National Signing Day: Rapid City Stevens
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Athletes from across the state signed on the dotted line on Wednesday to continue their academic and athletic careers at the next level including three seniors from Rapid City Stevens.
Kylee Bennett, Southwest Minnesota State, Soccer
Kylee Bennett signed a letter of intent to compete in women’s soccer next year at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota.
Bennett, a midfielder, was a five-year letter winner in soccer and closed out her high school career with 35 goals.
She was also a standout athlete in cross country and track.
Bennett looked at a couple of different schools before deciding that Southwest Minnesota State was the best choice.
“Marshall is a smaller town which I think will be good for me because I grew up in a smaller town, Sturgis,” Kylee Bennett said. “I didn’t really want to go for the big city life. It’s closer to home than a lot of colleges. It’s only six hours away. An hour outside of Brookings. I had a chance to meet a lot of my teammates and we really just clicked really quickly and I think that was a big factor of it.”
Jesus Jones, Valley City State, Football
Meanwhile, Jesus Jones plans to play football next year at Valley City State in North Dakota.
The six-foot-two, 265 pound senior will likely play offensive guard, as well as, nose tackle on the defensive side of the ball.
Jones is looking forward to playing college football.
“I had other opportunities like I said,” Jesus Jones said. “But Valley City really stuck out because of the coaching staff and the culture. The big thing with me is the schooling. I didn’t want to go to college to set myself up for failure. I wanted to be the first in my family, as an indigenous background, I wanted to be the first to go play college sports.”
Jonah Swartz, Wheaton College, Men’s Golf
Jonah Swartz signed a letter of intent to compete in men’s golf at Wheaton College in Illinois.
Swartz tied for 19th at the 2019 State ‘AA’ boys golf tournament and finished sixth at the 2020 state golf meet.
“Wheaton is Division III,” Jonah Swartz said. “So they place emphasis on the academics more than the athletic side and I thought that was really important. So I’ll be able to grow as an athlete and continue competing throughout college. Also through my faith, Wheaton is a private Christian school and I was looking for a school to be around other believers.”
Makayla Keffeler, Sturgis – Will run track for the University of Sioux Falls.
Laney Brill, Belle Fourche – Will compete in women’s soccer at Southwest Minnesota State.
South Dakota Mines Football Signees
– Wren Jacobs, Sturgis
– Joel Gifford, Faith
Black Hills State Football Signees
– Kohl Meisman, RC Central
– Caleb Simons, Edgemont
– Cody Thompson, Lemmon