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Collegiate Athletes

STUDENT CLASS OF  UNIVERSITY SPORT
Ben Horn 2014 Missouri Baptist Football
John Alvin 2014 Eureka College Football
Latrell Hardison 2014 McKenree University Wrestling
Montira Mosby  2014 Truman State University Basketball
Cameron Hunter  2014 Illinois Central College Basketball
Darreon Reddick  2014 Tennessee St Basketball
Austin Cox  2014 Arkansas Pine-Bluff. Basketball
Ashley Harding  2014 Lindenwood St. Charles Cheerleading
Tyler Kuykendall  2014 Morehead State University Bowling
Jasmine Sangster 2014 Lindenwood University/Belleville Bowling
Thomas Peters 2014 Wichita State university Bowling
Josiah Bergt  2014 Concordia University Irvine Volleyball
Deion Buckels  2014 Lindenwood University – Belleville Volleyball
John Mathews  2014 Benedictine University Volleyball
Spencer Smith  2014 Lindenwood University, Belleville Tennis
Taylor Sunkett  2014 Alabama A& M University Track
Savannah Martin 2014 Lindenwood University-St. Charles Tennis
Lucas Birk 2014 Lewis & Clark Community College Tennis
Haley Wroten 2014 Northern Illinois University Softball
Andrea Roberts 2014 Eastern Illinois University Softball
Alison Mitts 2014 Gulf Coast State College Softball
Danielle Hendricks 2014 Benedictine University-Springfield Softball
Amanda Campbell 2014 Southwestern Illinois College Softball
Hannah Schiffhauer 2014 Harris–Stowe State University Soccer
Sydney Tedesco 2014 Webster University Soccer
Jake Wittlich 2014 McKendree University Football
Markee Thompson 2014 Grand View University Football
Cortez Holman 2014 Missouri Baptist University Football
Jeff Brown 2014 McKendree University Football
Desmond Dolphy 2014 University of Evansville Football
Lucas Birk 2013 Lewis & Clark Tennis
Katelyn Budnicki 2013 Lindenwood University – Belleville Bowling
Pierre Collins 2013 St. Ambrose University Football
Anthony Garza 2013 McKendree University Football
Orlando Ward 2013 William Jewell Football
James Cotton 2013 Tennessee Martin Football
Alexis Smith 2013 University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Volleyball
Megan Case 2013 Iowa Wesleyan Volleyball
Dakari Franklin 2013 Morehouse University Track & Field
Aaron Dunn 2013 McKendree University Track & Field
Tarron Cox 2013 Jacksonville State Track & Field
Miranda Lidisky 2013 Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Golf
Brittany Hodge 2013 Carroll University Softball
Kayla Fields 2013 Gulf Coast State College Softball
Allison Harres 2013 McKendree University Tennis
Sadie Mosby 2013 Kentucky State University Volleyball
Melissa Bridges 2013 Drury University Basketball
Aniecia Brewster 2013 Jackson State University Track & Field
Malcom Hill 2013 University of Illinois Basketball
Max Bennett 2013 Quincy University Golf
Austin Bartle 2012 Saint Joseph’s College Baseball
Chante Mosby 2012 Southeast Missouri State Track
Matt Yurescko 2012 Washington University Football
Reggie Edwards 2012 University of Missouri Wrestling
Skyler Procasky 2012 Rend Lake Community college Wrestling
Christian Herring 2012 Lindenwood University-Belleville Football
Christian Hamilton 2012 Lindenwood University-Belleville Tennis
Ashley Slaton 2012 Southwestern Illinois College Softball
Taiyana Poore 2012 Lindenwood University-Belleville Basketball
Jasmine Guthrie 2012 Rend Lake Community college Basketball
Mariah Sunkett 2012 Western Kentucky Basketball
Alexis Brown 2012 University of St. Francis Basketball
Ben Thomas 2012 Sacred Heart University Volleyball
Seth Procasky 2012 Quincy University Volleyball
Josh Williams 2012 Missouri Baptist Volleyball
Sam Pruett 2012 Lindenwood-Belleville Volleyball
Nolan Dowling 2012 Western Kentucky Football
