Athletes from throughout the region signed letters of intent to further their careers this week.

Two Carbondale seniors signed letters of intent at Division 1 schools. Darius Beane will follow in his brother’s footsteps and attend Southern Illinois University. Teammate Kani Acree, who had verbally committed to Ball State, made the commitment official Wednesday.

Four area softball players will be moving on to Division 1 programs. Allie Herron of West Frankfort signed with St. Louis University. Trico’s Jade Kranawetter signed with Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Leaha Wininger of Johnston City and Massac County's Payton Pierce will continue their careers at Southeast Missouri State.

Goreville baseball standout and Southern Illinoisan Player of the Year Brodie Lenon will play baseball at Murray State University.

In the meantime, Benton’s Makaela Hampton signed a letter of intent to play tennis at Quincy University.

Another Division II signee, Murphysboro volleyball star Drew Stokes signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Colorado School of Mines.

Several students also signed with area community colleges.

Carbondale’s Josie Sykes will continue her golf career at Rend Lake College.

John A. Logan received softball commitments from Herrin’s Callie Sutcliffe, Carterville’s Hannah Schulmeister and Sydney Monje. Murphysboro’s Mallorie Harris signed with Logan to play volleyball.

Brooke Burcham of Nashville is headed to Kaskaskia College to play softball.


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Les Winkeler is sports editor and outdoors writer for The Southern Illinoisan.

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