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Druley: St. Charles North volleyball's Krage stays in-state for college volleyball

St. Charles North sophomore outside hitter Daley Krage (No. 17) has committed to play volleyball at Northwestern.
St. Charles North sophomore outside hitter Daley Krage (No. 17) has committed to play volleyball at Northwestern.

St. Charles North sophomore Daley Krage feels she differentiates herself on the volleyball court simply by being different. Or versatile, anyway.

“I think I have height, but I’m also a good six-rotation player and am comfortable playing back row, too,” she said. “I have basically played every position, so I’ve become pretty good with court knowledge and being really aware.”

A 6-foot-3 outside hitter, Krage has two more seasons to heighten her skills before competing for Northwestern, where she verbally committed Friday after overtures from most of the rest of the Big Ten.

The younger sister of Kane County Chronicle Girls Volleyball Player of the Year Taylor Krage – a Northern Illinois recruit – Daley Krage also visited Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue.

Like her sister, proximity to home entered into her decision, and Daley Krage certainly possesses the academic pedigree for Northwestern with a 5.6 GPA on a 5.0 scale.

A Club Fusion player during the high school offseason, Krage said she “really got a great feel” from Northwestern players and coaches during her campus visit.

Here’s more good news for the Wildcats while they wait:

“I think I’m still growing,” Krage said. “I think my doctor told me awhile ago that I’d probably hit 6-4, and I feel like I’m still growing.”

Other commitments: North senior Erik Miller (Illinois State, track) and Geneva senior Max Novak (Valparaiso, baseball) also recently committed to continue their athletic careers.

Miller is a three-sport athlete who also competed in football and basketball. He finished in fourth place in the high jump at the IHSA Class 3A state meet last spring.

Ratzek’s senior moment: Burlington Central’s girls basketball roster prevented the student section from bellowing one particular chant at the Class 3A state finals in Normal over the weekend.

Reserve guard Kathleen Ratzek is the team’s lone senior, so “THANK YOU, SENIORS!” became “THANK YOU, KATHLEEN!” At any rate, teammates called it a fitting gesture.

“She’s always taking care of everyone. Making sure everyone’s happy. Making sure everyone’s enjoying this experience,” Rockets junior forward Alison Colby said. “We’ll miss her next year. She was definitely a voice that helped us and propelled us to do as well as we have done.”

Waubonsee’s Wagner closes career: Longtime Waubonsee College women’s basketball coach Dana Wagner ended her career with Saturday’s 79-53 loss to Kishwaukee College in a NCAA Division II Region IV final at Elgin Community College.

A Kaneland product, Wagner guided the Chiefs for 15 seasons on the heels of a standout playing career at Aurora University. She plans to remain at the school as an assistant athletic manager.

Chiefs sophomore Ashley Wilk, an Aurora Central Catholic product, led Waubonsee (25-7) with 15 points Saturday. The Chiefs’ roster also included freshman guards Sarah Grams and Brooke Harner of Kaneland and Aurora Christian graduate Emily Magee, a sophomore guard.

• Kevin Druley is a sportswriter for the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5347 or Follow him on Twitter at @kevindruley.

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