Bulldogs Rahmig, Thompson sign with respective RMAC schools Rahmig to continue golf career at Chadron State, Thompson to play softball at Black Hills State
     2014-11-20      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photos by Kay Grote/Gering Citizen - Gering senior Sam Rahmig (center) signs her national letter of intent on Friday to play golf at Chadron State College. Joining Rahmig during her signing ceremony, in the Gering High School Media Center, are her mother, Deb (left) and father Clay Rahmig. 
Two of Gering’s top senior fall student-athletes made their collegiate commitments official last week by signing their national letters of intent with respective Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schools.

Sam Rahmig, a three-time state tournament golf medalist who finished tied for fifth place this fall after winning the district tournament, signed to continue her playing and academic career at Chadron State College.

While Isabel Thompson, a mainstay during the Bulldog softball team’s run of three straight 20-win seasons, will take her diamond talents to Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.
While Thompson saw much of her time at third base for Gering, she said BHSU plans to use her as an outfielder defensively and as a slap hitter.

“Definitely slapping, because I’ve never really done it in games, so that’s going to take a lot of work,” Thompson said in her need to improve for college play. “But if I feel if I just work at it all year, then I can be at a level where I can possibly help in that situation next year.”

Thompson plans to major in pre-dentistry and BHSU offers her degree choice.
“Once I started looking into Black Hills State, I really enjoyed what I was learning about it because they have what I wanted to do as a major. I love the scenery on the campus, so after I visited the campus it became my main priority.”
Thompson said a key in her improvement in play under first-year Gering coach Tim Gonzales was his plan in improving their conditioning.

“We ran a lot more – sorry Coach, but we did – I lost some weight because we ran a lot more, and that is really going to help in college because you do run a lot more at the next level.”

Gonzales said Thompson’s leadership was invaluable in his first season as coach, in which the Bulldogs earned the No. 1 seed in the District B-6 Tournament and finished the season with a 21-10 record after they split their four district games.

“Offensively she put up 50 runs this year, so she was the biggest offensive weapon we had,” Gonzales said. “She really stepped up and let a lot of the young girls help out at times.”

In addition to her team-high 50 runs, as a senior Thompson batted .461 with 15 runs batted in, seven doubles, three triples and one home run.
Thompson said being around the Bulldogs for four years helped her to become a better player both individually and as a team member.

“Every team I’ve been on since I was a freshman has influenced me greatly,” she said. “Being a senior this year, that helped me I guess, because I was really influenced by the seniors when I was a freshman. Just being a part of the team as a whole.”
Thompson spent her past five summers playing for the Torrington-based Twisters, which posted an amazing 82-9-1 season in 2013 at the 16-under level.

“I built really good relationships with my teammates and the coaches that I will carry forever,” she said.
Thompson signed her letter of intent with Black Hills State on Thursday at the Gering High School Media Center, and Rahmig had her ceremony in the library on Friday.

“I decided to go to Chadron State because the golf coach really took a liking to me, it’s not that far from home and I really like the campus up there,” Rahmig said in choosing CSC over about three other solid choices.

“I’m really excited because I get to go to the next level and experience something new,” she added.
Rahmig finished in a tie for fifth place at the Class B State Tournament in Lincoln after she won the District B-4 medalist honor at Lexington. Rahmig also won her second straight Best of the West Classic medalist title, and she shot her low score of 78 three times during the season.

Rahmig finished her career with three individual state medals. She tied for seventh as a junior and tied for 14th as a sophomore.
“It’s been an awesome experience,” Rahmig said. “I wouldn’t do it at any other school. My golf career has been a success and I wouldn’t trade that for any other thing.”

Rahmig said finishing out this year’s state tournament was her senior-season highlight.
“Probably my last hole, because I was not far from the pin and I birdied it for my last hole,” she said. “And that was something that topped off my senior year.”
Second-year Gering girls’ golf coach Jessica Boswell said after the state tournament that Rahmig’s leadership for her teammates the past two years has been invaluable.
“Her leadership skills are with the team,” Boswell said. “She is not a selfish person. Her leadership role of helping the underclassmen, just basically setting a good example and being a role model by showing that practicing and working hard pays off. And it was like that all year.”

Rahmig scored her first 78 of the season at the Chadron Invitational on Sept. 13. The tournament was played at Ridgeview Golf Course, which is Chadron State’s home course as well.

And that performance and an ensuing visit from CSC golf coach Terri Connealy helped Rahmig in making her choice to become an Eagle golfer.
“Coach Connealy came up there the night we played when I won, and I talked to her a little bit,” Rahmig said. “That was good of her to come.”
Rahmig said Connealy has strong aspects for her when Rahmig joins the Eagles for their fall season. The Eagles had their fall invitational at Southern Hills Golf Course in Hot Springs, S.D., on Sept. 22 and finished fourth as a team.

“She told me I would probably play as a freshman, that I would get in and get some good experience with the girls,” said Rahmig, who added that she plans to major in pre-dentistry and study dental hygiene at Chadron State.

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