Rapid City Stevens student-athletes sign National Letters of Intent: Part 2
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Three student-athletes from Rapid City Stevens are taking their talents to Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell.
Mady Sargent signed a letter of intent to play softball next year at Dakota Wesleyan.
Sargent was a member of the Stevens softball team that finished 15-11 this past season.
She will more than likely play catcher for the tigers.
“So I really appreciate the environment,” Mady Sargent said. “Everyone in Mitchell is so nice and the girls that are on the softball team are just nice. I love to be around them.”
Meanwhile, Darien Malone plans to wrestle next year for Dakota Wesleyan.
Last year, Malone finished 8th at the State ‘A’ Wrestling Tournament.
This season, he’s ranked number one at 126 pounds with a current record of 37-4.
“In college I want to go to a national championship and maybe even win it,” Darien Malone said. “But in the first year, I just want to make the starting squad, compete and wrestle in good tournaments and win a few matches.”
Wesley folsom also signed a letter of intent to play college football next fall at Dakota Wesleyan.
The 6-foot-6 defensive lineman started for the Raiders since his sophomore season and finished his career with the most sacks at his position.
“I played defensive line in high school and I’ll play offensive tackle in college,” Wesley Folsom said. “So I’m just switching sides of the ball and hopefully have some fun over there.”
Meanwhile, two Rapid City Stevens athletes both signed with Augustana University in Sioux Falls
Colton Hartford will play defensive back for the Vikings football team.
He was named First Team All-State after racking up 77 tackles as a senior.
Hartford was also named All-ESD First Team.
“I decided to go with Augustana because I love the coaches there,” Colton Hartford said. “I love what they have going on. The environment there. Everything about it. I just really fell in love with that.”
Sammi Sundby will be joining Hartford at Augustana University.
She plans to compete in track and field for the Vikings.
Sundby placed 6th in the triple jump at the 2019 state track meet and finished 15th overall in the long jump.
“I’ve always loved volleyball,” Sammi Sundby said. “I’ve played it since fourth grade. Actually I just started track my freshman year and triple jumping my sophomore year. It was always kind of volleyball. But with track, I just saw an opportunity with it and there’s a lot of room for growth for me. So I’m excited to pursue track.”
Lily Parris signed a letter of intent to play women’s soccer next year at Hastings College in Nebraska.
Parris was a member of the Stevens soccer team that finished runner-up to Pierre in the 2018 state championship match.
Parris will probably play outside defender for the Broncos with a chance to move to outside forward.
“They put academics first,” Lily Parris said. “So pharmacy definitely isn’t an easy degree. So I’m glad that they have that priority for that. There soccer team is also really good. They’re ranked 16th in NAIA. So with the benefit of having really good academics, I get to play soccer.”
Liam Vidas will take his talents to Mount Marty College in Yankton where he plans to compete in cross county and track and field.
Vidas finished 22nd overall at the 2019 state cross country meet.
Plus, he placed 15th in the 1600 meter run at the state track meet last spring.
“They have such a great nursing program there. Coach Fischer has been really nice to me. And they’re building a brand new indoor track down there. So I kind of wanted to go somewhere I’d fit in well.”