Local high school athletes sign letters of intent

Dozens of high school athletes across the stateline put pen to paper for college signing day on Wednesday.

A trio of state champions were a part of the Forreston contingent committing to their colleges.

Garett Badertscher, Evan Kelsey, Mitchell Heinz, Cherokee Pendergrass, Katie Erdmann and Braedon Fyock all sat down for their signing with friends and family cheering them on.

Fyock is heading to North Central College in Naperville to play basketball and thanks the Cardinal family for its unwavering support.

"All of my coaches and teammates and friends and family have been amazing in my years at Forreston and they have definitely prepared me well for college," said Fyock. "Everybody was so supportive. The fans around here are so supportive all of the time and that was huge in helping me be ready for the next level."

Byron rolled out the long table for its seniors as well with Austin Buser, Ralee Corkran, Zak Alberts, Colton Ingram, Tanner Klein, Connor Harn, Tony Eddy and Kendra Jackson all putting pen to paper.

Jackson, who played a supporting role in the Tigers' 2017 state title run, will be playing hoops at North Park University in Chicago and says head coach Eric Yerly is a big reason for her success.

"He pushed me hard," said Jackson. "He knew that where I was when I came in, I could have been a lot better so he kept pushing me, kept telling me I could do better and kept giving me new goals to reach. I kept striving for those and once I met one, I had another one and he just kept reminding me I can always be better, there's more that I can do no matter how much I think I can practice. There's always more."