Three Marian Central Catholic High School seniors committed to universities at a signing day event Nov. 13 at Marian.
Vannessa Garrelts will hit the court in a Redhawks jersey to play Division I basketball for Miami University (Ohio) this fall. The 5-foot-5-inch athlete, who received offers since she was a freshman, intends to study business.
Garrelts credited her high school head coach, Tony Powe, with her growth both on and off the court.
“I have a really good relationship with him,” Garrelts said. “He’s actually been my teacher, so he’s had the student side of me and the athlete side of me. He’s really taught me some good morals and to do my best every single day, in my sport and as a student.”
Powe saw Garrelts play for the first time around six years ago.
“Since I first saw Nessa play in seventh grade, I knew she was a talented player. What makes her outstanding is her commitment to being her best and a role model of hard work and dedication for her teammates,” Powe said.
Garrelts has her sights set on a new all-time scoring record for Marian, a goal which is imminent.
Anthony Randazzo will wrestle at the University of Central Missouri, where he plans to study business management and marketing.
“They have a great wrestling team. I went to visit and really liked the environment and the campus,” Randazzo said.
Randazzo said his biggest inspiration during his time wrestling at Marian was fellow wrestler Nick Remke.
Randazzo credits Remke with making him better at the sport. “He was a senior when I was a freshman and was my biggest inspiration. He forced me to go harder, and I improved.”
Randazzo finished second in the IHSA state finals earlier this year. His record last season was 36-6.
“Anthony is a naturally gifted athlete. But what makes him a good wrestler is his aggressiveness and balance,” Hurricanes head wrestling coach David Silva said.
A.J. Golembiewski, a Marian three-sport athlete, will play baseball at the University of Illinois – Springfield. He hopes to pursue a degree in business.
Golembiewski has been active in baseball, basketball and football from a young age. “I’ve been playing all three since I was in first grade, I think. It’s just something that has been a big part of my life — all three sports, going from season to season. A lot of the training you get in other sports helps the rest.
“But baseball, by far, is the number one for me,” Golembiewski said.
Golembiewski said that above all else at Marian, Michael Pipitone, his theology teacher, impacted him the most.
“He’s been this solid person I could talk to whenever I wanted, about anything. He’s always been there for me. I’m definitely going to miss him when I leave here.”
Marian baseball head coach Tom Kruse said he has seen Golembiewski progress athletically, socially and emotionally during his time at Marian.
“He has transformed himself completely, and is clearly one of our school’s leaders. I’m thankful for having the opportunity to watch A.J. grow up in every aspect of his life, and look forward to continuing to watch and coach him as a Marian Central Hurricane. He represents himself, his family and our school with pride and class,” Kruse said.