College signings


Hill-Murray girls hockey team members Lindsey Featherstone and Taylor Wemple will continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level next year after signing their letters of intent.

High school seniors are allowed to make official their commitment to a future college team starting in early Nov. All three Review-area high schools had student-athletes put pen to paper to sign letters of intent. 

Here’s a look at each school’s commitments.

 

Hill-Murray

Not surprisingly, Hill-Murray’s two early commitments came from hockey players. Lindsey Featherstone and Taylor Wemple are teammates with the Pioneers, but next season they will face other as opponents.

Both Featherstone and Wemple signed with teams from the Women’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Featherstone is staying in-state but heading north to play at Bemidji State University while Wemple will be a few hours west of there at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

At one point this season, Bemidji State was ranked eighth in the nation thanks to a 3-1 start that included a victory over second-ranked Minnesota. Through Nov. 19, the Beavers were 5-8-1 overall and 3-8-1 in the WCHA.

Featherstone, one of seven to sign with Bemidji State this month, will be the second Pioneer on the BSU roster when she joins the team next fall. Jac Kaasa, a 2016 Hill-Murray graduate, is a freshman for Bemidji State this season.

“Lindsey is an outstanding skater who has the ability to create offense with her speed and quickness,” BSU head coach Jim Scanlan said in a release. “She was named a team captain as a junior, which speaks to her leadership abilities. Lindsey can play any forward position.”

During her career at Hill-Murray, Featherstone has played in three state hockey tournaments and was on the Pioneers’ girls soccer team that finished third in the state tournament this fall.

North Dakota entered its Thanksgiving weekend home series against Syracuse ranked seventh in the country with a record of 6-4-4 overall and 5-4-3 in the WCHA. The Fighting Hawks tied Minnesota in a pair of games the previous weekend.

Wemple, one of six North Dakota signees, is captain for Hill-Murray this season. She played in the state tournament for the Pioneers in 2015 and 2016. This summer, she was a member of the U19 Minnesota Elite Red team that finished third at nationals.

 

North

North High’s Rachel Tschida and Jake Kubiatowicz signed letters of intent. Tschida signed with Concordia University in St. Paul for volleyball and Kubiatowicz is headed east to Penn for track and field.

Tschida is headed to a Division II powerhouse at Concordia. The Golden Bears (29-2) have been ranked no lower than third in the national poll this season and are trying to return to the top of the Division II volleyball heap. Concordia owns seven national championships, which it won in consecutive seasons from 2007 to 2013.

Tschida helped North win a Metro East Conference championship and advance to the section semifinals this fall.

Kubiatowicz, the 2016 Class AA state champion in the discus, will be an Ivy Leaguer next year. He is headed to the University of Pennsylvania, which is located in Philadelphia. 

 

Tartan

Four Titans made their college commitments official. Jordan Horn and Zaria Whitlock will play basketball in college while Sammi Meyer plans on swimming and Cali Pearcy will continue with her hockey career. 

Horn and Whitlock both signed with Division I college basketball programs. Horn is headed to Siena while Whitlock will play at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

Siena is located in Loudonville, New York, and is a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. 

“Jordan is a well-rounded player and person,” Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos said in a release. “He’s the prototypical combo guard who can play both the one and the two and shoots the ball well. He’s one of the top 10 players from the Minneapolis area and if you look where the others are going and the success that they’ve had, we’re glad to get him.”

Horn was ranked the 12th-best senior in Minnesota by northernexposurepreps.com and heads into his senior year as the reigning Metro East Conference player of the year. He was third-team all-metro last season after averaging 17.3 points per game last season.

SIU is located in Edwardsville, which is a suburb of St. Louis but in Illinois. The Cougars’ athletic teams compete in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Whitlock was the team MVP last season for the Titans after averaging 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and five steals.

“Zaria is a long guard who has the ability to be a lockdown defender,” SIU head coach Paula Buscher said in a release. “She leads her team in all sorts of categories but what makes her special is the pressure she puts on opponents with her defense. She is an excellent student and very selfless type of person. We are fortunate to have her join our program.”

Meyer and Pearci are both staying closer to home for college. Meyer will swim at the University of St. Catherine, which is located in St. Paul, and Pearcy will join the women’s hockey team at Bethel in Arden Hills.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

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