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Dan-ecdotes: Pequot athletes sign on for college sports

Pequot Lakes' Cody Huss, left, Quinn Kratochvil, Corina Ruud and Gage Westlund were honored Tuesday, May 16, as college athletic scholarship recipients. Photo by Lori Westlund

Four Pequot Lakes student athletes - Quinn Kratochvil, Cody Huss, Gage Westlund and Corina Ruud - signed letters of intent to compete at the college level on Tuesday, May 16.

Kratochvil has agreed to join the Cobber volleyball team at Concordia College in Moorhead in the fall of 2017.

"I'm both excited and nervous," Kratochvil said. "It feels great to move on to that next level, because everybody at the college level is playing because they love the game. I'm glad to start playing with people who care as much as I do."

She decided to enroll at Concordia after visiting the campus, saying it "felt like home." She is looking forward to making new friends as she starts this new chapter of her life.

Huss has signed to join the track and field team at Valley City State University in North Dakota, likely to primarily run the 400-meter race for the Vikings.

"It has been a dream of mine (to run college track), and it has been really exciting - kind of journey looking through the options I have had," Huss said. "Valley City sure felt like the right fit for me."

He decided to attend Valley City State because of its small-school feel and his interactions with the team and coaches.

"I'm really looking forward to improving what I already have," Huss said. "At this point, I feel like the sky is kind of the limit. Pequot has been a blast, but I'm excited to move onto the next stage."

Ruud agreed to attend Jamestown College in the fall and will play for the Jimmies Volleyball team, saying she was impressed by the program and its coaching staff.

"I have always imagined myself being a college athlete," Ruud said. "I feel blessed to have the opportunity to play at a higher level."

Though she is also a member of the Patriot track team and was an all-conference basketball player, Ruud decided volleyball was her sport of choice moving forward.

"I am passionate about every sport I have played, but I want to continue to learn and grow as a volleyball player," Ruud said. "I will miss basketball and track though.

"I am looking forward to challenging myself athletically and making life-long friends."

Westlund signed on to join the Eagles basketball team at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul.

"It has always been a dream of mine to play college sports and for it to actually come into action this next school year is a blessing," Westlund said.

He chose the school after a few visits, calling the campus "beautiful" and enjoying the amenities that the Twin Cities can provide.

"It has great people and a great environment," Westlund said. "It was the right fit for me. I've been down there a few times and got to meet with (the athletes) and got to stay the night with them. I just can't wait to get on the court and play with them.

"My time in Pequot was unbelievable. It was life-changing and I will never forget it. It will be fun to play college sports, but Pequot Lakes was a great place to start my career."

Dan Determan
Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper