Black Hills area student-athletes sign National Letters of Intent
BOX ELDER, S.D. — Not only are high school seniors preparing for graduation, but this week several local student-athletes took the next step in their academic and athletic careers by signing National Letters of Intent.
Jordynn Toliver, Douglas High School
Douglas High School senior Jordynn Toliver signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to compete in both basketball and track at the University of Jamestown in North Dakota.
Toliver set school records in girls basketball this past season for career points, rebounds and assists.
She also placed 8th in the 300 meter hurdles last year at the state track meet.
Toliver is excited to compete in two sports at the college level.
“Everyone was welcoming from the counselors to the students to the teammates I met to the coach,” Jordynn Toliver said. “It just felt like it would be a nice place to continue my athletic career.”
Jackson Wilson, Douglas High School
Jackson Wilson from Douglas will also have the chance to compete in two sports at the next level.
Wilson signed with Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana to participate in both track and cross country.
Wilson finished 5th at the state cross country meet last year and placed 6th in the 3200 meter run at the state track meet.
“I decided Rocky Mountain because their aviation program is nice and the coach is willing to work around my schedule for flight hours and stuff,” Jackson Wilson said.
Jeslyn Jindra, Emilee Stukerjurgen
Douglas High School
Two Douglas high school athletes plan to take their talents to Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell.
Jeslyn Jindra will play women’s basketball, while Emilee Stukerjurgen will join the cheer team.
Jindra averaged 6.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game last season.
Meanwhile, Stukerjurgen participated in competition cheer and was a member of the 2017 Spirit of Six team.
“It wasn’t that hard of a decision,” Jeslyn Jindra said. “Just like watching them and how they competed together and how they came together as a team, it just really made me decide that it was the perfect fit for me. The competitiveness for them, it was just really great for me.”
“I went to USD and Northern State and Dakota Wesleyan was my favorite by far,” Emilee Stukerjurgen said. “Not only because it was closest to home than the other ones, it just had more of a home feel to it than Northern State and USD. And they have a lot of the programs I want to take so I kind of just helped.”
Douglas seniors Nyah Maxon and Jace Canaan also signed this week to join the military.
Ryan Garland, Cedrick Stabber
Sturgis High School
Sturgis senior Ryan Garland signed a letter of intent on Thursday to play basketball at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Garland was named to the Class ‘AA’ All-State Basketball Second Team.
The six-foot guard averaged 16.8 points, 3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game last season.
Also, Cedrick Stabber from Sturgis will play football next year at Chadron State College.
Stabber was named to the All-Black Hills Conference First Team last year.
Plus, he earned All-State Honorable Mention honors.
“It’s a nice college city over there in Lincoln,” Ryan Garland said. “They get a full crowd every night. A bunch of people come to their games. Then just the history they have over there. A very good program. They won the national championship two years ago. Finished 28-2 last year. So they have a good program down there.”
“Chadron State was one of the schools who reached out to me really late in the recruiting process,” Cedrick Stabber said. “This was my first year playing football in high school and I really had a lot of fun with it this year. I also know a lot of people that are already in Chadron. I know the head coach Jay Long so I’m thinking it will be a lot of fun.”
Elijah Williams, RC Central
Elijah Williams from Rapid City Central signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to play basketball next year at Minnesota West Community College in Worthington, Minnesota.
Williams averaged 14 points and 7 rebounds per game last season.