National Signing Day Recap Part 1: St. Thomas More
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Wednesday was a busy day for high school athletes making their collegiate decisions official as they signed national letters of intent.
As a matter of fact, over 20 local seniors signed on the dotted line this week.
So over the next few days, we’ll highlight these student athletes starting with St. Thomas More.
Alexys Durham plans to continue her softball career at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell.
Durham hopes to play center field for the Tigers.
“When I toured the college it just felt like at home and it just really a good fit,” Alexys Durham said. “I met the team and the coaches and they were just like a second family instantly. I just felt like that was the place I needed to be.”
Meanwhile, a couple of seniors at St. Thomas More plan to continue their careers at Chadron State.
Multi-sport athlete, Skylar Sullivan, signed a letter of intent to play volleyball next year for the Eagles.
Sullivan was the libero for the Cavaliers team that finished 31-6 last season.
“I guess first of all, the biggest bonus is it’s close to home,” Skylar Sullivan said. “I love volleyball. My biggest passion. I had the opportunity to practice with the team and they were amazing. All the girls, the coaches. I don’t know. It was just great atmosphere.”
Delaney Klosterman will also attend Chadron State next year to play women’s basketball.
The 5′-7″ guard transferred to St. Thomas More this year and has helped the Cavaliers jump out to a 14-0 record.
Through 13 games, Klosterman is averaging 4.8 points per game and has a total of 48 rebounds and 36 assists this season.
“I like the school a lot and I like the location,” Delaney Klosterman said. “I like being kind of close to home. I felt like the basketball program fit me really well. The team was great and everything. So that really pushed my decision.”
Lizzy Elder also put pen to paper this week and plans to play basketball next year at Dakota State University in Madison.
Elder has been injured for much of this season.
But last year, she averaged six points and five rebounds per game.
“It’s a really nice facility and it was first with education,” Lizzy Elder said. “They’re a great school. I got the chance to play basketball. Talk to the coaches and it all just kind of fit into place.”
STM senior Grant Huber is taking his talents to Minot State University to play football.
The wide receiver had 85 receptions during his career for over 1,500 yards and 23 touchdowns.
He also played defensive back and had 11 interceptions.
“I went on a visit there and it just felt like home,” Grant Huber said. “They were very welcoming and the programs on the rise. They’re in a very good conference. I felt like I was home when I was there.”
Nick Lembke plans to continue his football career at Chadron State.
Lembke started for three years at linebacker and finished his career with 189 tackles with 12 tackles for a loss.
He’s also a two-time Black Hills All-Conference player.
“So I went to a couple other official visits and when I went down to Chadron, I love the field down there,” Nick Lembke said. “I have a couple friends down there already. So immediately, It just felt like a great fit. Academic wise, it also felt like a great fit for me. The science program down there is pretty good from what I’ve heard.”