The Mater Dei athletic program, one of the most successful in the Tri-State on the scoreboard, is also one of the most successful in the class room. as evidenced by Tuesday's big college signing day.
Tuesday afternoon, a quality quintet of student athletes signed on the dotted line. A powerful pair from the state champion wrestling team committed to Big Ten rivals, with Brody Bauman signing with Purdue, while Gabe Sollars is headed just down the road at Indiana.
"From the beginning," said Bauman, "it was pretty much "who's going to beat Purdue. Who's going to be better than Purdue". Obviously it never happened, so I feel super confident with my decision."
"Everything was just very strenuous," said Sollare, "but mostly I just noticed that I was going to be a better wrestler at IU."
Speaking of the Hoosiers, Sophie Kleiman committed to playing on the IU softball team.
"They watched me play a lot this summer in travel ball and then I just developed a relationship with them," said Kleiman. "And then I went on a campus visit and just loved it."
Austin Frey put pen to paper to play baseball for the Kentucky Wesleyan College Panthers.
"I wanted to go somewhere where I felt like it was kind of a family atmosphere, like Mater Dei," said Frey. "A smaller school where everyone knew each other. I went on my visit and it just felt like a family."
Lastly, Madeline Rentchler inked to play soccer for Taylor University.
"After these four years," said Rentchler, "what's going to happen is where my academics are going to take me and what my career's going to be. And so, I wanted to go somewhere where I can focus on my academics along with playing soccer."