Four Hastings Raiders athletes signed their letters of intent to play collegiate athletics at the NCAA Division I, II or National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics next year.
T.J. Pottinger will play DI lacrosse at Furman University in the Southern Conference for the Paladins. Pottinger is a two-year captain for Hastings wrestling and was a captain this past season for the football team. He will primarily serve as the faceoff man for Furman.
Callie McNary has committed to play soccer for NAIA Concordia University in Nebraska. McNary has been a two-year captain for the Hastings girls' soccer team and this past year she made the switch from goalkeeper to forward. McNary is currently playing hockey for the Raiders.
Trey Rogers will wrestle for Hofstra University, a DI program that competes in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association while the rest of the sports are part of the Colonial Athletic Association. Like Pottinger, Rogers is a two-year captain for the wrestling team and served as a captain on the football team this year as well.
Krystal Carlson, Hastings' leading scorer for both the girls and boys programs, signed her LOI to play basketball at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota. Carlson, who also has over 1,000 rebounds in her career, will join the DII Cougars in competing in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
According to the NCAA website, only 6 percent of all high school athletes go on to compete in NCAA Division I, II or III athletics (about 480,000 student-athletes in total). Another further 60,000 compete at the NAIA level.