Hermantown’s Vitek signs with Kirkwood softball, Cloquet’s Smith & Grand Rapids’ Clafton announce commitments

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Shining on the diamond for Hermantown softball Natalie Vitek is shedding her Hawk wings to become an Eagle.

On Tuesday the senior put pen to paper signing her National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play softball for Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

“Oh I can’t explain in words. It’s so exciting. I’ve been waiting for this my whole life. Every since I was little I dreamed about playing college and just the competitiveness is different,” Vitek shared.

Throwing her first no-hitter this spring the pitcher helped Hermantown to a section championship appearance.

Additionally, Cloquet’s Macava Smith officially signed her NLI Tuesday to play soccer for St. Mary’s University in Winona.

On Monday former Grand Rapids goalie Carter Clafton announced on Twitter he’s committed to play hockey for the United States Air Force Academy.

Graduating high school in 2020 he’s spent the last three seasons in the North American Hockey League. Clafton is currently skating with the Amarillo Wranglers where he boasts a .913 save percentage across nine games so far this season.