Area athletes join in on National Signing Day
National Signing Day, usually the first Wednesday of February, is the first day that a high school senior can sign a binding National Letter of Intent for college football with a school that is a member of the United States National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
And although all NCAA sports have at least one National Signing Day, and most have two, Wednesday was the primary signing day for several sports.
Here is a look at where a number of area athletes are headed.
Lake Geneva Badger's Josh Doyle tops the list of football recruits. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive lineman signed with Northern Illinois, a Division I program that played in a BCS bowl game in 2013.
Doyle was an All-Southern Lakes first-team selection last season and helped lead the Badgers to the WIAA Division 1 state semifinals in 2012.
"Josh has been a weight room warrior for us for the last four years,” Badger coach Matt Hensler said. “He's lived and breathed Badger football. “Josh has gone above and beyond expectations to get involved with and include the youth football players in the Badger football family."
Janesville's Parker T.J. Steinke signed with the University of South Dakota, an NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) school. The 6-4, 295-pound Steinke earned All-Big Eight honors this past season.
Janesville Craig's Tom Gabower and Ice Berghammer both signed with Division II schools. Gabower signed with Hillsdale College (Mich.) and Berghammer with Wayne State (Neb.).
Milton's Nate Trewyn signed with Minnesota State-Mankato, a Division II school, and Walworth Big Foot's Gus Wedig signed with Division II Minnesota-Duluth.
Badger's Evan Gibson signed with Upper Iowa University, a Division II program in Fayette, Iowa.
Track and field
Janesville Craig's Alli Calkins and Clinton's Heather Buckler both signed Division II scholarships Wednesday.
Calkins plans to attend Minnesota State-Mankato, while Buckler will compete at Winona State.