Wednesday was national signing day for high school athletes and Northeast Wisconsin had plenty of athletes putting pen to paper.
Among them were Wrightstown’s Bonnie Draxler, Green Bay Southwest’s Max Scharping and Appleton North’s Connor Rolain.
Draxler is one of the most decorated track and field athletes the last three seasons, winning seven individual state titles. She signed with San Diego State and will pole vault and run sprints for the Aztecs.
Draxler, who owns three Division 2 state titles in the pole vault and the 400 and one in the 100, said picking San Diego State was an easy decision.
“I love the track team and the coaches; they were just really welcoming to me,” said Draxler, who owns the all-division state record in the pole vault at 12 feet, 7 inches. “I’m just really excited to go there.”
Draxler, who cleared 13-7 ¼ in a summer meet in 2013, picked San Diego State over Virginia Tech and South Florida, among other schools.
“It feels great, knowing I’m going to be in college athletics and compete,” Draxler said. “The process really wasn’t that difficult for me because I knew what I was looking for. When I found San Diego State that was the place for me.”
As for Scharping, he’s headed to Northern Illinois and he’s excited about playing close to home.
“It’s definitely cool that my family can go to my games, especially my home games,” Sharping said. “It’s exciting I can see some of my teammates and coaches can come and see a game.”
Scharping, like Draxler, said one of the draws to NIU was the people in the program.
“The coaches and the people, teammates that were there whenever I visited were great every time,” he said.
Rolain will be playing baseball at Illinois Chicago. He did have a late walk-on offer from Wisconsin to play football, but decided to stay with the Flames and baseball.
"The Badgers, a lot of that happened really late and I had been signed for baseball since November, plus the scholarship for baseball is hard to pass up," Rolain said. "I don't have to worry about the financial part of it. I love baseball, I love football, too; the baseball part just worked out really well for me."
The following is a list of some local athletes and where they are committed to play their college sport:
Keaton Clark..... Xavier..... St. Cloud State
Max Scharping.....GB Southwest.....Northern Illinois
Will Daniels.....GB Preble.....Northern Illinois
Cole Salm.....Appleton North.....Augustana (Ill.)
Mark Gajewski.....Appleton North.....Augustana (Ill.)
Chet Peerenboom.....Littlte Chute.....Augustana (S.D.)
Garrett Rano.....Appleton North.....Upper Iowa
Ryan Eiche.....Appleton North.....Upper Iowa
Doug Fabry.....Wrightstown.....Michigan Tech
Dylan Beyer.....Seymour.....St. Cloud State
Andrew Schiessl.....Menasha.....St. Cloud State
Kory Kodanko.....West De Pere.....Iowa State
Connor Rolain.....Appleton North.....Baseball.....Illinois Chicago
Ian Lofdahl.....GB Preble.....Soccer.....Southern Indiana
Bonnie Draxler.....Wrightstown.....Track.....San Diego State
Nellie DePrey.....Denmark.....Soccer.....Lewis University (Ill.)
Sarah Boyd.....GB Preble.....Soccer.....Michigan Tech
Mallory Washington.....Neenah.....Soccer.....Bemidji State
Annika Kussow.....Notre Dame.....Soccer.....Bemidji State
Carly Terp.....Two Rivers.....Cross Country.....Mississippi State
Jen Anderson.....Bay Port.....Track.....Minnesota
Taylor Archibald.....Bay Port.....Soccer.....Michigan Tech
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