Bulldogs to keep playing
Surrounded by family members and coaches, three Lake Mills athletes recently signed letters of intent to continue both their academic and sports careers at several Iowa schools.
Top: Ashley Groe (pictured with her parents and a brother) signed a letter to continue playing volleyball while she attends North Iowa Area Community College next fall.
Middle: Dana Baumann (pictured with her parents and two sisters) will also continue playing volleyball at the next level, as she signed her letter of intent with Wartburg College.
Below: Alex Albert (pictured with his mother, siblings and high school coaches), will continue on in two sports next year—football and track—as he continues his educational career at Waldorf College.
“I am very excited, “said Baumann of the opportunity both educationally and athletically. “They have a very good program, and the coach has been there for nine years, or so, so that is something that was a factor.” She added, “Their school is even better. I am planning on majoring in biology and the professor I spoke with, said they place more people in the ISU program than does ISU itself.”
Baumann also noted that former Bulldog teammate, Lexi Groe has given her an idea of the college student-athlete life and the Wartburg program which further cemented her decision.
For her part, Ashley Groe, said the environment at NIACC was very positive.
“I went there to play and they were very welcoming.”
She also noted the academic side of the equation. “They have a very good nursing program, which was also a plus.”
Both girls mentioned the logistics as being a positive for them, as they are far enough away from home to feel like they are “away” at college, but close enough that friends and family can come to watch them play.
“It means a lot to me as sports have been something I’ve always enjoyed and kept me working hard,” said Alex Albert of his opportunity to continue both his education and sports activities close to home, after signing with Waldorf College.
He noted that the Waldorf deccision boiled down to a number of factors, including: “Being close to home, playing with teammates and being able to be a part of a great program with multiple opportunities for my future, and enjoying the comfort that all the coaches have given making me feel a part of the team and as family already.”