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La Salle-Peru senior Noah Lamboley (seated, second from right) announced his signing to Parkland College during a signing ceremony on Thursday. Also at the ceremony were (seated, left to right): sister Maria, mother Chris and father Mark, (back row, l-r): L-P assistant baseball coach Dave Kelty, Parkland baseball coach Dave Garcia and L-P baseball coach Matt Glupczynski. NewsTribune photo/Jared Bell
Noah Lamboley didn’t need a visit to decide he wanted to commit to Parkland College.
When he did officially visit, however, it only solidified his decision.
The La Salle-Peru senior pitcher announced his college plans on Thursday as Lamboley will play college baseball for Parkland College in Champaign.
“In the middle of the summer I talked with (Parkland coach Dave) Garcia on the phone and committed right then and there,” Lamboley said. “Not too long after I took a visit down there and met with the coaching staff and some of the players and just fell in love with it.”
It was an easy decision for Lamboley, who will play for Garcia, the former baseball coach and athletic director at Putnam County.
“The program has had a lot of success, and I’ve known coach Garcia for a long time,” Lamboley said. “He’s a great guy, a great coach, and the coaching staff is great at Parkland. I can’t wait to get down there to play, but at the same time I’m super excited for the high school season, too. We’re looking forward to big things.”
This spring, Lamboley will play his third year on varsity.
As a sophomore, he pitched in the Class 3A state title game. Last year, the L-P star played in limited games for the Cavaliers after a preseason injury.
“We needed a right-handed arm, and when I got hired in early August, Noah was the first guy who came to mind just given his past history,” said Garcia, who’s in his first season at Parkland. “He’s battled tested and played in some of the big games, and given the quality of competition that L-P plays against he was very appealing. I was actually very surprised he was still available, so he was my first call.”
While Parkland started its season last weekend, L-P is scheduled to begin its season March 20 at United Township.
“Noah has been on varsity since he was a sophomore, and this is my third year being able to coach him,” L-P coach Matt Glupczynski said. “It’s a great honor to have a player go on to the next level and play. It really makes you feel good as a coach that you’re teaching and doing the right things.”
Jared Bell can be reached at 220-6938, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsJared.
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