Maryssa Rook 2012 Lindenwood-Belleville XC/Cheer
Chase Allen 2012 SIUC Football
Marissa Delgado 2012 SIUE Soccer
O’Shea Smith-Traylor 2012 Rend Lake Community college Wrestling
Stephen Pruitt 2011 Lindenwood-Belleville Volleyball
Grace Billups 2011 SIUE Cheerleading
Abby Otero 2011 SWIC Cheerleading
Ashley Miller 2011 SWIC Cheerleading
Ryan Smith 2011 Olivate Nazarene University Football
Vinnie Birk 2011 Blackburn College Soccer and Baseball
Travis Hoguet 2011 SIUE Soccer
Ali Trickey 2011 Missouri State Softball
Brittni Chapman 2011 Morehead State Softball
Allison Krausz 2011 SWIC Softball
Maria Effinger 2011 University of Missouri XC/Track
Katie Foytlin 2011 Forest Park Soccer
Michelle Gass 2011 Quincy University Tennis
Brad Buchanan 2011 Missouri Baptist Volleyball
Ryan Herring 2011 McKendree University Football
Kevin Gettis 2011 McKendree University Football
Taylor Boyer 2011 Tennessee Martin Volleyball
Jason Striegel 2010 Lindenwood University Baseball
Brandon Rice 2010 Lindenwood University Bowling
Christopher Broadway 2010 North Park University Football
Patrick Wallace 2010 North Park University Football/Track
Joe Gilmore 2010 Mid-Continent University Basketball
Katie Dauphin 2010 McKendree University G. Golf
Warren Herring 2010 Univesity of Wisconsin Football
Kayla Wade 2010 Tennessee Martin Softball
Derek Steiner 2010 Lincoln College Baseball
Kenny May 2010 Lincoln College Baseball
Steve Sotiropoulos 2010 Lincoln College Baseball
Marquinten Bryant 2009 McKendree University Wrestling
Zach Weber 2009 McKendree University Wrestling
Julie Jouglard 2009 Maryville University Softball
Eric Reeves 2009 SIU-Carbondale Track & Field
Corey Stumne 2009 Harding College Tennis
Drew Feder 2009 Saint Louis University Tennis
Kevin Pettiford 2009 Kaskaskia College B. Basketball
Forrest Knight 2009 SIUE Track & Field
Erika Laux 2009 Southeast Missouri State Cheerleading
Jessica Muckensturm 2009 McKendree University Soccer
Caitlin Combs 2009 Truman State Golf
Jacob Campbell 2009 Arkansas State Football
Terrance Connors 2009 SIUE Wrestling
Kayla Fowler 2008 Mckendree University Track & Field
Roneisha Frye 2008 Northern Illinois University Track & Field
Allyssa McCain 2008 Iowa Wesleyan Golf
Autum Allen 2008 McKendree University Softball
Ben Bergt 2008 McKendree University Football
Brandi Isselhard 2008 Florida Community College at Jacksonville Softball
Brian Clay 2008 MacMurray Football
Derek Tschudin 2008 McKendree University Golf
Donell Stubbs 2008 Texas Southern Football/Track
Jake Strausbaugh 2008 McKendree College Football
Joe Rhein 2008 Washington University MO Football
Jordan Phillips 2008 SWIC Baseball
Josh Hoguet 2008 SIUE Baseball
Justin Washington 2008 Texas Southern Football
Kevin Miller 2008 Webster Basketball
Lindsey Frazer 2008 Western Illinois University Cheerleading
Lindsey Toenjes 2008 McKendree University Softball
Matt Lanctot 2008 McKendree University Bowling
Matt Serdar 2008 McKendree University Football
Morgan Harrington 2008 Missouri State University G.Basketball
Parish Banks 2008 McKendree University Football
Roger Jones 2008 University of Illinois Track & Field
Suzanne Grossnickle 2008 Ball State University G.Basketball
Tanesha Parker 2008 Robert Morris College in Springfield G.Basketball
Taylor Evans 2008 Columbia University Basketball
Tim Doonan 2008 Missouri University of Science and Technology Cross Country/Track
Kyle Reid 2007 McKendree University Wrestling
Austin Onstott 2007 SWIC Baseball
Chelsea Wier 2007 Southwestern Illinois College Softball
Christa Gammon 2007 Missouri State University Softball
Jackie Schirmer 2007 Southwestern Illinois College Softball
Jena Muckensturm 2007 McKendree College Volleyball
Jessica Rains 2007 Quincy Golf
