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Ben VanderGriend

December 21, 2018

By: Abby Kaup

            Choosing a college to attend is a difficult decision. Now imagine having to make the decision of which college to attend as well as which sport to play. This difficult decision is one that Ben VanderGriend, a senior at West Point-Beemer, will have to make.

In high school, VanderGriend has been involved in football, basketball, and golf. He is the all-time leading receiver at West Point-Beemer, and he has started varsity basketball since his sophomore year. Ben is a 3 year letter winner in football.

            Although he is undecided which college he would like play sports for, VanderGriend has his options narrowed to three schools: Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa; Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa; and Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska.

            VanderGriend is struggling to decide between Northwestern College and Dordt College. Northwestern is one of his top choices because he really likes the coaches and the culture there. Because a lot of his family has attended the college, Dordt is also high on VanderGriend’s list. VanderGriend stated that Concordia is an option for him as well because he “has a lot of connections there.”

            VanderGriend is excited to play college athletics, but he understands that he will have to make some sacrifices. “I’ll have less free time; I’ll probably have to miss class, and I’ll have less freedoms,” stated VanderGriend.

            In high school, VanderGriend excelled in both basketball and football, but he will have to choose just one in college. VanderGriend is leaning towards football, but he has not officially decided what he will do.

            When asked why he is more likely to play football than basketball, VanderGriend said “I’m kind of short, and I really enjoy catching passes and running routes.”

            VanderGriend broke the WPBHS single-season reception record with 31 and the career reception record with 70, both which were previously held by Todd Repschlaeger, who graduated in 1985.

            Head football coach Troy Schlueter said “VanderGriend’s stats are impressive considering our football program heavily focuses on running the ball.”

In his senior season, VanderGriend grabbed 20 receptions for a total of 374 yards. He averaged 18.7 yards per reception and scored four touchdowns.

            Schlueter also stated that “Ben will succeed at the college level because he has superior understanding of the game and knows where to put his body in order to get the ball. I have no doubt he will work his tail off.”

            VanderGriend is unsure what opportunities he will experience throughout his future college sports career, but his goal is to be the best that he can be.

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