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Kuemmel's Corner: Talented Park athletes to sign letters of intent Wednesday

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 it is Division I, II, or III.

Feb. 5 is the first day of the regular signing period for students to sign a national letter of intent to participate in inter-collegiate athletics next year. Park High School will have a number of student-athletes signing a letter of intent on this day.

Sam Flack will sign to play softball at Southwest State University. Sam has been a varsity starter 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.

Soccer player Katelyn Floysand will commit to play at the University of South Dakota. Katelyn was a four-year varsity starter and received all-conference honorable mention honors her junior and senior seasons. She was a captain this year and scored 12 career goals and had eight career assists.

Temi Ogunrinde will sign to run track at the University of Minnesota. Temi has earned all-conference honors all four years at Park, is a section champion, and earned all-state honors (third place in the 400 in 2012). She is in the top eight of Park’s all-time record holder list in four different events. Ogunrinde is a three-sport athlete and earned academic all-state honors in track.

Alissa Troje will commit to play soccer at Southwest State University next year. Alissa was a two-year varsity starter 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.

Cross country and track standout Evan Bonneson will sign to run for Southwest State University. Evan earned all-conference honors in 2013 and was a state meet participant in 2014 for cross county. He was also a state meet participant in Nordic skiing last year and hopes to make a return trip to state this year.

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 students getting an opportunity to play in college. Their coaches all have worked hard to improve the athletes’ skills and make sure that they can be noticed by college coaches.

There will be a brief signing ceremony at Park Feb. 5. The ceremony will begin at 3:15 and will take place 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 Activities Director