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Area athletes extend playing careers

February 27, 2013 - Andy Heintz
While running down some area athletes this week for interviews on this summer's Iowa Shrine Bowl High School Football Classic, I stumbled across some information about future destinations of the athletes. Here is what I came up with. Kyle Stephenson -- The talented running back from South Tama County led all of Class 3A in rushing last year and will take his talents to Iowa Western Community College. He said he hopes to show what he can do and eventually get to a bigger school in his final two seasons.

Tad Steffensen -- Joining Stephenson at Iowa Western will be Marshalltown speedster Tad Steffensen. The Bobcats' top receiver this year will try to recover from a torn ACL injury while keeping his hopes of playing Division I football alive.

"Tad has the potential to score every time he touches the ball," MHS coach Dave Holdiman said. Tuesday night. "He is a good fit no matter where he goes. I am looking forward to seeing what he can do in college."

Dylan Lyman -- The Grundy Center senior did it all for the Spartans this past year under first year coach Brent Thoren. He rushed for nearly 900 yards and was one of the team's best defensive players as well. He will take his talents to Iowa State as a walk-on.

"I just wanted to play at an FBS school," said Lyman, who also had a chance to walk-on at Northern Iowa. "I am excited to play in the Big 12 and to travel to places like Texas and Oklahoma."

Other area players who will keep their football careers alive include:

Tyler Kluver -- MHS senior, Iowa

Zach Smith -- MHS senior, William Penn

Pedro Gomez -- MHS senior, Ellsworth Community College

Brandon Pettigrew -- MHS senior, Ellsworth Community College

Colby Dunn -- West Marshall senior, Drake

Mitchell Boerm -- North Tama senior, Central College (football and basketball)

Nolan Hefty -- North Tama senior, Upper Iowa

Jacob Wrage -- North Tama senior, Upper Iowa

If you are not on this list and will be playing college football next year, please let me know as soon as possible.

You can follow me on Twitter @THydeTR.


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