Seniors Announce Plans For 2011-12

Tuesday, February 2 to August 1, 2011 National Signing Day ~ National Letter Of Intent

Please check back as new athletes will be added when their signing is announced

| Bradley Technical | Brown Deer | Brookfield Central 1 2 | Brookfield East | Clinton | Colfax |
| Edgewood | Hamilton | Homestead | Hudson | Independence-Gilmanton | Lakeside Lutheran |
| Martin Luther | Notre Dame | Osceola | Sun Prairie | Verona | Waunakee |

This feature is an ongoing project. Coaches and parents are encouraged to send information to Wisconsin Track Online so that we can share the news about an athletes plans for their future college experience.

According to the NCAA Eligibility Center which oversees the operations of the National Letter of Intent program the National Letter of Intent has many advantages to both prospective student-athletes and participating educational institutions:
  • Once a National Letter of Intent is signed, prospective student-athletes are no longer subject to further recruiting contacts and calls.
  • Student-athletes are assured of an athletics scholarship for one full academic year.
  • By emphasizing a commitment to an educational institution, not particular coaches or teams, the program focuses on a prospective student-athlete's educational objectives.

Most colleges that offer NCAA Division I and II athletic scholarships use the NLI. Ivy League institutions and the service academies (Army, Navy, etc.) participate in Division I athletics but offer no athletic scholarships. No Division III schools, NAIA schools, junior colleges or preparatory schools are members of the NLI Program. However, many NAIA institutions and junior colleges do use a Letter of Intent, implemented either by the national association, their individual conferences, or even individual schools. When athletes announce that they will attend a Division III or NAIA school for athletics Wisconsin Track Online would also like to include that information in the Seniors Announce Plans feature. Send information.

Caroline Grassl - Waunakee Warriors

Caroline Grassl from Waunakee High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to run Track & Field for the Winona State Warriors in Winona , Minnesota . Caroline is pictured above with her parents Linda and Mark Grassl. Signing February 3, 2011.

Signing photos by Linda and Mark Grassl

Grassl is pictured [left] with other Waunakee scholarship athletes was a State Qualifier in Division I in the 100M and 200M in 2009. She was a State Qualifier in the 4 X 400M relay in 2010, but could not participate in the state meet due to a late season injury.

She is a 3 time Team MVP. A Badger North Conference champion 100M-2 years, 200M-2 years, 400M-1 year and 4x400M-1 year. She holds Badger North Conference records in the 200M and the 4x400M.

She also currently holds 5 Waunakee High School Track records in the 100M, 200M, 400M, 4x400M, and the Long Jump.

Caroline Grassl 2010 season

Track action photographs by Mark Vanden Brook

Paige Garriga - Osceola Chieftans

Senior Paige Garriga from Osceola has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Winona State University where she will compete in both track and field and volleyball. At the 2010 State Meet Garriga won the D2 Gold Medal in the SP [42' 02.50] and placed 4th in the discus. Above L-R: Trevor Scholz- Osceola Throws Coach, Jen Garriga-Paige's mother, Paige, Jackie Berneking- Osceola Volleyball coach, and Josh Robinson-Head Girls Track Coach at Osceola. Below left: Jen and Paige Garriga. Below right: Garriga at La Crosse, June 2010.

Signing photographs by Jackie Berneking

Dezerea Bryant - Milwaukee Bradley Technical Trojans

Milwaukee Bradley Technical senior Dezerea Bryant signed with Clemson University on Tuesday, February 8. Row 1: Dezerea's mother Zanetta Bryant. Row 2 L-R: Ken Wiliams Milwaukee Bradley Technical head boys and girls track coach, and Dezerea Bryant. Row 3 L-R: Edward Kupka Bradley Technical's Principal, Dezerea's father Steve Jenkins, and Bradley Technical Athletic Director Bob Frank. Top row: Ray Hale who is the head coach of the Milwaukee Mustangs track and field club. A large group of administrators, teachers, students , and relatives of Dezerea attended the signing ceremony held at Bradley Technical High School.

An impressive array of the medals and awards that Bryant has won were displayed on the stage set up for the presentation. Bradley Technical AD Bob Frank is shown above introducing Dezerea after Edward Kupka Tech's principal made remarks to open the signing program.

Dezerea was awarded the Gatorade Wisconsin Track and Field Athlete of the Year award for 2009-10 [below right]. Attendees [left] applaud the remarks made by Dezerea. Update from February 27 at the Brooks PR Meet in Seattle: 1 | 2.

2008 Bryant at State

2009 Bryant at State

  • 100 2nd 11.76 [prelims, shared record with Tasha Allen from Milwaukee North]
  • 2nd 200 24.09 [prelims]
  • 2nd 4x2 1:42.14

2010 Bryant at State

Dezerea Bryant with her parents

Bryant's remarks included gratitude to those who have helped her achieve her many accomplishments in athletics. Bryant is also a star in the classroom at Bradley Technical as she is on the Honor Roll and will be inducted into the National Honor Society this school year.

Bryant [above] and the USA 4x1 Relay Team won a Gold Medal at the IAAF World Junior Championships held at Moncton, Canada last summer. One of Bryant's teammates at Clemson will be Stormy Kendrick [far right above] who is on the Clemson track team this season. Photo above by NSSF.

Above right: Dezerea's niece shares a secret prior to the signing ceremony.

Dezerea Bryant [Above-at the 2010 WIAA State Meet] has helped Coach Ken William's Bradley Technical Girls Track and Field Team win D1 State Championships in 2009 and 2010.

Brooke Hinstorff - Lakeside Lutheran Warriors

Brooke Hinstorff, Lakeside Lutheran senior, signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. Pictured above L-R: Jim Bauer, LLHS head girls’ track and field coach; Paul Bauer, LLHS athletic director; Troy Hinstorff, Brooke’s father; Brooke, Charlene Hinstorff, Brooke’s mother; Lance Johnson, LLHS head boys’ track and field coach and Caleb Davisson, LLHS track and field jumps coach. Nate Burrow's article on signing.

Signing photo by Nate Burrow of the Lake Mills Leader.

Hinstorff set a new school record [shown above] of 17-11 1/2 last year at the D2 Whitewater Sectional. This school record broke Brooke’s previous school record of 17’10” set her freshman year. Photo by Charlene Hinstorff.

Brooke Hinstorff
placed 4th [17' 05.50] in the D2 LJ at the 2010 WIAA State Meet. As a junior she place third in the LJ [17' 09]. In 2008 as a ninth grader she placed 8th in the LJ [16' 10]. Hinstorff is pictured above and to the left at the 2010 State Meet.