Recently Marquette Catholic High School sent two of its soccer players into the college ranks.
On the boys' side defenseman/midfielder Caleb McClintock will continue his playing days at McKendree University in Lebanon, while female player Kate Sanfilippo will compete for the Northern Illinois Huskies in DeKalb.
McKendree is a Division II school and part of the Great Lakes Conference, while NIU is a D-I program out of the Mid-American Conference.
McClintock contributed two goals and two assists for a total of six points for the 11-9-1 Explorers in 2014. McClintock played on the state champion Class 1A Explorers in 2012 too, contributing two goals.
“Caleb has progressed each of the four years he has played for Marquette Catholic High School,” Marquette boys' soccer head coach Jeremy Sanfilippo said in a press release. “Caleb is a very strong leader, an excellent player to coach, a team player and a very skillful player who can play wherever he is needed. He was a part of the state championship team in 2012 for Marquette. He was a captain this year.”
Kate Sanfilippo was the second on the Marquette girls' squad in points a year ago. The midfielder/forward punched in nine goals to accompany 15 assists for a total of 33 points. The Explorers were 18-6-1 in 2014 and made it to the Super Sectional round of the playoffs before losing 2-1 to state runner-up Rochester.
Sanfilippio still has her senior season in front of her before she head's off to NIU. Explorers' head coach Steve Mitchell is happy to have her back.
“I have had the pleasure of having Kate Sanfilippo play for me both in the select environment and the high school level,” Mitchell wrote in a press release. “Kate is a very dedicated and talented player. She is a player that is extremely difficult to replace. Kate not only is a hard worker but a team leader. She prides herself in getting to the next level. Kate is able to motivate the players around her with her style of play. She will be a true asset to her upcoming team.”