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Officially committed

Ten Bolts sign letters of intent for collegiate athletics

NORTH LIBERTY– Ten Liberty High School student athletes signed official letters of intent to play collegiate athletics during a signing ceremony at the high school on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Ben Campbell and Sam Funke signed to play baseball for Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Jacob Norris will play baseball for the Des Moines Area Community College in Des Moines, Rylee Fay has committed to play volleyball for Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., LeeAnn Potter will play beach volleyball at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Fla., and Jordyn Stammeyer signed to play volleyball at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Izaak Hajek verbally committed to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, on Oct. 22 and made it official during the signing ceremony while Brylee Klosterman committed to playing softball for the University of Iowa. Kyden Martinez and Stella Warren also signed letters of intent with Martinez going to the University of Iowa to compete in gymnastics while Warren will row for the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.
Campbell made five appearances on the diamond for Liberty High this past summer with three at-bats, one sacrifice, and one run scored.
Funke appeared in 41 games and started 32. He had 107 at-bats with 34 hits including five home runs, two triples and two doubles for a .318 batting average. He scored 15 runs and drove in 31 more. Funke made five appearances on the mound with a 1-0 record and one save across 7-2/3 innings. He gave up six hits and two earned runs for a 1.83 ERA, walked six, and struck out three. In addition, Funke made 219 put-outs with a .992 fielding percentage, and as a catcher, caught eight runners attempting to steal. Funke’s efforts earned him Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) West Division Second Team honors.
Norris played in 38 ball games this year and started 37 of them with 99 at-bats. He produced 20 hits for the Lightning including one triple and six doubles, scored 19 runs and drove in 15 more with a .238 batting average. Norris went 2-3 on the mound with five starts and pitched 38 innings in total. He gave up 36 hits and 28 runs with 20 of them earned for a 3.68 ERA. Norris struck out 45 and walked 34. In the field, Norris made 64 outs with a .975 fielding percentage.
Fay, a setter for the Lightning who transferred from Iowa City West High, played in 93 sets of volleyball during the regular season and produced 83 kills and 68 ace serves. She made 496 assists, 108 digs, 10 block assists, and four solo blocks. Her efforts earned her an MVC All-Division Volleyball First Team spot, and helped her team to the first state tournament appearance in school history.
Potter was an outside hitter for Liberty high’s volleyball team this season and played in 93 regular season sets. She made 220 kills and 30 ace serves, produced a dozen assists, 204 digs, 13 block assists and eight solo blocks. Potter was an MVC West Second Team selection at the conclusion of the season, which ended with a historic 34-3 record, and first state tourney appearance.
Stammeyer played in 18 sets during the regular season and contributed 10 kills, one dig, and one block assist to the Bolts.
Hajek swims on the combined Iowa City West High-Liberty High varsity team and earned 2019 Swimmer of the Year honors for the Valley Division in the 2019 MVC Boys Swimming All-Division Selections. He also earned First Team spots in the 200-yard individual medley (IM) and the 100-yard butterfly, and competed in the First Team 200-yard medley relay with West’s James Pinter, Val Trussov and Michael Kimball as well as with Liberty’s Kirk Brotherton, Trussov and Pinter on the Second Team 200-yard freestyle relay. Hajek also earned District Athlete of the Year honors and won the 200-yard IM and 100-yard butterfly to qualify for the 2019 state meet.
Klosterman, like Fay, also transferred to Liberty High from Iowa City West, and earned MVC Valley Division First Team, and Iowa Girls Coaches Association 2019 Class 4A Northeast All-District honors for her efforts on the softball diamond. A junior, she was a starter in 41 games this season with 139 at-bats and 68 hits including one home run, five triples, and 19 doubles with a .489 batting average. Klosterman drove in 35 runs, stole 13 bases, and scored 42 runs. She made 35 put-outs with a .913 fielding percentage.
As gymnastics and rowing are not Iowa High School Athletic Association, or Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union-sanctioned sports, stats were not readily available for Martinez or Warren.