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Boys Track and Field: Notre Dame-bound Andrew Helmin, of Providence, a student of the sport

Providence's Andrew Helmin.  | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

Providence's Andrew Helmin. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

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WHERE THEY’RE GOING

Wednesday marked the opening of the National Letter of Intent signing period for prospective 2013-14 student-athletes. The following local athletes announced their college choices Wednesday in those sports:

PLAYER SPORT COLLEGE

LINCOLN-WAY WEST

Nick Andrade Baseball Joliet JC

Morgan Flaherty Bowling St. Francis

Lea Gindville Soccer Benedictine

Connor Hogan Baseball Webster

Jess Kaemerer Softball Purdue N. Central

Danny Murphy Volleyball Limestone

Katie Nork Bowling St. Francis

Therese Schultz Volleyball Loras

Adam Slattery Football Winona State

Kara Winans Soccer Carthage

MARIAN CATHOLIC

Kellan Berens Lacrosse Aurora

Mariah Brown Lacrosse Howard

Erik Callaghan Baseball Benedictine

Katlynn Dee Lacrosse St. Mary’s

Brent Feldner Baseball Oakton

Jacob Forney Football UW-Platteville

John Hotchkiss Football UW-Platteville

Sam Kinder Lacrosse North Central

Conner Maday Baseball Denison

Shannon Milazzo Soccer St. Ambrose

Rayanne Muzzo Diving Central Conn.

Kevin Phillips Basketball Parkland

Colleen Rynne Volleyball Illinois Wesleyan

Becca Stanton Softball Aurora

Pat Swanson Football UW-Platteville

Natalia Szyller Softball Aurora University

Grace Van Beest Swimming St. Mary’s (Minn.)

Ryan Waaso Baseball South Suburban

PROVIDENCE

Cameron Brach Football St. Ambrose

Joshua Cwiertniak Football Illinois College

Andrew Helmin Track & Field Notre Dame

Kevin Kozan Basketball Henderson State

Courtey McEnery Cheerleading Indiana

Max Picard Soccer Benedictine

Brandon Price Football Augustana

Rebecca Rachke Volleyball Millikin

Bailey Sineni Cheerleading Alabama

Chad Weaver Track & Field Southern Illinois

Ron Zychowski Football St. Ambrose

REAVIS

Jamie Harcar Softball Prairie State

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Updated: May 19, 2013 7:44AM



Providence hurdler Andrew Helmin will be going to Notre Dame on a track scholarship thanks to his talent, a year-round running schedule and YouTube.

Helmin said he watches YouTube videos of China’s Liu Xiang and Cuba’s Dayron Robles, both Olympic gold medalists, to help him improve his overall performance on the track.

“Their form and arms, where the legs are, everything,’’ Helmin said of what he gains from examining races of the Olympic champions.

Notre Dame didn’t need to see the 6-foot-3 Helmin win a state championship in either hurdle race to offer him a scholarship.

Helmin finished fourth in both the 110-meter hurdles and the 300 hurdles in the 2012 Class 2A state meet. His times were comparable to the Class 3A finalists, especially in the 300 hurdles.

“Their coaches know what I’ve done,’’ he said. “They know I have a lot of room to grow and get a lot better, and that I’m a good worker.’’

Helmin, who plans to major in business, seriously was considering Michigan and Illinois. An indication he might have had a favorite for a while came in February when the first school he mentioned was Notre Dame.

“I spent the last month or two going back and forth between all three colleges,’’ he said. “I would have a different college I was going to every day. It just came down to where I had to make a decision.

“I felt like it was the best fit for me for academics and athletics — they’re both great. With Notre Dame, I’d get the best of everything.’’

Helmin went from not qualifying for the state meet as a sophomore to making the finals in both hurdle races last year. He said he trained “more than ever before’’ between his sophomore and junior years.

“He has worked hard for everything he’s gotten,’’ Providence coach Mark Coglianese said. “When he came to Providence he wasn’t a stud athlete. He just keeps getting better and better.’’

Another Providence signee is pole vaulter Chad Weaver, who’ll attend Southern Illinois. Weaver cleared 15 feet to finish third in the state last year.



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