ST. CHARLES – Luke Scheffers didn't get the storybook ending to his high school basketball career.
The four-year St. Charles North senior point guard had been a key driver in the team achieving a second consecutive regional title, and reaching a sectional final berth before the IHSA basketball postseason was abruptly interuppted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I will never take the game for granted again," Scheffers told the Chronicle earlier this week. "Obviously, this is not the way we wanted to end our high school careers, but there are bigger things in life than basketball."
"Everybody had their entire īlivesī taken away, and that has been tough to say the least," Scheffers continued. "Personally, as a Christian, this has blasted me in the face with the thought that we are so much more than the earthly activities we choose to consume our lives in. I am so much more in life than a guy who plays basketball."
After long-awaited anticipation, Scheffers announced his decision to play basketball at the collegiate level earlier this week: A commitment to Calvin College, a Division III program in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Scheffers balanced a Division I offer from Northern Illinois and also had offers from Lewis University, Nova Southeastern and Grand Valley State, but the fit with Calvin proved too good to pass up.
"I wanted to have the opportunity to play basketball for four years and at the D-1 level, it’s rare for a freshman to come in and play significant minutes," Scheffers said.
"I also recognize the ball stops bouncing at some point in life and there’s bigger things in life than basketball," Scheffers continued. "So, I wanted to go somewhere that is going to prepare me for life after college as well."
Scheffers averaged 11.3 points and 4 rebounds and assists apiece through 24 games for the North Stars last season, and projects favorably within the style of play ahead.
"Coach [Bill] Sall wants to play fast and uptempo and I thrive in fast break situations with the ball in my hands. He really believes in me as a player and he has a great vision for the program."
Burlington Central's Jake Lenschow to play dual sports at Augustana
Whether on the football field or basketball court, Jake Lenschow just wanted to compete.
He'll get two chances to do so again at the college level next Fall.
Lenschow, the Burlington Central football and basketball standout, will look to play both football and basketball at Augustana. Lenschow committed to the school late during the basketball season.
"Originally, I was [going] to Augustana to play football, but then, later when the basketball season ended, I was like 'I don't really want to stop playing basketball', so I reached out to [the coaching staff] and [they] offered me a spot on the team."
Lenschow scored a team-high 13.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game for the Rockets this season en route to a regional finals appearance. On the football field, Lenschow played all over the field at wide receiver, quarterback and defensive back.
"I'm up for the challenge," Lenschow said on playing two sports. "It's nice to experience another four years – the two sports that I love playing in high school...might as well play as long as I can."