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West De Pere athletes sign National Letters of Intent

By Murray Gleffe

DE PERE — Ben Hampton, Genesis Eggart, Kaylee Olson and Ethan Habetler signed National Letters of Intent to play college athletics at the next level in a Nov. 13 ceremony.

Hampton played on a West De Pere baseball team which made it to the WIAA Division 2 State baseball tournament last season.

He signed with the Big 12 and the University of West Virginia.

This is the second straight year a Phantoms’ baseball player has signed a Division I scholarship, following Connor Langreder who is currently playing for Northern Illinois.

West Virginia is coming off a 38-22 season.

“I’m excited to get to Morgantown,” said Hampton. “I toured the on-campus facility and met with Jordan McCabe [current West Virginia basketball player]. When I arrive, I want to set the bar high against the competition I’m up against. I want to face the best and do whatever it takes to succeed.”

Genesis Eggart, daughter of athletic director Scott Eggart, signed with Grand Valley State University located west of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Eggart pitched every inning of every game in 2019, leading the Phantoms to a sectional final appearance.

The Lakers are coming off a 51-10 season – one in which they made it to the College World Series.

“We were an old team this past year, which helped contribute to the success we had,” said Eggart. “I’m stoked to be going to Michigan next season. They reached out to me, and the winning culture of the school pushed me to go there.”

Kaylee Olson will attend Winona St. University for track and field.

This past season, Olson specialized in the long jump, high jump, triple jump and sprinting races, placing sixth at state in the long jump.

“As the years have gone on, I’ve gone from trying to make the team to developing different techniques to get me to the next level,” Olson said. “I feel the long jump is the event I can go the farthest with the Warriors, but I’m excited to continue to improve my high jump and triple jump and learn new things every day.”

Habetler will be taking his baseball skills to South Suburban College in Oak Forest, Illinois, where he will play third base.

“They have a huge freshmen class this year, and next year presents an opportunity to come in and show what I can do,” said Habetler. “To be a part of the West De Pere team this past season was incredible. We didn’t have the result we wanted, but to experience the atmosphere at Fox Cities with my teammates is a life-long memory.”

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