SALTILLO — Three standout basketball players from successful teams recently signed college letters of intent at Saltillo.
Nick Boekhorst, a 6-6, post/forward for the Lions, inked at attend Morningside College at NAIA, Division II institution in Sioux City, Iowa.
Boekhorst received an academic and athletic scholarship and will major in secondary education - math.
Boekhorst was a powerful force in the lane for the Lions as he averaged 18.6 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks a game, making 74 percent of all free throws. In his three years as a started at Saltillo, the team’s record was 84-20. The Lions won three district and bi-district titles, two area crowns and also had a regional quarterfinal win.
"Morningside is an outstanding educational system. They have high expectations in the classroom and high expectations of their extra-curricular programs. Nick will be a great addition to their student base,” said Bill Giles, Saltillo Lions head coach. “Their basketball program finished second in their conference tournament this year. They have a junior varsity program that helps in player development if a freshman is not ready for varsity."
Saltillo Lady Lions twin senior post/forwards Andrea and Ariel Tippit signed to play for Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas.
Andrea Tippit averaged 10.1 points and 10.3 rebounds. She earned all-district, all-region honors. Ariel Tippit was also all-district, she averaged 8.2 points and 7.8 rebounds.
The girls were members of the Saltillo team, which advanced to the state tournament losing in the title game to Whitharral, 45-36. The Lady Lions finished the year at 32-6.
“I am proud of these girls. I know they had a dream to play in college and now they get this opportunity,” said coach Garry Davison. “They are going to a program where they will get the chance for immediate playing time. This will be a great situation for them.”
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