Bluejays News · College Signings


Last week several Bondurant-Farrar student athletes signed their letters of intent to continue their athletic/academic careers.  Below is a summary of each young lady.  Congratulations!

Casi Waterhouse

Parents are Cheri and Glenn Waterhouse.

Date: Wednesday November 11, 2020 8am Auditorium Bluejay

Casi what made you decide to choose this school?  William Jewell felt like a great fit for me from the start. Coach Slominski and the team were quick to welcome me in and make WJC feel like home.  Casi plans to major in Digital Media Communications.  Casi what are your plans to prepare yourself for college athletics?  I plan on having a great senior basketball season with my teammates here at BFHS. Our hard work here will translate to the college level.

Former Bluejay Head Coach Steve Neville had this to say about Avery, Casi and Katie: 

All three girls are wiling to put the time in to being the best basketball players they can be.  Hardworking!  All three are good teammates and care about what is best for their team.  Unselfish!  All three girls have improved(on and off the court) throughout their High School career and will continue to improve in college because they listen and care about doing things the right way.  Coachable!  Good luck Avery, Casi and Katie!  Coach Neville

Current Head Coach Ben Anderson had this to say:

All of them have great experience and knowledge of the game.  In Casi I will miss the back and forth ability to give each other a hard time!  William Jewelll is getting a highly knowledgeable player that wants to succeed.

William Jewell Head Coach: Jill Slominski  

What drew you to recruit and sign the athlete?  I watched Casi a few times and I love how hard she plays and how versatile she is…  she handles the ball well, attacks the basket and can shoot outside.  I also like her length and her athleticism which will allow her to guard a variety of positions.  I also always watch how players interact with their teammates and I was impressed with the type of teammate she appears to be.  Coming to Jewell we are a very high Academic school and Casi excels in the classroom which is always a draw.

What role do you see for the athlete in your program?

That is the fun part of coaching.  Every year is different and putting the pieces together is the challenge.  Freshman always have a bit of a learning curve with the time commitment and speed of the game.  I think Casi will adjust quickly.  We play a 4 out and 5 out offense and try to play uptempo offensively and defensively.  With Casi’s skill set I think she will adjust quickly to this and be able to contribute on the court as a freshman

 

Avery Fried

Parents are Tania and Jerrett Fried.

Date: Wednesday November 11, 2020 8am Auditorium Bluejay

Avery what made you decide to choose this school?   I chose Upper Iowa because I knew the coaches believed in me. When I tore my ACL and I was at my lowest, they continued recruiting me and offered me. I love the family atmosphere and the small, homey campus feel! I also loved how it was more about just academics and basketball for them, they wanted to get to know ME!   Avery is currently undecided on a major.   Avery what are your plans to prepare yourself for college athletics?   This upcoming season is going to be very important but the time period after basketball and before I move in will be the most important. I will need to get into the weight room and even with no set in stone practices, I will need to be in the gym all of the time!

Former Bluejay Head Coach Steve Neville had this to say about Avery, Casi and Katie:

All three girls are wiling to put the time in to being the best basketball players they can be.  Hardworking!  All three are good teammates and care about what is best for their team.  Unselfish!  All three girls have improved(on and off the court) throughout their High School career and will continue to improve in college because they listen and care about doing things the right way.  Coachable!  Good luck Avery, Casi and Katie!  Coach Neville

Current Head Coach Ben Anderson had this to say:

All of them have great experience and knowledge of the game.  In Avery I will miss the fun personality and her pumping the team up.  Upper Iowa is getting a versatile inside/outside player that will work to improve her game.

Upper Iowa Head Coach:     Nate Oakland     

What drew you to recruit and sign the athlete?

Initially we were very impressed with Avery’s size & skill. She is a taller athlete with an ability to play multiple positions. Once we got to know her a little more throughout the process, we became more impressed with who she is and her priorities. She has a tremendous upside and we look forward to seeing her continued progress. She is also from an outstanding High School, both academically & athletically, as well as one of the best AAU Programs in the country.

What role do you see for the athlete in your program?

We see the potential for her to have an immediate impact on our program. We are excited about what she’ll add to our current roster, and are anxious for her to help us continue to turn the program around. Her shooting ability and her ability to play many positions are very exciting for us.

 

Katie Fogarty 

Parents are Sheri and Dan Fogarty

Date: Wednesday November 11, 2020 8am Auditorium Bluejay

Katie what made you decide to choose this school?  I chose Briar Cliff because of the instant connection I felt with the coaches and the team. I know I will get the best experiences and education possible. I knew this was going to be my second family as soon as I met everyone and I am really looking forward to getting on campus next August.   Katie plans to get her major in Exercise- Physiology and then apply to the Physical Therapy program to get her Doctorate.   Katie what are your plans to prepare yourself for college athletics?  I will be continuing to workout in the off season with some teammates to stay in shape and get stronger so I can be fully prepared to make in impact at the next level.

