High school football and soccer: Local athletes signing with colleges on Wednesday

Prairie Ridge's Zach Gulbransen runs the ball during the first quarter at Saturday's Class 6A state semifinal game against Hoffman Estates Nov. 18, 2017. Prairie Ridge won, 42-21.
Prairie Ridge's Zach Gulbransen runs the ball during the first quarter at Saturday's Class 6A state semifinal game against Hoffman Estates Nov. 18, 2017. Prairie Ridge won, 42-21.

Here is a list of local athletes who signed to play athletics in college on Wednesday’s National Signing Day, the first day of the regular signing period for football and soccer. Some football athletes signed during the early signing period in December.


Athlete, School College Level

Jakauri Bland, Jacobs Nebraska-Kearney D-II

Patrick Brunken, Marian Central, Benedictine, D-III

David Butros, Jacobs, Wisconsin-Eau Claire, D-III

Zach Gulbransen, Prairie Ridge Winona State D-II

Cade Keenan, CL Central Butler-* D-I

Kennedy Kosmalski, McHenry, Yale, D-I

Sam Limbaugh, Marian Central, Carthage, D-III

Eric Mooney, Huntley Northern Iowa D-I

Jacob Ommen, Prairie Ridge Winona State D-II

Joe Perhats, Prairie Ridge Winona State D-II

Blake Peterson, Marian Central, Clarke University, D-III

Justin Precour, Huntley Winona State D-II

Colton Ruhland, Cary-Grove Butler-* D-I

Eric Schutt, Jacobs Northern Michigan D-II

Malik Smith, CL South Wisconsin-Stevens Point D-III

Loren Strickland, Jacobs, Indianapolis, D-II

Aaron Wagner, McHenry, Elmhurst, D-III

Caleb Walker, Jacobs, Ferris State, D-II

Charlie Zornow, Huntley, Grand View, NAIA

*-Butler plays in the Pioneer Football League, which plays FCS, but does not award athletic scholarships.

Men’s Soccer

Athlete, School, College, Level

Julian Ajroja, Dundee-Crown, Michigan State, D-I

Matt Darbro, Marian Central, Carthage, D-III

Sean Fenton, Prairie Ridge, Trinity International, NAIA

Nick Marconi, Prairie Ridge, Dubuque, D-III

Noah Melick, Jacobs, Wisconsin, D-I

Alexis Robles, Harvard, Lewis, D-II

Women’s Soccer

Athlete, School, College, Level

Jena Berkland, Concordia Saint Paul, D-II

Samantha Christensen, Dundee-Crown, Illinois-Springfield, D-II

Frankie Frericks, Cary-Grove, Creighton, D-I

Teagan Jones, Cary-Grove, Purdue, D-I

Breanna Keegan, Huntley, Barton (N.C.) College, D-II

Eve Meintz, Marian Central, Benedictine, D-III

Emily Perhats, Prairie Ridge, Loras, D-III

Madie Rokos, Crystal Lake Central, UW-Whitewater, D-III

Savannah Schuler, Prairie Ridge, North Park, D-III

Cameron Sengstock, Crystal Lake South, Winona State, D-II

Makena Silber, Prairie Ridge, Illinois, D-I

Caitlin Strong, Jacobs, Saint Leo, D-II


Athlete, School, College, Level

James Cormier, Crystal Lake Central, St. Amborose, NAIA

Robert Deischer, Cary-Grove, North Central College, D-III

Chase Grasso, McHenry, Lakeland, D-III

Jared Wojcik, McHenry, North Central College, D-III

Men's lacrosse

Athlete, School, College, Level

Jack Hephner, McHenry, University of New England, D-III

Michael Pilafas, Prairie Ridge, Aurora University, D-III

Men's track and field

Athlete, School, College, Level

Brian Keyes, McHenry, Illinois, D-I

Andrew Pilat, McHenry, Eastern Illinois, D-I


Athlete, School, College, Level

Ashley Dehmlow, McHenry, Augustana, D-III


Athlete, School, College, Level

Nick Fetzner, Prairie Ridge, UW-La Crosse, D-III

Marty Krasinski, Harvard, UW-Oshkosh, D-III


Athlete, School, College, Level

Paige Manssen, McHenry, UW-Whitewater, D-III

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