Today after school, eight LFHS student-athletes will confirm their intentions to continue their athletic careers at the intercollegiate level. The following athletes–who range in their commitments from Division I to Division III–will be honored by their families, friends, and peers for their successes.
Matthew Barigazzi- DePauw University, Football (Division III)
Barigazzi, lovingly known as “Gazzi Island,” will be continuing his athletic and academic career at DePauw University for football. Barigazzi is also joining his teammate and fellow 2018 graduate Jack Brush and former teammate and 2017 LFHS graduate Andrew Athenson at Depauw.
Jack Brush- DePauw University, Football (Division III)
Brush, the starting placekicker for the Scouts for the past two years, will sign his letter of intent to DePauw University today and will spend the next four years kicking for the Tigers while working towards a degree.
John Deering- University of Chicago, Football (Division III)
Deering, a 3- year varsity football player has decided to continue his athletic and academic career at the University of Chicago on the South Side. Deering played linebacker for the Scouts and was a varsity captain his senior year. Deering is a force to be reckoned with on the football field and is one of the most recognizable names in recent years for the Scouts football team. He will be missed here at the high school next year, but is certainly going to be fun to watch when playing at the next level.
Bryan Ooms- University of Wyoming, Football (Division I)
Ooms, a 3-year varsity football player for the Scouts, will be attending the University of Wyoming as a preferred walk-on for the Cowboys. Ooms was recruited as a linebacker for the Cowboys, but played many positions for the Scouts through the years, which make him a great tool for his future team. Ooms is also a native of Wyoming and is looking forward to returning to his home state to play football and work towards a degree.
Caleb Durbin- Washington University in St. Louis, Baseball (Division III)
Durbin, a 3-year varsity baseball player and varsity wrestler, has decided to continue his athletic and academic career at Washington University in St. Louis. Durbin has been the Scouts’ starting shortstop and go-to leadoff hitter during his varsity career, posting impressive numbers year after year.
Andrew Gough- Middlebury College, Baseball (Division III)
Gough, also a 3-year varsity baseball player and self-proclaimed flag football star, has decided to continue his athletic and academic career at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont for the next four years. Gough has been a great tool for the Scouts’ baseball team because of his versatility and consistency at the plate. Gough and Durbin were also summer teammates for Slammers baseball over the course of their careers.
Lindsay Kuracina- Dickinson College, Squash (Division III)
While the Scouts don’t yet have a squash team, that didn’t stop Kuracina from pursuing an athletic career in her favorite sport. She will be continuing her academic and athletic career at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Emilia Field- Smith College, Rowing (Division III)
In the running for the most unique signing day commitment, next to Kuracina is Emilia Field. Lake Forest does not currently have the pool space to house both the swimmers and the rowing team, but Field was able to continue to pursue her sport at the collegiate level. Field, also a track athlete at the high school, will be signing her letter of intent to Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Be sure to watch out for more commitments in the coming months and wait for the next signing day on April 11, 2018.