Local student-athletes sign to play college sports on National Signing Day
RAPID CITY, S.D. – It’s the moment that high school athletes work for, signing their letters of intent to compete at the collegiate level.
That dream became a reality for numerous local high school seniors on Wednesday during National Signing Day.
We’ll showcase several of those athletes over the next week starting with seniors from St. Thomas More, Douglas and Wall.
St. Thomas More
Matt Larson, Northern State University, Football
Matt Larson signed a letter of intent to play football next year at Northern State University in Aberdeen.
This past season, he rushed for 605 yards and 8 touchdowns along with 15 receptions for 188 yards and a score.
Overall, Larson racked up nearly 2,793 all-purpose yards and 30 touchdowns in his career.
Plus, the linebacker also finished with 192 tackles and six interceptions during his time at STM.
“I just fell in love with the facilities they have,” said Matt Larson. “The team they have up there is really family oriented. My brother plays up there so that was another big reason. So that’ll be fun to go play with him again.”
Easton Ogle, Iowa Central Community College, Football
Easton Ogle also put pen to paper and will play football next year at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
This past season, he earned All-Black Hills Conference honors after finishing with 39 receptions for 448 yards and three touchdowns.
Ogle finished his high school career with 1,671 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns.
“It wasn’t easy,” said Easton Ogle. “A lot of good people down the road. But I just liked the family feel that they had there and a winning culture. I think that’s what really got me.”
Kaden Peterson, Luther College, Football
Kaden Peterson also signed a letter of intent to play football at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
Peterson transferred to St. Thomas More during his junior year and earned ALl-Black Hills Conference honors in his final two years of high school.
He played on both the offensive and defensive lines.
For his career, Peterson finished with 93 tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles.
“Just every time I went there, I just fell more and more in love with the place and the coaches treated me well and I felt wanted there,” said Kaden Peterson. “That’s something I’ve kind of always looked for in my football career and just a place to grow and thrive. The teammates were really nice and loved seeing the stuff. And they got a blue field. So that was a cool piece.”
Wall High School
Cedar Amiotte signed with Chadron State to play football.
Douglas High School
Anthony Moser, Luke Schacher and Logan Williams all signed with Dakota State in Madison to play football.
Liv Ashley signed with Northern State University in Aberdeen to compete in track and field.