It was national signing day today and here’s a rundown of the North Dakota State signings. A couple of notes and thoughts starting with two Bison coaches landing high school teammates from back-to-back state championship teams.
That would be forward Evan Wesenberg and guard Jake Showalter from Germantown, Wis., a team that has won 56 straight games. Showalter’s father, Steve Showalter, is the head coach. On the women’s side, the golf program signed Detroit Lakes standouts Trisa Hutchinson and Natalie Roth, who were part of back-to-back Minnesota Class 2A state title teams.
“One of the first steps was to find out if that’s something they wanted to do, (be teammates),” NDSU head coach Matt Johnson. “When we first proposed if they wanted to be teammates in college, they high-fived each other. They know how to win and they know how to compete.”
Softball landed its first All-American recruit in outfielder Breanna Beatty from Las Vegas, a 2013 Max Preps All-American. Head coach Darren Mueller called her an “amazing hitter who absolutely crushes the ball.” He said Beatty tore her ACL after her sophomore year and recruiting interest in her subsequently subsided. “We stayed on her,” he said.
The NDSU coaches signed two from Nevada, the first softball players in the program from that state. A program that has long gotten wealthy from California recruits, Mueller said the Nevada players had a recruiting presence in California with tournaments. Katie Shoultz, a 5-8 outfielder from Muscatine, Iowa, may become one of the fastest players in program history. Mueller said she was timed in 2.53 seconds from home to first, which he said is the equivalent of a football player running a 4.2- to a 4.3-second 40-yard dash. She is a five-sport athlete who got track and field letters from Big Ten schools.
- Jon Sobaski, 6-1, G, Prior Lake, Minn. (18.2 ppg)
- Paul Miller, 6-4, G, Kettle Moraine HS, Wis. (17.9 ppg, 7.0 assists, 4.0 GPA)
- Evan Wesenberg, 6-7, F, Germantown, Wis. (8.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, team 56-0 last two years)
- Jake Showalter, 6-3, G, Germantown, Wis. (11.6 ppg, teammate with Wesenberg)
- -Olivia Baker, 6-4, C, Minnetonka, Minn. (four-year varsity player)
- McKenna Happke, 6-1, F, Coon Rapids, Minn. (two-time all-conference, team state champs)
- Taylor Thunstedt, 5-8, G., Spicer, Minn. (school’s all-time scoring leader, averaged 29 points and made 104 3-point field goals last season)
- Brianna Rasmussen, 5-11, setter, Fergus Falls, Minn.(all-state selection, led Fergus to third place state finish)
- Jessica Jorgenson, 6-1, MH, Blaine, Minn. (Class 3A all-state selection)
- Mikaela Purnell, 5-9, libero, OH, Minnetonka, Minn. (Class 3A all-state selection, also third in school history in kills)
- Breanna Beatty, 5-9, OF, Las Vegas (2013 Max Preps All-American)
- Tabitha Heinz, 5-7, INF, Livermore, Calif. (.351 career hitter)
- Jacquelyn Sertic, 5-6, P, Sparks, Nev. (Two-time all-state, 0.71 ERA,)
- Katie Shoultz, 5-8, OF, Muscatine, Iowa (.541 hitter)
- Joel Samper, 5-1, INF, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (four-year starter, first team all league)
- Trisa Hutchinson, Detroit Lakes, Minn. (5-year varsity player, 7th in Class 2A tourney)
- Natalie Roth, Detroit Lakes, Minn. (state tourney co-medalist, both players members of back-to-back state title teams).