Commitment central: South Dakota athletes announce college decisions

Hanson's Reggie Slaba, left, and Menno's Joe Grassmid compete in the 1,600-meter run at the Erv Ptak Relays last season in Menno.

The sports world has stopped, but the college verbal commitments rolled in last week.

South Dakota high school athletes decided on their college futures and tweeted their college decisions earlier this week.

Here’s a quick rundown of some South Dakota student-athletes that announced their college choices last week:

Reggie Slaba, Hanson


Slaba had his pick of collegiate choices, but ultimately opted to run track and field at South Dakota State University. Slaba had plenty of college options for basketball and track. He was considering Dakota Wesleyan University for basketball, the University of South Dakota for track and Dakota State University for both sports.

“It really just seemed like the best fit for me and my future,” Slaba said. “I really like their program and I could just really see myself there for the next four years.”

We featured Slaba earlier this season here .

Nick Wittler, Sully Buttes

Wittler was Dakota Wesleyan University’s second commit this week. The Tigers also landed guard David Ijadimbola (Park Center, Minn.) to help bolster the backcourt.

Wittler picked DWU after mulling over his options at the University of Mary and Morningside College.

“The biggest thing is just the culture, the environment and the people,” Wittler said about picking DWU. “Those three things are big checkmarks for me and it was just something I want to be a part of.”


Rohrbach, Clemens, Nielson pick the Wolves

Aberdeen Christian’s Andrew Rohrbach, Northwestern’s Zech Clemens and Sioux Valley’s Maxwell Nielson opted to play basketball at Northern State. The all-staters announced their intentions within the past two days.

Clemens, who finished as Northwestern’s all-time leading scorer with 1,725 points, tweeted his decision on Thursday. We featured Clemens earlier this season here .

Nielson and Rohrbach both tweeted their college choices on Friday. Rohrbach, who scored 1,416 career points, helped the Knights reach the state tourney for the first time in school history. We featured the Aberdeen Christian program earlier this season here .

Nielson was originally committed to Dakota State University. But he switched up his decision and opted to join the NCAA Division II Wolves. Nielson, who is also a 1,000-point scorer, helped the Cossacks reach the state tournament once again this season.


Haleigh Timmer, St. Thomas More

Timmer, an all-state guard, ended her recruitment and picked the Jackrabbits on Thursday. Timmer reportedly turned down interest from Lehigh, South Dakota, Vanderbilt and others.

The junior averaged 22.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game for the Cavaliers.

Nathan Boehrns, Huron


Boehrns joined two other senior teammates in deciding to play college basketball. Kobe Busch is headed to Northern State, while Teegan Evers is off to Dakota Wesleyan.

Boehrns tweeted his decision earlier this week to play hoops at Mount Marty College. Boehrns, an all-ESD guard, is averaging 16.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game for Huron.

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