Jessica Schaefer 2007 Heartland Community college Softball
Lauren White 2007 Southwestern Illinois College Softball
Lauren Woods 2007 St. Louis University G.Basketball
Lindsay Menn 2007 Southwestern Illinois College Softball
Mallory May 2007 Southwestern Illinois College Softball
Shannon Lillis 2007 Southwestern Illinois College Softball
Talisa Chambers 2007 University of Illinois Cheerleading
Willie Silas 2007 Danville Community College Track & Field
Ashley Cornelison 2006 Aurora University Girls Soccer
Brittany Taylor 2006 Columbia College Girls Basketball
Alisa Klilngenberg 2006 Southwest Baptist University Softball
Allen Newton 2006 Blackburn Football
Amanda Weisbrodt 2006 Lindenwood University Cheerleading
Ashley Freeman 2006 Texas A&M Golf
Chelsea Evans 2006 University of Missouri Cheerleading
Courtney Harter 2006 McKendree College Volleyball
Eric McCrary 2006 Southwestern Illinois College B. Basketball
Jackie Marten 2006 Southwestern Illinois College/ Lakeland Softball
Jake Powell 2006 Illinois College Baseball/ Football
Jimmy Jacquot 2006 University of Cinncinati Baseball
Kristin Nettleton 2006 Kansas State University Cheerleading
Kyle Becker 2006 Lindenwood University Soccer
Kyle Musick 2006 Southwest Baptist Football
LaPhonso Ellis 2006 Greenville B. Basketball
Michael Fields 2006 Southwestern Illinois College Baseball
Mikeya Nicholson 2006 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Track & Field
Rachel Freidman 2006 Kentucky Soccer
Ryan Wiggs 2006 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Baseball
Shalen Whalen 2006 Lindenwood University Soccer
Suzanne Alvarado 2006 McKendree College Bowling
Tory Dalton 2006 University of Memlphis Soccer
Travis Wilson 2006 Illinois College Soccer
Vernon Tharp 2006 Anderson (Indiana) Football
Amanda Kemezys 2005 St. Louis University G.Basketball
Austin Lambert 2005 Western Illilnois University Golf
Brandon Williams 2005 McKendree College Track & Field
Bryan Edgar 2005 McKendree College Football
Ciera Norman 2005 John Logan College Volleyball
Dana Fleshren 2005 Greenville College Softball
Darcie Feld 2005 Southwestern Illinois College Volleyball
David Fritziger 2005 Illinois College Football
Jessica Smith 2005 McKendree College Golf
Kyle Calloway 2005 Iowa Football
Shannon Allen 2005 Rend Lake Community college Softball
Shea Lodes 2005 University of Texas El Paso/ TCC/ Eastern Softball
Zach Zellmer 2005 University of Missouri Football
Cassie Turley 2004 Union University, Wabash College Softball
Dan Schanuel 2004 McKendree College Football
Jenna Huelsman 2004 McKendree College Cheerleading
Keith Johnson 2004 Central State (Ohio) Football
Nick Knolhoff 2004 McKendree College B. Basketball
Terra Brenner 2004 Arkansas Tech University / Rend Lake Softball
Tiffany Sproat 2004 John Logan College Volleyball
Tom Edwards 2004 McKendree College Football/Wrestling
Alex McDonald 2003 Oakland University and Univ. of Kentucky B. Soccer
Christina Willis 2003 Lewis University Softball
Dori Neighbors 2003 McKendree University/ Southwestern IL College Softball
Jennifer McCauley 2003 Illinois College Softball
Jennifer Schmittling 2003 Southwestern Illlinois College/ Lewis and Clark Softball
Juluis Williams 2003 McKendree College, All-American NAIA Track & Field
Katie Kemezys 2003 Murray State University Volleyball
Kelsey Warning 2003 Illinois State University/ University of Nebraska Omaha Softball
Ashlee Heady 2002 Saint Louis University Softball
Chris Parks 2002 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Track & Field
Kalynn Russell 2002 Lewis University Softball
Michelle Roth 2002 Southwestern Illinois College Softball
Mike Isbell 2002 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Track & Field

