Colfax, Eau Claire (WQOW) -- A number of local high school athletes who make their college decisions official on Wednesday.
At Colfax High School, Lane Olson signs his Division II letter of intent to play men's college basketball at Minnesota-Duluth. Olson says the Bulldogs were his first choice all along, adding that it helps having a family connection at UMD.
"I've had family come out of UMD, and my brother goes there now," says Olson, "it's also closer to home so it'd be easier for my family to come up and visit. All the guys and the coaches for the team are great, they like my athleticism and my size, and they most likely want me to work on my 3 and my ball handling more, which I probably should do."
Olson's career at Colfax was hampered by injuries, but he's looking forward to better health at the college level.
"I really haven't actually played a [full] high school season because I've always been injured," Olson says, "I have a feeling that I can be a way better player than I really am."
Olson will join a UMD program that includes former Fall Creek standout Jordan Reetz.
Three members of the WIAA sectional champion Eau Claire Memorial girls swimming & diving team also sign their letters of intent.
Claire Sauerman will swim at Minnesota State-Moorhead, while swimmer Laura Gross and diver Kendra Morgan will join the program at St. Cloud State.
"We've been planning to pick a college," says Morgan, "and now that I've actually made my decision, I feel like it's kind of a weight off my shoulders, because I know what I'm going to do next year."
"I feel like I've worked hard to get to this point," Sauerman says, "and it's a great reward to be able to swim in college in the end."
"Through a day like this, and getting a scholarship and being able to sign with a university," Gross says, "it makes all the past experiences really worthwhile."
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