Local standouts make it official on national signing day

Posted at 8:47 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 17:12:46-05

National Signing Day might have looked a bit different this year but dozens of Southern Colorado's finest student-athletes decided to make their college future's official Wednesday afternoon.

While many have decided to wait until 2021 and hopefully an end to the pandemic to announce where they'll play at the next level, members of Palmer Ridge and Rampart's athletic programs signed their National Letters of Intent.

The Bears held a small socially-distant ceremony in their school auditorium where swimmers Abi Nelson (Augustana) and Marcus Cantorna (Nebraska Wesleyan), as well as lacrosse standout Olivia Tighe (Lindenwood) celebrated their long-awaited moment.

"It meant a lot because it took a weight off my chest," Nelson said. "I knew what I was going to do for the next four years and it was really exciting."

It was a special day for the Rams on the court and in the pool as well. Anjelina Starck committed to play volleyball at Penn State, with teammate Riley Simpson signing to attend Baylor. The Under Armour All-Americans still have one season remaining for Rampart before taking their game to the next level. Classmate and two-time state diving champion Maggie Buckley will compete at LSU.

"Ever since I verbally committed I've been looking forward to this day and it just showed all this hard work and dedication to volleyball has paid off," Starck said.

Congratulations to all of our local athletes on their decision to play collegiately. If you have photos or videos from signing day, please send them to