Spartans to play in college

Jannah Mullen
Jannah Mullen knew Lake Land college was the place for her.
The St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball player signed her letter of intent to play
for the Lakers on Dec. 9.
“I decided on Lake Land because I’ve heard nothing but good things about
the school and I’ve seen lots of good things and people come out of the
program in the past few years,” she said.
Mullen said she believes playing for the Spartans and attending such an
academically rigorous high school will benefit her in college.
“Academic wise SJO has done nothing but push me to do the best I can do in
my academics so that makes me feel comfortable transiting into college,”
she said. “Volleyball wise, playing with such a great, talented, group of
girls has prepared me to play at the next level.”
Mullen said playing for SJO is something she won’t ever forget.
“The friends, the coaches, and the experience I have been given has been
completely incredible,” she said.
Mullen was apart of the team that recently placed second in Class 2A,
which is something she says she will never forget.
“My favorite volleyball memory was finally winning our sectional and
making it to state,” she said. “Getting second in state is something I
will never forget.” Jannah Mullen knew Lake Land college was the place for
her.
The St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball player signed her letter of intent to play
for the Lakers on Dec. 9.
“I decided on Lake Land because I’ve heard nothing but good things about
the school and I’ve seen lots of good things and people come out of the
program in the past few years,” she said.
Mullen said she believes playing for the Spartans and attending such an
academically rigorous high school will benefit her in college.
“Academic wise SJO has done nothing but push me to do the best I can do in
my academics so that makes me feel comfortable transiting into college,”
she said. “Volleyball wise, playing with such a great, talented, group of
girls has prepared me to play at the next level.”
Mullen said playing for SJO is something she won’t ever forget.
“The friends, the coaches, and the experience I have been given has been
completely incredible,” she said.
Mullen was apart of the team that recently placed second in Class 2A,
which is something she says she will never forget.
“My favorite volleyball memory was finally winning our sectional and
making it to state,” she said. “Getting second in state is something I
will never forget.”

Andrea Coursey
Andrea Coursey wasn’t sure she wanted to attend Illinois State University.
Then she went on a visit there.
“I didn’t want to go anywhere else,” she said. “I knew that is where I
wanted to go.”
Coursey decided she wanted to attend ISU during her sophomore year.
“I didn’t have any desire to try anywhere else,” she said.
The Spartan softball stand out was named first-team All Okaw Conference,
Illinois Coaches Association third-team All-State, led the area with 73
RBIs and hit .484. Coursey said she thinks playing for the Spartans has
taught her numerous things she will take with her to Normal.
“Time management is going to help me a lot,” she said. “Coach Wolken has
made me consider what I want in a future coach and what sort of coach I
want to play for. It has been a really good experience here.”
Part of that good experience has been the softball team’s trip to state
Coursey’s sophomore year. “That group of girls, we had a great
chemistry,” Coursey said. “Being apart of successful teams show you how
important the sports are here. The support of the community is
outstanding.”

Mason Coon
Mason Coon wanted a top notch education while being able to play baseball.
That’s why he decided to go to the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Coon will be studying exercising science at the school as well as
continuing his athletic career.
Coon said the coaches at UIS remind him of his St. Joseph-Ogden coaches.
Coon said SJO head coach Josh Haley has taught him several lessons he will
take with him to Springfield.
“I really like him,” he said. “His philosophies and he is always pushing
us to be our best. He always tells us to keep grinding.”
Haley told the team to keep girding during the state championship game
last year. The Spartans placed second but Coon said just playing in the
game was a great experience.
“I wish we could have won but it was fun to play in that,” he said.

Colton Hale
Colton Hale said that deciding to go to the University of Illinois at
Springfield to continue his educational and athletic career was a
no-brainer.
Hale said he felt a connection with the coaching staff and he liked the
location and the fact that the school was located in a larger city.
“There is plenty of stuff to do,” he said.
Hale said he thinks the main thing his time at St. Joseph-Ogden has taught
him is that his team is relying on him to perform on the field.
“It’s not just about you and yourself,” he said. “It’s about the team. The
main thing here is tradition never graduates. Really nothing changes. The
standards are the same.”

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