Douglas High School student athletes sign letters of intent
BOX ELDER, S.D. – Three Douglas High School student athletes saw their years of hard work and dedication pay off this week when they signed national letters of intent to their respective colleges.
Molly Schwartz signed a letter of intent to compete in women’s golf next year at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.
Schwartz placed ninth at the State ‘AA’ Girls Golf Tournament in 2018 and finished 11th last year at the state tournament.
Molly will join her sister Sophie who’s a junior on the Fort Lewis golf team.
Schwartz realizes it will be a challenge to make the jump from the high school to the collegiate level.
“Definitely the yardages are a lot longer,” Molly Schwartz said. “The tournaments are three days long. So I’ll have to start practicing more trying to get my yardages and distance further. Definitely build up some more strength to help with that.”
Meanwhile, two seniors at Douglas High School plan to play football at the next level.
Mason Finsterwalder is staying close to home and competing in football for the South Dakota School of Mines.
He was a team captain and was named All-Conference last season.
He will play defensive lineman for the Hardrockers.
“I wanted to stay close to home so I could see my family,” Mason Finsterwalder said. “But I also wanted to pursue mechanical engineering and they’re one of the best at that. So I figured that would be the best choice.”
Jaiden Walton also signed a letter of intent to play football next year at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell.
Walton was named to the All-State Honorable Mention team and the All-Conference Honorable Mention team his senior season.
“I decided to go with a place that showed that they wanted me,” Jaiden Walton said. “Showed that they wanted me. But put effort into showing how much I meant to them and what it meant for them for me to become a Tiger.”