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November 14, 2013

Wagner, 4 West athletes sign letters of intent

MANKATO — Four athletes from Mankato West signed letters of intent to accept scholarships and continue their athletic careers in college.

Breanna Black, Megan Hulscher, Molly Lohman and Danielle Nack all signed Wednesday in an after-school ceremony at West. New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva’s Carlie Wagner also made it official Wednesday, signing her letter of intent with the Minnesota Gophers women’s basketball team.

Black is signing for softball with Sioux Falls of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, while Hulscher is signing for volleyball with Winona State of the Northern Sun.

Lohman will be joining the volleyball program at the University of Minnesota, while Nack signed with the Gophers’ swimming program.

Black chose Sioux Falls because she is familiar with the head coach from playing summer ball and they have a strong reputation in the major she was interested in pursuing — biology/chemisty. UW-River Falls and Winona State were also in the running toward the end but she decided about a month a go it would Sioux Falls.

“It just felt like the best place for me,” Black said. “I’m going in as a pitcher but they liked the fact that I can play second base and the outfield, too.”

Black is a two-year letterwinner at West who batted .316 last season with a .354 on-base percentage last spring.

She was 3-0 as a pitcher with a 0.35 earned-run average.

Hulscher opted for Winona State for three main reasons: “I wanted to keep playing volleyball, they had the major (bio-chem) that I wanted and I loved the campus when I went to visit.”

Hulscher was also considering Viterbo, UM-Cookston and Sioux Falls until deciding last May to be become a Warrior.

An outside hitter, Hulscher is a four-year varsity starter and a two-time All-Big Nine Conference player. She finished her prep career with 749 kills, 137 ace blocks, 279 digs and 143 service aces.

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