DEWITT — Central DeWitt Athletic Director Kurt Kreiter marveled at how many Sabers sat on stage at the school's signing day Monday.
There were 11 of them this year, nearly repeating last year's number of 13. That adds to the nearly 50 Saber alumni who are representing their hometown around the Midwest.
“As the director of our programs, I’m very proud,” Kreiter said. “I like the diversity of different sports being represented. It gives them the opportunity to be successful."
The 11 of them are: Kalyn Bowen (Clarke College/softball); Cole Connell (St. Ambrose University/track); Lucas Daniels (University of Dubuque/basketball); Zach Eden (St. Ambrose/golf); Garrett Jacobs (Loras College/football); Emily McAleer (Scott Community College/soccer); Miranda Meland (University of Wisconsin-Platteville/basketball); Savannah Necker (University of Northern Iowa/twirling); Justin Schwennen (Coe College/football); and McClain Steffens (Edgewood College/basketball).
“I think they get a good foundation here,” Kreiter added. “What I’ve found as being a former athlete, it goes well beyond talent. There’s a certain commitment level, and it’s so important that they have the foundations needed to be successful.”
Daniels will play for the Iowa Conference tournament champion Dubuque Spartans.
“They’re close to home, and they were pretty good last year, so that helps,” Daniels said. “I was impressed with the campus, and the game-day atmosphere.”
Daniels averaged 8.1 points for the Sabers during his senior season and was second among DeWitt rebounders with five a game.
The DeWitt big man hopes to play as a forward for the Spartans.
“My biggest thing will be working on my defense first, and the offense will take care of itself,” Daniels said.
Bowen also is headed for the city of Dubuque, to play at Clarke next season.
She led the Sabers with 33 RBIs last summer with a .330 average. She was also second on the team in doubles (9) and home runs with two.
Bowen hopes to fill that power-hitter role that she has held during her Sabers career. Like Daniels, she liked the feel of the Dubuque school.
“I liked how small the feel of the school was, and I liked all the professors that I met,” Bowen said. “The professors are more one-on-one with you, and I liked that a lot.”
DeWitt opens the softball season May 26 on the road against Clinton.
Eden will stay close to home to golf for St. Ambrose. He entered Tuesday with a combined average of 46 shots for every nine holes.
Eden chose the Davenport school because his mother works there.
“Golf has been a favorite sport of mine,” Eden said. “I’ve played golf for a while, and I know a couple guys on the team. I’ve always wanted to play golf in college because I’ve played it all my life.”
Eden’s lowest nine-hole score this season is 41.
“We’ve gone to state the last couple years, and I’m hoping we can get back there again this year,” he said.
Eden shot 177 at last year’s state tournament in Ames. It was the Sabers’ fifth-lowest score.