Alia Abu-Douleh, Marion: The Wildcats’ standout soccer player will be attending the University of Illinois on a soccer scholarship. She was an Illinois State Scholar and was the President of the National Honor Society. Alia ranked second in her class of 223, and was selected class speaker for her graduating class. On the soccer field, she was the team captain and MVP along with a selection to the South Seven all-conference team. She helped lead Marion to the conference championship and a regional championship.
Taylor Craig, Sparta: The Lady Bulldog was selected as Sparta’s female athlete of the year. She was a standout on the basketball and softball team’s including an appearance in the basketball sweet 16. In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Craig had a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.
Will Donelson, HamiltonCounty: The three-sport athlete was named to the All-South and Black Diamond all-conference team in cross country. He was named team MVP and HamiltonCounty athlete of the year. Donelson was the Army Reserve Academic athlete of the year and ranks No. 1 in his class of 88. Donelson was an Illinois State Scholar and will attend college at UnionUniversity in Tennessee.
Sarah Goodale, Carbondale: The Terriers senior qualified for three events at the state track and field meet this past season. She was a member of the All-State Academic Team and held a 4.0 GPA. Goodale has signed with VanderbiltUniversity, where she will be continuing her track and field career.
Samaria Gosa, Meridian: The Lady Bobcats’ cheerleader and track standout was the team’s best sprinter and won the best all around cheer award. She received the Joda Spauldling Dillow Memorial and the Shawnee Development Council scholarships. Gosa plans to attend John A. Logan to work on her degree in early childhood education.
Shaye Harre, Nashville: The SIU softball signee was the All-South co-player of the year, and team MVP for two straight years. Harre was a key player on two state championship teams, one in 2012 for softball and 2013 in basketball. She was a member of the National Honor Society in addition to her athletic accomplishments. Harre was named to the SIRR Ohio all-conference team in volleyball, softball, and basketball.
Cordon Hight, Century: The Centurions’ baseball and basketball standout was selected to the South Egyptian all conference team in both sports. He was the team leading scorer in basketball both his junior and senior year, along with being selected as team MVP. Hight was an Illinois State Scholar and the valedictorian of his class.
Abby Horn, Herrin: The Lady Tigers’ standout in volleyball, basketball and track was named to the All-State academic team. She was selected to the SIRR Ohio all-conference team multiple times in both volleyball and basketball. Along with her athletic accomplishments, she was a drum major in the school band while compiling a 4.3 GPA, and was ranked fifth in her class of 146. Horn was also a three-time state qualifier in track.
Evan Keller, West Frankfort: The Redbirds’ three-sport standout played baseball, basketball and golf all four years of his high school career. In addition to his athletic talent, Keller also played in the school band and participated on the scholar bowl team. He was a member of the National Honor Society and an Illinois State Scholar. Keller ranked No. 1 in his class of 97 and had a 5.2 GPA. He plans to attend the University of Illinois.
Wes McGuire, GallatinCounty: The Hawks’ standout in baseball and basketball had a 3.8 GPA while helping his team advance deep into the state basketball tournament this season. McGuire has decided to continue his baseball career by signing to play at SoutheasternIllinoisCollege.
Kevin Mercks, Christopher: The Bearcats’ three-sport athlete was named to the Black Diamond all conference team in basketball. Mercks also played football and ran track while having a 4.99 GPA. He was the Valedictorian of his class and will be attending TrineUniversity where he plans on playing basketball.
Devantae Price, Egyptian: The Pharaohs point guard lead the team averaging 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game. Price was named to the South Egyptian all conference team and to the all south team. He ranked 12th in his class with a 4.3 GPA.
Cassidy Rice, Du Quoin: The volleyball and softball standout was selected to the SIRR Mississippi all-conference team and the All-South team for all four years of her high school career. She was the team’s MVP for four straight years in softball. Rice was a member of the National Honor Society and will be attending GeorgiaCollege, where she will be continuing her softball career.
Ryne Roper, Harrisburg: The Bulldogs’ baseball and basketball standout had a 4.10 GPA and was an Illinois State Scholar. Roper was a starter on the state championship basketball team this season. On the baseball field, he hit .477 and had nine home runs this season. Roper went 11-0 on the mound and has signed to continue his baseball career at the University of Illinois. He was also named the Gatorade player of the year in baseball.
Jessa Thomas, JohnstonCity: The Lady Indians standout in softball has signed to continue playing at SIU. She was selected to the Black Diamond all-conference team four straight years and selected to the All-South team multiple times. Thomas was also selected to the Super 60 team. She is in the top 10 in the ISHA in career home runs (40) and most home runs in a single game (three). Thomas was the Black Diamond champion in the discus, was selected to the all conference team and was a state qualifier. Along with her athletic success, she was the valedictorian of her class, a member of the National Honor Society and had a 4.0 GPA.