Westminster's Ciani casts his football lot with Briar Cliff


            Soon-to-be Westminster High School graduate Domenic Ciani knows where he wants to continue his education and his football career.

            “I chose Briar Cliff (in Sioux City, Iowa), because when I went and visited, the program was all about making a new, smash-mouth football program with the opportunity for young players like me to get a chance at playing college ball,” Ciani said. “I had a great opportunity to visit Sioux City and met some of the team and all the coaching staff. That was a big reason why I felt so cared for and chose Briar Cliff.”

He drew an offer from McPherson College in Kansas and was talking with other schools. But the trip to Briar Cliff’s campus sealed the deal.

            “They gave me and my grandpa a chance to see a basketball game that night with all of the football team,” Ciani said.

In nine games for the Wolves, the linebacker made 108 total tackles, 27 of which were solo efforts. He recorded two sacks, one interception and caused a fumble. He wants to study sports medicine with the goal of becoming either a coach or a physical trainer.

“For me, being in the class of 2022 recruiting was a little different. My team played in season C (the second available football season in 2021). My recruiting was a little off,” he said. “But for the most part, coming into my senior year it was all back to normal.”

The Chargers were 3-8 last season, 3-7 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The 2022 season begins Saturday, Aug. 27, with a game against Waldorf University.

“I’m nervous, scared and excited. But I’m very ready for this opportunity and have been working towards this goal for very long time,” Ciani said. “I would love to add that anyone out there who wants to play at the next level can do so. It all starts with yourself.”


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