Three Rapid City student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers at the Division I level on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA early signing period.
Rapid City Stevens’ Anna Sykora and Rapid City Central’s Lauren Schad committed to play volleyball at Montana State University and the University of San Diego, respectively, while former Rapid City Stevens basketball player Tate Stensgaard signed with Western Illinois in the Summit League to continue his hoops career. Stensgaard is currently a redshirt freshman at Sheridan College in Wyoming and will begin his career in 2013 at Western Illinois as a sophomore.
Two Spearfish High School standouts also signed on Wednesday with Nate Rotert committing to South Dakota State to wrestle and Bethany Crosswait deciding to continue her basketball career at Northern State University.
Black Hills State women’s basketball coach Mark Nore picked up a couple of signings with the addition of Newell all-stater Taylor Trohkimoinen and Rapid City Stevens’ Gabby Haefs and Rapid City Central’s Taylor Bauer signed a letter of intent to play softball at Chadron State College.
The South Dakota State men’s and women’s basketball teams each signed a pair of South Dakotans with Clark’s Skyler Flatten and Pierre’s Lane Severyn joining Scott Nagy’s men’s squad and Clark’s Chynna Stevens and Mitchell’s Kerri Young joining Aaron Johnston’s women’s team. Severyn’s teammate, Zach Hanson, signed to play for the Creighton Bluejays on Wednesday. Another Pierre athlete, state golf champion Hallie Getz, signed to play golf for South Dakota State.
The Jackrabbit wrestling team signed another South Dakotan in Tri-Valley’s Austin Oyen to join Rotert in that recruiting class.
Rapid City Central’s Aero Amo has also committed to wrestle for Augustana next season.