Eight student-athletes from Brighton High School signed letters of intent March 29 to continue their educational and athletic pursuits in college.
Leah Day signed to play soccer at Black Hills State in Spearfish, South Dakota. Annika Cunningham, who is a cheerleader, will take those talents to Hutchinson (Kansas) Community college. Mariah Niday heads for Yale University in New Haven, Cononecticut, to play softball, and Bryce Peterson will play baseball at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
Nathaniel Griffeth chose to play football at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee. Noah Canale picked Valley City State University in Valley City, North Dakota, to play football. Bo French picked Chadron (Nebrasaka) State College for volleyball, and Hailey Wright wants to play volleyball at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Athletic director Dave Smith said 7 percent of high-school athletes get the chance to continue playing in college.
Brett Williamson, the head baseball coach at Metropolitan State University in Denver and Peterson’s summer-league coach, had some advice.
“Enjoy it. Use it. You’re going to blink, and then you’re going to be as old as me,” he said.