Photo: Blake Sowell of Elburn with his parents, Roxanna and Brady Sowell, 13-year-old brother, Reece Sowell and coach Brian Aversa. Courtesy Photo
Kaneland—KHS senior pitcher Blake Sowell on Feb. 14 signed a letter of intent, accepting an athletic scholarship to play baseball for the Clarke University Crusaders. Clarke University is a Division II NAIA university in Dubuque, Iowa. Sowell will now attend Clarke in the fall of 2013.
The Crusaders had a 20-win season in 2012 with 20 losses. They were 15-9 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC). The Crusaders are coached by Dan Spain, who is in his second year as head coach. The Kaneland Knights are coached by Brian Aversa and are coming off of a successful 2012 season and a Conference Championship a year after winning the Illinois 3A State Championship.
During the signing event, Sowell expressed his appreciation to Coach Aversa, as well as the other coaches in the Kaneland High School baseball program: coach Dan Hallahan and Ernie Colombe. Sowell said all of the coaches played an integral part of Sowell’s development and success.