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November 15, 2013

Centennial Student-Athletes Move On to the Next Level

by Jordin Hopkins

The end of Fall is nearing closer and closer and so is the end to many senior sport careers. However, for some, their sport careers are not quite over. There are many student-athletes in the country, and only 3% of them continue on to college. We have some of our own students who are part of that percentage. They have had the determination, passion, and leadership to make it to the next level. The Centinal had the opportunity to interview some of those athletes.

Miaya Peacock, a senior outside hitter, helped lead her team to a Sectional title. After losing so many seniors last year, it did not stop her from becoming one of the key components to the team’s success this season. She had 245 kills, 58 aces, and 198 digs this past season. She has recently verbally committed to Parkland.

The Centinal: What does it feel like to be considered a college athlete? What do you look forward to the most?

Peacock: Because I’m continuing my volleyball career with multiple people I have played with in high school, it honestly feels like another year of high school volleyball to me. I’m definitely looking forward to making new friendships and being part of a team who is ranked number 2 in the nation.

Michael Finke, a well-known power-forward in the state of Illinois, has also recently committed to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He officially signed with the U of I on November 14, 2013. Pushing hard through the early hours of morning workouts to the high tempo practices, the 6 foot 9 PF has finally achieved his goal of joining the Big 10. He also plans to leave a lasting impression as he enters his last basketball season at Centennial.

The Centinal: What do you look forward to the most at the collegiate level?

Finke: Probably the biggest thing is that I will be able to spend more and more time around the game. I will be able to play with some of the best athletes in the country, and it will make me become a better player each and every day.

Other college recruits for volleyball include:

  • Alayna Jackson – Parkland College
  • Lexi Hall – University of Illinois-Springfield
  • Jordin Hopkins – Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Ayla Dew – Parkland College

Congratulations to all the recruits, and good luck in your upcoming seasons!

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