Area athletes commit to play at the next level on National Signing Day

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Local high school athletes signed their letters of intent to continue their athletic and academic careers at the next level Wednesday. 7 area athletes signed to compete at the Division 1 level.

SPASH saw five athletes sign today.

Casey Summers only started swimming in eighth grade, less than five years later she's committed to swim for Division 1 University of Northern Iowa.

"It's just kind of crazy to think how far I've come. I don't know it just makes me happy to see that if you do put in the work you will get it out, and I don't know it's just really, really cool. I'm excited," Summers said.

Teammate Kennedy Gilbertson will swim at Minnesota State-Mankato.

Two Panthers will be attending UW-Green Bay. Kayla Lass signed to play volleyball. Megan Miklesh will play softball as a Phoenix.

"The head Green Bay coach used to coach at UWSP, so when I was little I used to go to all their camps, and she kind of watched me grow as a volleyball player, and so when she went to Green Bay she recruited me to go there. So it kind of all just happened and it's really exciting," Lass said.

"Yeah it's a big relief, not having to worry about emailing coaches back all the time," Miklesh said. "Just trying to get people interested, just yeah big reliever."

Panther basketball player Madisyn Rogan will play basketball at William Penn University in Iowa.

At Wausau West, track standout Brooke Jaworski will be taking her talents to Austin to run for the Texas Longhorns.

"It was a really hard decision on my part because I was touring and talking to some amazing programs and coaches," Jaworski said."But I think the thing that really drew me towards Texas was the city and the balance between academics, and life in general."

Isabella D'Burke will call St. Paul, Minnesota home, running cross country and track for Concordia University.

Warrior guard Kadie Deaton will take her talents on the hardwood to Northern Colorado.

"My head coach Jenny Huth, she previously was a guard, so she knows so much about the guard position," Deaton said.

Her teammate and Newschannel 7 All-Star Maddie Schires will play basketball at Youngstown State in Ohio.

"I just chose Youngstown because it felt like home," Schires said. "Everyone says it's 12 hours away, but it doesn't feel that far to me because it just feels like home there."

She'll be joined by fellow NewsChannel 7 All-Star and Owen-Withee Blackhawk Jennifer Wendler.

"To be a small school athlete, being able to fulfill my dream and having them behind me knowing they'll always support me is something special," Wendler said.

D.C. Everest runner Isaiah Winowiski will join D'Burke in running cross country and track and field at Concordia University.