Written by Joey Hudson
Four Northfield Raiders student-athletes signed their national letters of intent to play college sports on November 8th, those four being Austin Koep, Emerson Garlie, Grace McCoshen, and Ayla Puppe.
The first to sign was Austin Koep, who signed to play Division Two baseball at St Cloud State University. Koep is a three-sport athlete, starting on varsity in baseball, football, and basketball for Northfield. He became a starter for the Raiders varsity baseball team last spring and excelled all year, leading the Raiders in many offensive categories and hitting a massive two run home run in the section championship game vs Byron.
Next up to sign was Emerson Garlie who signed to play Division Two golf at the University of Minnesota Mankato. Garlie has been a leader for the Raiders during her time on the Northfield golf team, leading them to three straight conference titles entering her senior year. She finished seventh in the state tournament last year out of eighty-eight competitors. Emerson has also excelled for the Raiders girls hockey team during her time playing for them as one of their top goal scorers, entering her senior year with 64 goals scored.
Next up to sign was Grace McCoshen who signed her letter of intent to play Division One Hockey for Ohio State. Grace has grown a lot and has been a leader for the Girl’s hockey team during her time as a Raider. She is one of the best defenders in the state and has tallied up 65 career assists to go along with 27 goals scored throughout her career.
The final Raider to sign on the day was Ayla Puppe who signed to play Division One hockey at the University of Minnesota. Ayla has been a leader for the Raiders girl’s hockey team her entire varsity career ever since being called up to varsity while in middle school. Puppe has lit up the stat sheets ever sense joining the varsity team, entering her senior year with 124 goals scored to her name, including 53 in her junior season.