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Signing Day notes: Western State pins down Supernaw

By: The Gazette
April 16, 2014 Updated: April 16, 2014 at 10:56 pm
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photo - Doherty's Brandon Supernaw (top) and Sand Creek's Jeremy Jaquess wrestle during the 160-pound championship match of the annual Harold McCray Invitational at Lewis Palmer in Monument on Saturday, December 14, 2013.
Doherty's Brandon Supernaw (top) and Sand Creek's Jeremy Jaquess wrestle during the 160-pound championship match of the annual Harold McCray Invitational at Lewis Palmer in Monument on Saturday, December 14, 2013.  

Doherty wrestler Brandon Supernaw may have reached the state wrestling finals for the first and only time as a senior. But Western State, the reigning RMAC champs, wanted him long before that.

As early as his sophomore season, Supernaw was on the Mountaineers' radar.

"I don't think I ever had the intention of going to Western State," Supernaw said. "But I just recently went up there and had my visit with them and loved it. ... Everything there was great."

He knows he's going to get great advice the next several years.

"Knowing that I'm going to a top D-II school for wrestling is very exciting," he said. "I know I'm going to be able to get in the room with great guys, great coaches. They're going to take my game to the next level."

Pine Creek brothers will start fresh at UCCS

Pine Creek soccer brothers J.J. and David Meyer will start anew at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs next fall.

J.J., a 2012 high school graduate and a former midfielder for the Eagles, is transferring from CU-Boulder while David, the senior keeper who led Pine Creek to a state title last fall, made his choice official at Wednesday's signing day.

"We'll both be freshmen. It's actually really cool," David said. "We're already trash talking a bit, because we know we'll be going at it at practice."

Next to David at Pine Creek's signing day, meanwhile, was perhaps the 5A champ Eagles' best defender, Sean Cleary.

Cleary will attend rival Fort Lewis College for soccer in the fall.

"That'll be weird to go against him next season," David said, looking to the two teams' Sept. 26 meeting.

Pine Creek pitcher overcomes elbow surgery

There are three words that end so many pitching careers: Tommy John surgery.

Ben Underhill isn't falling into that statistic. A year after his dream of pitching in college was nearly stripped away due to Tommy John surgery, the Eagles' lefty picked up a pen with his throwing arm and signed his letter of intent to pitch at Benedictine College (Atchison, Kan.) during Pine Creek's signing day Wednesday.

Underhill is 2-1 with a 5.65 ERA and is hitting .351 from the plate this season.

"I'm still getting there, but it's feeling good," Underhill said. "It's taken a lot of work, but it definitely paid off today."

Golfer Kruse thanks weather for attendance

Thanks to incoming soggy weather, Cheyenne Mountain golfer Kelly Kruse was able to sign her national letter of intent with her student body looking on.

She had given up that moment, however, for a league tournament.

Then, fate stepped in.

"We had a league match scheduled for that same day, so I was bummed," Kruse said. "I had to put the team first. I was ecstatic when coach (Bill Paulson) told me the tournament was postponed."

Kruse signed with Hastings (Neb.) College.

Liberty makes it special

Liberty athletic director Michael Sibley made Wednesday's signing unique by giving each of the student-athletes special pens to sign their letters of intent. The pens read "National Letter of Intent" and served as keepsakes for the signees and their families.

Gazette prep staff

Brent W. New, Neal Reid, Scott Kaniewski, The Gazette

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