2018 early signing day: Area student-athletes sign letters of intent


submitted photos From left, Julia Fixsen, Rowan Morgan, Trevor Redmond and Angel Vo.

Lucas Ailport 

sports intern

 

East metro student athletes, nine in all from the Lillie Suburban Newspapers coverage areas, signed letters of intent Nov. 14 to attend and play at Division-I and Division-II colleges and universities.

Students from Tartan, North, Mounds View and Henry-Sibley High School participated in the early signing. All sports, except football, are able to sign letters early. The early signing period for Division-I football recruits runs Dec. 19-21.

 

Basketball

 

Antwan Kimmons, Tartan, Idaho State

Kimmons has been a star for Tartan since his sophomore year when he made an impact with a senior-dominant team during the 2016-2017 season. Last year he helped lead the Titans to a 22-5 record by averaging 20.2 points, six rebounds and five assists per game. Kimmons was named Metro East Conference Player of the Year and was the team’s most valuable player. 

The 6-foot, 170-pound point guard from Maplewood will become an Idaho State Bengal after his senior year at Tartan. Kimmons’ winning mentality and toughness are just a couple reasons why Idaho State went after him. 

 

Goodnews Kpegeol, North, Kansas State

Kpegeol is from North St. Paul, but went to TaylorMade Prep School in Pensacola, Florida, after he graduated from North last spring, because he wasn’t satisfied with the college offers that had come his way. His patience paid off because he’ll now be a Wildcat, a team that seems to consistently make the NCAA National Basketball Tournament, or “March Madness.”

The 6-foot-6-inch, 180-pound guard helped lead the Polars to a 22-5 overall record during his senior year. Kpegeol led the team with 18.2 points per game in the 19 games he played. As a sophomore, he was a key factor in getting the Polars to the state tournament after a 17-year absence. 

 

Tori Nelson, Henry-Sibley, South Dakota State 

The 6-foot-1-inch wing will be a Jackrabbit after her senior season. Nelson is Henry-Sibley’s all-time leading scorer with 1,869 points, boys or girls, and she still has a whole season left to play. Nelson set a single-season record for scoring and blocks — in the 2016-2017 season she recorded 520 points and 113 blocks.  

Nelson has been selected as team MVP and as a Star Tribune All-Metro East Team selection multiple times. In her prep career she is averaging 17.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game 

 

Baseball 

 

Erik Kubiatowicz, North, Illinois State

The 6-foot-3-inch, 215-pound right-handed pitcher will look to bring his 91-mile-per-hour fastball down to Illinois State. Along with the fastball, he carries an arsenal of curveballs, changeups and sliders.

“I’m excited to announce my commitment to continue my academic and baseball careers at Illinois State University. Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way. Go Redbirds!” Kubiatowicz said in a tweet back in September when he made a verbal commitment. 

 

Swimming

 

Alivia Lindorfer, North, Wisconsin 

It seems like Lindorfer’s life revolves around swimming. Not only does the North senior swim for her high school, but also with the St. Croix Swim Club. She participated at the Minnesota girls state meet as a freshman and sophomore, finishing 14th in the 200-meter freestyle and eighth in the 500-meter freestyle, both as a sophomore. 

Over the summer she participated at the Minnesota Senior Long Course Championships where she won the 800-meter freestyle, 1500-meter freestyle and the 200-meter fly. Last spring she won the 1000-meter freestyle and won silver medals in the 500 free and 1650-meter free at the 2018 TYR International Swim Coaches Association Junior Championship Cup. 

 

Track and Field 

 

Julia Fixsen, Mounds View, Georgia

Fixsen is setting herself up to have a historic pole-vaulting career. She’s won two state titles in the pole vault category. Fixsen set a state record last year as a junior with a 13-foot, 9 1/4-inch vault.

The Bulldogs will be lucky to have her, especially after she finished seventh in the International Association of Athletic Federations World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, last July. There, she represented Team USATF, and was one of two women pole vaulters for the U.S. 

 

Volleyball

 

Angel Vo, Mounds View, MSU-Moorhead

Vo has quite the prep volleyball resumé. She is a four-year letter winner in the sport, was a team captain, MVP and received rookie of the year honors. She was also an all-conference honorable mention. Vo has recorded over 1,700 digs, proving that she’s a solid defensive specialist, so don’t let her 5-foot-2-inch stature fool you. 

Vo has also played for the Minnesota Volleyball Academy, an elite program that plays following the high school volleyball season. 

 

Wrestling

 

Rowan Morgan, Mounds View, University of Minnesota

Morgan has been to the state tournament three times while at Mounds View. He finished fifth last year as a junior in the Class 3A 182-pound weight class. Morgan wrestled in the same weight class as a sophomore and the 170-pound class as a freshman.  

Morgan will be a nice addition to the 197-pound weight class for the Golden Gophers next year. The Gophers could use some help as Minnesota finished the season seventh in the Big Ten Conference and 17th in the NCAA Championships. 

 

Lacrosse

 

Trevor Redmond, Mounds View, University of Alabama-Huntsville 

Redmond will be swapping the cold for the Alabama heat having committed to UAH. Last season, had he scored one more point in any of the games he played, he would have averaged three points a game. In 12 games, he scored 16 goals and recorded 19 assists. Redmond normally plays as a midfielder. 

The Chargers lacrosse program will be entering its fourth season as a Division-II varsity lacrosse team. UAH is in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. 

 

–Lucas Ailport can be reached at roseville@lillienews.com.

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