Four Bolingbrook High School seniors signed their letters of intent Tuesday, officially committing to their respective college athletic careers.
Ben Moore, Brad Elmore, Dani Knaak and Kennedy Cattenhead signed their letters in a school ceremony.
College: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
High school career: Cattenhead earned Illinois Basketball Coaches Association special mention honors as a junior last year when the 5-10 Lady Raiders guard saw signficiant playing time. She averaged 5 points and 5 assists a game.
Why Illinois: "I like my new coaches, and the program. I also wanted to major in business, and they have an excellent business school. It's not all about basketball."
Goal for the season: "Winning state is my one big goal. We need to be a team. There are a lot of new faces."
Sport: Baseball, pitcher
College: Lewis University
High school career: Elmore, who is primarily a pitcher but also plays the field, was 11-5 last year with a 3.11 Earned Run Average. The three-year varsity player struck out 70 and walked only 13 in 56 innings pitched.
Why Lewis: "I like the coach and the program. In high school you don't get to play teams in other states. That will be cool."
Major: History or Physical Therapy
Sport: Softball, center fielder
College: Lewis University
High school career: Knaak has played at the varsity level for four years and has become a staple in center field. The left-handed hitter led the Raiders in hitting last year with a .429 batting average and a .531 on base percentage. She knocked out 57 hits, including 8 doubles, scored 36 times and is not only an accomplished base stealer, but also an outstanding defensive player.
Why Lewis: "Lewis seemed like a good fit for me. I like the coach and the other softball girls I've met."
Major: Special education
College: Southern Methodist University in Dallas
High school career: Moore, a 6-8, 190-pound Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Stater last yaer, averaging 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks a game as a junior for the Raiders. He was the team's Most Valuable Player and was named to the All SWSC squad as well as the All Herald News team. Earlier this week, the Sun-Times ranked Moore as one of the top forwards in the state.
Why SMU: "It was the best fit for me. I'm moving in the best direction. I liked the coaching staff. Of all the offers so far, it was the best."
Goal for the season: "I want us to go as far as we can. I want us to meet our goals, both team and individual. I want to keep getting better."
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