Athletes at Rapid City Stevens take advantage of Early Signing Day

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Back in 2017, Early National Signing Day was created to give recruits an opportunity to sign with their respective schools.

Seven student athletes from Rapid City Stevens signed on the dotted line on Dec. 15 and made their commitment official.


Ben Goldy, North Dakota State, Football

Ben Goldy will play Division I football next year at North Dakota State University.

Goldy was a two – year starter for the Raiders and was a team captain his senior year.

The six-foot-seven 294 pound offensive lineman allowed just seven quarterback pressures and two sacks this past season at left tackle.

Goldy looked at other schools before deciding to sign with North Dakota State.

“The way the coaches and players approached me and would talk to me made me feel really comfortable,” said Ben Goldy. “The way the coaches would come up and talk to my little sister on my visit made me feel like it was the right decision because they not just recruited me as a football player, but they want to get to know me personally and just have that bond.”


Maddy Sebbo, Chadron State, Softball

Meanwhile, Maddy Sebbo signed a letter of intent to play softball next year at Chadron State College.

Sebbo played catcher for the Raiders and was named to Class ‘A’ Second Team All-State this past season.

She plans to study biology or chemistry and then move onto dentistry.

“I chose Chadron because I really love the campus,” said Maddy Sebbo. “The team was so easy to get along with and the coach was so nice. I really enjoyed playing and practicing with them. Then their dental program is really good there and I want to do that. So I’m really excited for that.”


Shea Ellender, Augustana University, Women’s Soccer

In addition, two student athletes from Stevens plan to take their talents to Augustana University in Sioux Falls next year.

Shea Ellender will compete in women’s soccer for the Vikings.

This past season, she was a team captain and earned Class ‘AA’ All-State soccer second team honors.

Ellender scored three goals and one assist this season for the Raiders who finished runner-up at the state tournament.

Here’s what Ellender had to say about why she chose Augustana University.

“It was the hard working academic side of it and also soccer of course,” said Shea Ellender. “But the schooling is really tough but it’s definitely going to be worth it for a good education. And then the soccer team is so great and the community feel and family feel of it is what really got me there.”


Hannah Wheeler, Augustana University, Acrobatics and Tumbling

Meanwhile, Hannah Wheeler plans to attend Augustana University and participate in the school’s first ever acrobatics and tumbling team.

Wheeler is currently competing in her final season on the Rapid City Stevens Gymnastics team.

Wheeler is excited about competing at the next level.

“I chose Augustana because it seems like a really good school and a good community,” said Hannah Wheeler. “It’s the first year they’re doing this program. So I think it’ll be really fun.”


Tune into NewsCenter1 at 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 21 as we introduce you to three more student-athletes from Rapid City Stevens who plan to compete in track and field at the collegiate level.

Categories: High School, Sports