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Three Bay Port student-athletes recognized

By Rich Palzewic
Sports Editor

SUAMICO – Three Bay Port High School senior student-athletes were recognized Feb. 5 for continuing their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level.

Daniel Forystek will be attending Division I Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, to play football; Logan Geissler will play basketball at Division II Michigan Tech University in Houghton, Michigan; and lacrosse player Braden Hoskyn will travel to Mars Hill University near Asheville, North Carolina.

Forystek was an honorable-mention Fox River Classic Conference offensive lineman on the WIAA Division 1 state runner-up football team last fall.

“It’s a big burden off my shoulders,” said the 6-foot-8, 250-pound Forystek. “I didn’t want to wait until the late signing day. I’m projected to redshirt my freshman year but will most likely travel with the team.”

Forystek said he also considered Northern Iowa.

“Even though it stinks we lost, it was nice to go to the state finals for college coaches to keep watching me play,” he said.

Forystek was mainly into basketball growing up, but he credits Bay Port football coach Gary Westerman with coaxing him to go the football route.

Geissler is currently averaging more than 15 points a game for the 12-2 Pirates’ basketball team.

“It’s a great feeling to commit,” said Geissler. “It’s been my dream to play college basketball since I was young. Michigan Tech was involved in the recruiting process early and made it feel like home.”

Geissler, who was also the FRCC Defensive Back of the Year for the last two football seasons, also could have played college football.

“I was considering football for a bit, but then I decided to focus on basketball,” he said. “I asked myself, ‘What do I want to do for the next four years of my life?’ For me, basketball is a different level of passion. Because I’m focusing solely on basketball, I can be more consistent and come into the season strong.”

Hoskyn said he is glad to give lacrosse some publicity.

“It’s great to see my hard work has paid off,” said Hoskyn. “Lacrosse isn’t that big in this area, so to be able to play the sport in college is a big honor. Mars Hill is where I felt most comfortable.”

Hoskyn said he initially was looking at colleges for academics only, but he realized there was more available with athletics.

“My brother Ben attends Boise State University, so my family likes to travel,” he said. “The far distance from Green Bay to Mars Hill doesn’t bother me.”

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