Area athletes confirm college futures on NLI signing day

Published: Nov. 10, 2021 at 7:33 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Congratulations to every student-athlete who signed National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 10th, 2021.

High school athletes across the country put the pen to paper to officially commit to continue their athletic and academic careers at the collegiate level.

Several Wichita-area athletes signed with Division 1 programs.

Starting the day with a standout Wichita basketball player who started gaining attention while playing at Wichita Collegiate and now playing at Sunrise, Gradey Dick will be staying close to home as he officially signed with KU basketball.

“All the moments, all of the memories of just watching KU play in the past while I grew up kind of flooded my head. Like I was a little boy watching the Jayhawks play and my siblings going there, I’ve been up to Lawrence a lot. It’s just a dream come true,” said Sunrise forward Gradey Dick.

Also going on to play college hoops, Andover Central’s Brittany Harshaw committed to Creighton University in Nebraska.

“Basketball has just always been my favorite thing, I grew up around it and my parents both played in college so I just just grew up with it. Being around it all the time, that’s where I found that passion for it,” said Andover Central forward Brittany Harshaw.

Also at Central, Ellie Geoffroy put the pen to paper to play soccer at Oklahoma.

“My decision was pretty easy for OU honestly,” said Andover Central left-back Ellie Geoffroy. “Just a family culture, the legacy of the 2022 class is just going to be spectacular and I’m ready to get there and work hard.”

Bishop Carroll celebrated seven girls signing to compete at the collegiate level in several sports: softball, soccer, swimming and Hope Jackson running both cross country and track at Iowa State.

“Just training with other girls who are at the same level as me constantly and running against girls that are better than me is just going to make me such a better athlete,” said Bishop Carroll runner Hope Jackson. “To take a step up, I just want to see what my body can handle both academically and physically. So I’m really excited.”

Bishop Carroll swimmer, Zoe Winter signed with Missouri. She said, “Ever since I started swimming, the goal was to swim in college. I didn’t really expect to go to Mizzou but I’m so excited for the opportunity. And even as a child, I was always swimming at the Mizzou facility, it is like the best pool I’ve ever swam in.”

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