Sports Briefs – March 9, 2017

North Lakes soccer star Claire Radatz signs her letter of intent to play for the University of Sioux Falls.
North Lakes soccer star Claire Radatz signs her letter of intent to play for the University of Sioux Falls.

Radatz signs with Sioux Falls

North Lakes senior Claire Radatz signs her letter of intent to play soccer for the University of Sioux Falls at a national signing day event on Feb. 1. Radatz, a forward, scored 20 goals for the Huskies this season and was named to the all-state team, the first North Lakes player to earn that honor in any sport. Radatz is also the first Husky to win an athletic scholarship. She chose Division II Sioux Falls because it is a Christian university and because it is a smaller school, which reminded her of her experience at North Lakes. At the event, North Lakes also honored Jeremy Knutson, a middle infielder and right-handed pitcher who has committed to continue his baseball career at Division III Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Knutson also wanted a small college experience and chose BVU after being impressed by the team and the institution during a recent overnight visit.

Forest Lake grad wins Big Ten heptathlon title

Forest Lake alumnus Cody Walton, now a junior at the University of Nebraska, took first place in the heptathlon at the Big Ten indoor track championship in Geneva, Ohio, on Feb. 23-24. Walton’s score of 5,672 points is the third-best in Husker history. The ex-Ranger arrived at his total by collecting scores in seven events over the span of two days: 60 meters (7.23), long jump (22 feet, 11 inches), shot put (47 feet, 2.5 inches), high jump (6 feet, 7.5 inches), 60 meters hurdles (8.41), pole vault (16 feet, 4.75 inches) and 1,000 meters (2:56.82). Walton’s shot put and pole vault efforts were the best among the heptathlon field.

Forest Lake trio competes in national junior shoot

Forest Lake seniors Abby and Dana Buessler and Century eighth-grader Allison Buessler competed at the U.S. Army National Junior Air Rifle Championship at Fort Benning, Georgia, on Jan. 27-29. The three Buesslers are members of the Minnesota Centershots, the club they represented at nationals. The Centershots placed sixth of 13 in the team competition. Dana also placed second in a separate smallbore, three positions individual event. Abby and Dana are both signed on to compete with Division I rifle programs beginning this fall – Abby at Ole Miss and Dana at Murray State.