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From left: Gwen Boyce, women's basketball head coach Donnie Bowman, Katie Boyce and Bill Boyce.

Havana's Boyce commits to LCU in two women's sports

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[April 04, 2014]  Katie Boyce, a 6-foot-1 senior from Havana High School, has declared her intent to continue her athletic career at Lincoln Christian University in both volleyball and basketball

In high school, Boyce was a three-sport athlete, receiving all-conference recognition in volleyball, basketball and track. She earned varsity letters in each of her sports all four years and has led as captain in each.

Boyce led her volleyball team in kills and blocks throughout her junior and senior years as well as in digs in her senior season. Her career kills (560) and blocks (271) helped her team achieve winning seasons all four years, with a school record of 25-7 her junior year. Katie was chosen for multiple all-tournament teams, including Alexis United's top "Go-getter" award. Her defense is as strong as her offense, as she has been in the top three for the Lady Ducks in digs and serves as well.

As a center on the basketball team, Boyce also contributed to winning seasons for the Lady Ducks. She led the team in blocked shots as well as rebounds, with 259 as a senior, while averaging 9.5 points per game and shooting 70 percent from the free-throw line. During her senior season, Boyce made all-tournament teams in the Macomb tournament, Lady Tiger Classic and Camp Point Shootout. She was recently honored as a Westown Ford All-Star in Jacksonville and as a Canton Kiwanis All-Star.

Boyce qualified for the IHSA state track meet last year in the triple jump and placed in the top five at the Illinois Top Times track meet this spring. She is Havana High School's nominee for the IHSA 2014 All-State Academic Team and 2014 Scholar Athlete.

Katie says she is "looking forward to playing two of her favorite sports for the Red Lions." She loves to quote Colossians 3:23: "In whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for man."

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Academically, Katie is maintaining a 4.0 GPA and received honors as an Illinois State Scholar, Maroon Scholar and National Honor Society president.

She will major in business administration and minor in intercultural studies at Lincoln Christian University, with plans to get her doctorate in physical therapy.

[Text from file received from Todd Spellman, Lincoln Christian University]

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