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Area prep stars sign on National Signing Day


La Crosse, WISCONSIN (WXOW)  College teams and coaches are finding the talent in the Coulee Region plentiful.

Wednesday is National Signing Day, a day where high school athletes turn their verbal commitments into scholarships.

Aquinas senior Bronson Koenig signed his letter of intent to play basketball at Wisconsin.

Koenig gave the school a verbal commitment in the fall of 2011.

He was heavily recruited by the top schools in the nation and had an offer from North Carolina among others. 

But the draw to play for his home state team was too tough to pass up.

"I just really like the coaches. We had a great relationship. I like the campus. I like the city of Madison and obviously being from Wisconsin. The process was fun and a great experience. But today, knowing that I'm officially committed to Wisconsin, is a really good feeling," Koenig said.

Koenig led the Blugolds to a state title his sophomore season.

But he was limited to roughly half a season last year after suffering a thumb injury.

In  Holmen, Caitlyn Russell put her signature to a scholarship to play basketball for Indiana-Evansville.

Russell was the MVC's player of the year season while averaging 15 points a game for the Vikings.

"I just liked the coaches and the players when I visited there. It was like a family. I felt like a part of them already," Russell said.

"She has tons of potential and I think she's a gal who hasn't realized her full potential yet. She's a very good high school player but I think she's a diamond in the rough for a college player. She could be quite a player in college," said Holmen head coach Duane Vike.

It was a banner day for the Caledonia volleyball program.

Maria Fruechte and Emma Lange signed their letters Wednesday.

Fruechte will play for Iowa State.

She teamed up with Lange to lead the Warriors to a second place finish at state in Class AA. 

Lange signs with Concordia-St. Paul after Wisconsin withdrew their scholarship offer after she suffered an injury last year.

But she feels like she's found a home.

"I just want to try and improve that program even more. It's a great program and I'm honored to be able to go play for them," Lange said.

"I really like their coaches and their team. I also really liked they are in a big competitive conference. I liked how competitive they were and what their goals were and I just wanted to be a part of that," Fruechte said.

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