team was so nice,” Seymour said. “I felt like I’d fit right in.”

Podczerwinski to EIU: Jacobs graduate Courtney Podczerwinski will compete on D-I Eastern Illinois University’s women’s swimming team next season. Panthers coach Elliott McGill sees Podczerwinski as a middle distance freestyle swimmer for his team.

“Courtney has the ability to put together a pretty solid 500, too,” McGill said. “She’s a team player with a tireless work ethic. She will come in and immediately provide some depth as she develops.”

Blake to Loras: Marian Central graduate Tara Blake, a 5-foot-8 outside hitter, will play at D-III Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, this fall. Blake was a Northwest Herald All-Area first-team selection last season.

Blake started the season moving to setter, then was switched back to her former position. The Hurricanes won a third consecutive Class 3A sectional championship.

Blake had 283 kills to lead the team and had 155 assists and 270 digs.

D’Angelo to Olivet: McHenry graduate Laura D’Angelo will continue her track and field career at NAIA Olivet Nazarene in Bourbonnais this year.

D’Angelo was one of the area’s top sprinters and qualified for the Class 3A state meet for the third consecutive time. D’Angelo’s best event was the 400 meters, where she had one of the area’s fastest times.

Calmeyer to Northland: Johnsburg goalkeeper Kadie Calmeyer, who helped her team to a fourth-place finish in the Class 4A girls soccer state tournament, will play college soccer at D-III Northland College in Ashland, Wis.

Calmeyer had a 1.05 goals-against average for the Skyhawks and was credited with 62 saves in 19 matches.

“Kadie has a great attitude and energy that we look forward to adding to our team,” Lumberjills coach Amanda Evans said.

Calmeyer was an honor roll student at Johnsburg and a four-year varsity player. She also competed on the varsity level in cheerleading and in football as a kicker.

Zalewski to Roosevelt: McHenry forward Damian Zalewski, a 6-3 forward, will play college basketball next season at NAIA Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Zalewski averaged 11.5 points and 6. 7 rebounds a game for the Warriors and hit 32 3-pointers. Zalewski shot 41 percent on 3s. Roosevelt will look at him as a shooting guard.

“Damian gives us more perimeter depth and a solid shooting touch,” Lakers coach Joe Griffin said. “At 6-3, he provides some length in the backcourt. If he can rebound and defend like we think he can, he’ll turn out to be a great addition for us.”

Buhrow to Carthage: Woodstock graduate Andy Buhrow, who led the area with 68 3-pointers last season, will play basketball at D-III Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. next year.

Buhrow started his high school career on Woodstock’s B team, but worked his way to a varsity starter and dangerous 3-point threat as a senior.

Buhrow was instrumental in Woodstock’s improvement from 5-23 in 2012 to 19-11 and a Class 3A regional championship last season. He also will have a chance to play against his high school teammate Jordan Turner, who will play at Illinois Wesleyan, another Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin school.

Winkelman to Lakeland: Alden-Hebron graduate Brook Winkelman will continue her softball career next year at D-III Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis.

Winkelman was a three-year letterwinner in softball with the Giants and an All-Northeastern Athletic Conference selection this season. She was the team captain of the Giants’ NAC championship team and was a National Honor Society member with a 3.5 GPA.

Ward to Rose-Hulman: Marengo graduate Katie Ward will continue her volleyball career at D-III Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute, Ind.

Ward, a 5-11 outside hitter scored 35 on her ACT and played with Club Fusion in the offseason from high school volleyball. Rose-Hulman is considered one of the nation’s top engineering schools among those who do not offer doctorate degrees.

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