April 17th is spring signing day as a handful of local athletes from Western Wisconsin signed Division 2 scholarships to compete at the next level.
In Colfax, Vikings basketball standout Lane Olson had plenty of support from his fellow students, Lane signed to play at Division 2 Minnesota-Duluth next year. Olson says he's looking forward to play at the next level after a great career in Colfax, "It feels good to still sign for a really good school with the past few years that I have had and hopefully be able to play healthy in the future."
In Rice Lake, the Ellenson family gathered to celebrate a special day for Warriors forward Ellwood Ellenson, he's headed to Bemidji State next season. Ellwood believes his overall game can improve, "I need to practice more of my 3-point shooting, my inside game is kind of shaky. I'm not as strong as I want to be, I'm going to get into the gym and lift weights."
Back in Eau Claire, the Memorial trio of Laura Gross, Claire Saurerman, and Kendra Morgan all signed Division 2 Letters of Intent. Gross and Morgan will swim and dive at St. Cloud State respectively while Saurerman will swim at Minnesota-Moorhead.
Gross says the Old Abes swim program has prepared her for the next step, "Swimming at Memorial was definitely not an easy experience but I think it did a really nice job in preparing me for next year because of the long practices and hard practices and as much as it pushed me throughout."
Saurerman is excited for the opportunity, "I swam sprint freestyle, but they really liked my butterfly as well but I haven't swam that as much in high school so I think it can be a good opportunity for me to show what I can do."
Morgan is ready for the 3-meter diving challenges she will face in college, "The coach is really easy-going and let's you ease into it, so during the summer I'm hoping to get some experience on the 3-meter so I'm ready to go next year."