Eleven York student-athletes sign college letters of intent

Dukes softball team defeats Stagg behind Derkowski complete-game effort.

By Mike Miazga


A total of 11 York student-athletes recently signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the next level.

Five York student-athletes will play lacrosse at the collegiate level. That group includes Matt Colagrossi (Monmouth), Jack Redick (College of Wooster in Ohio), Nick Thomas (Monmouth), Steve Robertson (Augustana) and Gavin Vandenberg (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Jenna Dvorak will continue her soccer career at Augustana, while Jordan Gray will play men’s basketball at Moraine Valley Community College.

Nick Lee is headed to Benedictine University to play baseball, while Chris McCoy will play football at Winona State in Minnesota. Mike Riley also will continue his football career at Augustana.

Rebecca Squier is headed to the University of Illinois to continue her cheerleading career.

York softball

The York softball team went 1-2 during a recent three-game stretch.

The Dukes opened that span with a 12-2 non-conference loss to Conant. Izzy Smith went 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Mia Tran was 2-for-2 with a run scored. Madison Collins and Julia Derkowski each had a hit. Tran doubled and Smith stole two bases. Derkowski took the loss and struck out five batters. Lauren Wojcik pitched the final two innings.

York also lost 10-1 to Nazareth Academy in non-conference play. Jane Moran had two hits, while Katherine Karnatz, Kyra Kroll, Andrea Meager and Collins each had a hit. Kroll drove in York’s only run. Collins’ hit was a double. Karnatz and Moran each stole two bases and Sydney Fuglsang had one stolen base. Meager took the loss. Wojcik pitched the final five innings and struck out four.

York got back into the win column with a 4-2 non-conference win against Stagg. The Dukes led 3-1 after the first inning and had six hits in the contest.

Karnatz scored two runs. Smith was 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI. Kroll was 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI. Tran went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Derkowski had a hit. Smith had two doubles. Karnatz stole two bases, while Kroll and Tran each had a stolen base.

Derkowski was the winning pitcher. She threw a four-hit complete game, allowing only one earned run, while striking out three.

The win against Stagg moved the Dukes to 6-2 overall. York was scheduled to play Proviso West, Lyons Township and Hinsdale Central this week—all West Suburban Conference Silver Division games.


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