Deerfield honors students in athletics at signing day

At its annual signing day festivities, Deerfield High School recently honored 23 seniors who will continue their athletic careers in college.

The group included two state champions, three of the five starters on the Central Suburban League North Division basketball champions, four baseball players and a broadcaster who literally stole the show, with Athletic Director Robert Ruiz's permission.

"The first is Dylon Field of DSI (Deerfield Sports Information) who will be announcing for Upper Iowa," Ruiz said as he opened the celebration on April 30. "He will be taking over the rest of the program (today)."

Field has been broadcasting Warrior events on the school's internet network for the last several seasons and has also served as a public address announcer.

During the signing day program, Field highlighted the achievements of his 22 classmates who will be participating in 11 different sports at 17 separate schools.

One of those students, Colton Emmerich, had some decisions to make.

Emmerich was the state champion wrestler at 182 pounds and on the football field, he was the league's defensive player of the year.

He also had to choose between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Michigan. Emmerich opted to wrestle for the Illini.

"I love wrestling more than football," Emmerich said. "I can't seem to live without it. I've been wrestling since the sixth grade and started playing football later. I don't have the passion for it I have for wrestling."

He plans to study kinesiology or engineering at Illinois.

Kelsey, who was the 2012 state golf champion and finished seventh in October, said he has hopes to play professionally, but first he heads to the Ivy Leagues to attend Dartmouth College in the fall.

"Hopefully, that's the plan," Kelsey said when asked about becoming a professional golfer. "I'm excited to have the chance to keep playing golf and getting better. But I have to prepare myself for a future either way."

More than 5 percent of Deerfield's 444-student senior class will continue athletic careers in college, school officials said.

In addition to Kelsey and Emmerich, three members of the Warrior basketball team will be playing at the next level.

Though that has happened before, it is rare, according to Ruiz.

Eric Porter will play for Loyola University Chicago, Michael Alfieri will head to St. Norbert College in Wisconsin and Stefanos Fasianos will compete at the University of British Columbia.

Four baseball players will continue in college.

Brad Weaver will play for Grinnell College, Zach Brownstein is going to Tiffin University, Danny Farrar heads to DePauw University and Colt Forech will stay nearby at Trinity International University in Deerfield.

Two members of the field hockey team will play at the next level as JoElla Guagliardo heads to the University of Iowa and Ariana Michel will go to Tufts University.

Two athletes will head to Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Lacrosse goalie Evan Kedjidjian will take his skills there, as will wrestler Joey Bloom.