Athletes put it on the line at signing day

Local high schools supplying colleges with more talent

Local high schools again will supply colleges across the nation with a flood of athletic talent.

Feb. 5 was National Signing Day, the first day of the winter period when high school athletes can sign National Letters of Intent. Although football gets the majority of attention on National Signing Day, Wednesday also was the first day soccer players and track and field athletes could sign.

Following are some of the athletes from the Sun Thisweek and Dakota County Tribune coverage area who signed with colleges:

Apple Valley

Apple Valley football players signing Wednesday included quarterback Tommy Singer, who will go to Minnesota, Crookston, where former AVHS head coach Mike Fritze is in charge of the Golden Eagles. Defensive lineman Lord Josh Hyeamang will play at Columbia University, and offensive lineman Trey Pipkins is headed to the University of Sioux Falls. Defensive back Davis Anderson will join the University of Minnesota program as a preferred walk-on.

Julia Lam, a senior midfielder for the girls soccer team, will play that sport at South Dakota State.


Three players from Burnsville signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday for women’s soccer. Defender/midfielder Hannah Keirstead went to Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., and midfielder Amanda Hartmann signed with Southwest Minnesota State.

Forward Alyssa Blahnik signed with Minnesota. She was one of the top scorers in the state as a sophomore and helped Burnsville place second in the 2011 state Class AA tournament. Knee injuries suffered while playing club soccer prevented Blahnik from playing high school soccer as a junior or senior. She was one of the Blaze’s team managers last fall.


Raissa Hansen, who helped Eagan reach the state girls cross country meet the last two years, will compete in cross country and track at Winona State University. Soccer player Leah Schmidt is headed for Southwest State University.


Four members of the girls soccer team signed with colleges, including forward Kellie McGahn, who is going to Minnesota. Katie Eaton will go to Loyola-Chicago, Bri Lindstrom will play at Minnesota State, Mankato and Emily Sutliff is headed to South Dakota State.

Boys soccer goalkeeper Treston Kederer signed with the University of San Francisco. Kederer played for Eastview’s state Class AA runner-up team in 2011 and trained in the Minnesota Thunder Academy the last two years.

Four members of the Eastview football team that reached the Class 6A quarterfinals also signed National Letters of Intent. Jack Buck will play at Winona State, Sam Fluegge is going to North Dakota, Joey Marinello signed with Montana State and Montrell Moore will go to Augustana.

Kari Opatz signed to play women’s golf at Concordia-St. Paul in November but took part in Eastview High School’s signing day Wednesday.


Farmington senior Kaitlyn O’Reilly, who reached the Class AA championship final in two events at the state girls swimming and diving meet last November, will compete in that sport at the United States Naval Academy.

Josh Patterson, an offensive lineman, will play football at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City. The football team is Division II and plays in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Lakeville North

Lakeville North sent three football players to colleges Wednesday – running back Jamiah Newell, who signed with Minnesota-Duluth; defensive lineman Gregory Menard, headed to three-time defending NCAA Football Championship Subdivision winner North Dakota State; and long snapper/tight end Bronson Bruneau, who will go to Duke as a preferred walk-on.

Also signing were two members of Lakeville North’s 2013 state runner-up girls soccer team – Lauren Sherry (Central Michigan) and Lauren Brownrigg (Arkansas, Little Rock).

Lakeville South

Shaina Burns (Texas A&M) and Morgan Pieri (Nebraska), mainstays of the Cougars’ track and field team for several years, signed with Division I programs.

Also signing were football players Tyler Lattery (Minnesota-Duluth), Alex Hoffman (Bemidji State) and A.J. Westrude (South Dakota State). Elizabeth Brettschneider will play soccer for Minnesota, Crookston and Mitch Herrera will swim for Columbia University.


Eight Rosemount students were expected to sign on Wednesday, including Division I-bound athletes Marisa Knott (soccer, Northern Illinois) and Daniel Monaghan (diving, Minnesota). Monaghan is the defending state Class AA boys diving champion.

Linebackers Craig Syzmanski (St. Cloud State) and Nate Sackett (Augustana) signed with football programs in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Also headed to the NSIC is offensive lineman Jake Conn, who signed with Southwest State.

Kaitlyn Debaun will play soccer at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn. Matt Johnson signed with Wingate University in North Carolina to play lacrosse. Ryan Condon will compete in cross country and track and field for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Cretin-Derham Hall

Eagan resident and Cretin-Derham Hall senior Megan Linder will compete in track and field at the University of Tennessee. Linder has won the 400-meter dash at the state Class AA girls meet the last two years.

St. Croix Lutheran

Lakeville resident Jennie Scislow, St. Croix Lutheran’s all-time leading scorer in girls soccer, signed with South Dakota State.