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Seniors in high school must make many decisions. What career should they pursue? What post secondary education option makes the most sense for them? Senior athletes have even more questions to answer. Should I continue playing at the collegiate level? What school has the best program for me? Recently, four senior athletes at Wilton Junior/Senior High School, answered those questions and signed letters of intent to play for the school of their choice.
Colin McCrabb signed to play baseball at Northern Iowa Area Community College. During his time at Wilton, he made the All State First Team, All District First Team, All Conference Elite Team, and the All Conference Academic Teams both his sophomore and junior years. Throughout those years, his coach, Jake Souhrada, enjoyed watching him develop into a confident, well rounded pitcher who will excel at the collegiate level. “ He was outstanding on the mound with some big wins for us . . . He is becoming more and more comfortable and is an elite pitcher. He is a nice defensive player and can play almost everywhere.”
Aubrey Putnam signed to play volleyball at Western Illinois University. Putnam racked up an impressive 1,000 career digs and over 1,500 career kills. She also made the All Conference Elite Team each year, the All State First Team and Muscatine Player of the Year as a Junior, and broke the all-time career kill record for Wilton. Last weekend, she also participated in the Senior All Star Classic in Carroll, Iowa. When reflecting on her signing, coach Brenda Grunder stated, “I wish for her a wonderful career at Western Illinois University. She has left her mark on our program as a leader and role model. I appreciated her work ethic, her desire to know the game, and always her sense of humor.”
Jared Townsend signed to play baseball at the University of Iowa. A player with many accolades, Townsend placed on the All State First Team his freshman and junior years and the All District First Team as well as the All Conference Elite Team his sophomore and junior years. He also made the All Conference Academic Team his freshman through junior years. A remarkable pitcher, his coach Souhrada described him as, “very good on the mound with some big wins for us the past three years. . . . He is an elite pitcher. He is a nice defensive 1st Baseman and Right Fielder; he has a very strong arm and good range.”
Emily Lange signed to play basketball for Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A distinguished player for Wilton, Lange made the All Conference Academic Team her freshman, sophomore, and junior years, and the All Conference First Team her sophomore and junior years. Lange’s coach Jeremy Putnam felt pleased with Lange’s decision to attend and play for Davenport University. “Emily will make a positive impact at Davenport University on the court and in the classroom. She is very driven and works.
As these four players continue both their academic and athletic careers, everyone in Wilton, and around Muscatine County, wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

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