A lot has changed for Kelsey Steffens over the past year. Then again, some things have stayed consistent.
The former Windsor High School girls soccer star lit up the field for the Wizards last spring during her senior season, leading the team in goals, assists and minutes played.
Now she’s back to her old ways at Fort Hays State University in Kansas, where she finished as the Tigers’ top scorer with eight goals in the fall.
“The biggest difference is you have to work a lot harder in college,” Steffens said. “It’s nice to still have the most goals, but you definitely have to put in way more work.”
Steffens is one of many former Windsor spring athletes competing at the next level. Here are some other Windsor graduates who are continuing their spring sport in college.
Lacy Fry, 2014 graduate
Now: Soccer, McPherson College (Kansas)
Notable: Freshman midfielder played 113 minutes in six games for the Bulldogs last fall.
Kate Ytell, 2012 graduate
Now: Soccer, Graceland University (Iowa)
Notable: Senior midfielder played in five games for Yellowjackets last fall.
David Watson, 2014 graduate
Now: Baseball, Caltech
Notable: Freshman first baseman has started all 19 games and is hitting .273 with a home run and team-leading seven RBI.
Brandon Deering, 2014 graduate
Now: Baseball, Miles Community College
Notable: Freshman has appeared in 12 games and is hitting .208 with four RBIs.
Garrett Hammond, 2014 graduate
Now: Baseball, Dodge City Community College
Notable: Freshman lefthanded pitcher has appeared in five games and is 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA.
Tanner Weimers, 2012 graduate
Now: Baseball, Adams State
Notable: Junior righthanded pitcher has 0-1 record and 8.22 ERA in four starts and five appearances.
Skyler King, 2014 graduate
Now: Lacrosse, University of Mount Olive (North Carolina)
Notable: Freshman defenseman has played in one game for the Trojans this spring.
Alex Weis, 2014 graduate
Now: Lacrosse, Emmanuel College (Massachusetts)
Notable: Freshman defenseman has scored four goals and one assist, playing in all seven of the Lions’ games this spring.
Kekoa Naipo, 2012 graduate
Now: Lacrosse, St. Andrews University (North Carolina)
Notable: Plays for Knights’ club team.
Joe Karstem, 2012 graduate
Now: Lacrosse, University of Nothern Colorado
Notable: Plays for the Bears’ club team.
Alex Hoffner-Heinike, 2012 graduate
Now: Swimming, University of Denver
Notable: Former Colorado State Diver of the Year competes in 1- and 3-meter events for the Pioneers.
Andrew Scott, 2013 graduate
Now: Swimming, Colorado Mesa University
Notable: Sophomore competes in individual medley and backstroke for the Mavericks.
Justin Weinmeister, 2013 graduate
Now: Track and field, CSU
Notable: Freshman distance runner competes in track and cross country for the Rams.
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