Part 3: Five more RC Stevens athletes sign letters of intent

RAPID CITY, S.D. – All this week, we’ve been showcasing student-athletes from Rapid City Stevens who recently signed their national letters of intent.

Here’s a look at the final five seniors who plan to take their talents to the next level.


Tanner Lunders, South Dakota State, Track and Field

Tanner Lunders signed a letter of intent to compete in track and field at South Dakota State University.

A year ago, the Stevens senior placed fifth at state in the 110 meter hurdles, third in the 300 meter hurdles and fourth in the 4 by 400 meter relay.

This season, he’s currently ranked second in Class ‘AA’ in the 300 meter hurdles.

Lunders is looking forward to competing at the Division I level.

“I’ve always kind of wanted to go to South Dakota State and on my visit when I met the coach and met the teammates, they kind of brought me in like a family,” said Tanner Lunders. “Then the facilities on top of it are really great. It was just an overall great experience on my visit. So it kind of just sealed the deal.”



Jaden Haefs, Dakota Wesleyan University, Basketball

Jaden Haefs plans to play basketball next year at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell.

The 6-foot-2 guard was a two-year starter for the Raiders, averaging 12 points, five rebounds and three assists per game.

Haefs plans to major in pre-physical therapy at Dakota Wesleyan.         

“Contacted Dakota Wesleyan and Terrell Newton, my coach who visited here today, responded in about 10-15 minutes and ever since then we just had such a great relationship,” said Jaden Haefs. “He supported me through the whole season. We went to Mitchell for regular season game and I had one of my best games there at the Corn Palace which is where I’ll be playing.”



Bresha Keegan, Black Hills State University, Soccer

After a successful career at Rapid City Stevens, Bresha Keegan will play women’s soccer next year at Black Hills State University.

Keegan was named the best defensive player all four years of high school at Stevens and she played in two state championship matches.

During her time at Stevens, she started 43 matches and played in 46 matches.

“It was just close to home,” said Bresha Keegan. “I have a lot of family around. It was just the best choice for me also when it comes to soccer. I’ve known the head coach now for a couple of years now. He actually coached me in club. So it was just the right fit and I got the best offer from them.”



Jakob Cadwallader, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Golf

Meanwhile, Jakob Cadwallader signed a letter of intent to compete in golf at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska.

He tied for 47th at the State ‘AA’ Boys Golf Tournament last fall with a two-day score of 169.

Cadwallader plans to study pre-medicine.

“Coach Norman has a great program,” said Jakob Cadwallader. “Men’s golf program over there. I was looking to be a part of something like that. I heard from multiple people that Nebraska Wesleyan was a great academic school, as well. So it was just a win-win situation for me.”



Gavin Skinner, Chadron State College, Football

Gavin Skinner put pen to paper last week and signed with Chadron State College.

He will play football for the Eagles.

The 190-pound linebacker plans to major in business and criminal justice.

Skinner said he was familiar with the school which made his decision easier.

“I really liked the way that they work,” said Gavin Skinner. “I’ve been to a lot of their camps before and I noticed that their coaches are very intense. I knew that in order to get better myself, I need coaches that are going to push me. Coaches that are maybe even going to scare me. So I liked it. As soon as they gave me the opportunity, it was a no-brainer so.”

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