Scholar Athletes

SCHOLAR ATHLETES FOR SPRING 2014-2015

BASEBALL SOCCER-GIRLS SOFTBALL

MILES BRUNK
BRAXTON  CHANDLER
AIDAN  COLE
PATRICK  GAUL
MITCHELL  HARLAN
TRAVIS  MICHALKE
ANDREW  MILLAS
ANDREW  SCHNEIDER
BRADLY  SODAM

ALYSSA BARTLE
GRACE BRAUER
LILLY BRAUER
KARA BROCKMEYER
RHIANNON BROWN
LAUREN BUSCHUR
BREANNA COMLEY
ALYSSA ENDSLEY
HOLLIE KREHER
OLIVIA LEE
RYLAN LOPEZ
CECILIA MAUE
DANIELLE MELNEK
JULIA MORAN
GRACE TANTILLO
QUIOZHA ALEXANDER
JESSICA BELZER
COURTNEY BUTLER
REBECCA DAHM
AMANDA DERMODY
ANNIE EVERSMAN
MEGHAN GINGRICH
EMILY GREEN
TAWNEE KRAMER
BROOKE LAIDLEY
CLAIRE LUETKEMEYER
TAWNEE KRAMER
TORI LONSDALE
LINDSEY MOSSMAN
BRADLEY TRYA
ANGELA VANDERPLUYM
LAUREN WESTERFELD
ELLEN WATSON
TENNIS-BOYS VOLLEYBALL-BOYS TRACK
CHRISTIAN   COWULICH
JOESEPH JONES
SAMUEL KELLOW
WILLIAM KLUG
CHASE STUMNE
PETER BERGT
CONNOR MARTIN
JOSEPH MASTERSON
RYAN McCARTHY
OS MOORE
ANDREW O’BRYAN
MATTHEW WEST
RANSFORD WHITE
LOGAN WILLIAMS
BOYS
QUANTAVIUS   ALEXANDER
JARED BROCKMEYER
AMANI FRANKLIN
JACKSON HOWELL
JAMES WALKER
GIRLS
JADA ADAMS
ABIGAIL ANDERSON
CASSADY ANDERSON
ISABEL BURWITZ
MIYA DORSEY
JAYDA FOWLER
SARAH GOMPERS
SYDNEY HARTUNG
REBECCA HUMPHREY
HALEY INYART
MARONJANIE JONES
MEGAN KORTE
TAMAR MOSBY
KAITLYNN SANCHEZ
ALEXIS WILLIAMS
SIDNE’ WILLIIAMSON

 

SCHOLAR ATHLETES FOR WINTER 2014-2015

BASKETBALL-GIRLS BASKETBALL-BOYS BASKETBALL CHEER

QUIOZHA ALEXANDER
ELLISHA DAVIS
ANNIE EVERSMAN
DANIELLE HAWTHORNE
ERIN HOLL
CHERMAINE KING
TAMAR MOSBY
MADELEINE PHILLIPP
KELSEY SMITH
MORGAN ST. JAMES

