National Signing Day inks eight STMA athletes

St. Michael-Albertville seniors, left to right, Natalie Van Wyhe, Candice Yager, Breanna Grube, Makenzie Bebo, Mitchell Eull, Cole Sladek, Ricky Briggs and Lincoln Mallinger pose Nov. 14 after signing their letters of intent to play college athletics next season. (Photo by Rob LaPlante)

St. Michael-Albertville seniors, left to right, Natalie Van Wyhe, Candice Yager, Breanna Grube, Makenzie Bebo, Mitchell Eull, Cole Sladek, Ricky Briggs and Lincoln Mallinger pose Nov. 14 after signing their letters of intent to play college athletics next season. (Photo by Rob LaPlante)

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Reporter

National Letter of Intent signatures came Nov. 14 from eight different St. Michael-Albertville student-athletes planning on playing collegiate sports next season.

Senior’s Ricky Briggs (Upper Iowa), Mitchell Eull (Minot State), Lincoln Mallinger (West Point) and Cole Sladek (North Dakota State) represent head coach Dan Lefebvre and the nationally-ranked STMA wrestling squad.

Makenzie Bebo (Jamestown College), Breanna Grube (South Dakota School of Mines) and Natalie Van Wyhe (MSU-Moorhead) represent head coach Kent Hamre and the STMA girls’ basketball team.

Senior Candice Yager (North Dakota) represents head coach Ryan Dehnel and the STMA volleyball team. Yager played libero this past fall and helped lead the Knights to a share of the Mississippi 8 Conference title with Buffalo.

The eight athletes is up from the three that signed last winter and STMA Activities Director Brian Benson said he is thrilled to see so many kids advance their careers past the high school level.

“It’s not so much about our school than it is about each individual student athlete,” Benson said. “It all fits in as to who we are, here at STMA. We’re a school committed to our fine arts program, athletics program and our academics. We just saw eight of our student-athletes sign with colleges because of hard work, dedication and persistence.

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