By Rob LaPlante
Crow River News Sports
Six student-athletes from St. Michael-Albertville signed collegiate national letters of intent on Feb. 6 at STMA High School.
Football seniors Bennie Wilson and Tony Bork helped lead the Knights to a 7-4 overall record and a trip to the Section 5A championship game. Wilson played both offense and defense. He finished last year with four rushing touchdowns and had 23 solo tackles. He committed to North Dakota State as a preferred walk-on.
Bork led the Knights wide receivers with 28 receptions, 269 receiving yards and three TD’s. He will play next season at Concorida-St. Paul.
Senior Brendan Sage and Maddi Sjelin each signed last Wednesday to compete next season in both cross country and track and field. Sage was a repeat state champion in the Section 5AA individual last fall. Sage will compete next season at South Dakota State.
Sjelin qualified for state in back-to-back seasons in cross country and is a 3-time all-conference runner. She recently set the North Wright County girls’ hockey team’s all-time assist record. She will compete next year at Minnesota State-Mankato.
Senior’s Jess Johnson and Maddie Barr each earned all-state honors and led the STMA girls’ soccer team to its second ever state tournament appearance. Johnson is a 5-year varsity letter winner and finished with seven goals. She will play next season at Minnesota State-Moorhead.
Barr is a 4-year varsity letter winner and registered six goals and nine points from the midfield position last year. Her achievements include a 3-time all-conference selection. She was named the Mississippi 8 Rookie of the Year her freshman season. Barr will play next fall at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
The six student-athletes are the most from any M-8 school that signed National Letters of Intent. The Knights had eight student-athletes sign last fall.
“Each student-athlete is committed to both academics and the programs they participate in,” said STMA Activities Director Brian Benson. “I’m excited for their college or university program that they are going to go play. We lose a group of leaders and it’s hard to watch them graduate and move on. But they have been role models for their underclassmen. I wish them luck.”