KENDALL MONTGOMERY
ANDREW MILLAS
JADA ADAMS
ZOE GUILFORD
TAYLOR JACKSON
KAMI JOHNSTON
JESSICA KNEE
GILLIAN LEWIS
DEZIREE LEWIS
SIDNEY LEWIS
BRITTANIE RICE
TRAMYA SIMS
BOWLING-GIRLS BOWLING-BOYS DANCE TEAM
ALEXANDRIA CALDWELL
DOMINIQUE HENDERSON
KAITLYN LACY
KATEY SAUERWEIN
EMILY SHANK
DAVID BARRETT-NESS
MARK BORGES
DOUGLAS GRAY
AUSTIN SWIRES
RACHEL GINGRICH
KATIE KIERNAN
MOLLY KORTE
NATALIE KULDELL
CLARE LABLANCE
NINA LIND
LAUREN MURPHY
MADELEINE STINSON
REMI WILLIAMS
WRESTLING-VARSITY & JV
MATT STRIEGEL

SCHOLAR ATHLETES FOR FALL 2014-2015

CHEERLEADING CROSS COUNTRY-BOYS CROSS COUNTRY-GIRLS
CAITLYN BURRESS
MAURIEL COLEMAN
RACHEL COLEMAN
ALEXIS DRIVER
MIA EDMONDS
CAROLINE EFFINGER
BRITTNEY FORAN
JALA HOWARD
GRACE KNEELAND
BRITTANEY PAGE
PAYTON PARTELOW
RACHEL PEREZ
ALEXANDRIA SCHAEFER
MYCKENA SURBER
TIMYAH WELLMAKER
LUCAS BERNAL
JARED BROCKMEYER
AIDAN COLE
JASON ERB
AMANI FRANKLIN
PATRICK GAUL
JOSEPH KRAUS
SEAN MILLS
BENJAMIN THURINGER
ALEXIS ANDERSON
CASSADY ANDERSON
BAILEY BENNETT
NANDIA DOLL-HINES
SARAH GOMPERS
SYDNEY HARTUNG
HALEY INYART
MEGAN KORTE
ALLISON KRAUS
BIANCA KURTZ
KAITLYNN SANCHEZ
JOANNA TREVINO
FOOTBALL-VARSITY GOLF-BOYS GOLF-GIRLS
RYAN BETTS
BRANDON BROCKSMITH
NICHOLAS CONAWAY
JAMAR   EDWARDS
DeWAYNE HILL
MOSES HOLLMAN
SAMUEL KELLOW
SAVON LOVE
ANDREW MILLAS
DENNIS MILLER
OS MOORE
JAVELL RICE
BRADY  SCHANUEL
HEATH  SMITH
NATHAN SYLVESTER
DONTE WALKER
JAMES WALKER
BRANDON WALTERS
DeMARIUS WARD
SHABAZZ WILLIAMS
DANIEL ZEUNER
MATTHEW   HOLL
JUSTIN SERVOS
JOESEPH BAKER
AUSTIN GALLOWAY
ANDREW O’BRYAN
KARA BROCKMEYER
ALISSA DONATO
BREANNA HAAS
MADISON MEYER
ELEANOR MUNIE
COLETTE THRO
BRIANNA WARD
SOCCER-VARSITY-BOYS TENNIS-GIRLS VOLLEYBALL-VARSITY-GIRLS
BLAKE ADAMS
FARIS AL-GHUSSAIN
DEAVEN BECK
MILES BRUNK
NICHOLAS DELGADO
MAXWELL ELBE
KYLE FERNANDES
BRENDAN HEINS
JALEN JAMES-PATTERSON
JAKOB KERKEMEYER
SHAYNE KOESTER
RYAN McCARTHY
MATTHEW MILANOVICH
SKYLAR SPARKS
JOSHUA WITT
HANNAH BASTAR
ISABEL BURWITZ
LAUREN BUSCHUR
CAROLYN KRIEGHAUSER
RYLAN LOPEZ
KATIE PARSONS
KENDALL PATTON
GRACE PAVEK
MORGAN SMITH
SOPHIE VON HATTEN
MARY ZIMMER
HOLLY BADGELY
AALIYAH GLADNEY
KELLY HULL
HALEY MANDEVILLE
JULIA MORAN
JANAE MOSBY
ERIN PRUETT
SHELBY RIDGEWAY
KATIE SAUERWEIN


