New Underwood Seniors sign Letters of Intent to Mesalands Community College
NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. – Every year, dozens of high school student-athletes from around the Black Hills sign national letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the next level.
The most common sports are football, basketball, track and field and baseball.
However, two seniors from New Underwood are joining a college rodeo team.
Cooper Filipek signed a letter of intent on Thursday morning to compete in rodeo at Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari, New Mexico.
Filipek qualified for the national high school finals rodeo for the past two years.
In fact, he’s the defending state champion in the bareback riding after winning all three rounds at state last June.
“When I first started to sign for a college, I didn’t even think of anything down south,” said Cooper Filipek. “But this past summer, I met this coach at nationals at Guthrie, Oklahoma. He got a hold of me about two months after nationals around October. I went and visited him for the very first time during Halloween. Just like the place. Fell in love with it. Kind of reminded me of New Underwood. Just a small town. So I decided to sign there.”
Logan Bowden also signed a letter of intent to further his rodeo career at Mesalands Community College.
Bowden will compete in bull riding for the Mesalands’ rodeo team which is currently ranked 20th in the national standings.
“Ever since I was younger, I always wanted to go to college down south,” said Logan Bowden. “We went down there in February, me and Coop. I really like it down there. The community is a nice place. The coach and me really got along. He was a really good bull rider. So I wanted to go somewhere where I could better myself.”