Rapid City athletes take advantage of early signing period

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Three more student-athletes from Rapid City took advantage of the early signing period.


Audrey Sillanpaa, Black Hill State University, Soccer

Audrey Sillanpaa

Audrey Sillanpaa from Rapid City Stevens signed a letter of intent to play women’s soccer next year at Black Hills State University.

Sillanpaa, who just transferred to Stevens this year from Seattle, plans to play forward or midfielder for the Yellow Jackets.

The Stevens senior is glad to be competing close to home.

“Part of it was the location,” said Audrey Sillanpaa. “I think that Spearfish was somewhere I wanted to go to college. The soccer team was also really welcoming when I went to go visit them. I think that just the level of soccer there was what I was looking for.”



Tanna Phares, University of Sioux Falls, Golf

Tanna Phares

Tanna Phares from Rapid City Stevens put pen to paper and will play women’s golf for the University of Sioux Falls.

Phares was a six-year varsity player for the Raiders.

Phares competed at the State AA golf tournament last June and tied for third with a two day score of 153.

Phares plans to major in nursing.

“Throughout my junior season at Stevens the coach for USF, Wade Merry, followed my around for about three tournaments which really kind of sparked my interest in the University of Sioux Falls,” said Tanna Phares. “Then after I toured there and kind of talked to him, it really made my decision very clear that that was the place I wanted to be.”



Elizabeth Schlabach, Chadron State College, Cross Country

Elizabeth Schlabach

Earlier this week, Elizabeth Schlabach from Rapid City Central signed a letter of intent to run cross country for Chadron State College.

The Central senior is a two-time letter winner in cross country and track and field.

Schlabach qualified for the state cross country meet in 2021.

Plus, she’s also a state qualifier in both the 800 and 16 hundred meter runs.

“It’s pretty close to home,” said Elizabeth Schlabach. “So it will be easy to come back and forth. There chemistry program is really good there. So I’m really excited to able to further my academics.”


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