Continuing from last week’s story, several VHS seniors are looking forward to the next step in their athletic careers after last Saturday’s virtual graduation.

Emily Stockwell will play softball at the University of North Dakota; Toria Andre will continue her volleyball career at Briar Cliff University; Cami Regnerus will play soccer at Dordt University; Morgan Kerkman is going to Simpson College for soccer; and Alex Carr will golf for a PGM Program while attending Mississippi State University.

Also, Lucus Anglin will wrestle at South Dakota State University; Dylan and Drew Thelen will play baseball at Morningside College; and Sydney Franken will cheer at Mount Marty College.

After leaving his mark at VHS, Anglin will continue wrestling at SDSU. His favorite memories of wrestling for Vermillion were the past five years competing at the state tournament. Anglin captured three state titles in his high school career.

“State was just a new and different atmosphere for me to wrestle in,” said Anglin. “Each state wrestling would also bring a lot of good and funny memories.”

Anglin’s passion for wrestling interested him in pursuing this sport beyond high school.

“If I was given the opportunity to wrestle more, I would take that in a heartbeat,” said Anglin. “I love the sport too much not to take it to the next level.”

Choosing SDSU was a difficult choice for Anglin as he thought a lot about it and discussed the decision with family and friends.

“SDSU felt like home when I first got there on my visit,” said Anglin. “Not only that, but the coaches there are unbelievably talented with getting their student-athletes what they need in order to succeed in the classroom and on the mat.”

He looks forward to growing as a wrestler and getting out of his comfort zone.

“Going from high school to Division I wrestling is going to be difficult, but I’m ready for that challenge,” said Anglin.

The Thelens are attending Morningside College this fall and continuing their baseball careers.

“Becoming so close with my teammates while I was playing baseball and going on all of the road trips with them was one of my favorite parts of Vermillion baseball,” said Dylan Thelen.

Drew enjoyed some of the same memories.

“My favorite memories were being so close with all my teammates and the car rides on the way to the games,” said Drew Thelen. “I loved playing this sport growing up, and when I was younger, I always wanted to continue playing baseball in college.”

Both were interested in playing at the next level, and Morningside is not too far from Vermillion and felt like a good fit for them.

“I always had a passion for it when I was younger and wanted to continue playing it at the next level,” said Dylan Thelen “I felt like I could excel and become the best baseball player I can there.”

The brothers are both looking forward to making new friends and joining a new family with the Morningside baseball team.

“The things I am looking forward to for my next chapter is becoming the best player that I can be and making and meeting new friends,” said Drew Thelen.

Sydney Franken recently signed to cheer for Mount Marty College.

“My favorite memory from VHS cheer was when we went to state our first year or the very first time we got a girl in an extended prep,” said Franken.

She fell in love with cheer and wanted to pursue this passion after high school, and Mount Marty felt like home when she toured the campus.

“I’m looking forward to being on a team with new girls and learning new stunts, cheers, and routines on a competitive collegiate cheer team,” said Franken.

The nine VHS alumni will remember their favorite memories as Tanagers, but they are excited to continue their athletic careers at the next level.

If you know of another VHS senior going on to play sports collegiately, contact Madisen Martinez at madisenmmartinez@gmail.com.

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