As Claire Hedlund looks forward to starting her senior year at McPherson High School, she already decided where she wants to go next after she graduates in 2020.
On Aug. 5, the Bethel College Women's soccer program announced on its Twitter page that Hedlund has verbally committed to play soccer for the Threshers. From the moment Bethel showed interest, Hedlund showed no hesitation and decided to commit after making her official visit.
"I chose to go to Bethel College because of the amazing people that I had met there, along with their amazing soccer team," Hedlund said. "While on visit, and going there for some soccer things, the coach, as well as the players, welcomed me and included me in some fun things they do. From there, I knew that it was the school I wanted to go to. I enjoyed all the people around, and the many things that the school is involved in. I can't wait to be a student and player at Bethel College. I know the school and soccer team will do me a lot of good and contribute to my best life I want to continue."
In the past two seasons, Hedlund has been an offensive weapon for the McPherson girls soccer team. Hedlund tied with Kenzee Godwin with 21 goals last season and was second in assist with 11 while leading the Bullpups to a 17-2 record. She received First-Team Class 5A All-State honors and First-Team AVCTL Division III all-league honors.
Hedlund hasn't decided on what she wants to study yet, but she wants to be in the medical field. She wasn't specific with her personal goals, however, she does want to leave McPherson on a high note.
"I want to accomplish being a better soccer player, student and person," Hedlund said.
MHS announce dates for signing day
Athletic Director Shane Backhus announced the changes involving McPherson's signing day. The following days are listed below:
• Wednesday, Nov. 13, 3 p.m. NCAA early signing.
• Wednesday, Feb. 4, 3 p.m. NCAA signing date.
• Wednesday, May 6, late signings.
Athletes must register for each date by filling out a request form at the activities office. Head coaches will be asked to speak at the signings about each athlete.
For questions and concerns, you can contact Backhus at 620-41-9510.
Vedvik traded to Vikings.
Former Bullpup kicker Kaare Vedvik was traded from the Baltimore Ravens to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round draft pick.
While with the Ravens, Vedvik went 4-for-4 in field goal attempts, with 55 yards being the highest on during an NFL preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Not only just a placekicker, but Vedvik also punted 53 and 58 yards to show his versatility.
In 2018, Vedvik, who backed up for all-pro kicker Justin Tucker, was assaulted and got injured that forced him to miss the whole season.
Vedvik went to McPherson in the 2011-12 school year as a junior foreign exchange student from Norway before going back in his senior year. He went on to play at Marshall University in 2013-16.
He attended Marshall University, where he redshirted in 2013 and was the Thundering Herd's kickoff man in 2014.
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