Lady Dragons goalie VanDerWeele commmits to Hanover
ARGOS — Argos senior goalkeeper Karlee VanDerWeele has signed on to play soccer at NCAA Division III Hanover College next fall.
VanDerWeele is a four-year letterwinner for Argos. A goalkeeper and captain, she led the Dragons to back-to-back semistate appearances and Northern Indiana Soccer Conference titles in 2011-12. She was twice selected First Team All-Northern Indiana Soccer Conference for the Lady Dragons, and was named the team MVP her senior season.
VanDerWeele will join former Dragons teammate and standout Carly McCay, who will be a sophomore defender at Hanover next fall. The Panthers have posted a 52-19-2 record the past four years and look poised to compete for another Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title next season.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Karlee VanDerWeele has committed to play soccer at Hanover College,” said Hanover women’s soccer coach Jim Watts said. “Karlee has the athleticism, technical ability, and mentality to make an immediate impact on our program. Karlee’s experiences playing at Argos and Junior Irish Soccer club and her tremendous mentality, work ethic and leadership will be tremendous assets to our program. Karlee definitely stood out while attending our prospect camp last summer, and we immediately decided she was the one keeper that would be the perfect fit in our program. We really feel like Karlee is one of the top high school goalkeepers in Indiana, and we are incredibly excited to welcome her to the Hanover College and our soccer program.”
VanDerWeele is also a four-year letterwinner for the Argos girls basketball team and finished up her career with 483 points, including 212 as a senior over last winter. She was selected as the MVP of the Class A seniors at the Indiana Elite North vs South All-Star Basketball Challenge on April 20.
“It’s not often you have a four-year starter, much less in the goal,” Argos girls soccer coach and Argos High School Athletic Director Jon Alcorn said. “It was great to see her grow over four years. She went from a frosh who knew she needed to lead but hadn’t quite learned how to do it, to a senior who helped an inexperienced defense shake off a weak start to be able to compete in the semistate. She represented Argos well on the field, the court and the classroom, and set a great example for younger kids.”
VanDerWeele is the daughter of Jon and Patti VanDerWeele.