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'Signing Day' for local student-athletes

New Life Academy football lineman Adam Krause signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday morning to attend the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and play football for the Hardrockers. Staff Photo by Tom Carothers.2 / 3
A Woodbury High School record 13 student-athletes signed their respective National Letters of Intent on Wednesday afternoon in a ceremony at a jam-packed WHS Media Center. Staff Photo by Tom Carothers.3 / 3

All of the hard work and effort paid off today as high school athletes around the country signed their respective National Letters of Intent to attend the college or universities of their choice -- including a Woodbury High School-record signing class of 13 student-athletes.

One New Life Academy athlete, lineman Adam Krause, signed with South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in a Wednesday morning ceremony at NLA.

A few hours later, a prized crop of Woodbury High School seniors shared a jam-packed WHS Media Center with an overflow of parents, teachers, coaches, fans and media as one-by-one, each Royal put their name on the dotted line.

Garnering the most attention was University of Minnesota recruit Lamonte Edwards, who verbally committed to play for the Golden Gophers last spring and made the decision official amidst a slew of television cameras and Twin Cities area reporters.

Not to be overshadowed, however, were a selection of standout Woodbury athletes that also signed their tenders -- a group that includes nine members of the 2009 WHS girls soccer team that committed to Division I and II institutions.

That list includes: Shannon Carlson (St. Scholastica), Brittany Cygan (Minnesota State Mankato), Caitlin Graboski (Iowa State), Kassey Kallman (Florida State), Mary Kroening (Georgetown), Samantha Lumberg (Bemidji State), Catherine Sessions (Wisconsin), Kristin Maynard (Waldorf) and Kayla Shook (Winona State).

Edwards' Woodbury football teammate, Matt Stevenson, signed to attend and play for the University of Mary, as did a pair of 2009 State boys cross-country running participants: Marty Joyce, who signed with North Dakota State, and Ryan Ness, who committed to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

"It's really something," WHS activities director Jason Schultz said. "I'm very happy for these students and wish them luck in the future."