This morning the Niles North Athletic Department recognized senior student-athletes who will continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level as well as athletes who demonstrate exemplary sportsmanship. Athletic Director Brett Bildstein, Assistant Athletic Director Steve Parnther and coaches and staff honored the exceptional student-athletes who have represented their family, teams and school community so proudly over the past four years.
Student-athletes who have made a commitment to play collegiate sports: Joe Ardelean, Football, Carthage College; Cameron Benesch, Baseball, Undecided; Karis Catrinta, Soccer, Trinity University; Patrick Cox, Swimming, South Carolina; Griffin Dunn, Volleyball, Milwaukee School of Engineering; Andrew Francis, Football, University of Wisconsin – Platteville; Edgar Gomez, Football, University of Dubuque; Ysabel Gonzaga, Tennis, Elmhurst College; Isla Herrera, Track and Field, North Park University; Teresa Knudson, Soccer, Coe College; Jordan LaBelle, Football, University of Dubuque; Ethan Lee, Swimming, University of Illinois – Chicago; Gina Loy, Softball, University of Iowa; Mitch Mages, Swimming, Carthage College; Sabrina Palavra, Tennis, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater; Dylan Ramirez, Football, Carthage College; Max Royzen, Diving, University of Minnesota; Jovanni Sanchez, Baseball, Undecided; George Sherman, Baseball, Dominican University; Zac Sward, Soccer, Oakton Community College; and Jelani Terrier, Football, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.
The Sportsmanship Award was presented to: Juniors Nelson Fernandes and Linh Nguyen, Sophomores Brian Cox and Tina Tran, and Freshmen Kyle Wilson and Nyla Hawel.
The criteria for the Sportsmanship Award is based upon those students who demonstrate respect towards officials, opposing teams, coaches and fans; pride towards their own team; an attitude that encourages and provides an environment conducive to the spirit of fair play; leadership which sets a good example; and good character and sportsmanship both on and off the field.