Two more Panthers commit to colleges
A pair of Rugby High School athletes made commitments to compete at the college level next year, bringing the total to four for the Class of 2014.
Jack McClintock is a verbal commit to play golf at St. Cloud State University (Minn.)
“I like the set up of the campus, it’s really nice,” McClintock said. “It’s a pretty campus, but it’s not too big. I like Minnesota because it’s an awesome location for golf courses.”
McClintock considers his third-place finish as a sophomore at the state tournament in Oxbow as a top moment in his career. The Panthers took fifth as a team that year. He described SCSU as one of the top teams in the region.
“The coaches never watched me play, but based on the scores they’ve seen from me they thought I could make a big impact right away,” McClintock said.
Away from golf, he may have to rethink his hockey allegiance. McClintock laughed about his family being diehard fans of University of North Dakota, a rival of the Huskies.
RHS coach Gary Myhre has especially enjoyed seeing McClintock compete against Class B defending state champion Nick Myhre, who also competes in Region 4 as a member of Northern Lights.
“(McClintock’s) not super long, but he is long,” Gary Myhre said. “High school-wise he’s always up there. Since he’s been a sophomore, where he finished third in state, he’s been with the top dogs. Our region has the best golfer in Nick Myhre and sometimes Jack wins.”
Gary Myhre added that McClintock’s a complete player and that should translate to the NCAA Division II level. SCSU competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
“He’s got all aspects,” Myhre said. “He can drive the ball, he can fade the ball, he’s got great touch around the green and he’s a great putter. He’s got a long-enough game. I look at the pros and some of these guys don’t have a huge long game, but the accuracy is there and that’s Jack.”
Hageness to NDSU for track
RHS senior sprinter Nigel Hageness signed his letter of intent to run track for the North Dakota State University Bison. Hageness won the Class B titles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes as a sophomore.
“It’s a really great school and on top of that their track and field program has a lot of success and it’s something I’d like to be a part of,” Hageness said.
Hageness counts personal bests of 10.85 seconds and 22.24 seconds in the 100 and 200, respectively. He was hampered by hamstring issues as a junior, but expects to contribute as a freshman at NDSU if he returns to his top form during his final season with the Panthers.
“Since last year didn’t go so well, I’d like to finish out the same as my sophomore year with state championships in 100 and 200 meters, and hopefully relays,” he said.
Hageness, a starting defender for the Bottineau-Rugby Braves, said hockey has worked like rehab for him this winter and that his legs are close to where they need to be for track. He said he might try the 400-meter dash this year.
“I think if he can stay healthy he has a very good future (at NDSU),” RHS track and field coach Scott Grochow said. “Because of some injuries he’s fought through since he was a freshman, we haven’t been able to tap into everything he’s got. He’s one of those kids where he’s willing to work at it and I think he’ll do well down there.”
Chris Hamilton and Hannah Christenson have signed with the University of Jamestown for football and distance running, respectively.
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