Fenwick's Boardman picks Yale

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

Fenwick High School student-athlete Meredith Boardman announced yesterday that she has made a verbal commitment to play at Yale University.

Boardman, a 6-foot senior center who suffered an ACL injury during the summer of her junior year that left her missing the first couple of month or so of games last season, chose Yale after official visits to Holy Cross and Loyola. Other schools she was considering included Penn, Colgate, Western Michigan and Princeton.

"It was a really close decision for me between Yale, Loyola and Holy Cross," she said. "I am very grateful for the opportunity to join Yale's prestigious Ivy League program."

Boardman was on Fenwick's team in 2010 when the Friars finished third in the Class 4A State Finals. Last season, upon coming back from her ACL injury, she helped lead the team to a 26-5 record.

Boardman also helped lead her AAU 17U club team, Illinois Elite, to a state championship last season and an impressive record of 65-6.

"Our program has sent 38 players on to play at the collegiate level in the past four years alone," said AAU coach Tom Hohenadel. "Meredith Boardman represents the finest example of a talented and intelligent student athlete anyone could ask for. Yale is indeed fortunate to have Meredith join their Ivy League program."

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steve napolitano from river forest  

Posted: November 11th, 2011 12:55 PM

Meredith. Congratulations on a wonderful academic and athletic achievement. And please disregard the unfortunate and sarcastic comment by "FormerOakParker." Seems that he or she has an inferiority complex -- an apparently well deserved inferiority complex. Best wishes for a terrific senior season with the Friars and a great career at Yale.

Butch from Sacramento  

Posted: November 8th, 2011 2:10 PM

Meredith u couldn't have picked a better coach to play for. Coach G, is absolutely wonderful, I've known her since 1985, LOL! U will enjoy the experience, she will prepare U for life outside of college. I hope nothing but success all 4 yrs for u at Yale. Stay in shape, and get skilled for the next level.


Posted: November 4th, 2011 10:45 AM

Meredith - Congrats on a wonderful choice. You worked so hard. Have fun on your last season.

Rosemary Johnson from River Forest  

Posted: November 2nd, 2011 9:35 PM

Haven't seen you in quite awhile, but you always were a leader and deserve this wonderful opportunity. Congratulations!!

Janet Rouse from Oak Park  

Posted: November 2nd, 2011 4:59 PM

Congratulations to you Meredith! ANY college would be lucky to have such a talented & hard working young woman.

Marty Bracco from Oak Park  

Posted: November 2nd, 2011 3:31 PM

Congratulations indeed to a very bright, talented Oak Parker!! Way to go, Meredith! You've worked hard, overcome adversity, and achieved your goals. Keep smilin' and playing hard! Congrats to Mom & Dad also! Note to former OPer at bottom: grow up!

cathy adduci from river forest  

Posted: November 2nd, 2011 3:09 PM

Congratulations to a wonderful talented young woman. What a honor to have so many choices! The Fenwick Family is proud of you! P.S., congrats to the entire Boardman Family


Posted: November 2nd, 2011 2:42 PM

Congratulations to a very bright and talented young lady. We are very proud of you, Meredith!

M.S.- current Oak Parker from oak park  

Posted: November 2nd, 2011 2:39 PM

Congratulations Meredith!! You've worked hard on the books and on the boards!! Ignore the jealous comments and stay world class!!!


Posted: November 2nd, 2011 2:18 PM

Must be nice to be able to turn down schools that offer athletic scholarships, in order to attend Yale (the "Ivies" don't offer athletic scholarships). Really? Paying Yale $40,000 per year PLUS having to take time away to practice and play college basketball?

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