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Seven NPHS athletes sign to compete in college

A group of talented North Platte students met at the high school Wednesday to sign their NLI’s
Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 10:46 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - It was an exciting morning at North Platte High School, with seven Bulldogs signing to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Leading the charge was North Platte Baseball, with three student-athletes committing Wednesday.

“It’s amazing, this has been my life long dream ever since I started travel ball when I was eight...I’m really excited,” said University of Jamestown Commit, Will Coe.

Coe represents the North Platte First Nationals along with fellow Bulldog seniors, Derrick Kuhlmann and Tyler Tobey. Over the years, the trio has become very close and today, they were able to savor the culmination of their high school efforts together.

“I’m not really an emotional guy but it is kind of heartbreaking knowing I won’t be seeing a lot of these guys next year with us all going to different schools, but it does feel good to know that we’re all going to do something that we love,” said Kuhlmann of the group’s future.

“We always put in work together...If one of us goes to the field, we always call the others. All that hard work paid off,” added Tobey.

North Platte Cross Country and Track was also well represented at the festivities. Seniors Baylee Evarts and Tom Moss will both stay in the Midwest to run collegiately. Baylee Evarts is headed to Hastings, while Moss will be going to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.

“I’m really excited for this new adventure I’m going on. I love my friends and family so much, I just want to give thanks to all my coaches, teammates, and friends. I wouldn’t be doing this without them,” said Evarts.

Moss expressed a similar sentiment of gratitude and was in great spirits, despite an injury derailing his final high school campaign.

With the stress fracture in his foot on the mend, Moss is optimistic and excited for his collegiate career.

“I talked to my college coach the other day and we are just super excited to see what I can do these next four years. Until then, I’m just proud to be a Bulldog...I can’t wait to be out at practice with the guys everyday,” added the future Mustang.

While most of the commits are familiar faces around NPHS, Tahjzha Botts became a Bulldog her senior year after attending Maxwell previously. Tahjzha will head East to play softball at Southeast Community College.

“It was really amazing because this was my first year here so it’s my first time being behind the plate for North Platte and I didn’t expect to go this far, but I knew we were all friends with each other and there wasn’t very much drama, so I knew it was going to work out pretty well,” said Botts.

With all the success the North Platte Wrestling Team had this season, it should come as no surprise that one of their star wrestlers was in attendance at today’s signing ceremony. Darian Diaz will continue his wrestling career at Chadron State, after an individual and team runner-up performance at the state tournament this year.

“It’s amazing to me because there’s a lot of good wrestlers on our team...For me to go on to the next level, I think that’s big for our program,” said Diaz of his legacy at NPHS.

Darian was quick to share the credit with his teammates but when pressed for an answer on what the day meant to him, Diaz responded:

“I’m proud of myself, I put in a lot of work to get here and I finally made it here, so I just have to go take that opportunity and not waste it.”

Darian Diaz

Congratulations to all of the Bulldog Athletes that signed today and best of luck in the future!

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