Signing day a big deal at Bulletin-area schools

Alec Abercrombie
Alec Abercrombie
Maya Loewen
Maya Loewen
Rachael Norton
Rachael Norton
Tristan Wehmas
Tristan Wehmas
Veronica Rasmussen
Veronica Rasmussen
Wyatt Meyer
Wyatt Meyer

All three Bulletin-area high schools had students sign with colleges during the opening of the late signing period last week. Here's a look at where everyone is headed.

Irondale
Two students from Irondale made their college commitments official last week. Rachael Norton is headed to Bemidji State University to play soccer and Peter Lyngdal signed to play tennis at Hillsdale College.

Norton brings a scorer's mentality to Bemidji State. She set the school record for goals in a season (30) in 2012 and finished her prep career with 83. She is a three-time all-state honoree and was team captain and team MVP last fall.
In addition to high school soccer, Norton also played for the North Oaks Soccer Club. The Blast won back-to-back state championships, a premier league title and fell just one game short of qualifying for nationals.

"Rachel is the type of player and person that every coach in our league would want on their roster," Bemidji State head coach Jim Stone said in a release.

"She scored close to 90 goals in high school. Again going back to the theme, each time we watch her, she seems to improve. Last time we saw her at an event, she looked better than she ever had. I think she has the potential to be a great player in this league. She is fast and explosive, she is a good finisher and has a nose for the goal."

Norton also plays basketball at Irondale. Lyngdal is home-schooled and participates in athletics at Irondale. He has been the boys tennis team's top player for a number of years and also runs cross country.

Lyngdal signed with Hillsdale College, an NCAA Division II school in Hillsdale, Michigan. Hillsdale is bringing its men's tennis team back after shuttering the program in 2002.

Mounds View
Four Mustangs signed their letters of intent last week. Two are set to play baseball, one will swim and the fourth will be on the track and field team.

Alec Abercrombie and Wyatt Meyer were two key cogs on Mounds View's state-championship team last spring and both are set to continue their baseball careers in college. Abercrombie signed with North Dakota State University and Meyer is headed to Dakota County Technical College.

Abercrombie was the starting center fielder on both of Mounds Viewís state-title teams. Meyer was a backup in 2013 before moving to the starting catcher role last season.

North Dakota State is a Division I program located in Fargo. The Bison qualified for their first NCAA tournament in 2014.

Dakota County Technical is a junior college located in Rosemount, Minnesota.

Rasmussen is a thrower on Mounds View's girls track and field team and she is set to take her talents to the University of Minnesota.

Loewen is the only of the four going multiple states away for college. A multiple-year state qualifier, Loewen signed with the women's swimming and diving team at New Mexico State University. NMSU is located in Las Cruces.

St. Anthony Village
One St. Anthony student made his college decision official last week. Tristan Wehmas is headed to Concordia University in St. Paul to play football.

"Tristan has a bright future in our program, his positive qualities of strength and athleticism will develop nicely in our program," Concordia head coach Ryan Williams said in a release.

Wehmas also wrestles on the Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village co-op team and was a state entrant last season.

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

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