National Signing Day: St. Thomas More
RAPID CITY, S.D. – It’s been a difficult year for most high school athletes across the country.
But Wednesday was a cause for celebration.
It was National Signing Day.
A day in which high school student-athletes sign their letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the next level.
Over the next few days, we’ll highlight several athletes from different schools starting with St. Thomas More.
Charlie Larson, Northern State University, Football
Charlie Larson will play football next year at Northern State University in Aberdeen.
Larson was a three-year starter for the Cavaliers.
He rushed 49 times for 376 yards this past season.
Larson also played linebacker and finished his high school career with 235 tackles.
“I chose Northern State because when I went on my visit, the coaches just felt right,” Charlie Larson said. “The guys up there were nice and very welcoming. I also like the direction they’re heading in the future with the new stadium and all the new coaches which is really good.”
Ryan Wojcik, Northern State University, Football
Meanwhile, Ryan Wojcik also signed a letter of intent to play football for Northern State.
He rushed for 881 yards this past season and set a single game record with 307 rushing yards against Belle Fourche in 2019.
As a senior, Wojcik recorded 60 tackles, four interceptions and one defensive touchdown.
Wojcik and Larson will both play linebacker for the Wolves.
“I preferred linebacker,” Ryan Wojcik said. “I felt like I could have played running back, as well. But they recruited me as a linebacker which I was completely okay with that and I just can’t wait to get started.”
Jenna Jacobson, Dickinson State University, Women’s Basketball
Meanwhile, Jenna Jacobson signed a letter of intent to play women’s basketball next year at Dickinson State University.
Jacobson started playing varsity as a sophomore and moved into the starting line-up during her junior year.
She is expected to be a two-time Black Hills All-Conference player after this season.
“I went up there and I practiced with the team,” Jenna Jacobson said. “So It really felt like a good fit. The team did. I watched them play separate times so I really like the coaching style. I like how the team plays. Then on the academic side, I really like their nursing program and everything that their academics had.”
Emily Johnson, Mount Marty University, Cross Country and Track
Emily Johnson is taking her athletic career to Mount Marty University in Yankton.
Johnson will run track and cross country for the Lancers.
She is a four-time state qualifier in cross country and a two-time state qualifier in track and field.
Johnson is looking to run the 400 meter, 800 and maybe the mile at Mount Marty.
“I chose to go to Yankton because I really like the small community feel and I really like the coach for Mount Marty,” Emily Johnson said. “He’s a lot like my coach right now. I really like the team. It’s a small group of girls but they’re really close knit and it’s kind of like my team now too.”
Sophia Janssen, University of Jamestown, Softball
Another Cavalier is also taking her talents to the college level.
Sophia Janssen will play softball for the University of Jamestown in North Dakota.
Throughout her pitching career, she recorded over 500 strikeouts and over 120 wins.
Both Johnson and Janssen are excited about competing at the next level.
“When I went to visit, the coach has just recorded his 500th plus career win and they were consistently making the postseason at that time,” Sophia Janssen said. “So I knew I wanted to go to a school where I had the opportunity to play postseason and compete in a very hard league.”