When Megan Menzel competed in the Iowa Class 4A regional tournament in the Quad Cities last May, the University of Iowa women’s golf coach was in attendance to observe Hawkeye signee and Bettendorf senior Shannyn Vogler.
Another golfer in the field caught Menzel’s attention – Maura Peters of Pleasant Valley High School.
“She came to watch me on a couple of holes when she was trying to find Shannyn and a couple of things really caught her eye,” said Peters. “Our communication started then and we talked all summer.”
Peters was in Iowa on an official visit last weekend, an offer followed and she signed a letter of intent with the Hawkeyes this week.
Finishing fifth at last spring’s state tournament, Peters was one of 19 Primary seniors recognized at a signing ceremony Thursday afternoon at the school.
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“As soon as I left to visit Iowa, I knew I wanted to go there,” said Peters. “It gives me the opportunity to stay close to home.
“It will take a lot of effort to compete at this level, but I’m ready and I want to do it. I want to be the best version of myself that I can be and the best way to do that is to compete at that level.”
Peters was also considering Drake University and joining her high school teammate Erika Holmberg, but the indoor golf facility in Iowa was a major selling point.
“It’s important to have all the resources to train and progress over the winter,” said Peters. “I can’t tell you I could do that at Drake at the level I can at Iowa.”
Peters was one of 10 Spartan athletes to sign with Division I programs.
Half of those are rowers in Erin Morley (North Carolina), Aden Anderson (University of Pennsylvania), Sophia Ramaraju (Stanford), Alexa Mueller (Minnesota) and Sarah Kowing (University of San Diego).
Chloe Cline (Volleyball, Evansville), Halle Vice (Basketball, Marquette), Aden O’Donnell (Baseball, Illinois) and Jacob Mumey (Cross Country/Track and Field, Iowa State) also go to Division I schools.
Mumey paid an official visit to the state of Iowa in early November. He was intrigued by the vision of Cyclone trainers Jeremy Sudbury and Cale Wallace.
The Cyclones have finished ninth in the country in cross country this season. Mumey understands the line-up will be difficult to crack.
“I’m OK with the idea that I’ll probably be sitting behind some really high-ranking guys in the nation to eventually get my spot,” Mumey said. “I know whenever I get my opportunity, I’ll be in the best place I can be.”
Mumey is a two-time Mississippi Athletic Conference Cross Country Champion. He was a state runner-up in the 3,200 in the Athletics 4A last spring and recently finished fourth at the state cross country meeting.
“After last year’s performance on the state railroad, I realized I had a chance to go to the next level and do this,” Mumey said. “State has really motivated me this year. I thought I was one of the best guys in the state and I think I’ve proved that I am.
“Now I want to be one of the best guys in the (Big 12) and in the nation. Hopefully I can take the right steps to get to that point.”
In addition to Cline, four players from PV’s runner-up volleyball team will continue the sport at college – Karin Fowler (St. Olaf College), Molly Ramirez (Nebraska Wesleyan University), Kenzie Staats (Cornell College) and Emily Goodpaster (Fall Western Reserve University).
Carlee Wolf (swimming, St. Ambrose), Reagan Hassel (softball, Wartburg College), Sam George (baseball, Minnesota State University), Cal Parr (baseball, Taylor University in Indiana) and Libby Kamp (football, Quincy University) were also there recognized at the celebration.