Senior athletes commit to colleges

The last official college sports commitments took place after school today.


Seniors Kristina Coppinger, from left, Eleanor Lueke and Delaney Meyer wait to sign their letters of intent April 20 to play sports in college. photo by Maggie Knox

by Torie Richardson and Maggie Knox

story by Torie Richardson

Three seniors signed letters of intent to play college sports today in the M&A auditorium after school.


Senior Kristina Coppinger committed to Arizona State University to play lacrosse. During the ceremony, coach Jessica Hanna, Coppinger’s lacrosse coach, commented on Kristina’s ability.

“Kristina is the most coachable kid I’ve ever had,” Hanna said.

Not only is Coppinger an extraordinary player, Hanna said, she also mentors her fellow players.

“We’re losing a coach right now,” Hanna said.


Senior Eleanor Lueke committed to play basketball at Truman State University. Coach Amanda Hanneman described Lueke as “one of those athletes every coach wants to coach.”

“Truman State is lucky to get not only a great player, but a great person,” Hanneman said.


Senior Delaney Meyer committed to play volleyball at Briar Cliff University. After months of recruiting, according to Briar Cliff coach Trevor Schirman, Schirman finally convinced Meyer to play for the team.

“She’s exactly what we look for at Briar Cliff in a student-athlete,” Schirman said.


photos by Maggie Knox

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These mark the last of 12 seniors who signed to play college sports this year. See which other seniors signed in November and in February.