Rapid City Stevens hosts signing ceremony for five student-athletes

RAPID CITY, S.D. –  The high school sports season is quickly winding down.

So Rapid City Stevens held another ceremony on Wednesday to honor its students-athletes who will be competing at the next level this fall.


Grace Ellis, Fort Lewis College, Women’s Basketball

Grace Ellis signed a letter of intent to compete in women’s basketball at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

Ellis was a member of the Stevens girls basketball team that qualified for the state tournament and lost to Sioux Falls Washington in the state championship game.

The 5-foot-9 guard averaged six points and three rebounds per game this past season.

Ellis is excited about competing in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

“I went to go visit the town a couple of months ago and I just loved it,” said Grace Ellis. “The people and the place was amazing. The campus, I just fell in love with everything. Then I talked to the coaches and they were very welcoming so.”    



Hayden Grosz, Black Hills State University, Cross Country and Track

Hayden Grosz will also be competing in the RMAC Conference.

He plans to participate in cross country and track and field for Black Hill State University.

Grosz placed 19th as a junior at the state cross country meet.

Then last October, he finished 11th at state.

“Well they have a great team and great coaches and it just seemed like a great fit so,” said Hayden Grosz.



Cole Kincart, Illinois Institute of Technology, Swimming and Diving

Cole Kincart put pen to paper on Wednesday and plans to compete in swimming and diving at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

Growing up in Salt Lake City, he started swimming competitively at the age of seven.

Kincart moved to South Dakota when he was 12 and competed for the Rapid City Racers and GREAT swim teams.

Throughout his career, he won numerous event state titles and was a high point award winner.

“I chose Illinois Institute of Technology because it’s in Chicago,” said Cole Kincart. “I love Chicago. Growing up, I’ve always loved visiting it. Also the architecture program. I plan on studying architectural engineering and Illinois Tech’s architecture program is just wonderful.”



Tyler Voorhees, Northern State University, Wrestling

Tyler Voorhees plans to compete at the Division II level.

He signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to compete in wrestling at Northern State University in Aberdeen.

Voorhees placed sixth at the 2020 state wrestling tournament.

Then two months ago, he placed fourth at the state wrestling championships at 160 pounds.

“I have a couple of friends up there and they kind of just talked me into it,” said Tyler Voorhees. “Then I looked into their program and just fell in love with it. Their head coach, Rocky Burkett, kind of built up the program from the ground and I’d like to be a part of that and just compete up there so.”     



Blake Middleton, Carroll College, Men’s Soccer

Blake Middleton plans to compete in men’s soccer at Carroll College in Helena, Montana.         

Middleton played forward for the Stevens boys soccer team that earned the No. 1 seed in the State ‘AA’ soccer playoffs last October.

The Raiders made it all the way to the state finals but lost to Sioux Falls O‘Gorman.

“So I got to tour quite a few colleges over the last few months,” said Blake Middleton. “Once I got into Carroll, I could tell it was going to be a good home for me. The area itself is beautiful. They have a great nursing program. I got to spend some time with the team playing and practice which went really well. I’m really excited to be playing under coach Mello.” 

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