Woodbury High School: Soccer, football, softball players sign on the line
Four Royals are ready to take it to the next level.
On Wednesday, Feb. 6, Bailey Lervick, Elizabeth Nelson, Quinn Schmalz and Kait Shea all signed letters of intent to play collegiate-level athletics.
Lervick, a three-year letter winner for the Royals' girls soccer team, is headed to North Dakota State University in the fall.
Pat Malicki, co-head coach for the girls soccer team, said Lervick has "a true passion for competing."
"She's truly dedicated to this," he said of the senior who was named an all-state and all-Suburban East Conference player this year.
Lervick also held a unique distinction last fall. She and two other girls soccer players were tapped to help with kicking duties for the Royals' varsity football team.
"She's got one of the strongest legs I've seen," Malicki said of Lervick.
She was joined at the dais by teammate Nelson, who will take her soccer skills to Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., a campus Nelson said has "everything I'm looking for."
Malicki said Nelson "truly is driven to be the best she can be." He described a key goal she scored last season for the Royals against White Bear Lake and said it was one of many Nelson logged for Woodbury.
"She just developed a knack for always being in the right place at the right time," Malicki said.
Woodbury girls softball coach Bob Samson introduced Shea, a versatile outfielder for the Royals, who will be attending Bemidji State University.
"She's valuable for all the things she does for us," he said of Shea, who also plays for the Danes softball team in summer ball.
Like Nelson, Schmalz also will be attending Augustana. Schmalz, who played offensive and defensive line for the Royals' football team, is a two-time all-conference honoree.
Head football coach Andy Hill reflected on Schmalz's time away from the field, where he volunteers his time with children - a point Hill said makes the senior "a pretty dynamic person.