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Ten area football players sign to play collegiately

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - Ten area high school football players today signed letters of intent to play collegiately.

Three of the ten players will compete at the NCAA Division I level. David Kornhack of Edgar will be attending Eastern Illinois. Josh Hale of Antigo inked his name to play at South Dakota. And, just a year after nearly dying from an on-field injury, D.C. Everest's Mitchell Boals signed to play at Kansas State.

After my incident, I never would have thought that I'd be sitting where I am today,” Boals said.

He also noted that his grandparents live just a mile from the Kansas State's facilities, which was a major factor in his decision-making process.

Most of the football players who today signed with NCAA Division II institutions will get to know each other very well over the next four years. Seven of those eight will be heading to the Northern Sun Conference.

Three players, Ryan Duxbury, Ray Blossfield and Josh Wefel are from Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School. With a strong showing for a single school, Wefel credits the coaching staff.

The coaches always pushed me harder, which I didn't understand as a sophomore,” Wefel said with a smile. “But now I understand now why, so keeping that going I'll take with me.”

Spash's Sean Vanhelden signed today to join Duxbury at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Newman Catholic's Carcus Gabriel is heading to St. Cloud state, and Antigo's Blake Kirsch will play at Sioux Falls, making him the only one of the Northern Sun signees to play outside of Minnesota.

For a bigger city, it was a nice well-knit community,” Kirsch said of Sioux Falls. “People there are great, they love you, and it's a coaching staff and players who will care for you and be there for you if you need them.”

Breaking the Northern Sun trend, Mosinee's Austin McCarthy will also play Division II college football, inking his name with Northern Michigan University. 
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