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Irish athletes sign collegiate letters of intent

Maddie Mackinac - volleyball. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 8
Cole Kraemer - baseball. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 8
Aidan Maldonado - baseball. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 8
Andrea Holtz - diving. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 8
Danielle Sorenson - softball. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 8
Keenan Wenzel - baseball. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 8
Shae Buchman - track and field. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 8
Cassandra Hutchins - swimming. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia8 / 8

Eight Rosemount Irish athletes signed their letters of intent to play NCAA Division I, Division II or National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics collegiate athletics Nov. 8 at Rosemount High School. Their coaches all spoke on their behalf and the student athletes each took the opportunity to speak and thank those who have helped them on their way in ceremony prior to the school day.

Andrea Holtz will be attending DI Villanova in the Big East where she will join the Wildcats' diving team. Holtz also won the section title for diving Thursday evening to qualify for state.

Teammate Cassandra Hutchins signed with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and will swim for the DI Panthers.

Keenan Wenzel will be a Mustang and play baseball for DII Southwest Minnesota State University.

Fellow Irish baseball player Cole Kraemer is joining the DII Augustana Vikings baseball team next year.

The third baseball player among the signees, Aidan Maldonado, will be going DI at the University of Illinois-Urbana and playing Big 10 baseball for the Illini.

Shae Buchman, who just finished her senior volleyball season, signed with NAIA Columbia College (Missouri) and will run track for the Cougars.

Another volleyball player, Maddie Mackinac, will attend Bemidji State University and play DII volleyball for the Beavers.

Last but not least was Danielle Sorenson, who signed to play softball for DI Quinnipiac University in Connecticut for the Bobcats.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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