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Anoka-Hennepin student-athletes sign national letters of intent on signing day

(02/07/19) A few dozen student-athletes from Anoka-Hennepin’s five traditional high schools (Andover, Anoka, Blaine, Champlin Park and Coon RapidsSigning Day at CRHS high schools) participated in events on Feb. 6 marking the winter NCAA signing period.

At the events, student-athletes signed letters of intent from colleges and universities across the country to continue their academic and athletic careers.

Signees by site:

Andover High School (see photos):

  • Paige Anderson, Bemidji State University, hockey.
  • Garrett Barten, St. Thomas University, football.
  • Matthew Brodeur, St. Thomas University, football.
  • Lucas Beberg, St. Thomas University, football.
  • Nolan Belschner, Olivet Nazarene University, baseball.
  • Emily Geiss, University of Rochester (New York), lacrosse.
  • Alexa Havon, DePaul University, Chicago, cross country.
  • Emilie Henderson, Trinity International University, soccer.
  • Jessica Nelson, Minnesota State University, Mankato, volleyball.
  • Julia Nielsen, University of Minnesota Duluth, cross country.
  • Hayley Robinson, Augsburg University, softball.
  • Charlie Schoen, Arizona State University, hockey.
  • Justice Williams, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, football.


Anoka High School (see photo):

  • Levi Cooper, Northern State University, football.
  • Grant Olson, College of St. Scholastica, football.
  • Brandon Pieterson, Dordt College, Iowa, basketball.
  • Mia Sabin, College of St. Benedict, diving.
  • Hunter Way, University of Wisconsin-Stout, football.


Blaine High School (see photos):

  • Emily Baurr, Bemidji State University, soccer.
  • Lucas Becker, University of South Dakota, football.
  • Lauren Driste, College of St. Scholastica, soccer.
  • Peyton Downey, Bethel University, track.
  • Lizzy Eggers, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, soccer.
  • Grace Kringle, Milwaukee School of Engineering, volleyball.
  • Lauren Kern, Augsburg University, cross country.
  • Ryan Riedel, Minnesota State University Moorhead, football.
  • Justin Sandberg, University of Jamestown, football.
  • Tyler Strand, University of Minnesota Duluth, football.
  • Jaida Weige, Winona State University, soccer.


Champlin Park High School (see photo):

  • Hayden Carr, Minnesota State University Moorhead, football.
  • Madeline Olson, Augustana University, swimming.
  • Lauryn Samuel, Concordia University, St. Paul, track and field.


Coon Rapids High School (see photos):

  • Braden Farley, University of Minnesota Duluth, baseball.
  • Abby Graham, College of Saint Benedict, softball.
  • Maddie Keran, York College, soccer.
  • Carly Nelson, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
  • Kirby Pieri, University of Nebraska Omaha, baseball.
  • Quincy Taylor, University of Northwestern - St. Paul, football.

This year offered significant updates to the signing period rules making it easier on student-athletes and college and university athletic programs. In the past, there was an early signing period (usually in November) followed by a break over the holidays before the signing of national letters of intent resumed in the spring during the regular signing period.

Beginning this year, all athletes outside of football and men’s and women’s Division I basketball players can begin signing scholarships on Nov. 14, 2018, and continue to sign anytime through Aug. 1, 2019.

As a result, nationally, there will be two unofficial national signing days — Nov. 14 marks the first, with the second coming on Feb. 6, 2019, which marks the first day of the football signing period.

Congratulations to all of these student-athletes, and to those who will sign their letters of intent at a later time. Anoka-Hennepin is proud.

Read the article from Nov. 14, 2018 National Signing Day event.