LEXINGTON, Neb. (KSNB) - Lexington was scheduled to hold their spring signing day today for their seniors who committed to continue their athletic and educational journeys at the collegiate level.
Dylan Richman signs with Hastings College to continue his basketball career.
The virus made that impossible to do in person, but it didn't stop them from recognizing these athletes. As they had a virtual signing day in its place.
Dylan Richman (Hastings College, basketball), Nick Saiz (Doane, basketball), Madison Sutton (Doane, track and field), Rafael Sandoval (Doane, soccer) and Jessica Virgilio (Doane, cross country and cheer) all made things official today.
"It means a lot to be recognized for it, because it's something I've worked for my whole life," said Richman. "I've always wanted to play college basketball and now that I have that opportunity to play it's pretty cool, and it's going to be pretty fun."
"Like I've dreamed about this since I was a little kid, playing college basketball," said Saiz. "And to do it, it's a dream come true, and just got to keep going though."
Richman and Saiz are two of the best basketball players in Lexington history. Richman is the school's all-time assist leader, while Saiz is the all-time leading scorer.
Both made their decisions based on the relationships they had with their new coaching staff.
"Coach Barrett and Coach Gavers are really good coaches and I've seen them at a lot of my games. They actually were one of the first colleges to offer me so that meant a lot too," said Richman. "I just really fell in love with the campus and thought it would be a good fit for me."
"The biggest thing probably is my connection I made with the coach, and I just feel like they're a growing program and we can definitely do some big things there," said Saiz.
The two guards who have been teammates their entire careers, will now be rivals. As both Hastings College and Doane compete in the GPAC (Great Plains Athletic Conference).
"He's a great player and we've been best friends our whole lives. It's like we know what each other's moves are gonna be," said Richman. "So I think it would be pretty cool that if he guards me he knows what I'm gonna do, and I know what he's about to do. So it will be fun to compete against him."
"It's gonna be pretty weird but if we end up playing each other I hope he doesn't guard me, because he's one of the few people that knows every one of my moves," said Saiz.