Caroline Hoefert stands by regional title plaques for girls soccer that she helped win during her time with the Explorers. She signed a national letter of intent Feb. 6 to play Division 1 soccer at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
No fewer than a dozen local prep athletes have signed to play college athletics with schools nationwide. Some are staying close to home and others are taking their talents a long way from the River Bend.
The list of seniors includes:
Alton High - Hanley James, Vanderbilt women's soccer; Dakota Steiner, College of Charleston for women's soccer; Abby Stutz, McKendree University in Lebanon for women's soccer; and Carlee Shane, Millikin University in Decatur, for women's soccer.
Marquette Catholic - Joel Reft, Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., for men's soccer; Caroline Hoefert, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for women's soccer; Danielle Huber, Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington for girls soccer; Jordan Hinterser, Chicago State, for women's soccer; Elaina Smith, Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., for women's golf and Geoffrey Ferguson, Illinois Central Community College in East Peoria, for baseball.
Roxana - Anna Whitaker, Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey for soccer
Civic Memorial - Lindsey Fencel, SIUE women's soccer
Hoefert was a top scorer for the Explorers during her high school career and will play in the Ohio Valley Conference for SIUE, which competes at the Division I level. The Explorers finished third in last year's IHSA Class 1A finals.
Whitaker has scored 13 goals and accumulated a dozen assists during her first three seasons at Roxana.