beckmannFamily tradition — Mater Dei senior softball player Elizabeth Beckmann will continue her academics and softball career at Lewis and Clark College in Godfrey after graduation. She is pictured with her parents Brian and Kim of Aviston. (Photo by Jeremy Chawgo)    Mater Dei senior softball player Elizabeth Beckmann had a chance to play four years of varsity softball before losing out on her junior season due to COVID.
    While patiently awaiting her senior season at Mater Dei, Beckmann will follow her sister’s footsteps in playing college softball at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois after her playing days at MD.
    “She got penalized last year with COVID, but she’s been a great player for us and she would have been a 4-year starter,” said Mater Dei head coach Mike Palm.  “She’s done enough so far in her career thus far and she has earned this chance to play at the next level.”
    Not only is her sister Allison on the roster, but former Mater Dei teammate Madi Strieker is also a member of the Trailblazers softball program.
    “I really liked the program,” said Beckmann.  “My sister playing there helped me with the decision and I’m looking forward to hopefully getting a good senior season at MD.”

braundmeierSWIC bound — Mater Dei senior baseball player Reed Braundmeier will continue his academics and baseball career at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville after graduation. He is pictured with his parents Art and Karen of Aviston. (Photo by Jeremy Chawgo)    Mater Dei senior multi-sport star Reed Braundmeier chose baseball over football as the 6’5” pitcher will join the baseball program at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.
    Braundmeier, a 6’5” hard tossing righty, has not gotten much mound time in his career at Mater Dei with just 12-1/3 innings pitched for the blue and white throughout his freshman and sophomore season.  His junior season was canceled due to COVID.
    “I was really thinking I was going to go to college for football,” said Braundmeier.  “But right when COVID hit, all my football camps were canceled.  I went to some baseball camps and I got a lot of interest from those.”
    During his freshman season, he pitched in three games and went 7-2/3 innings pitched with no record and one save.  He struck out eight batters and walked six and finished with a 1.83 earned-run average.
    “Reed is a hard worker, born leader and driven young man. To be able to both pitch and play quarterback at high levels shows just how athletic and committed he is,” said former MD baseball coach Travis Gebke. 

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