Football, soccer standouts highlight FL signings

Decorated runner Jackson also makes college choice

Eight Ranger athletes announced their college desinations on Monday. From left: Joe Jackson (Briar Cliff), Lauren Newbauer (St. Cloud State), Jessica Rivard (Minot State), Nicole Parsons (Bemidji State), JT Jurasin (North Dakota State College of Sciences), Bennen Bierman (Minnesota State – Moorhead), Andrew Pollard (St. Cloud State) and Luke Lennon (University of Mary). (Photo by Clint Riese)

Eight Ranger seniors on Monday signed letters of intent to play collegiate athletics next school year.

Joe Jackson will compete in cross country and track for Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA. The Chargers are part of the Great Plains Athletic Conference in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Jackson was part of four state-qualifying cross country teams. Last spring, he was part of the 4×800 meter relay which placed seventh at the state track and field meet, and he also took 13th in the 800 individually. Jackson broke the school’s indoor mile record this spring with a time of 4:34.66. In all, he will finish his Ranger career having earned 15 varsity letters.

Four members of the football team will play on at the next level. Three linemen will face each other as part of the Division II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Andrew Pollard signed with St. Cloud State University. Listed at 6-5, 310 pounds, Pollard started at offensive tackle last fall. Center Bennen Bierman, a three-year varsity member and 2011 captain, is headed to the Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Linemate Luke Lennon signed with the University of Mary in Bismark, ND.

Quarterback JT Jurasin, a 2011 captain, signed North Dakota State College of Sciences. The Wildcats are part of the Midwest Football Conference in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Three former Ranger soccer players will also face each other in the NSIC. Captains Lauren Newbauer and Jessica Rivard will suit up for for St. Cloud State University and Minot State University (ND), respectively. Nicole Parsons will play for Bemidji State University.