A pair of Geneseo athletes announced their college plans on national signing day in a ceremony at the J.D. Darnall Library.

A pair of Geneseo athletes announced their college plans on national signing day in a ceremony at the J.D. Darnall Library.

The Maple Leafs’ Sydney Himmelman and Cade Humphries wore their college colors in front of coaches, family and friends on Feb. 1.

Himmelman signed her letter of intent from Illinois College where she will be a two-sport athlete playing volleyball and basketball.

Humphries committed to play football at Central College in, Pella, Iowa.

Both players join college campuses that have a small-town atmosphere that reminded them of home.

The daughter of Scott and Angela Himmelman, Sydney wasn’t ready to say goodbye to either sport and was looking for a smaller college that was supportive of her choice to pursue both.

Illinois College started targeting Sydney after seeing her play at the AAU level over the summer.

With a small enrollment at the campus in Jacksonville, Ill., Sydney thinks she’ll be able to adjust quickly to college life.

“I feel comfortable there,” Sydney said. “The girls I met there are the ones I’ll be playing with next year and they were all really nice.”

Sydney said playing three sports in high school (volleyball, basketball and softball) has helped prepare her for the rigors of a busy college schedule.

Sydney wants to major in secondary mathematics education and minor in psychology.

“I’ve wanted to be a math teacher since I was in second grade,” Sydney said, “So I’ve been decided for a while.”

Last season, Sydney was a Class 3A/4A - IBCA Special Mention in basketball.

This season in volleyball, Sydney was named the Lady Leafs’ Most Valuable Player and was selected to the NIB 12 West All-Conference team.

Humphries said the feel he found at Central College is what drew him to the school.

“It reminded me a lot of Geneseo,” Humphries said. “When I went on campus everything I was looking for was checked off the list. I found myself comparing other schools to Pella.”

Humphries said the coaching staff sees him being utilized in multiple and will work to find the best fit for him at the next level.

The son of Brian and Dee Humphries, Cade thinks the leadership qualities he showed as a Green Machine captain is something he can contribute right away.

Cade was a NIB 12 West All-Conference selection during his senior football season.

Cade put himself on Central College’s radar after putting together a highlight reel from his workout at the Don Beebe camp in Geneseo.

He plans to focus on finance or accounting at Central College.