Former high school teammates Billy VandeMerkt (Riverside Brookfield, Riverside) and Watoris Slater (Riverside Brookfield, La Grange) made major contributions to the St. Joseph’s College football team last fall and should connect for more this year. VandeMerkt, a senior quarterback, threw for 2,417 yards and 25 touchdowns. Slater, a junior wide receiver, had six receptions for 99 yards and caught a pair of TDs from VandeMerkt. Slater also was named Special Teams Player of the Year for the Pumas. Look for the former RB duo to connect on more pass plays this season.
Running for a spot
After setting school records and qualifying for four state events as a senior, Travis Trevizo (Riverside Brookfield, Brookfield) redshirted on his first year on campus at Illinois State. He ran in the first two races before sitting out the rest of the cross country season. With a year of college under his belt, Trevizo will be hoping to move up the ladder for the Redbirds.
Erwin Kehrt (Riverside Brookfield, Brookfield) was one of Dominican University’s top cross country runner in four of his six races last season. Now Kehrt is a senior, putting him in a leadership role on and off the course for the Stars. He ran 31:38.59 in the 8,000 meters at the Northern Athletics Conference Championships.
Chris Dziagwa (Riverside Brookfield, Brookfield) hit the ground running for Benedictine University cross country last fall. As a freshman, Dziagwa ran in six races and competed in the Northern Athletics Conference Championships. Heading into his second year on campus, Dziagwa could be a top runner for the Eagles.
Grinnell senior defender Jerry Brown (Riverside Brookfield, Riverside) is one of three seniors on the Pioneers’ men’s soccer roster this fall. Brown, who was a four-time all-conference pick for the Bulldogs in high school, played in 16 matches and made eight starts last season. Brown’s Grinnell teammate, Ben Warner (St. Ignatius/Riverside), also should see major time for the Pioneers. Warner, who will be a junior midfielder, played in all 18 matches last year, scoring two goals and assisting on six more. He earned a second-team all-Midwest Conference nod.
The Roosevelt University men’s soccer program is in its infancy. The Lakers’ debut season was last fall, and T.J. Armic (Riverside Brookfield, Riverside) was a part of it. After spending a year at Triton College, Armic joined the Lakers as one of three sophomores on the roster. This fall he will be the only junior because the other two sophomores from last year are no longer with the team. The midfielder made 11 starts and played in all 17 matches for the Lakers, who went 2-13-2 last year.
Max Dorsey (Riverside Brookfield, Brookfield) played for Knox College last year and started all 17 matches for the Prairie Fire as a freshman. His younger brother, Mason, will join him in the Midwest Conference, but on an opposing team. Mason will suit up for Carroll as a freshman defender. Max will bring his Knox team to Waukesha, Wis., to take on Mason’s Carroll squad on Oct. 26.
Kristina Frampton (Riverside Brookfield, North Riverside) is listed as a defender/forward on the Benedictine University women’s soccer roster. She also played the last five games of the 2012 season as a goalkeeper for the Eagles. This season Frampton will continue her versatility as a senior.
New girl in town
After spending two years on the Triton College volleyball team, Cassie Cook (Riverside Brookfield, Brookfield) has landed at Roosevelt University. The Lakers are entering their third year of existence. Cook, a junior outside hitter, will hope to help the program reach new heights.