Spring 2014 All Conference Awards

Spring 2015 All Conference Awards

1st Team

2nd Team

3rd Team

Jessica Belzer-Softball
Alexandria Boze-Softball
Jacob Hamilton-Tennis
Lindsey Mossman-Softball
Kobi Phillips-Tennis
Chase Stumne-Tennis

Alyssa Bartle-Soccer
Grace Brauer-Soccer
Joseph Jones-Tennis
Austin Klug-Tennis
Tawnee Kramer-Softball
Connor Martin-Volleyball
Drew Millas-Baseball
Brady Schanuel-Baseball
Angela Vanderpluym-Softball

Lilly Brauer-Soccer
Quiozha Alexander-Softball
Clayton Baldus-Tennis
Annie Eversman-Softball
Sam Kellow-Tennis
Joey Masterson-Volleyball
Brady Schanuel-Baseball

Southwestern Conference All Academic Team

Jr. or Sr. 1stm, 2nd, or 3rd Team Cumulative GPA of 3.5

Alyssa Bartle-Soccer
Lilly-Brauer-Soccer
Miya Dorsey-Track
Annie Eversman-Softball
Sarah Gompers-Track
Jacob Hamilton-Tennis
Joseph Jones-Tennis
Sam Kellow-Tennis
Austin Klug-Tennis
Tawnee Kramer-Softball
Joey Masterson-Tennis
Drew Millas-Baseball
Tamar Mosby-Track
Lindsey Mossman-Softball
Kobi Phillips-Tennis
Kaitlynn Sanchez-Track
Chase Stumne-Tennis
Angela Vanderpluym-Softball

Winter 2015 All Conference Awards

Winter 2015 All Conference Awards

1st Team

2nd Team

3rd Team

Katey Sauerwein- Bowling
Lucas Bernal- Wrestling
Matt Striegel- Wrestling
Ellisha Davis- Girls Basketball
Dwayne Hill- Wrestling
Kaitlyn Lacy- Bowling
Geneva Fox- Bowling
Mark Borges- Bowling
Javon Pickett- Boys Basketball
Austin Thurman- Wrestling

Southwestern Conference All Academic Team

Jr. or Sr. 1stm, 2nd, or 3rd Team Cumulative GPA of 3.5

Katey Sauerwein- Bowling
Matt Striegel- Wrestling
Ellisha Davis- Girls Basketball
Kaitlyn Lacy- Bowling
Austin Thurman- Wrestling


Fall 2014 All Conference Awards

Fall 2014 All Conference Awards

1st Team

2nd Team

3rd Team

Sophie Von Hatten- Tennis
Isabel Burwitz- Tennis
Rylan Lopez- Tennis
Brendan Heins- Soccer
Austin Galloway- Golf
DeMarius Ward- Football
DeWayne Hill- Football
Nathan Sylvester- Football
Shelby Ridgeway- Volleyball
Kaycie Dresch- Tennis
Grace Pavek- Tennis
Faris Al-Ghussain- Soccer
Colette Thro- Golf
Matt Holl- Golf
Isiah King- Football
Brady Schanuel- Football
Ryan Betts- Football
Javell Rice- Football
Key-Shone Young- Football
Morgan Smith- Tennis
Miles Brunk- Soccer
Shayne Koester- Soccer
Ellie Munie- Golf
David Rauckman- Golf
Os Moore- Football
Ramon Wright- Football
Aaliyah Gladney- Volleyball
Amani Franklin- Cross Country
Sarah Gompers- Cross Country

Southwestern Conference All Academic Team

Jr. or Sr. 1stm, 2nd, or 3rd Team Cumulative GPA of 3.5

Sophie Von Hatten- Tennis
Ellie Munie- Golf
Rylan Lopez- Tennis
David Rauckman- Golf
Brendan Heins- Soccer
Aaliyah Gladney- Volleyball
Nathan Sylvester- Football
Sarah Gompers- Cross Country
Grace Pavek- Tennis
Faris Al-Ghussain- Soccer
Colette Thro- Golf
Matt Holl- Golf
Morgan Smith- Tennis
Miles Brunk- Soccer


In Memory of BOB BALDWIN

Whose quiet acceptance of responsibility characterized his leadership. Whose deep personal pride instilled pride in his friends and teammates. Whose desire to excel made those near him seek excellence.

