Many who follow high school athletics think of early February as the time when athletes put their college futures in writing by signing National Letters of Intent. Mainly, it’s because that’s when football players can sign.
In reality, it happens several times during a school year, including this week.
Several schools in the Sun Thisweek coverage area had signing ceremonies for their student-athletes on Wednesday.
At Burnsville, boys lacrosse players Will McKinney and Blake Gillund signed with Indiana Tech and Air Force, respectively. Baseball player Brandon Dorshak will go to Dakota County Technical College.
Eastview wrestler Jacob Rukavina signed with Minnesota State-Moorhead. Javon Hering signed to play football at Minnesota-Crookston and Mubarik Hassan will compete in track and field at Winona State. Lacrosse players D.J. Seline (Marquette) and Michael Stillings (Wheeling Jesuit) also signed.
Lakeville South senior Libby Swanhorst signed with the University of Minnesota women’s rowing team and Cougars baseball player Matt Nelson will go to Minnesota-Crookston.
Jones keeps playing
It’s been a busy spring for Apple Valley High School senior Tyus Jones, who will play in the Jordan Brand Classic basketball all-star game Friday in New York City.
One of Jones’ teammates on the East squad is De La Salle senior Reid Travis.
Last weekend, Jones helped lead the USA Basketball Men’s Junior Select National Team to an 83-72 victory over the World Team at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore. Jones had 13 points, six assists and five steals.
Earlier this month, he played in the McDonald’s All-American game in Chicago.
Mitch Herrera of Lakeville South was named the boys Class AA swimmer of the year by the state coaches association, which had its all-state banquet Friday in Oakdale.
Herrera won state championships in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races in February. He will attend Columbia University and compete in swimming.
Site change for all-star football
The Minnesota Tackle Cancer All-Star Football Game has been moved to St. John’s University in Collegeville because of turf replacement at the event’s original location, St. Cloud State University.
The time and date remain the same – 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28. Players from Lakeville North, Lakeville South, Farmington, Eastview, Rosemount and Apple Valley were named to the South team for the annual all-star game.
One more from Lakeville
Sun Thisweek Newspapers recently published a story about two players with Lakeville connections, Brady Skjei and Justin Kloos, who played for the University of Minnesota men’s hockey team during its postseason run to the NCAA championship game.
A reader pointed out that Gophers forward A.J. Michaelson also lives in Lakeville, although Michaelson attended Apple Valley High School. Michaelson, a sophomore forward, did not play in the postseason but could factor into the Gophers’ plans next year as they try again for the national title.