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King leads huge area contingent on National Signing Day

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Central was home to five seniors who solidified their plans for college.
Kobe King committed to Wisconsin two summers ago to play for one of the top programs in the nation.
Even after Bo Ryan retired last season his commitment to the Badgers never wavered.
"Coach Gard has always been my recruiter and the guy I've talked to the most and probably the coach I'm closest with so, I knew if Coach Gard was at the University then it was a place I wanted to be.  Now that he's the head coach it's all icing on the cake for me.  It's all fitting in together," King said.

His teammate Bailey Kale is also college bound.
Kale will play basketball at Division II Minnesota-Duluth.
"My relationship with the coaches and I knew some of the players from AAU, so I think that was a big decision.  It's not too close to home and it's not too far either so helps too so my family can come watch." Kale said.
A pair of Central wrestlers have found college homes.
Jaden Van Maanen, the defending division one state champ at 132 pounds, will wrestle at North Dakota State.
"When I went there on my visit, they remade their whole athletic facility and wrestling room.  I love the coaches up there.  It's a great school," said Van Maanen.
Teammate Connor Williams will also compete at the college level signing a letter to Upper Iowa.
"I like the coaches.  I like the way they treat their athletes there.  I've been down there a couple of times for practice and down there for their first meet, outside actually.  I really enjoyed it down there," Williams said.
Central senior Harley Deeth signed his letter to play baseball at Quincy University.
"Quincy, when I first went there, it felt like home.  I fit right in with the place.  Everything was good.  Their athletics, how far it was, the cost, everything was great," Deeth said.
Onalaska honored 4 athletes Wednesday who signed on national signing day.
Tayla Stuttley, the MVC Player of the Year last year, will play basketball at Minnesota State-Mankato.
"I think the distance.  It was a perfect distance.  Not too close.  Not too far.  Just how I felt on campus, just the team and the coaches are super cool.  They made me feel welcome, like it was home for me," Stuttley said.
Sydney Hubbard wrapped up her senior season by taking 16th in Division 1 at the WIAA State Golf Tournament.
Hubbard will play at the University of Sioux Falls.
"It's really special for me and my family and I'm just so glad I;ve had the coaches and teammates that I've had that have helped me get to this point," Hubbard said.
Austin Glynn will join one of the premier track programs in the nation.
Glynn will compete for Oregon after qualifying for State the last two years in the discus and taking second in 2015.
"The thing that made Oregon stand out was it felt more like a family.  Everyone was tight knit.  Everyone was talking with each other.  The throwers were friends with the distance and sprinters.  Everyone was intertwined," Glynn said.

Nick Victor earned first team All-MVC in cross country for the Hilltoppers this fall.
Victor signed a letter of intent to compete for Central Missouri.
"It's a big relief.  This is what I wanted since I started running back in middle school is to be able to run collegiately and to do it at a D2 level is pretty cool," Victor said.
At Aquinas another baseball star headed to division one.
Sean Dee signed a letter of intent to play at Illinois-Chicago.
Dee was an All-MVC first team selection last spring for the Blugolds.

    "I just really enjoyed the atmosphere there.  I really enjoyed the city.  The city of Chicago overlooks the baseball field and I really enjoyed that.  Facilities there are great.  I met the guys.  They're really nice and they welcomed me," Dee said.
In Caledonia, Mariah Schroeder put her signature on a letter of intent to play basketball at Division II Metropolitan State in Denver.
Schroeder was an all-conference performer her sophomore and junior seasons.
"They've kept up with me right away and I've gotten to know them really well.  I went out and toured the school and really liked it.  It's just kind of the dream place for me right now," Schroeder said.


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