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The official student news of Normal Community High School


The official student news of Normal Community High School


6 Iron athletes sign National Letters of Intent

Check out the Inkspot’s Q & A with the athletes and their career highlights
Zachary Knox-Doyle
Six of Normal Community’s student athletes signed their commitment letters to play Division I and Division II athletics next year after school Nov. 7 in the cafeteria.

Six Ironmen are headed to college to continue their athletic careers, signing National Letters Of Intent on Thursday, Nov 8.

Recognized at the after-school event were four future Division I athletes: Oregon commit Ali Ince (womens track & field), future Louisville Cardinal Ethan Eberle (baseball), soon to be Wright State Raider Jaheem Webber (mens basketball), and Grand Canyon commit Olivia Price (womens volleyball) and two student-athletes headed to Division II: McKendree University commit Olivia Corson (womens basketball) and future Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolf Marisol Martinez (womens lacrosse).

Check out the Inkspot’s Q & A with the athletes and their career highlights below.

Photo Courtesy of: Mr. Nic Kearfott
Photo Courtesy of: Mr. Nic Kearfott
Ali Ince - University of Oregon - Womens Track & Field

Q & A

Q: With multiple schools interested in you, what was the college selection process like?
A: [The] process started a year and a half ago… For like six or seven months of talking to coaches on the phone I decided [ which schools] I wanted to visit officially. I visited six schools this fall [which] ended up leading to the decision of Oregon.

Q: What schools did you visit?
A: Clemson, Oklahoma State, Alabama, Penn State, Texas and Oregon.

Q: What drew you to Oregon?
A: “The main thing I'm looking forward to is having girls train with that are amazing. The people at Oregon right now I look up to, so to be able to train with them is awesome.
And then also the coaching,... [to be coached by an Olympian is] pretty crazy. They're just so knowledgeable.”

Q: What role did Oregon’s legacy as a running powerhouse play in your choice?
A: “It's like Tracktown, USA. It's special there. To be surrounded by a community who love running will be awesome.”

Q: Have you met any of your future teammates?
A: “I met the team on the official visit and [some of] the girls going into Oregon. There are two twins from Texas who I've raced against who were good friends, so it'll be fun to be teammates.”

Q: What do you hope to accomplish with the Ducks?
A: “It would be really cool to win a National Championship with the team, but also individually. That's something I was looking for in college, a team that can be really competitive as a whole.”

Q: What are you looking to accomplish in your sport during college and beyond?
A: “[I want to] push my boundaries, see how fast I can go. The Olympics, 2028, that’s something [I’m] gonna shoot for.”


  • 400 meter: 54.91 
  • 800 meter: 2:03.17
  • 1500 meter: 4:22.39 
  • 1600 meter: 4:40.86
  • 1 Mile: 4:43.67


  • Brooks PR Invitations: 1st place - 800 Meter; 2020, 2021 and 2022
  • 2022 Illinois Gatorade Player
  • 2022 New Balance Indoor Nationals  - 1st place 800 Meter 
  • School Records in 400 meter, 800 meter, 1600 meter, 3200 meter


Photo Courtesy of: Mr. Nic Kearfott
Photo Courtesy of: Mr. Nic Kearfott
Ethan Eberle - University of Louisville - Mens Baseball

Q & A

Q: You played on varsity for the Ironmen all four years of your high school career, what are you looking forward to over the course of your collegiate career?
A: “I’m looking forward to developing [and] getting experience. As a freshman it's not always easy, but by the time I’m a senior, I'm leading a team and mentoring freshmen and being a leader.”

Q: What are your goals as you head to Louisville, a team that has made the College World Series five times since 2007? 
A: “Win a few Regionals and win a National Championship–that's always the goal. [But also] have fun, that's really an accomplishment.”

Q: What do you know about the rest of the Cardinals roster?
A: “I met some of the players. I met all of the guys who are signing today, and they're all great guys. I'm looking forward to [playing with them].”


