Part 2: RC Stevens student-athletes sign letters of intent
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Family members, coaches and friends joined together on Wednesday, April 20 to congratulate 12 student-athletes as they signed their letters of intent to play at the college level.
Four of those athletes are featured in this article.
The remaining five athletes will be featured on Friday.
Tiffany Fuhrmann, Rocky Mountain College, Volleyball
Tiffany Fuhrmann signed a letter of intent to compete in volleyball next year at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana.
The five-foot-11 senior plans to play middle or right side hitter for the Battlin‘ Bears.
Fuhrmann said she was looking to attend a smaller school with smaller class sizes.
“The chemistry between the teachers and students is really nice,” said Tiffany Fuhrmann. “It’s a smaller school so you get more one-on-one with your teachers which is something personally I was looking for. Then also just the fact that I was able to go for both academics and athletics.”
Justin Juniel, Marquette University, Track and Field
Meanwhile, Justin Juniel is taking his talents to the Division I level.
He plans to compete in track and field at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Juniel currently runs the 100, 200, 4 by 100 meter relay and the 4 by 200 meter relay.
Last year, he was a member of two relay teams for Stevens that placed at the state track meet.
“I felt like they were going to be the best fit for me,” said Justin Juniel. “They have great facilities. A great track program. They won a Big East title two years ago. They’re very competitive in the NCAA and I felt like with the academics included, they’d bet the best fit for me.”
Riley Benson, Dickinson State, Wrestling
A couple of wrestlers from Rapid City Stevens are also making the jump to the next level.
Riley Benson put pen to paper and plans to wrestle next year at Dickinson State University.
Benson is a two-time state wrestling champion for the Raiders.
He plans to study business at Dickinson State.
“I chose there because when I visited, I just loved the place,” said Riley Benson. “Loved the campus. Loved the team and the environment. I think I’d fit in nice there.”
Jack Schoenhard, Northern State University, Wrestling
Jack Schoenhard also signed a letter of intent to compete in wrestling at Northern State University in Aberdeen.
This past season, the Stevens senior finished runner-up at state at 120 pounds with a 46-6 record.
Schoenhard also placed second at state in 2021.
“After visiting there, what really sold me was the coaches and also just the lifestyle the that Northern Wolves have for wrestling,” said Jack Schoenhard. “They’re a great school obviously. The teammates that I’m going to have there, I’m really excited to be with them.”