Students athletes commit on signing day Nov. 10th

Nine senior student athletes signed to their future universities on Wed., Nov. 10th during the first Signing Day of the 2021-2022 school year. This signing day featured Dylan Anderson (Basketball), Stephen Hernandez (Baseball), Kauri Hunsaker (Gymnastics), Autumn Kunze (Softball), Taylor Lovell (Track and Cross Country), Nikolas Miller (Baseball), Jaelyn Pallas (Soccer), Stryder Salas (Baseball), and Jordan Suan (Volleyball). 

Dylan Anderson will be playing basketball for the University of Arizona. Anderson said, “I just want to thank Coach Dwayne and Coach Hartwig for pushing me to be my best. Thank you to Coach Josh and Coach August for helping me expand. I’m excited to be a wildcat and play for Coach Lloyd. Bear down!”

Stephen Hernandez, who plays baseball, will be taking his skills to Arizona State University. Hernandez said, “I’d like to thank the ASU coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play at the next level. I can’t wait to finish off senior season strong with my teammates. Forks up!” 

Kauri Hunsaker, a gymnast, will be heading off to Southern Utah University after graduation. Hunsaker said, “If you had told me two years ago I would be going to college on a D1 gymnastics team, I would have thought you were totally joking. But I’m so happy to say that everything that I’ve sacrificed the past fifteen years of doing gymnastics was all worth the struggle.”

Autumn Kunze plays softball, and she will be attending University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Kunze said, “I am beyond excited to continue my athletic and academic career at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Go pumas, and go mountain lions!”

Taylor Lovell signed on for the Track and Cross Country team at Brigham Young University. Lovell said, “Thank you to Coach Taylor and all the BYU staff that allows me to run at the next level for my dream school. I’m so excited to become a BYU cougar. Go Cougs!”

Nikolas Miller will be playing baseball at South Mountain Community College. Miller said, “I want to say how grateful I am to play this game at the next level by thanking my parents and my brother for all the support they have given me over the years. Go Cougs!”

Jaelyn Pallas, a soccer player, will be attending Indiana University in Bloomington. Pallas said, “To my friends and teammates, thank you for standing next to me through the highs and lows and being a big reason why I love the game. You guys have always been my biggest supporters and encouragement, and I definitely would not be here without you all. I couldn’t be more excited; go Hoosiers!”

Stryder Salas signed to Utah Valley University for baseball. He said, “I’m excited and blessed to be able to play baseball at Utah Valley University. I want to thank them for allowing me to continue to live my dream. I can’t wait to finish out my senior year strong and continue my baseball journey at Utah Valley University.”

Jordan Suan will be playing volleyball for the United State Air Force Academy post graduation. She said, “I’m very blessed to be able to attend a college where I’m able to play my favorite sport and have the honor to serve my country. I’m truly blessed to be surrounded by such loving and supportive people. I’m grateful for this opportunity to play at this next level, and all glory goes up to God. Go Falcons!”

These athletes have spent years working at their sport, and they have dedicated their high school years to get to the point where they can play at a collegiate level, whether it be community colleges or universities. But as these athletes move on to university, they will take with them the skill and experiences they gained while playing for Perry.