GOOSE LAKE — Students, parents and fans all came out of the warm Friday sunshine to pack the Northeast Fine Arts Center and celebrate the college commitments of six student-athletes.
The six colleges represented by the half-dozen students are three NCAA Division III schools, two junior colleges and a local NAIA school.
The six who made their announcements were: Addie Oberman, Tevin Stoecker, Garrett Moeller, Eli Kaczinski, Ethan Krogman and Nick Anderson.
All six students presented a small speech in front of their peers, mainly giving advice on how to succeed, what their dreams are and how fortunate each one of them is to be playing a sport at the next level.
Oberman led off the speeches. In her three-plus minute speech, she pointed out how difficult it was to juggle academics and athletics, but she believes that’s what made her a well-rounded student-athlete.
“You can’t just show up and expect to do the work,” she said. “Greatness comes with hard work, and school definitely should come first. I’m glad that I’m finally able to achieve my dream and play basketball in college.”
Oberman will study psychology at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. She officially announced her commitment to KCC on March 27.
Stoecker took to the podium next. He gave the advice of being a weight-room rat to the younger student-athletes.
“There are some guys out there so huge because they live in the weight room,” he said. “Hit the weights as much as you can.
“Don’t take school as a big joke,” Stoecker added. “Without having good grades, you won’t have these opportunities.”
Stoecker is one of a handful of area student-athletes to head to Iowa Falls to play football at Ellsworth Community College. Stoecker will study sports management. Four Clinton High student-athletes are also headed to ECC for football as well.