Three Sturgis student-athletes sign letters of intent to compete in college football

STURGIS, S.D. – Feb. 9  was a big day for the Sturgis High School football program, as three members of the team formally announced their plans to play at the Division II level.

Konner Berndt, Dominik Smith and Braden Temple all signed letters of intent to play football this fall at South Dakota Mines in Rapid City.

Konner Berndt

Konner Berndt was selected to the All-State team this past season.

In addition, he was named All-Conference and Academic All-Conference.

He plans to play running back or fullback for the Hardrockers.

“It just made it super easy because its a school I can go and play football at,” said Konner Berndt. “I’m just looking forward to it being so close and actually having a chance to go and actually play.”

Dominik Smith

Meanwhile, Dominik Smith plans to play special teams for South Dakota Mines as a kicker and punter.

This past season, Smith connected on 19 out of 21 PATs and hit 7 of 8 field goals.

His longest field goal was 40 yards.

Smith was a three-year letter winner and was named the Special Teams Player of the Year.

“Being there on campus for the first time was just awesome,” said Dominik Smith. “Like the interactions that we had. The football program that Charlie Flohr has there is awesome and I’m so excited to become a part of it. Academically, I want to major in mechanical engineering and minor in aerospace engineering. So a lot of math and science.”

Braden Temple

Braden Temple also signed a letter of intent to play football at South Dakota Mines.

The defensive back earned All-Conference honors his senior season and was selected as a team captain.

All three players are excited about the opportunity to play college football close to home.        

“I chose School of Mines because it’s close to home,” said Braden Temple. “Coach Flohr has been talking to me a lot and he’s a really cool guy. I was interested in applying for the school. It has great academics and just overall a great program.”

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