Normal West’s Max Ziebarth signs with Illinois State and Metamora’s Brooklyn Marshall signs with Olivet Nazarene

Published: Dec. 15, 2021 at 6:18 PM CST
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(Heart of Illinois ABC) - Wednesday December 15 kicked off the early national signing period for high school seniors pledging their commitments to universities across the nation. In the Heart of Illinois, two seniors signed their letters of intent in front of cheering family, friends, coaches, and school staff.

Normal West standout tight end Max Ziebarth is moving down the road to Illinois State University, where he’ll play tight end for the hometown Redbirds. The Ziebarth’s have a connection to Illinois State, Max’s dad, Andy, also played for the Redbirds in the 1990′s. The 6′5″ all-state Wildcats star is excited to be starting the next chapter of his playing career in a familiar place.

“It’s super exciting, hopefully I’ll have a big crowd and family at all the home games. I can come home and bring my friends over from the team and have meals and stuff. So it’s super exciting to stay home, the journey starts now, the next chapter,” said Ziebarth.

In Metamora, standout girls basketball player Brooklyn Marshall put pen to paper as she signed with Olivet Nazarene University, which is in Bourbonnais, IL. Marshall joins a Tigers team that has been ultra competitive, especially under current head coach Lauren Glenn, who boasts a 199-85 record in 9 seasons at Olivet Nazarene. While decorated on the court, Marshall says what really drew her to the Tigers was the atmosphere on campus and in the program.

“I just really love the team and the coaches, they just felt like family and I love the Christian feel of the campus and it just really felt like home,” said Marshall.

She’ll see a familiar face up in Bourbonnais, former Redbird Anne Peters is a sophomore on the Tigers basketball team.

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