Bob Baldwin lost his life in a tragic automobile accident in the spring of his senior year, 1975. During his career at East, Bob was a Co-Captain of the wrestling team 1973-74, Co-Captain of the football team in 1974, and Captain of the baseball team in 1975. He lettered 3 years in baseball, 3 years in wrestling, and 2 years in football.

Past Recipients
Jeff Brown/ Montira Mosby- 2014
Daniel Snyder/ Aniecia Brewster- 2013
Matt Yurescko/ Megan Holl- 2012
Ryan Smith/ Maria Effinger- 2011
Kayla Wade/Brandon Leveling- 2010
Lauren Bontemps/Nick Kaltenbronn- 2009
Mollie Santanello/ Eric Watkins- 2008
Bryan Ganim and Christa Gammon 2007
Tim Edwards/Travis McDonald – Jillian Tappendorf 2006
Zach Zellmer/Chad Wood and Amanda Kemezys 2005
Mark Walden and Jody Baltz – 2004
Chris Dahm and Monet Sanders- 2003
Neal Geluck and Melanie Dremeier-2002
Don Sanford and Breanna Murphy- 2001
Ryan Coates and Kerri Higgins- 2000
Andy Schutzenhofer/Tony Patterson and Abbie Perez-1999
Larry Scheller and Jenny Kraft- 1998
Scott Compton and Bridgett Fournie/Natalie Bennett – 1997
Nathan Hodel and Jenica Wegmann- 1996
Aaron Friedenberg and Stacy Seibert- 1995
Garrett Johnson and Selina Cambell- 1994
Robb Hill and Wendy Wilson- 1993
Lonnie Eiskant and Kelly Higgins- 1992
Gary Snep and Marlo Pecoraro- 1991
Reid Huber- 1990
John Sinovic- 1989
Eric Abel- 1988
Todd Blomberg- 1987
Mike Hoehner- 1986
Kenny Baldwin- 1985
Mary Ann Fahey- 1984
Wes Keene- 1983
Jim Tiemann- 1982
Tony Castiller- 1981
Jeff Burkett- 1980
Mark Hill- 1979
Doug Harris- 1978
Andy Kassebaum- 1977
Kyle Fink-1976

Lancers-Turned-Pro

Craig Heimburger – Football
Garrett Johnson – Football
Gary Leonard – Basketball
Matt Russell – Football
Nathan Hodel – Football
Randy Wells – Baseball

Craig Heimburger

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Craig Heimburger was a 1995 graduate of Belleville East who excelled on the gridiron. He chose to continue his education and football career at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Heimburger experienced individual success during his career from 1995-1998 being selected as an All Big 12 Offensive Tackle and the Tiger team also qualified for two bowls. Craig played in both the 1997 Holiday Bowl and the 1998 Insight.com Bowl. In the 1999 NFL draft the Green Bay Packers selected Heimburger with a fifth round pick. The next year Craig was a member of the championship Rhein Fire of NFL Europe before returning stateside to join the Cincinnati Bengals for the 2000 NFL season. In 2001 Heimburger was a member of the Buffalo Bills. He concluded his successful football career with two years in the Arena Football League. The success did not stop on the field; in 2003 Craig started Heimburger Construction Company in Illinois where he serves as President. Currently he lives in the area with his wife and daughter.

