CHICAGO – Jessica Arebalo, a catcher/third baseman at both Kankakee Community College in Kankakee, Ill., and Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Palos Hills, Ill., recently signed a letter of intent to continue both her athletic and academic career at Saint Xavier University as a member of the Cougar softball program. The Palos Heights native will be a freshman at SXU in the fall of 2014 and compete for playing time on the field during the 2015 season.
Arebalo is the daughter of Wendy Whelan and Ernesto Arebalo. She is currently coached by Dennis Clark at Kankakee Community College and played under Missy Mason during her prep career at Stagg. Arebalo plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice starting next year at Saint Xavier University. As a freshman last season, she helped the Cavaliers to a 40-10 overall record and to a NJCAA Region IV championship. In 2012, she was named an honorable mention selection on the SouthtownStar All-Area Softball Team and was an honorable selection her sophomore season (2010) on the Illinois Coaches Association (ICA) Softball 3A & 4A All-State Team.
"Jess is a difference maker," said SXU softball coach Myra Minuskin. "I recruited her out of Stagg and she is even better now after her experience on a nationally ranked junior college program. I can't wait to see Jess in an SXU uniform."