Bluejays announce six signings for women’s athletics program

Tabor College has signed several athletes for women’s sports in recent weeks.

Two of the athletes competed for Heartland Community School in Henderson, Neb.

Cody Jost and Kylee Friesen both plan to play softball next spring. Friesen also plans to play basketball.

Jost is a 5-6 pitcher whose team went 20-7 last season and won the South Central League Championship in 1998, 1999 and 2000. She is a member of the National Honor Society and was a Tabor Presidential Scholarship candidate.

“We’re excited about Cody’s possibilities here at Tabor,” said Donovan Nelson, softball coach. “We expect her to be very competitive for us in the KCAC over the next four years.”

Friesen earned second team all-state honors in basketball and was a four-year letter winner in high school.

“Kylee will be a great addition to our program,” said Chanda Rigby, who signed Friesen before resigning as head basketball coach. “When she came to work out with the team this year, it was evident that she would fit into our program and what we are trying to accomplish. She will be an asset to the Tabor sports programs as well as the Tabor community as a whole.”

Nelson said he looks forward to Friesen joining the softball team once the basketball season is over.

“Her general athleticism will be her strength and we’re excited to find a spot for her,” Nelson said.

Sabrina Bruggeman, a transfer from North Dakota State, Fargo, N.D., and a graduate of Alexandria High School, Alexandria, Minn., will play a huge role on the Tabor women’s golf team this fall, according to golf coach Jeremy Glanzer.

While at North Dakota State, she received all-conference honors.

“I am excited to have Sabrina join our program next year,” Glanzer said. “She will be a great player here in our conference and at the national level. Her talent and skills can help us move toward the national tournament.

“This spring as she sat out of competition, her scores dropped quickly and I am pleased how her short game has improved. Her hard work has really shown. I expect great things of her in fall.”

Hannah Keever, a senior at Downs High School has signed a letter of intent to run track at Tabor.

Keever holds her high school shot put record at 40-0 and has placed fourth and fifth at the state meet.

“Hannah will bring to Tabor a lot of talent and a proven record of accomplishment as a thrower,” said track coach Dave Kroeker. “She is a great student and will also be a very positive addition to our student body. She is part of what it will take to make Tabor track and field a championship program.”

Keever graduated third in her class and was named an Army National Guard Scholar Athlete. Her high school team finished as league champions.

Kerri Schmidt, a senior at La Crosse High School has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball.

Schmidt, a 5-6 setter, started for her high school team for three years and was named the most inspirational player her junior and senior year. She also received all-league honorable mention honors.

“We are thrilled to have Kerri as a Lady Bluejay,” said coach Amy Ratzlaff. “She will add a spark of defense to our team and play a critical role as a setter for our squad. She works hard, has an incredible sense of the court, and already fits in well with the team.”

Schmidt was named the “Business Student of the Year,” was awarded the Citizenship Award and is listed among those who completed the Kansas Board of Regents curriculum.

Jodi Warkentin, a graduate of Maize High School, has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Tabor, according to Ratzlaff.

“Jodi will be a very valuable part of our program off the court this year,” Ratzlaff said. “She will be red-shirting this year due to a knee injury. She is a very talented middle hitter and we look forward to her being on the court after her recovery.”

Warkentin, a 5-10, 135-pound middle hitter, helped her team to a 6A state championship title in 1999. The Maize High School valedictorian also lettered in track and received superior ratings for piano, flute and voice at regional and state music festivals.

She recently has been named a Tabor Presidential Scholar.

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