Five Black Hills athletes sign National Letters of Intent
RAPID CITY, S.D. – It was a busy week for local high school athletes as they signed National Letters of Intent.
A state track champion from Rapid City Central plans to compete at the Division I level.
Emilee Nickel will run in track next year at South Dakota State University in Brookings.
Nickel was the 2017 state champion in the 100 meter hurdles as a sophomore. But last year, she battled injuries and finished fifth at the state track meet in the 100 meter hurdles.
Nickel says she’s excited about competing at the next level.
“Well I came down to three big schools almost and I think it just stood out most to me,” Emilee Nickel said. “I’m really excited to go there.”
Loralee Stock, Sturgis
STURGIS, S.D. – Loralee Stock from Sturgis, signed a letter of intent this week to play women’s basketball next year at Colorado School of Mines.
The 5-foot-9 senior guard helped lead the Scoopers to a 10-10 record last year after averaging over 10 points, 2.9 assists and 3 rebounds per game.
Stock plans to major in either civil or environmental engineering.
“It was a big decision and it was a lot of time on my part,” Loralee Stock said. “It was hard. But overall I’m so happy with my decision. I love the school. The girls are awesome. I’m going to a college that’s really going to set me up to be successful in the future.”
Ethan Brenneman, Sturgis
STURGIS, S.D. – Another Sturgis athlete also signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to further his academic and athletic career.
Ethan Brenneman plans to compete in track next year at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Brenneman is the defending state champion in the 800 meter run. The senior was also a member of the state champion 1600 sprint medley relay team.
Brenneman visited several colleges before deciding that Iowa Western was the best choice.
“There were a lot of different schools,” Ethan Brenneman said. “I was deciding whether to go to Concordia or USD. All these other options. It really came down to where I felt at home. They all had their different perks. But I just felt that Iowa Western was my spot to be.”
Jenna Ostenson, Edgemont
EDGEMONT, S.D. – Jenna Ostenson also took advantage of the early signing period.
The Edgemont junior signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Presentation College in Aberdeen.
Ostenson has a total of 968 assists, 141 aces, 458 digs and 177 kills so far in her high school career.
She plans to major in nursing at Presentation College.
Sophie Caldwell, Spearfish
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Sophie Caldwell made her college choice official on Thursday evening as she signed a letter of intent to play softball at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
The senior at Spearfish High School will more than likely play catcher for the Knights.
Caldwell is the first player from Post 22 to sign a letter of intent to play collegiate softball since the program was started in 2017.
“I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to be the first player,” Sophie Caldwell said. “But I could have never done it without my coach, Matt Brandhagen, or any of the girls. They just made this experience amazing and I couldn’t ask for anymore because they’re the best team to have.”