EAGLE RIVER - "Ever since I was in middle school I wanted to play college football."
Northland Pines lineman Jack Van Wormer made that dream a reality on Wednesday. The Eagles Defensive MVP will play football at Hillsdale College in Michigan.
"I am really excited. It made feel really good because of all of the hard work I've put in to get this," Van Wormer said.
He wasn't the only hard-worker at Northland Pines
First team all-state volleyball star Jaqueline Smith will take her talents to Northern Michigan University.
"It's close to home. I don't like going far from home. My siblings are there so it's comfortable and it's a beautiful campus. I love Marquette," Smith said.
After more than 1,000 career digs and 2,000 career kill, Smith says she's ready to write a new chapter.
"Higher competition and just getting to continue playing the sport I love," Smith said.
Taking the bar to the next level is also state silver medalist pole-vaulter Paige Hickson. The track star is headed to Minnesota State Mankato.
"I knew I wanted to go Division II because you can always get better and can always fit in with everyone else at the same time," Hickson said. "I was just looking through all of the colleges, I found my major and it's only five hours away."
Hickson holds the indoor and outdoor vault records at Northland Pines. But she says the sky is the limit.
"Just learning. I am learning a lot here and have learned a lot the last two, three years about pole vaulting and now I get to work with a bunch of athletes who are just as passionate as I am," Hickson said,
These three athletes hope their hard work keeps Eagle River on the scouts' radar's.
"I want people to see that someone up here can work as hard as they can to get to that level," Hickson said.