NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Wednesday was National Signing Day, and seniors across the country signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic and academic careers at the next level.
North Platte had nine seniors sign NLIs in the school’s gymnasium Wednesday.
Callie Haneborg will be heading to Hastings College to play soccer. Haneborg will be an attacking mid-fielder, and plans to study pre-med.
Also going to Hastings, Matthew Wagner and Ryan Farley will both be joining the football team. Wagner will be a long snapper and plans to study business management. Farley will play slot receiver and wants to get a degree in business and finance.
Jackson Carter is another Bulldog football player who signed to play at the next level. Carter will be going to Nebraska Wesleyan University to play offensive line for the Prairie Wolves. He wants to study either athletic training or sports management.
Kaden Ross will also be heading to NWU. Ross will be joining the Prairie Wolves’ track and field team, where he will participate in triple jump, and may also do long jump and/or high jump. Ross is undecided on a major at this point.
Two Bulldogs will be headed to Columbus, to go to Central Community College. Shelby Berglund will play guard for the Raider basketball team, and study photojournalism, and Madilyn Ayres will be a defender on the Raider soccer team. Ayres is undecided in a major.
Joel Bradley will be going to the University of Nebraska at Kearney to run cross country and track. Bradley plans to study psychology.
Finally, Shelbee Clow will be the only Bulldog of the group leaving Nebraska, as she heads to William Penn University in Oskaloosa, IA. Clow will be a defender on the Statesmen soccer team, and wants to study psychology.
Each student shared what factors played a role in their decisions:
"I was kind of undecided going into my last few visits before signing day, and I got back on campus at Hastings and I just really loved the way everything seemed, and it just felt like I was at home." – Matthew Wagner
"I really love basketball, and [coach Billy Perkins] said he was interested in me playing basketball there, and I looked at the campus, and thought it was a good place to start." – Shelby Berglund
"I talked to my psychology professor, and I really liked him, and I talked to coach [Brady] Bonsall and I really liked him too, so I figured it was a good match to get my undergrad." – Joel Bradley
"It's just a really nice campus, and the coaches are really nice there, and it just seems like a really nice place to go." –Shelbee Clow
"When I first visited there my sophomore year, it felt like home, and coach Tony Harper kept in touch with me, and really influenced me to join their program." – Ryan Farley
"I went on a visit, and I also practiced with the team, and I just felt like I really fit in with the team and it just felt like a good fit for me, especially education-wise too." – Callie Haneborg
"The visit was great, the coach was great. It felt like they really wanted me there, and it felt like I was supposed to be there." – Jackson Carter
"Their facilities, and the coach is really nice, I went there, and it felt pretty personable. They all acted like I was a person instead of just money that walked through the door." – Kaden Ross
"Just the campus, I thought it was really nice, and the people there, and how friendly everyone is." – Madilyn Ayres