Bonduel athletes announce college plans

7 sign letters of intent at May 8 gathering
Kevin Passon

Seven Bonduel High School athletes signed their college letters of intent at a special gathering May 8 at the school, as coaches, friends and family looked on and congratulated the seniors.

The athletes and their chosen colleges are Easton Reinke, UW-Stevens Point; Hailee Thompson, Lakeland University; Ella Hischke, UW-Platteville; Jake Dreyer, Milwaukee School of Engineering; Noah Weier, UW- La Crosse; Ben O’Brien, UW-Oshkosh; and Haley Ruehle, UW-Whitewater.

Ruehle plans to major in art education and become a high school art teacher.

“I got into bowling from my family, and especially my brother,” she said. “I saw Zack doing it and I wanted to do it, and I’ve been hooked ever since.”

Reinke will continue his academic and baseball careers in Stevens Point.

“I am grateful that the hundreds of hours I have put into perfecting my craft is paying off,” he said. “I am proud to have received all-conference awards in both baseball and football as well as being named team captain junior and senior year in baseball by my teammates.

“Of course, none of this could have been done without their help and support. They have shaped me into the player I am today, and I will be forever grateful for them. Likewise, I have had nothing but support from many coaches throughout my career. They have pushed me to be always my best and have held me to a high standard that I will take with me for the rest of my career, and for that I thank them.

“Lastly, my family has been supportive of me, no matter the occasion. I am forever grateful for all the practices I was driven to, games they have attended and the countless days taken out of their lives to come and support me.”

Thompson participated in volleyball, softball and basketball all four years at Bonduel.

She was a four-year varsity volleyball player along with a three-time first team all-conference selection, two-time team MVP and captain.

Along with being player of the year in the CWC-East Conference her senior year, she was honorable mention all-state.

Thompson surpassed 2,000 assists her senior year, which broke the school record.

In basketball, she was a four-year varsity player, starting two of the four years, receiving honorable mention her junior year second team all-conference her senior year. She also was named team captain her junior and senior years, along with receiving a defensive MVP award her junior year and all-around MVP her senior year.

In softball, she was a four-year starter, being a four-time unanimous first team all-conference selection.

She was team MVP four times, two-time captain and three-time team hit leader. She was honorable mention all-district. Her sophomore and junior years, she received first team all-district and second team all-state. In her junior year, she was player of the year in the CWC-East Conference along with breaking the single season and all-time record at Bonduel for home runs.

“All glory goes to God, my teammates, coaches and family for being the biggest support system and always encouraging me through the highs and the lows,” Thompson said. “I cannot wait to see what is in store for my future the next four years.”

Hischke will play basketball in Platteville.

“I have dedicated many hours of my time to get better at this sport which I love, and I am so grateful to see it pay off,” she said. “I am proud to have received many awards throughout my high school career, including many all-conference and all-state awards both athletically and academically, along with acquiring team awards such as team captain and team MVP during my junior and senior seasons.”

In her senior year, Hischke was selected as part of the Sentry Classic All-Tournament team and chosen to be a part of the WBCA All-Star team. During the 2023-24 season, she joined the 1,000-point club, being the fifth girl in school history to earn this title.

“I could not have accomplished these achievements without the help of my teammates throughout the years,” she said. “In the four years that I played for Bonduel, my teammates and I were four-time conference champs and three-time regional champs, along with a sectional semifinal appearance in my sophomore year.

“I dedicate these titles to my many amazing coaches and trainers that I have had. They have pushed me to always do my best and have held me accountable to improve my game every day.

“My family has been relentlessly supportive of me no matter what I needed to do to improve my game. I am so thankful for the time they have put in to be at my countless games and practices. Lastly, I give all my glory to God for giving the ability to play the sport that holds my heart.”

Dreyer will study mechanical engineering in Milwaukee and continue his athletic career in golf.

“I played varsity golf all four years in high school, also accomplishing first team all-conference the last three,” he said.

Weier competed at Bonduel in football, basketball, baseball and golf and will continue with football in La Crosse.

He has been a four-year starter in all of these sports except golf. He has been team MVP a combined eight times throughout the years as well.

“In those four years, I have learned lessons and met many people who have shaped me into the person I am,” he said.

Weier is part of National Honor Society and Impact Club, and he spent one year in Skills USA.

“I am blessed and thankful the Lord gave me the opportunity and tools to play at the next level,” he said. “I plan to pursue accounting or some sort of business-related field while I am there.”

O’Brien will compete in track and cross country in Oshkosh.

“Some things I have accomplished as an athlete is receiving academic all-conference and academic all-state awards,” he said. “I have also gotten two second team all-conference and first team all-conference honors in cross country. I have also made it to state for cross country twice as well.”

O’Brien will study automation engineering.