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Kuemmel's Corner: Park student athletes pick colleges

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Kuemmel's Corner: Park student athletes pick colleges
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We have many student-athletes who have graduated from Park and are currently playing in college. While most of these graduates may not receive tons of recognition, these athletes have continued playing their sport at the college level, whether that be Division I, II, or III.

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Nov. 13 is the first day of the early signing period for students to sign a national letter of intent to participate in inter-collegiate athletics for next year. Park High School will have a number of student-athletes signing a letter of intent on this day.

Sydney Lamberty will sign to play basketball for Creighton University. Sydney has been a varsity starter for the basketball team since her freshman year. She is currently second on the all-time scoring list in Park history with 1,679 points and is the all-time steals leader with 301 career steals. Lamberty has received all-conference honors her sophomore and junior seasons.

Hockey player Anna Keys will sign to play at Minnesota State - Mankato. Anna is a four-year letter winner for the Wolfpack and earned all-conference honors her sophomore and junior years. She was selected to participate in USA Hockey’s National Select Camp at ages 15, 16, and 17. Keys suffered an ACL injury playing soccer for Park but will return to play hockey for the Mavericks next year.

Hannah Munson will sign to bowl at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. Hannah is a three time all-conference, All-city, and all-state bowler. She has bowled a 300 in the Junior Gold tournament while qualifying second in the U15 division. She led the Park girls’ team to three consecutive state tournaments, finishing as high as second place.

Lauren Rein will commit to play basketball at St. Catherine’s University next year after receiving an academic scholarship. Lauren is a three-year varsity player for the Wolfpack and an IB full diploma candidate. She is a tremendous role player that will do all of the necessary things for her team to succeed: play defense, rebound, and score when needed.

For many students the decision of picking a college can be very difficult. Playing a sport makes things even more difficult, especially with recruiting. The coaching staff plays an integral role in these girls getting an opportunity to play in college. Their coaches all have worked hard to improve these girls skills and make sure that they could be noticed by college coaches.

There will be a brief signing ceremony at Park at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the school’s lecture hall. The head coach will say a few words about each student, and the athletes will sign their national letter of intent. The booster clubs will host a small reception following the ceremony. The public is welcome to join us in honoring these student-athletes as they take the next step to continuing their athletic careers.

-Phil Kuemmel, Park High School Activities Director

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