Nine standout student-athletes from Elmbrook School District high schools signed letters of intent on Wednesday to play college sports.
Jackie Wandt, girls soccer, Northern Illinois University. Wandt is a four-year starter for the Spartans. “Jackie’s presence in the game is key for us. She plays at a very high level and possesses the ability to slow the game down. She is an excellent captain, and she is well-deserving on this opportunity. She’ll do well at the next level,” said East Coach Matt Schroeder.
Brad Johnson, boys track, University of Minnesota. Johnson is the state champion in the 800 meters and was a member of the 2011 and 2012 state championship teams.
”He has been exceptional in his leadership and dedication, and without a doubt big things await him at the University of Minnesota," said East coach Mike Steiner.
Trenton Daniels, boys track, University of Minnesota. Daniels also was a member of the last two state championship teams, and was fifth in the 400 meters in 2011 and then fourth in 2012.
“His contributions to our program have been exceptional over the past 3 years, and I am confident that he will have a successful career at the University of Minnesota," Steiner said.
Brian Smith, football, University of Minnesota. Smith was the Greater Metro Conference Defensive Back of the Year, and a first-team all-state selection.
Alec James, football, UW-Madison. James was selected Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Year by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and played in the U.S. Marine National All Star Game in Los Angeles. He is among the most decorated athletes in school history.
Carl Hirsch, cross country/track, UW-Madison. Hirsch was a two-time all-state selection in cross country and in track won state championships in the 3,200 relay and the 1,600 relay. He holds two school records and was the Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year in Wisconsins.
Chikwe Obasih, football, UW-Madison. Obasih was first-team all state and played in the U.S. Marine National All Star Game in Los Angeles.
Jacob Homa, football, Iowa State University. Homa was a two-year varsity started for the Lancers and honorable mention All-Greater Metro Conference in 2012.
Vantwon Melton, football, Concordia University-Minnesota. Melton, a two-year varsity starter, is signing with the NCAA Division II program in St. Paul.
Athletic director Todd Sobrilsky congratulated the athletes on their achievements at the signing ceremony Wednesday morning, but told the audience of family, friends and staff that "their character, their teammates and especially their parents have brought them here today."