Holcombe will have some local company at Indiana State. Her Campton United teammate CeCe Wahlberg, a senior at St.Charles North, signed Wednesday evening during a ceremony at North.
“We both have the will to win,” Wahlberg said. “So we always want to win and we push each other playing in the middle together so we have each other’s back. We’ve never really hung out outside of soccer, but with travel soccer you’re like with each other 24/7 anyway.”
Wahlberg, who had two goals and four assists last year, is following her older sisters Elli (Wisconsin-Whitewater) and Gia (Michigan State) in taking her game to the next level.
“I saw them go through the process and now I’ve gone through it and had to put in that effort myself,” she said. “And it’s a major relief for me to know where I’m going to be playing soccer for the next four years.”
Hanley’s honesty was one of the things that attracted Wahlberg to Indiana State.
“She was very welcoming and straight forward and said she wouldn’t guarantee a spot, I’d have to earn it,” Wahlberg said. “I liked that, and I liked the environment and everyone there likes to compete and it’s like a family there.”
Playing Division I soccer is a dream come true for Holcombe.
“Every since I was really little, I wanted to play at the D1 level so when Indiana State came across I visited and instantly liked it,” she said. “I love the atmosphere there and the competitiveness level of D1. I really like the coaches. They’re a big part of why I decided to go there and I really like some of the girls on the team.”
Not being too far from home – Indiana State is about a four-hour drive from the Tri-Cities depending on who’s driving – also was appealing.
“I didn’t want to go away too far, and my parents want to come to all my games and stuff,” Holcombe said. “I’m excited for the future, but I’m not going to get ahead of myself. I’m going to enjoy the rest of my time here at Batavia.”
Others around the area who signed, by school:
Tyler Isenhart, golf, Baylor
Alyssa Davidson, lacrosse, Lewis
Jenna Dominguez, soccer, St. Cloud State
Eli Ford, volleyball, North Alabama
Alyssa Kramer, softball, Western Michigan
Sydney Erdmann, softball, Concordia
Jonathon Reid, basketball, St. Norbert College
Eric Lundell, baseball, Concordia University, St. Paul
Charlie Gambs, football, Augustana
Trevor Chumbley, wrestling, Northwestern
Michael Jaffe, wrestling, Harvard
Peter Ferraro, wrestling, Harvard
Kathryn Mueller, swimming, Purdue
Annika Pickard, volleyball, Stonehill
Samantha Rankin, swimming, California Polytechnic State
Anne Tavierne, swimming, South Carolina
Sydney Van Overmeiren, swimming, Florida State
Athena Ye, swimming, Harvard
St. Charles East
Paige Ligocki, softball, Grand Valley State
Maddy Stout, softball, University of Indianapolis
Alex Wooten, softball, University of Wisconsin -Parkside
Krista Sbarra, softball, University of Wisconsin -Whitewater
Mckenna Slavik, volleyball, Clemson
Calli Gentry, volleyball, UW Green Bay
Kaitlin Cramer, swimming, Concordia College at Moorhead
Brianna Muzi, soccer, University of Dubuque
St. Charles North
Grace Sobieski, Saint Leo University