by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Four Rogers seniors, including two golfers and two basketball players, signed national letters of intent on Wednesday, in the presence of parents and coaches.
Jordan Rykal will join a Division I golf program, University of South Dakota. His teammate Corey Muenzhuber signed with Mankato State, a Division II team.
They were members of Rogers’ 2011 state co-champion team and 2010 state runner-up team.
Michael Schreiber, a 6-8 basketball post, signed with Northern State of Aberdeen. S.D., and Emily Reichert, a 5-3 point guard, signed with Bemidji State. Both are D-II teams.
A ceremony for the formal signings was arranged by activities director Paul Gustafson and his assistant Joann Gellerman. Parents of each athlete were on hand, along with golf coach Dan Bursheim and boys basketball coach Joe Belka. The girls coach, Jeremy Digiovanni, teaches at another school and couldn’t attend.
Rykal and Muenzhuber will give Rogers four graduates in college golf, following Colton Buege, sophomore at Minnesota, and McCabe Buege, freshman at Central Florida.
“It’s been nice to have two Division I athletes right in front of us,” said Rykal. “We could learn from them and see how they work.”
Rykal, leaning toward a business management major, will play for coach Nick Hovden at the Vermillion school. He said he’s looking forward to fall and spring seasons and making trips to such locations as Nevada and Nebraska.
Muenzhuber, who averaged 75.5 for Rogers last year, is undecided on a major. He said he liked the Mankato campus and found coach Geoff Kllein to be a “really good guy.” The Mavericks were second in the NSIC last year.
Schreiber said he “felt very comfortable” in Northern State visits with the coach Paul Sather and his staff, the team and campus. He’s leaning toward computer sciences. The Wolves were 12-14 last year.
Schreiber, who averaged 11.9 points and 6.8 rebounds last year, is the first Rogers boy to get a scholarship in basketball.
“Michael has all the tools,” said Belka. ” He plays with great intensity and passion … The coaches at Northern State love the way he plays. He has good footwork, can run the floor, can finish around the basket with either hand and he is willing to do all the little things to help his team.”
Reichert, who helped Rogers reach the state tournament last year, averaging 9.6 points and 2.6 steals, said Bemidji coach Mike Curfman liked her quickness and floor awareness. “I think I’ll fit in well there,” said Reichert, who’ll major in accounting. The team was 7-19 last year.