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Three SPASH Panthers sign college letters of intent

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - Thursday was an exciting day for the SPASH athletic department as three senior Panthers put pen to paper in order to take the next step in their respective playing careers. Two of the three signees will make the jump to NCAA Division I programs.

Three-time state qualifier Bradley Luetschwager will continue his outstanding tennis career at  Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Luetschwager has finished at the top of the Wisonsin Valley Conference every season and is one of the top tennis players in the state. Luetschwager says the interest level of the coaching staff was what drew him to IUPUI.

"When I was in a tournament in Indianapolis, the coach really reached out to me and said that I definitely had the ability to play DI and he wanted me to apply right then," said Luetschwager. "He really liked my game and we kept in contact after so that's kinda how that went."

Also signing a Division I letter of intent was nordic skiier Sean McGibbon. He'll ski for UW-Green Bay next year. McGibbon is coming off his best season, featuring
 a top ten finish at the Wisconsin state competition in February. McGibbon is anxious to be a part of the Phoenix ski program.

"When meeting the coaching staff, it was very impressive," said McGibbon. "They've got a really great program up there and the school is super involved with their program, which is really intriguing to me. I'm just really excited and I'm ready to get started on my new step to college skiing."

Mitch Mallek inked a letter of intent to play baseball at Division II St. Cloud State. The Panthers catcher was a 2nd team All-Conference selection last spring. Mallek will join current SPASH pitcher Cal Giese, who signed with the Huskies back in November.

"I've been playing baseball with Cal since I was a little kid and growing up with him it was always fun with the pitcher/catcher combo," said Mallek. "Just talking with the coaches from St. Cloud and some former players there, it just seemed like a great place to be with the winning program they have."

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