  • 8-1 record
  • 114 strikeouts in 218 batters faced
  • A 5:1 strikeout to walk ratio with just 20 walks 
  • 0.36 ERA, 0.90 opponent batting average in 58 innings


  • First team 4A All-State - Illinois Baseball Coaches Association
  • First team All-State - Chicago Sun Times 
  • First team All-State - Prep Baseball Report
  • Unanimous Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year
  • First team Big 12 All-Conference
Photo Courtesy of: Mr. Nic Kearfott
Photo Courtesy of: Mr. Nic Kearfott
Jaheem Webber - Wright State University - Mens Basketball

Q & A

Q: What offers did you receive before deciding to play for Wright State?
A: “I had offers to ISU, Bradley, Southern Illinois. After my junior year, I got offers from Cal Poly, Loyola Maryland and Wright State.“

Q: What led to the decision to suit up for the Raiders?
A: ”On my visits, I felt at home. It's a great program with good coaches who care about you. It's a place where I can go and contribute and get some wins too.”

Q: What are your goals when you don the green and gold?
A: “Hopefully, we can make a run to the NCAA tournament. That's a dream that every college player has.”


  • 13.2 Points per Game
  • 7.9 Rebounds per Game
  • 1.5 Blocks per Game

2022-23 ACCOLADES 

  • First team Big 12 All-Conference 
  • Third team 4A All-State - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association
  • 5th all-time Ironmen blocks leader - 85 
  • 3rd all-time Ironmen blocks in a season - 60
Photo Courtesy of: Mr. Nic Kearfott
Photo Courtesy of: Mr. Nic Kearfott
Olivia Price - Grand Canyon University - Womens Volleyball

Q & A

Q: How do you feel about your decision to attend Grand Canyon University?
A: “It's definitely far from home. So that's going to be an adjustment.”

Q: What are you looking forward to about playing for the Antelopes?
A:  “I'm really looking forward to working with new people who have the same goals as me and want to achieve the same things.”

Q: What are your collegiate goals?
A: “I'd love to go to the NCAA Tournament.”


  • Assists: 1,277
  • Kills: 427
  • Aces: 111
  • Digs: 359 
  • Blocks: 103


  • First team Big 12 All-Conference
  • Second team 4A All-State - Illinois Volleyball Coaches Association
  • Academic All-State selection - Illinois Volleyball Coaches Association
  • 2x All-Tournament selection
Photo Courtesy of: Mr. Nic Kearfott
Photo Courtesy of: Mr. Nic Kearfott
Olivia Corson - McKendree University - Womens Basketball

Q & A

Q: What were some leading factors that led to your commitment to McKendree University?
A: “I really liked the campus and the coaching staff was so welcoming to me when I went on my visit.”

Q: What do you hope to gain from your time at McKendree University?
A: “I hope to enjoy my experience down there and to make the most of the opportunities I'm given.”


  • 11.9 Points per Game
  • 4 Rebounds per Game
  • 2.5 Assists per Game
  • 2.3 Steals per Game


  • Second team 4A All-State - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association
  • First team Big 12 All-Conference 
Photo Courtesy of: Mr. Nic Kearfott
Photo Courtesy of: Mr. Nic Kearfott
Marisol Martinez - Colorado State University-Pueblo - Womens Lacrosse

Q & A

Q: Why did you decide to suit up for the ThunderWolves next season?
A: “Going to Colorado State University [Pueblo] just felt like home.”

Q: How do you feel about attending Colorado University-Pueblo?
A: “I’m super excited.I get to go back [to where I'm from] and meet new people.” 

Q: What are you most excited for, and what do you hope to accomplish? 
A: “I’m looking forward to playing lacrosse at the next level, and hope to be a leader and contribute as a person and teammate.” 


  • 10 Goals 
  • 17 Shots On Goal 
  • .588 Shot Percentage
  • 3 Turnovers Caused 
  • 10 Draw Controls 


  • Big 12 Conference Scholar-Athlete Award 
  • IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award
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Zachary Knox-Doyle, Senior Staff Reporter
Zachary Knox-Doyle is a junior at Normal Community High School and plays on the school's tennis team. He is a Senior Staff Reporter at the Inkspot. One of my biggest inspirations is Candace Parker because of her insane skills on the basketball court, never back down attitude and the work she's done for ESPN behind the mic. I am most comfortable and content when I'm playing tennis and basketball simply for the love of the sport.
Brantley Dumas II, Senior Staff Reporter
Brantley Dumas is a senior at Normal Community High School. He is the president Black Student Union and is on the varsity bowling team. He is a second-year Staff Reporter on the Inkspot. If I were to win a million dollars I would definitely pay for college, then buy all the shoes and clothes I could ever want. I enjoy fashion, making and listening to music and anime. So, if you like any of those we can probably be friends. My biggest pet peeve is when people chew too loud. Gross.
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