Seven Rapid City Stevens Raiders and a pair of Rapid City Cobblers will take their athletic abilities to another level, as they all signed letters-of-intent Wednesday at their respective schools.
Signing for Rapid City Stevens were Connor King, Jake Person, Matt Albrecht, Erica Dykstra, Lane Jensen, Alex Lesselyoung and Isaiah Richards.
Signing for Central were Jaleel Snipes and Bridger Kraye.
Rapid City Stevens
Connor King, Baseball, University of Sioux Falls
King, who plays for the American Legion Post 22 Hardhats, will continue his passion in the game of baseball.
"I really like the campus there and the coaching staff is very friendly. I think they are a good fit for me. It's instate and not too far from home," King said. "I'm looking forward to continue playing baseball. Baseball has been a favorite sports since I was little; I've been playing it since T-ball."
Jake Person, track and field, University of Sioux Falls
Person will pole vault for the Cougars.
"When I toured, I really liked the campus. I liked the environment and the small school atmosphere. I really liked the coaches as well," Person said. "I'm really looking forward to competing, It seems like it will be a lot more competitive then high school. It will be fun."
Matt Albrecht, golf, Mount Marty College
Albrecht chose golf because he likes the competition aspect of the sport.
"I like how it is individual, and I love the game so much," he said. "I chose Mount Marty because it is a very family-oriented community, close to home, and it was also pretty affordable for my family."
Lane Jensen, golf, South Dakota School of Mines
Jensen is looking at a possible mathematics degree at South Dakota School of Mines
"Golf has been something that I have probably been doing for about 10 years, so I definitely wanted to play that in college. I wanted to be somewhere close, and with the School of Mines I can get a really good degree there," Jensen said.
Alex Lesselyoung, golf, South Dakota School of Mines
Lesselyoung is the second Raider to sign with the Hardrockers this year and he plans to study civil engineering.
"I'm really excited to take skills to the next level and try to compete against really tough competitors. I'll try to do the best that I can," he said. "I chose Mines for academics. Golf is just a bonus."
Erica Dykstra, cross country and track and field, Black Hills State University
Dykstra will compete in both cross county and track at BHSU as a distance runner.
"I chose Black Hills State because I thought it would be the best fit for me. I really liked the campus and I thought it would be the best to continue my academic and athletic careers," she said. "I have always enjoyed running, so I wanted to continue it in college. Cross country and track, I have always had so much fun with, and I wanted to continue it at the college level."
Isaiah Richards, track and field, University of Mary
Richards will be a jumper at Mary in the long and triple jump.
"I chose the University of Mary because they seemed like they really cared about me and my future, not only in track, but in education as well," Richards said. "They seemed like they take their track program very serious. They also have a nice indoor track."
Rapid City Central
Bridger Kraye, wrestling, Minnesota State-Mankato
Kraye will either wrestle at 174 pounds or 184 pounds for the Mavericks.
"The school is great, the coaches are great and the town is pretty cool. It was just a good fit there," Kraye said. "It (wrestling) is going to be really tough, it will be like learning a new sport there. It will be completely different."
Jaleel Snipes, football, Presentation College
Snipes is going to play running back for the Saints.
"It is going to be a little it different because this year I played mostly defense for Central. I have to get back in shape for that and help them win some games," he said. "I chose running back because my dad (Jimmy) used to be a real good running back for Central in his day, so I always wanted to follow in his footsteps and make a name for myself."
Editor's Note: This story was updated with the correct spelling of Jake Person's last name. The Journal apologizes for the error.