Garrett Johnson

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Garrett Johnson was a 1995 graduate of Belleville East who starred on the football field during his time as a Lancer. After graduation he pursued higher education and football at the University of Illinois in Champaign. Johnson was a four year letter winner for the Illini and a team leader who emerged as a strong NFL prospect after an outstanding senior season in 1998. He went on to continue his football career in the NFL when he signed a free agent contract with the New England Patriots. After retiring from football Garrett returned to the Metro East and became a founding partner in Garrett E. and Herschel Johnson Real Estate and Development.

Gary Leonard

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Gary Leonard was a 1985 graduate of Belleville East who stood out on the basketball court. Leonard continued his career at the University of Missouri in Columbia after graduating from East. Gary was a part time starter during his first three seasons for the Tigers before emerging as a star during his senior season. In March of 1989 Leonard helped lead the Tigers to the Sweet Sixteen where they fell to the University of Syracuse. Later that same year Gary was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 34th overall pick in the NBA draft. He would then go on to play for the Atlanta Hawks during the 1990-1992 seasons. At the conclusion of his NBA career Leonard had short stints in professional basketball leagues in both Greece and South America. After retiring from basketball he returned to Columbia, Missouri where he became a successful investment banker and part time analyst for Missouri Tiger basketball. He and his wife have three children.

Matt Russell

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Matt Russell was a 1993 graduate of Belleville East High School where he excelled in football. He continued both his education and football career at the University of Colorado where he was a four year starter. His collegiate career was highlighted his senior year by being chosen First Team All-American as well as winning the Butkus Award as the most outstanding linebacker in the nation. Matt continued his football career in the NFL after being selected by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round of the 1997 NFL draft. Unfortunately knee injuries forced him to cut his playing career short with his retirement coming in 2000. Instead of letting his misfortune derail him Matt Russell used his love of football to get back into the NFL, this time in scouting. The Patriots hired Matt and he worked in their scouting department from 2001-2005, his time was highlighted when the Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2001, 2003, and 2004. He moved on to work in the scouting department of the Philadelphia Eagles (2006-2008) before settling into his current role as Director of College Scouting for the Denver Broncos.

Nathan Hodel

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Nathan Hodel was a 1996 Belleville East graduate who excelled in both baseball and football during his Lancer career. Nathan was a model Lancer both on the field and off, as demonstrated by his selection as the Bob Baldwin award winner his senior year. He chose to continue his academic career at the University of Illinois and in the fall of 1997 he changed his life forever when he successfully walked on to the Illini football team as well as being a pitcher on the Illini baseball team. During that first season Nathan was able to win the long snapping job as a walk on and went on to be a four year letter winner for the Fighting Illini. While he listed his ambition as becoming a teacher and coach in college that career would have to wait as he pursued an NFL career as a long snapper. In 2001 Hodel signed as an undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers, but his opportunity came later that same season with the Arizona Cardinals. He served as the team’s primary long snapper from 2002-2008. A career highlight for Hodel was playing for the Cardinals in Super Bowl 43 at the end of the 2008 season. Hodel concluded his careers with brief stints with both the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions. He currently resides in the Chicago area with his wife and two kids and runs a successful photography/graphic design studio.

Randy Wells

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Randy Wells was a standout baseball player who graduated from Belleville East High School in 2000. After leaving East Randy continued his baseball career at nearby Southwestern Illinois College where he quickly worked his way into the starting lineup as a catcher. During his sophomore campaign he committed to continue his collegiate career at Eastern Illinois University but the Chicago Cubs drafted Wells in the 38th round of the 2002 amateur entry draft. A change from behind the plate to the pitcher’s mound started a meteoric rise through the minor leagues. Prior to the 2008 season the Toronto Blue Jays chose Wells in the rule 5 draft and he made the Major League roster with his big league debut coming on April 5, 2008. Later that season he returned to the Cubs and spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons splitting time between the Major Leagues and Triple A. Clearly his time with the Cubs made a positive impression because he moved into the starting rotation in Chicago at the beginning of the 2010 season and he maintains that role as a starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs today.