So much has been different about 2020.
That is certainly true of the latest NCAA signing/commitment period, which began Wednesday, for the prep National Letter of Intent.
Schools in the area often held signing/commitment ceremonies, with gatherings of people – including families, friends, classmates, coaches and teachers – to celebrate their seniors making commitments to universities. Those still might take place, but those that do will likely be in a much smaller fashion and set up differently than in the past.
For example, Verona athletic director Joel Zimba said Verona scheduled a small signing day event at 4 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 11) for four students: Alyssa Bostley (softball, Creighton University); Jacob Kisting (baseball, Bradley University); Katie (Catherine) Pederson (softball, Bradley University); Ryan Taylor (baseball, University of Central Florida).
They will have five minutes to enter the fieldhouse with their immediate family, remain masked, take a picture in the fieldhouse and then exit the building, according to Zimba.
Verona has slotted enough time between each group to disinfect the station where photos are taken prior to the next family entering.
At Madison Edgewood, three of its six student-athletes who are committing planned to sign Wednesday: Maya Alberts (women’s soccer, St. John’s University, New York); Ally Cruz (women’s soccer, University of Wisconsin); and Sarah Lazar (women’s basketball, Saint Louis University).
Edgewood indicated there would be limited attendance and the ceremony was to be live streamed, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, on Facebook Live on the school’s page.
Another example was a Facebook Live stream on the Marshall girls basketball Facebook page of Laura Nickel signing with Northern Illinois for women’s basketball at 4 p.m. Wednesday and Anna Lutz signing with UW-Milwaukee for women’s basketball at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Among highlights for the area during the signing period will be a large contingent of players making official their commitments for baseball and women’s basketball.
Other girls basketball commitments included three Beaver Dam girls basketball players, including Maty Wilke, who selected the University of Wisconsin.
Also, twins Abby and Maddi Bremel of Madison West committed to the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and plan to play women’s tennis.
NATIONAL SIGNING DAY | AREA SIGNINGS
High school college decisions and commitments during the Prep National Letter of Intent signing period Nov. 11-18, 2020.
Commitments in this list were reported by schools or other sources and will be periodically updated as additional signings are reported.
National Letters of Intent are signed for NCAA Division I and Division II, but aren’t for Division III.
This list was most recently updated at 1:29 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28.
COMMITMENTS BY SPORT
Naomi Breunig, Sauk Prairie, Winona State (Minnesota)
Katie Hildebrandt, McFarland, North Dakota State
Paige Hodgson, Beaver Dam, Northern Kentucky
Natalie Jens, Beaver Dam, Minnesota-Moorhead
Sarah Lazar, Madison Edgewood, Saint Louis University
Anna Lutz, Marshall, UW-Milwaukee
Teya Maas, Watertown, Bryant & Stratton College (Nov. 17)
Elena Maier, Waunakee, Kent State
Mia Morel, Madison Memorial, California Baptist (Madison Memorial typically does its recognition in the spring for all dates and commitment levels to be included)
Laura Nickel, Marshall, Northern Illinois
Avalon Uecke, Watertown, Bryant & Stratton College
Maty Wilke, Beaver Dam, University of Wisconsin
Sophie Denure, Portage, UW-La Crosse
Caylie Kotlowski, Stoughton, UW-Green Bay
Brooke Ruszkiewicz, Middleton, University of Minnesota
Maya Alberts, Madison Edgewood, St. John’s University, New York
Giadi Bambi, Madison West, Grinnell College
Ally Cruz, Madison Edgewood, University of Wisconsin
Hailey Rothwell, Madison Edgewood, Creighton University
Kaitlyn Schwass, Oregon, University of Mary (North Dakota)
Alyssa Bostley, Verona, Creighton University
Katie (Catherine) Pederson, Verona, Bradley University
Taylor Roughen, Lake Mills, Bryant & Stratton College
Nicole Schmitt, Madison Edgewood, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Brianna Back, Monona Grove, Northern State University in South Dakota
Ava Boehning, DeForest, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Sofia Bormett, Stoughton, Marshall University
Sienna Sirek Kreye, Madison West, Minnesota State-Mankato
Kaitlyn Peters, Middleton, University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas Natalie Schick, Madison West, Rutgers University
