ALTON - Last week, soon-to-be Marquette Catholic High School graduates Hayden Sherman and Aiden O'Keefe both signed to continue their academic and athletic careers in college.

Get The Latest News!

Don't miss our top stories and need-to-know news everyday in your inbox.

They both signed up to go to McKendree University, Sherman for baseball, and O'Keefe for golf.

McKendree is a Division II private university in Lebanon, Illinois, a short 45-minute drive from Alton.

For their achievement, both are Tucker's Automotive Repair and Tire Athletes of the Month for the Explorers.

Hayden Sherman

This will be Sherman's third time as a AOTM, and he's earned all three by being a three-sport athlete. One year he played four different sports.

He's played both baseball and bowling all four years, hockey three years, and cross-country one.

Article continues after sponsor message

Baseball is what he chose to stick with and it's where he had his favorite memory. He recalled hitting his first homer his junior season against Breese, saying "it was a great feeling."

Sherman is also a great student earning High Honor Roll as a sophomore and Honor Roll his junior and senior years.

At McKendree, he plans on going into business/marketing.

Aiden O'Keefe

For O'Keefe, this will also be his third time as a AOTM because he's been a staple to the Marquette golf team all four years.

He was also a two-time STL Post-Dispatch Player to Watch and holds Marquette's 9-hole record.

He chose McKendree because of its completive golf team and because it's close to home. He plans to go into accounting.

More like this:

May 26, 2017 | Edwardsville's Yancik casts his lot with McKendree

May 5, 2017 | Redbirds' Nguyen signs letter with McKendree for baseball

Apr 22, 2016 | Zach Llewellyn's dedication with discus leads to McKendree University scholarship

Feb 16, 2021 | Powerlifter Maxon Karnes Signs With McKendree University, Looks Forward To Competing Plus Helping To Popularize Sport

Jun 21, 2021 | Three L&C Baseball Players a Making Splash on New Alton River Dragons Prospect League Team