Rapid City Stevens student-athletes sign National Letters of Intent: Part 1
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A total of 14 seniors at Rapid City Stevens recently signed letters of intent to compete at the collegiate level next year in eight different sports.
Here’s a look at seven of those student-athletes. The remaining seven athletes will air on NewsCenter1 on Tuesday night.
Kyah Watson who signed a letter of intent to play women’s basketball next year at the University of South Dakota.
She garnered all-state honors on the basketball court the past two seasons and made the State Class AA All-Tournament team in 2019.
So far this season, Watson has led the Raiders to a 14-1 record.
“Well I really like the environment down there,” Kyah Watson said. “Then the coaching staff and the teammates I really enjoyed. So that was really a big factor in deciding.”
Bridger Nesbit is also heading to the University of South Dakota to play football.
Nesbit, a 6-foot-3 wide receiver, caught 54 passes for 880 yards and nine touchdowns last fall for the Raiders.
“They started recruiting me pretty early and they just invested in me,” Bridger Nesbit said. “They’d send me texts every week and the coaches there invested a lot and showed me that they wanted me there. So that really gave me a push.”
Another Rapid City Stevens senior is also heading to the University of South Dakota.
Ben Daane will play men’s golf for the Coyotes.
Daane placed fourth at the State AA Golf Tournament during his junior season.
Then last fall, he tied for second at the state tournament.
“I had narrowed it down to a couple of colleges in the last few months,” Ben Daane said. “Just meeting with the team and the coach really sealed the deal for me. The ROTC program really fit so that’s what I made my decision with.”
Cooper Voorhees also signed a national letter of intent to wrestle next year at the University of Wyoming.
Voorhees won a state wrestling title last season at 152 pounds.
Already this year, he’s on track to capture another state title with a current record of 37-0.
“I’ve had the goal to wrestle DI all my life,” Cooper Voorhees said. “So I chose to go to Wyoming to wrestle DI and my dad went there to. So I just want to continue our legacy of being a DI All-American.”
Meanwhile, a pair of Rapid City Stevens athletes are heading to Aberdeen next fall to play football for Northern State.
In two seasons, linebacker Brock Meyers tallied 81 total tackles and had five interceptions.
“The coaches just made me feel at home while I was there,” Brock Meyers said. “Just going there on my visit, I really enjoyed it and the players are just awesome. Everything about it just seemed like it was the right fit.”
In addition, Michael Norman will play wide receiver and safety next year for the Wolves.
He was a four year starter for the Raiders.
In fact, Norman tallied 600 yards last season and had five touchdowns.
“The big picture is to be a wide receiver and a free safety and strong safety,” Michael Norman said. “Where ever they want to put me. I just want to be an athlete and play on the field because making it to college is always a big thing. So I’m ready to play where ever they need me.”
Laura Petik will play volleyball next year for the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Petik, who was a member of the 2018 state championship team, finished with 1,553 digs, 115 aces and 72 assists during her high school career.
“I chose the University of Mary because it first had my major speech pathology,” Laura Petik said. “So when I met the coaches and the players and fell in love with them, that it was just perfect because I got to do my two passions.”