BROOMFIELD — With a stroke of a pen Wednesday, Nick Reisch’s golf career took off into the wild-blue yonder.
During Broomfield’s early signing day ceremony, Reisch committed to play at the Air Force Academy. But it required a bit of serendipity for Reisch to join the ranks of the Zoomies.
Air Force coach George Koury’s first gander at the Eagle came during one of Reisch’s final high school rounds.
I had the CU, CSU and UNC coaches all follow me around for a few holes the first day (of the Class 4A state tournament), but (Koury) watched my full 18,” said Reisch, who finished tied for fifth in the title match. “I figured that had to be good.”
Reisch was one of seven Broomfield athletes Wednesday to move to the next level of competition. And he was one of three that found their way into major-college programs.
Also signing letters of intent with NCAA Division I teams were baseball player Jackson Lockwood and swimmer Katalena Laufasa-Duncan.
Lockwood jumped on board with the University of Portland (Ore.), making the pitcher/infielder the second in his family to take the diamond in the Big West Conference. Erik Lockwood is a sophomore pitcher with the University of the Pacific in Stockton.
Laufasa-Duncan went even further west, with the perennial 4A state swim contender landing with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Even with an ocean and several mountain ranges between her and Broomfield, the swimmer believes she will feel at home.
“I have a lot a family out there, so that’s what got me interested,” Laufasa-Duncan said. “It was my No. 1 school, so I was pretty excited when I got it.”
Broomfield had a number of athletes also sign off with NCAA II programs.
Girls and boys basketball each moved athletes on, with forward Meagan Prins committing with Fort Lewis College and guard Austin Wood to McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. Softball catcher Lindsey Shiels-Brophy signed to play for Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff. And golfer Danielle Dorans joined the University of Nebraska-Kearney with her signature.
“I really never expected I’d become a college golfer,” said Dorans, who help her team to second place in the 4A state tournament in 2010. “But I jumped at the offer, once I got it.”