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Area Schools Celebrate National Signing Day

Published: Nov. 10, 2021 at 11:46 PM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - It’s a day many student athletes wish to be apart of but only a few actually get to live. National signing day is a day when young student athletes announce their plans for the future.

Some Siouxland athletes took part in the festivities announcing their commitments for the future.

One Siouxlader making her pick today was Kaia Downs. The track and cross country star from Sioux City East announced she was committing to the University of Missouri.

Downs will wrap up her final season at East this spring before officially becoming a Tiger.

Other East high athletes announced their commitments today including, Brylee Hempey to the University of South Dakota for softball, Drake Anderson to DMACC for golf, Cami Graves to Simpson for soccer, Ethan Sneider to Dordt for football, and Ethan Spiers to Southeast community college for golf.

“When I went and visited Coach Smith and the girls and even my athlete host was just amazing. And, they made me feel like I wasn’t like being sold to they just made me feel like hey this is what we’d have to offer and we’d love to have you here,” Said Kaia Downs East High Senior. “And I just felt like that gut feeling that you have when you know you made the right choice.”

Downs will run one final season for the Black Raiders before she goes on to the University of Iowa next fall.

One other Metro area signee was Holly Duax. The West high track star signed on with the University of Iowa Hawkeyes track team.

Duax said she chose the Hawkeyes after her visit to Iowa City. She said the teammates and coaches just seemed like nice people who would help her at the next level. Duax will run one final season at West before she goes to Iowa City next fall.

She says that their are a few people who deserve credit for her making it to the next level.

“Definitely Strem, he’s been the consistent factor in our track program. He’s always believed in me no matter what and he’s believed I had the potential, and he’s never given up on me,” says Holly Duax West high senior. “I wouldn’t say that other coaches gave up , they just had other life things that happened. But, he’s stuck with me and he’s always pushed me to be the best that I can be and he’s always pushed me to work hard.”

Duax went on to say she also couldn’t have done it without the support of her parents and the rest of the west high community.

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