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Sports

Many local athletes at Midwestern schools

Lakeland University coach Colin Bruton, a Plainfield graduate, has won two conference titles and taken two teams to the NCAA Division III playoffs in his first two seasons as head coach.
Lakeland University coach Colin Bruton, a Plainfield graduate, has won two conference titles and taken two teams to the NCAA Division III playoffs in his first two seasons as head coach.

Here’s a look at some other area football players who are on college rosters for Midwestern states and states that are adjacent to Illinois.

INDIANA

Butler University

John Hall (Bolingbrook) is a redshirt junior running back who played nine games and had 611 all-purpose yards and 423 return yards. Mark Geers (Minooka) is a redshirt junior tight end who was in eight games. Noah Cralle (Providence Catholic) is a redshirt junior defensive back and Justin Markus (Lincoln-Way Central) is a redshirt sophomore defensive back.

Indiana State University

James Lang (Minooka), a redshirt sophomore offensive lineman, played 10 games as a guard and center.

University of Indianapolis

Cecil Nicholson (Bolingbrook) is a redshirt junior defensive back, Michael Graham (Lincoln-Way North) is a redshirt freshman offensive lineman and Max Shafer (Lincoln-Way East) is a freshman quarterback.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Parker Young (Lincoln-Way Central), a senior offensive lineman, earned first team all-HCAC honors and was third team All-Region. Josh Vincent (Peotone) is a senior defensive lineman who had 25 tackles and three stops for losses, and Corey Vincent (Peotone) is a sophomore defensive lineman.

Valparaiso University

Isaac Lane (Bolingbrook) is a redshirt sophomore defensive back, Solomon Kamara (Plainfield East) is a redshirt freshman offensive lineman, Josh Baker (Lockport) is a freshman linebacker and Thomas Walsh (Benet, from Plainfield) is a freshman offensive lineman.

IOWA

Central College

Jeremy Shannon (Morris) is a senior receiver and John Polk (Lemont) is a sophomore running back.

Drake University

Patrick Carr (Lincoln-Way East) is a sophomore linebacker, Jack Borvan (Oswego East, from Plainfield) is a sophomore defensive lineman.

Grand View University

Ricky Fleming (Joliet Catholic) is a sophomore offensive lineman.

University of Northern Iowa

Junior defensive lineman Bryce Douglas (Plainfield Central) played 11 games and had 26 tackles and 5.5 stops for loss. Tyler Hoosman (Plainfield North) is a freshman running back.

Upper Iowa University

Christian Ruff (Plainfield Central) is a sophomore defensive lineman and Issiah Dunson (Plainfield Central) is a redshirt freshman defensive back.

MICHIGAN

Grand Valley State University

Cole Kotopka (Plainfield East) is a redshirt sophomore quarterback.

Northern Michigan University

Jake Mayon (Plainfield East) is a junior running back who ran for 1,064 yards on 185 carries with 13 touchdowns in 11 games to earn all-GLIAC second-team honors, while Troy Mayon (Plainfield East) is a sophomore defensive back who had 23 tackles in nine games.

MINNESOTA

Bemidji State University

Tom Younker (Providence) is a redshirt freshman offensive lineman.

Concordia University St. Paul

Rich Kelly (Plainfield South) is a sophomore offensive lineman and Blake Evans (Lincoln-Way West) and Jake Portz (Plainfield South) are freshmen linebackers.

Minnesota State University Mankato

Nate Gunn (Minooka) is a sophomore tailback, JD Ekowa (Plainfield North) is a redshirt freshman quarterback and Zyon Bell (Bolingbrook) is a freshman cornerback.

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Deiondre Taylor (Lockport) is a sophomore defensive back, who played 11 games and had 34 tackles and two interceptions.

Winona State University

Cam Gavin (Lincoln-Way West) is a sophomore defensive back who played nine games and had 24 tackles and two interceptions.

MISSOURI

University of Central Missouri

Diaron Rhodes (Bolingbrook), a redshirt senior defensive back, earned honorable mention all-MIAA honors after playing, getting 34 tackles in 11 games. Austin Strilko (Lincoln-Way Central) is a redshirt freshman quarterback and Jake Heckler (Lincoln-Way West) is a redshirt freshman offensive lineman. Dalen Winston (Bolingbrook) is a redshirt freshman defensive lineman and Tyron Taylor (Bolingbrook) is a freshman linebacker.

Lindenwood University

Derek Gurnea (Lincoln-Way West), a senior offensive lineman, started 10 games.

Missouri Southern State University

Brock Whalen (Aurora Christian, from Channahon) is a junior offensive lineman.

Missouri State University

Casey O’Brien (Lemont) and Lemond Singleton Jr. (Plainfield East) are redshirt freshmen offensive linemen, and Eric Johnson (Plainfield South) is a redshirt freshman defensive lineman.

Northwest Missouri State University

Quincy Woods (Bolingbrook) is a sophomore receiver.

Truman State University

Drew Slager (Lincoln-Way North) is a sophomore receiver who was honorable mention all-GLVC after catching 39 passes for 625 yards. Jack Eken (Bolingbrook) is a freshman offensive lineman and Zack Tencza (Lincoln-Way East) is a freshman defensive end.

Washington University

Ryan Arthur (Lincoln-Way North) is a junior quarterback who threw for 115 yards and two scores and also made the all-UAA academic team. Luke Sheppard (Montini, from Joliet) is a sophomore linebacker.

WISCONSIN

Concordia University Wisconsin

Senior defensive back Richie Guess (Lockport) earned All-NACC honorable mention honors after starting nine games and leading the team with 88 tackles, which included five for loss, and he forced and recovered four fumbles. Tyler Martinkus (Providence) is a senior offensive lineman who started nine games. Maxwell Fischer (Joliet Central) is a senior defensive lineman who was in nine games and had 13 tackles. And Jordan Quinn (Lincoln-Way West) is a senior offensive lineman and long snapper.

Lakeland University

Colin Bruton (Plainfield) is in his third season as coach and 11th overall at the school. His Muskies have gone 15-7, won consecutive Northern Athletics Collegiate titles and made two-straight trips to the NCAA Division III playoffs, a program first.

Ivan Martinez (Plainfield South) is a junior defensive lineman, Sam Anderson (Plainfield North) is a sophomore defensive lineman and Christian Martinez (Plainfield South) is a sophomore offensive lineman.

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