Bridget Sullivan, Madison West, UNLV
Abby Bremel, Madison West, University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
Maddi Bremel, Madison West, University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
Bella Chirafisi, Middleton, University of Denver
Payton Addink, Sun Prairie, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Haley Allen, Beaver Dam, University of Illinois-Springfield
Jada Cerniglia, Middleton, Northern Illinois
Ella Foti, Madison Edgewood, Marquette University
Brooke Mosher, Waterloo, University of Illinois
Josh Caron, Sun Prairie, Nebraska
Justin Hausser, DeForest, UW-Milwaukee
Keagon Kaufmann, DeForest, UW-Milwaukee
Mason Kirchberg, DeForest, UW-Oshkosh
Jacob Kisting, Verona, Bradley University
Liam Moreno, Sun Prairie, Missouri State
Carson Shepard, Sun Prairie, Ohio University
Ryan Taylor, Verona, University of Central Florida
Aidan Williams, Middleton, Milwaukee Area Technical College
Kyle Yu, Madison Memorial, Winona State, Minnesota
Cade Meyer, Monroe, UW-Green Bay
Football (later signing date)
Gabe Finley, DeForest, Central College, Iowa
Trace Grundahl, DeForest, UW-Whitewater
Jacob Beckman, Middleton, University of Wisconsin (UW reported)
Bennet Girten, DeForest, Lindenwood University
Liam Stumpf, Mineral Point, Missouri State
COMMITMENTS BY SCHOOL
Haley Allen, women’s volleyball, University of Illinois-Springfield
Paige Hodgson, women’s basketball, Northern Kentucky
Natalie Jens, women’s basketball, Minnesota State-Moorhead
Maty Wilke, women’s basketball, University of Wisconsin
Ava Boehning, women's swimming, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Gabe Finley, football, Central College, Iowa
Bennet Girten, men’s lacrosse, Lindenwood University
Trace Grundahl, football, UW-Whitewater
Justin Hausser, baseball, UW-Milwaukee
Keagon Kaufmann, baseball, UW-Milwaukee
Mason Kirchberg, baseball, UW-Oshkosh
Taylor Roughen, softball, Bryant & Stratton College
Maya Alberts, women’s soccer, St. John’s University, New York (Nov. 11)
Ally Cruz, women’s soccer, University of Wisconsin (Nov. 11)
Ella Foti, women’s volleyball, Marquette University (signing later)
Sarah Lazar, women’s basketball, Saint Louis University (Nov. 11)
Hailey Rothwell, women’s soccer, Creighton University (signing later)
Nicole Schmitt, softball, University of Minnesota-Duluth (signing later)
Mia Morel, women’s basketball, California Baptist (Madison Memorial typically does its recognition in the spring for all dates and commitment levels to be included)
Kyle Yu, baseball, Winona State, Minnesota
Giadi Bambi, women’s soccer, Grinnell College, Iowa
Abby Bremel, women’s tennis, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
Maddi Bremel, women’s tennis, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
Sienna Sirek Kreye, women's swimming, Minnesota State-Mankato
Natalie Schick, women’s swimming, Rutgers University
Bridget Sullivan, women’s swimming, UNLV
Anna Lutz, women’s basketball, UW-Milwaukee
Laura Nickel, women’s basketball, Northern Illinois
Katie Hildebrandt, women’s basketball, North Dakota State
Jacob Beckman, men's golf, University of Wisconsin (UW reported)
Jada Cerniglia, women's volleyball, Northern Illinois
Bella Chirafisi, women's triathlon, University of Denver
Kaitlyn Peters, women's swimming, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas
Brooke Ruszkiewicz, women's rowing, University of Minnesota
Aidan Williams, baseball, Milwaukee Area Technical College
Brianna Back, women's swimming, Northern State University, South Dakota.
Cade Meyer, men’s basketball, UW-Green Bay
Kaitlyn Schwass, women's soccer, University of Mary, North Dakota.
Sophie Denure, women’s golf, UW-La Crosse
Naomi Breunig, women’s basketball, Winona State (Minnesota)
Sofia Bormett, women's swimming, Marshall University
Caylie Kotlowski, women's golf, UW-Green Bay
Sun Prairie (partial list that was reported, full list being finalized by Sun Prairie athletic director Eric Nee)
Payton Addink, women's volleyball, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Josh Caron, baseball, Nebraska
Liam Moreno, baseball, Missouri State
Carson Shepard, baseball, Ohio University
Alyssa Bostley, softball, Creighton University
Jacob Kisting, baseball, Bradley University
Katie (Catherine) Pederson, softball, Bradley University
Ryan Taylor, baseball, University of Central Florida
Elena Maier, women's basketball, Kent State
Brooke Mosher, women’s volleyball, University of Illinois
Teya Maas, women’s basketball, Bryant & Stratton College (Nov. 17)
Avalon Uecke, women's basketball, Bryant & Stratton College
Liam Stumpf, baseball, Missouri State
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