Stillwater Area High School seniors Brock Winter and Cooper Yeary recently signed a National Letter of Intent to accept athletic scholarships and continue their playing careers at college starting in the fall.
Winter, the top player on the Stillwater boys’ golf team that has qualified for state the past two seasons, signed on with North Dakota State University.
Yeary, a record-setting receiver for the Stillwater football team, has committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth, which is one of the top programs in the NCAA Division II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Winter claimed medalist honors in Stillwater’s season opener at River Oaks on April 9. He is a three-time All-Suburban East Conference honoree and a three-time All-State selection by the Minnesota Golf Coaches Association.
Yeary, meanwhile, set a school record with 50 receptions in a season and his 66 career receptions. He also ranks No. 2 in team history with 66 career receptions and No. 3 with 887 career receiving yards. He also holds the single-game school record with 13 receptions, which he achieved last fall in a 20-17 victory over Roseville. A dangerous special teams player, Yeary also ranks fifth on the program’s single season list with 26.4 yards per kick-off return.
Yeary was among a group of 30 high school seniors who signed with UMD in early February. The Bulldogs finished with an 11-1 record and captured the NSIC North Division championship for the 11th year in a row.
Bulldogs offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Chase Vogler said: “Cooper is a tremendous route runner who has great hands and can take it the distance whenever he touches the ball. He does a great job beating defenders with the use of both his quickness and route-running intelligence. Cooper has a bright future as a slot wide receiver at UMD.”
Two additional SAHS seniors have committed to NCAA Division III programs, which do not offer athletic scholarships.
Peyton Classon, who was also a member of Stillwater’s state champion and state runner-up gymnastics team the past two years, will continue her diving career at Colorado College.
Classon has been the top diver for the Ponies the past three years. She qualified for state in 2016, which was her first year competing in the sport, and again in her junior and senior seasons.
Collin McCarthy, who also served a captain for Stillwater’s state runner-up wrestling team this winter, plans to attend school and play football at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
There were 13 Stillwater athletes who committed during the early signing period which began on Nov. 14. Those athletes includes: Sara Scalia (women’s basketball, Minnesota), Drew Gilbert (baseball, Oregon State), Will Frisch (baseball, Oregon State), Reece Koehler (volleyball, Seton Hall), Abby Begin (women’s soccer, Minnesota State-Mankato), Evie Kohn (women’s soccer, St. Cloud State), Evelyn Flor (women’s soccer, Northern Michigan), Halle Peterson (women’s soccer, Bemidji State), Torri Chute (softball, Augustana), Blake Evensen (men’s lacrosse, Mercer), Ellie Fedorowski (women’s lacrosse, Concordia-St. Paul), Malaina Fragnito (women’s swimming and diving, South Dakota) and Madeline Fretag (women’s track and field, Minnesota State-Mankato).
Listed below are photos and short questionaires completed by the Stillwater athletes who signed a National Letter of Intent.
College attending — North Dakota State University
Sport — Men’s golf
Why NDSU? — I chose NDSU because I believe NDSU will provide me a great education, along with a very competitive four years of collegiate golf. I also chose NDSU because of the generous support the alumni give back to the school.
Major/academic interests — Business finance.
Most memorable experience with the Ponies — Hosting annual team dinners after our conference championship tournament.
College attending — University of Minnesota-Duluth
Sport — Football
Why UMD? — Great program and great school.
Major/academic interests — Exercise science.
Other SAHS Activities — Basketball and track and field.
Most memorable experience with the Ponies — Building relationships with my teammates, coaches, teachers and everyone in the Stillwater community.