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Elijah Loscheider signing paperwork at the CCC.

Elijah Loscheider signing paperwork at the CCC.

Aishat Daud

Aishat Daud

Elijah Loscheider signing paperwork at the CCC.

Aishat Daud, Reporter

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Elijah Loscheider signed a letter of intent to play football for Southwest Minnesota State University in the College and Career Center at Harding Feb. 15.  

Head football coach Michael Houston praised his accomplishment. “I can only take a little bit of credit,” he said. “Most of the credit is on him”

Elijah also received a scholarship that increases if he becomes a better football player at the college.

Elijah and Mr. Houston agreed that his self-motivation led him toward the letter of intent and the scholarship he was awarded. Elijah had always wanted to play football in college. “It was not really a surprise,” he said. “I always kind of felt like I was good enough to make it.”

All his hard work paid off. Elijah worked out about five times a week, ate healthy and got good grades. The hardest part was “the process of getting myself out there and getting on the radar,” said Elijah.

After noticing Elijah’s dedication to football and his education, his coaches “wanted to make sure that, you know, he was set up to go somewhere to play,” said Mr. Houston.

Elijah’s advice for other people who want to accomplish the same goal as he did is to “always work hard and practice… always have friendly competition with your teammates and always focus on the end goal—don’t worry about losing or anything like that,” he said.

There were also two girls, Leylah Gallegos and Emma Ogitchida, who signed a letter of intent. Leylah signed for the swimming team at Mankato State University, while Emma signed to play basketball for North Dakota State College of Science. “It’s just going to continue the great strong tradition,” said athletic director Kathy Jackson. “Harding has had excellent athletics since Harding started.”

 

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