Calistri will play soccer for Northwestern University while Jones will be a free safety on the football team at Alabama A & M.
At least five other Warriors on their way to university sports careers including basketball player Liz Yucknut, tennis star Jason Brown, Illinois state diving champion Erin Purdy, girls soccer player Megan Perna and triple jumper and Patch columnist Danny Katz.
Jones found a place where he can combine his gridiron skills with his intended course of study of supply chain management. “It’s the right fit for me,” he said. “It’s what I was looking for and it has the major I was looking for.
A four-year starter, Calistri is the Warriors all time scoring leader who helped Deerfield reach the Sectional final this year.
“He’s one of the hardest working players I’ve ever coached,” Head Coach Elliott Hurtig said. “He has a true passion for the game. He always likes to be around the soccer ball and he leads by example because he works so hard in practice.
Calistri will be joining two other Warrior soccer players already at Northwestern, sophomores Scott Lakin and Connor Holoway. Calistri was glad they were there to help.
“I made the decision myself,” Calistri said. “They were there to help me and I look forward to playing with them again. It’s a close knit group (the Wildcats) and I look forward to being part of it.
Robbie Weis, who plays for Lake Forest College and Northern Illinois University’s Hooman Shams are two other Warrior soccer players in the college ranks. According to Hurtig, other Warriors are waiting to make their university choice.
Katz will be on the track and field team at Dartmouth College, Perna will play soccer for the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Purdy will dive for the University of North Carolina, Brown will be playing tennis for Yale and Yucknut will play basketball at Washington University in St. Louis where she will join former Warrior Andrew Goldstick who plays for the baseball team there.
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