STMA sends 5 more students to college ranks

STMA’s Dallas Freeman, Austin Wick and Chris Kartes pose with head football coach Jared Essler during National Signing Day. (Photo by Jake Schroer)

STMA’s Dallas Freeman, Austin Wick and Chris Kartes pose with head football coach Jared Essler during National Signing Day. (Photo by Jake Schroer)

STMA’s, left to right, Chris Kartes, Amber Greely and Erin Autio sign their National Letters of Intent. (Photo by Jake Schroer)

STMA’s, left to right, Chris Kartes, Amber Greely and Erin Autio sign their National Letters of Intent. (Photo by Jake Schroer)

By Jake Schroer

Crow River News Sports

 

Five more St. Michael-Albertville student athletes made their college plans known on Wednesday for National Signing Day.

Three students signed national letters of intent; Erin Autio (for track at the University of South Alabama), Amber Greely (for soccer at South Dakota State University), and Chris Kartes (for football at Southwest Minnesota State University). Two others, Dallas Freeman (walk-on at North Dakota State University) and Austin Wick (joining Kartes as a walk-on at SWMSU) made their intentions known.

Autio said getting to the event was a big relief.

“It’s so stressful to try to figure out which college you’re going to, trying to get the right one. Now I’ve got the right one, I’m really excited, I can’t wait to go.”

Greely had similar sentiments.

“It’s overwhelming and super-exciting at the same time. I’m excited to continue playing soccer throughout college.”

Kartes said proceeding with National Signing Day took a weight off his shoulders. He hopes his new team has a good season.

“I’m planning on red-shirting my first year, and go from there, see how it is down there.”

Freeman said he was glad the event was over, because now he can relax. He knows he has hard work ahead of him to play football at three-time champion NDSU and knows one thing he can expect; putting on a lot of weight from weightlifting.

“That’s one thing that they promised me. That’s what’s going to have to go down.”

Wick said moving on is a great feeling.

“It takes a lot of weight off my back to kinda know for sure what I’m going to be doing.”

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