A handful of high school athletes from the Chippewa Valley made their college commitments official on Wednesday.
National Signing day saw six Regis athletes put pen to paper to sign letters of intent, while Chippewa Falls’ JD Czech also had his signing ceremony.
Signing to play football were Czech (St. Cloud State) and Regis’ Andrew Ernstmeyer (Iowa State), Cade Osborn (St. Cloud State) and Rice Lake’s Peyton Buckley (St. Cloud State).
Ernstmeyer was a first team all-state selection by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association on both offense and defense last season. As a linebacker, he had 52 tackles, five sacks and six tackles for a loss. On offense, he was Regis’ leading rusher with 746 yards on 81 carries and nine touchdowns.
Czech was a second team All-Big Rivers Conference selection last season. He scored three touchdowns while also serving as a force in the blocking game for the Cardinals. He will join his brother Justin Czech at St. Cloud State. Justin plays quarterback for the Huskies.
Osborn led the Ramblers with 116 tackles last fall and finished his career with 266. He also had three interceptions and rushed for 14 touchdowns last season.
Buckley, a quarterback, helped lead the Warriors to a Division 3 state championship in 2017. He accounted for 33 touchdowns and had four interceptions on defense last fall during his senior season.
Regis volleyball player Grace Gilles signed to play collegiately at the University of Sioux Falls, where fellow Rambler Jack Nicolai also signed to compete in track and field.
Gilles helped Regis reach the state tournament twice during her prep career, including a Division 3 runner-up trophy in 2017. She made her mark as the team’s setter, tallying over 3,000 career assists.
Nicolai qualified for the state track and field meet in each of his first three years at Regis. He has excelled in hurdles, racing to some of Division 3’s fastest times last season.
Regis basketball player Teryn Karlstad and track and field athlete Tommy Schmidt made their commitments to the University of St. Thomas and UW-Eau Claire, respectively, official as well.
Karlstad is a three-year starter for the Ramblers and is currently averaging 19.3 points and 14.8 rebounds per game for the Western Cloverbelt Conference leaders. She is the seventh player from the Ramblers’ girls basketball program to commit to play in college over the last four years.
Schmidt competed at the state track and field meet last year as a member of Regis’ 800-meter relay team. He helped the Ramblers to a third-place finish in that event at sectionals last season.