Local student-athletes take advantage of early signing period

RAPID CITY, S.D. – High school student-athletes from around the Black Hills took advantage of day one of the early signing period on Wednesday, making their college decisions final.

Cael Larson, RC Central

Cael Larson

Cael Larson from Rapid City Central signed a letter of intent this week to compete in wrestling next year at Northern State University in Aberdeen.

Larson is the defending Class ‘A’ state champion at 120 pounds.            

He finished with a record of 56-4 last year.

Larson also finished runner-up at state in 2018 and 2019.

Larson had offers from Division I schools, but he decided Northern State was the perfect fit.

“I had a few schools contact me from the Division I level,” Cael Larson said. “Obviously I wanted it. But I came to reality that D-II was probably by better option to make me succeed and give me a better opportunity for school wise and stay home close.”

“When he joined our program as a seventh grader, he’s always wanted to do exactly what he’s doing today,” RC Central wrestling coach Lance Pearson said. “Be able to wrestle at that next level. So Northern is going to get a guy that he’s never really content to be right where he’s at. He’s always looking to improve and always looking to raise that level of competition. And he’s going to do that at Northern.”



Rapid City Stevens Signees

Paige Denke

Three student – athletes from Rapid City Stevens also made their future decisions known on Wednesday through a virtual signing.

Paige Denke signed a letter of intent to compete in women’s wrestling at Life University in Georgia.

“The reason I chose Life, they’ve been with me since I was a freshman,” Paige Denke said. “They have followed me since then and really supported me through everything. They’ve always been there. Came and watched me in Florida and Fargo and all of these different things. I went on campus and I knew then that’s where I needed to be.”


Brandon Drumm

Brandon Drumm

Brandon Drumm will take his talents to the next level and compete in men’s lacrosse at Mars Hill University in North Carolina.

“They have the degree program I was looking for,” Brandon Drumm said. “It’s a good size school. It’s a little smaller than Stevens. So class size will be good. Then talking to the coaches and I got to stay for practice and it just felt like I could see myself there.”


Cassidy Teeslink

Cassidy Teeslink

Cassidy Teeslink signed a letter of intent with Black Hills State University to participate in women’s triathlon next year.

“I stayed with the team for weekend and I instantly felt at home with the team,” Cassidy Teeslink said. “I really love the Black Hills so I kind of wanted to stay in the area.”

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