Hayden Sherman and Aidan O'Keefe were surrounded by family, friends, and members of the MCHS faculty as they announced their intent to play baseball and golf, respectively, at McKendree University.
Sherman and O'Keefe both plan on attending McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. Both students are excited to join the Division II McKendree Bearcat athletic program and tout the competitive nature of each of their sports at McKendree.
Hayden Sherman is he son of Nathan and Jolene Sherman of Godfrey, Illinois. He has excelled academical during his four years at Marquette Catholic. He lettered in four separate sports: cross country, bowling, baseball, and hockey. He was recognized as the Tucker's Automotive Male Student of the Month on two separate occasions. While playing baseball for McKendree, Hayden plans on studying marketing/business.
Hayden's fondest memory as an Explorer was hitting his first homerun during his junior year against Breese Mater Dei. He believes Marquette teachers, coaches, staff, and teammates "have your back". He follows up by stating, "Marquette really does feel like a big family. Being connected to this family gave me the confidence to work hard on and off the field. I was pushed to excel and go for my dream of playing ball in college. I am grateful for that support."
Aidan O'Keefe is the son of Dan and Sheila O'Keefe of Ferguson, Missouri. Aidan plans on studying accounting while playing golf for the Bearcats. He is happy to be able to play for such a competitive golf program close to home.
Aidan was also acknowledged two times as the Marquette Athlete of the Month and was highlighted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a "Player to Watch". During his senior year, Aidan broke the school 9-hole record shooting a 30 (6 under) at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course. This round bested teammate Sam Cogan's 32 (4 under) record shot at the Woodlands two years prior.