Former Bluejay Head Coach Steve Neville had this to say about Avery, Casi and Katie:

All three girls are wiling to put the time in to being the best basketball players they can be.  Hardworking!  All three are good teammates and care about what is best for their team.  Unselfish!  All three girls have improved(on and off the court) throughout their High School career and will continue to improve in college because they listen and care about doing things the right way.  Coachable!  Good luck Avery, Casi and Katie!  Coach Neville

Current Head Coach Ben Anderson had this to say:

All of them have great experience and knowledge of the game.  In Katie, I will miss the determination and will to get better each day.  Briar Cliff is getting a hard worker that will listen and take it to her game to improve.

 

Riley Gilroy

Parent is Amy Gilroy

Date: Wednesday November 11, 2020 3:15pm Auditorium Bluejay

Riley what made you decide to choose this school?  I knew once I got on campus that this was the school I wanted to go to. I loved the campus and the people there. The coaches were also a big part of my decision. I felt like I would have a good connection with them and they were very excited to have me there. It felt like a home away from home.   Riley is majoring in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science and she has also been accepted into their Pre-Athletic Training Program.  Riley what are your plans to prepare yourself for college athletics?  Working in the offseason! I want to prepare myself to have the best experience while I’m there! I want to get stronger and push myself to get better and better!

 

Head Softball Coach Kris Baker had this to say about Riley:

Riley is a talented and skilled player that brings outfield smarts, a strong arm, speed, and quickness to the team.  She does a wonderful job of covering centerfield defensively.  In fact, she can usually cover left-center, centerfield, and right-center with her speed and quickness!  She has mastered the slap bunt and is pretty much guaranteed to get on with it every time.  She can also hit for power which makes her difficult to pitch to.  She is a very coachable and well-liked athlete.  She does a great job of encouraging her teammates and is also quite mentally tough herself.

Riley will be greatly missed.  Again, what she can do in the outfield makes her one of the top outfielders in the state of Iowa.  I will miss knowing that if the ball is hit in the air out to her, it is pretty much a guaranteed out.  I always yell from the dugout “Don’t go there!” because I know it is going to be caught.  She has been a very strong hitter for us at the top of the line-up and will be difficult to replace.  I will miss this.  I will also miss coaching her in general.  I’m glad I have had the privilege to do so.  She is a wonderful athlete that every coach would want to have on their team.  She is very coachable and pours all of her effort and energy into every game every time like it’s her last.  She leaves everything on the field every night.

ICCC is getting a top-notch softball player that will bring a lot to their team.  Again, as said above, her strong play in the outfield and unstoppable bat at the plate will add a lot to their line up for them to continue to be successful.  Coach Tjebben and staff are getting a coachable, hardworking athlete that wants to continue to learn and grow to be the best she can be.

 

Below is what Iowa Central Community  College Head Coach Bo Tjebben  had to say:

Former Coach Sanquist knew the family forever and spoke very highly of them.  We saw her play and quickly  recognized she is phenomenal athlete.  She is great at everything she participates in from basketball, to track to softball.

We believe Riley can have an immediate impact. We see her as being a lead-off batter for us and putting pressure on the defense. She has power too and will constantly keep the defense guessing.  Excited to have her on the team!

 

Megan Murphy

Parents are Sandi & Jim Murphy

 

Date: Thursday November 12, 2020 3:00pm Auditorium Bluejay

Megan what made you decide to choose this school?  I chose SWCC because I liked the campus, the environment, and the coaches were very welcoming, it felt like home right away.  Megan plans to study accounting.  Megan what are your plans to prepare yourself for college athletics?  I plan to work really hard during the season and make sure I stay in shape after our summer season going into college. I’m really looking forward to this chapter of my life!

Here is what BFHS Head Coach Kris Baker had to say about Megan:

Megan is a gifted softball player.  She brings her athleticism and leadership to our softball team.  She is a third baseman that is a strong wall for that side of the field.  Her power hitting at the plate makes her difficult to pitch to.  She has grown so much as a hitter.  She also brings leadership to our team that stands out and has helped make our team what it is today.  She is looked up to by her teammates and is a great role model.  She is a very hardworking come early-stay late athlete that is very coachable and always eager to learn.  She is dedicated to her program, team, and teammates putting in tons of off-season work to strive to be the best she can be.

I will miss her selflessness and her leadership.  She is so for her team.  She works hard to help build our team chemistry, will help her team when they are down, and leads them when times get tough.  This is difficult to replace.  I will also miss her laugh.  She brings a lot of joy to the team with her bubbly personality.

SWCC is getting a top-notch player with Megan that will bring a lot to their team.  She will always continue to get better, stronger, faster because of her drive and determination.  She will be a force at the plate for them with her strong hitting power.  She is a tough out.  They will be getting a strong leader that is in it for the team, will lead, and wants them to be successful because that will then make her successful.

Here is what Southwestern Community College Assistant Coach Casey-May Huff had to say about Megan:

We liked what we saw on video and in games.  Thought she was a standout athlete.  She had a great attitude on the visit and we thought she would be a key asset offensively, as well as fill a corner spot.

We see Megan filling a corner spot and contributing offensively to the team.  Excited to have her on board!