National Early Signing Day at Waukee High School

The early signing period looks a little different in 2020. With respect to COVID-19 precautions, Waukee decided to postpone our yearly event. We plan to honor all of the senior athletes signing a national letter of intent during the February signing period. But it’s still important to celebrate the accomplishments of the 17 seniors signing this fall. Several athletes moved their signings to off-site locations.

Congratulations to these student athletes!

  • Will Ecklund – Drake University – Tennis
    • Ecklund enters his senior year as a two-year varsity letter winner while having his junior year taken away due to COVID-19. As a sophomore, Will was part of the state doubles team that took home the Class 2A state title. Also in 2019, the team placed third in the state singles tournament.
  • Lindsey Kelderman – NW Missouri State – Basketball
    • Lindsey will enter her senior season as a three-year varsity letter winner and a three-year starter for the Warriors. Lindsey was second on the team in total field goals made a year ago. She was also second on the team in three-pointers made. Lindsey also was part of the back-to-back state champion track & field teams and participated in cross country.
  • Peyton Kelderman – NW Missouri State – Basketball
    • Peyton enters her senior year a three-year varsity letter winner. Peyton was second on the team in total points from last year. She also was second on the team in assists. Peyton also was a part of the back-to-back state champion track & field teams placing in the 3000m run in both years. She also participated in cross country and was a four-time individual qualifier for the state meet and an all-state selection as a freshman. 
  • Katie Dinnebier – Drake University – Basketball
    • Katie is a three-year varsity letter winner entering her senior season. She led the team in points, steals, and three-pointers made last year. Dinnebier was also named to the 2020 all-tournament team for her efforts in the state tournament. Katie has been a key player in Waukee’s recent string of success.
  • Megan Earney – Fort Hays State University – Basketball
    • Megan is a three-year varsity letter winner going into her senior season. Megan was second on the team in total rebounds from a year ago. She also carried the third-best field goal percentage last year for the Warriors. 
  • Payton Sandfort – University of Iowa – Basketball
    • Payton will be entering his senior year as a two-year varsity letter winner and a returning starter for the Warriors. Sandfort returns from a strong senior season where he was awarded first-team all-state honors. Payton was second in the state in total points and rebounds from a year ago.
  • Tucker DeVries – Drake University – Basketball
    • The two-year varsity letter winner forward has been among the best players in Iowa during his time at Waukee. Tucker led class 4A in total points, field goals made, and was tied for first in three-pointers made. He was also third in assists and fifth in rebounds. DeVries will play for his father at Drake.
  • Ben Everhart – Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville – Baseball
    • He earned a varsity letter as a junior and was one of the most reliable members of Waukee’s pitching staff a year ago. As a junior, Everhart racked up a 3.28 ERA and 27 strikeouts in his six appearances for the 2020 state-qualifying team. 
  • John Doty – NIACC – Baseball
    • Doty will enter his senior year as a one-year varsity letter winner. Doty was primarily a first baseman and a designated hitter while also pitching for the team. The Warriors made it to the state tournament again in 2020 after missing the mark the year prior.
  • Jacob Barton – ICCC – Baseball
    • Jacob enters his senior season as a returning starter and a one-year varsity letter winner. He had the second best batting average on the team a year ago. The outfielder also was second on the team on stolen bases last year.
  • Jackson Wentworth – Kansas State – Baseball
    • The two-year varsity letter winner was a pitcher and infielder for last year’s state-qualifying team. Wentworth was second on the team in strikeouts and pitching starts for the Warriors. As a hitter, Wentworth was second on the team in RBI’s and was also third on the team in batting average. Wentworth has received all-state honors the last two years. 
  • Aiden McGee – Minnesota State – Baseball
    • Going into his senior year, Aiden will be a two-year varsity letter winner for the Warriors. McGee led the team in home runs, RBI’s, and walks as a junior last year. The outfielder was also third on the team in runs scored and batting average. McGee also made three pitching appearances striking out twenty batters and holding a 0.00 ERA.
  • Layanna Green – University of Northern Iowa – Volleyball
    • The three-year starter for the Warriors helped lead the team to the state tournament twice. Layanna was among the top hitters in Iowa as she was fifth in class 5A for kills with 297. Green was also first on the team in total blocks, kill efficiency, and second in digs. Along with volleyball, Green also participates in track & field at Waukee where she was the 2019 Class 4A state champion in the high jump.
  • Haley Horman – Drake University – Soccer
    • Haley enters her senior year a two-year varsity letter winner while also having her junior season canceled due to COVID-19. As a sophomore Haley started in 18 games while racking up three goals and four assists while playing midfield and defender for the state runner-up.
  • Heidi Wheeler – Drake University – Softball
    • Entering her senior season, Wheeler is a three-year varsity letter winner and three-year starter for the Warriors. She was among the best in the state on the base paths ranking in the top five in stolen bases. Heidi was also the team leader in batting average, on-base percentage and hits. She is a two-time all-state selection.
  • Taryn Reitsma – University of Minnesota – Soccer
    • Entering her senior season, Taryn will be a two-year varsity letter winner as her junior year was canceled due to COVID-19. As a sophomore, Taryn started in two games and made five saves while playing goalie for the state runner-ups. Taryn also played basketball and was the team’s leading rebounder a year ago.
  • Eve Wiltse – William Jewel College – Swimming
    • Eve has been a big part of the Warriors’ past success during her time. Eve has had a strong season placing in the 100M butterfly and the 100M backstroke. Wiltse will look to continue her strong senior season as the Warriors to look to end on top at this weekend’s state meet.  Eve is a three-time state qualifier and a state place winner. 

 

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