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Central Springs junior Anna Dietrich smiles as she rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against Lake Mills last season.

CHRIS ZOELLER, The Globe Gazette


Central Springs' Dietrich signs with Luther

Central Springs has made the state softball tournament in each of the past three seasons, and Anna Dietrich is a major reason why.

The Panthers' slugger gave the team a power bat in the middle of the order and a reliable backstop behind the plate as the catcher. Now, Dietrich will head to Luther College in the fall after signing her National Letter of Intent on Wednesday.

Dietrich was a second-team all-state selection by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association as a junior after hitting .414 with 46 RBIs for the Panthers. She added a team-best nine home runs, plus had nine doubles and a slugging percentage of .778.


Osage's Olson inks with Wartburg

Drew Olson accomplished a lot in his four years at Osage.

Olson was a standout athlete on the football field and is the Green Devils' top golfer, but it was the basketball court where he truly excelled and it's where his passion was. Olson will take that passion to the next level starting in the fall as he signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday to join the Wartburg basketball team.

Olson finished as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,270 points, and he own the schools' career steal record as well.

He finished his senior season with 18.9 points per game in addition to nearly 5 rebounds per contest as he was named a third-team all-stater.


Rockford senior Kadera sings with William Penn

As the last line of defense for the Mason City boys soccer team, Thomas Kadera is bound to draw a fair amount of attention to his play.

The Rockford Highs School senior and goalkeeper for the Mohawks did enough to catch the attention of some college coaches, and on Wednesday, Kadera signed his National Letter of Intent to play soccer at William Penn next fall.

Kadera finished with 54 saves in goal for the Mohawks as a junior and allowed 2.9 goals per game. In one game so far this season, Kadera had 11 saves on 14 shots.


NIACC's Kraft signs with Western State Colorado

MASON CITY - Heading into his junior cross country season in high school, John Kraft and the Mason City cross country team trained in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Kraft liked what he saw.

After two seasons at NIACC, Kraft will be heading back to the Rocky Mountain State as he signed a national letter of intent Monday to run cross country at Western State Colorado University, a NCAA Dvision II school in Gunnison, Colo.

"On our high school trip out there, I really liked the mountains and training in the altitude," Kraft said. "It's a lot different than the trails and roads here in Iowa."

Kraft was a two-time all-NJCAA Region XI selection in cross country at NIACC. He plaed 24th at the 2017 regional meet and was 20th at the regional meet in 2016.

Kraft said he two seasons at NIACC helped prepare him for the next level.

"It was like a small tight-knit family here," Kraft said of NIACC. "We all got to know each other really well and we all pushed each other from the first guy on the team to the last."

Kraft said he the Western State Colorado University program reminded him of NIACC.

"The first day I was there I was able to meet a lot of the guys on the team," he said. "It seemed like a family atmosphere."


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