Park High School: Five Wolfpack athletes put pen to paper
Five members of the Wolfpack are ready to take it to the next level.
Evan Bonneson, Sam Flack, Katelyn Floysand, Temi Ogunrinde and Alissa Troje all signed National Letters of Intent to play college sports in a ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Park High School.
Three of the Park athletes chose to attend Southwest Minnesota State University next year. Bonneson signed to run cross country at Southwest State, Flack will play softball at Southwest State and Troje will also be going to Southwest State, to play soccer.
Floysand signed to play soccer at the University of South Dakota and Ogunrinde will run track at the University of Minnesota.
“Most of these students have been with our teams since the ninth grade and sometimes even earlier,” Park Activities Director Phil Kuemmel said. “It will be hard to think about these teams competing without these athletes as part of the program. Each is a great athlete, but also an outstanding student and an even better person.”
Feb. 5 was the first day of the regular signing period for students across the country to sign a National Letters of Intent. Fans, friends and family of the five athletes filled the lecture hall at Park. Kuemmel and each athlete’s coach said a few words about each member of the Wolfpack who will be moving on next year.
Bonneson, a standout distance runner, earned all-conference honors in 2013 and was a state meet participant for cross county. He was also a state meet participant in Nordic skiing last year and will make a return trip to state this year.
“He is a student that has always set goals for himself and then went out to do everything he could to make sure those goals were fulfilled,” Kuemmel said. “I know going to state in cross country and Nordic were two of his main goals, and now getting a chance to compete in college is his next one. He worked hard to get where he is today.”
Flack has been a varsity starter on the Wolfpack’s softball team since eighth grade and has earned all-conference honors the past three seasons. She has 85 hits as a varsity player and has played four different positions throughout her career.
“Sam has steadily improved in softball every single year,” Kuemmel said. “I know that will continue with her senior season. She is the quiet type of leader that leads by example.”
Floysand was a four-year varsity starter for the Park soccer team and received all-conference honorable mention honors her junior and senior seasons. She was a captain this year and scored twelve career goals and had eight career assists.
“Katelyn has been a steady force on the soccer team,” Kuemmel said. “Her true value was shown this year when she was able to fill in at different positions based on injuries and the teams’ needs.”
Ogunrinde, a standout on the basketball court and soccer field as well, has earned all-conference honors all four years for the Park track and field team, is a section champion, and earned all-state honors by taking third place in the 400-meter dash in 2012. She is in the top eight of Park’s all-time record holder list in four different events and earned academic all-state honors in track.
“She is such a great athlete,” Kuemmel said. “She probably could have played college soccer somewhere if she wanted to. I think she has always wanted to go to the U of M, so this is a dream come true for her.”
Troje was a two-year varsity starter for Park after transferring from East Ridge High School. She accumulated three goals and three assists and received academic all-state honors. The Wolfpack’s record in Troje’s two years was 22-9-3.
“We will miss them next year but I know they will be successful in the next part of their athletic careers,” Kuemmel said. “For each of these students, hard work is at the core of their success. Each one has worked so hard to get to this point today.”