Northland Pines' Lexi Smith signs with NMUSubmitted: 11/09/2016
Northland Pines' Lexi Smith signs with NMU
Story By Katie Leszcynski

EAGLE RIVER - For high school athletes all around the country, National Signing Day makes reaching their collegiate goals official. On Wednesday, Lexi Smith from Northland Pines signed her papers to officially become a Northern Michigan Wildcat next year.

Even though Smith played multiple sports at Northland Pines, she has decided to play basketball at the D2 school. Smith is very excited to play at the next level and has even met some of her future teammates already.

"I wanted to stay close to home and that's definitely close to home, it's only two and a half hours away which was nice. They offered me a scholarship for basketball and that's the sport I wanted to play for college. I really liked it there and the area is really nice too."

She's even been able to visit the school and meet some of the players.

"I've met the team. I went up for some visits and met everybody. I actually played AAU with one of the girls' sisters. It'll just be fun to play at the higher level with more competition and it'll be a lot of fun," said Smith.

Smith has been on the varsity basketball team all 4 years and her coach had nothing but nice things to say about his athlete.

"The impact that she has brought has yet to be measured. On and off the court, she's a role model. She's respected, she's a leader and above all she's a student and an athlete. She's gracious, humble, and an outstanding person," said Head Coach Larry Bergum.

Her parents were also at the signing day ceremony. For her mom, Julie, she knows NMU is the right fit for Lexi.

"I feel very comfortable because she's happy with the decision. She made this choice and she may have had pressure from friends to go D1 or farther away or a school with tougher competition but she made this choice because it was a good fit for her."

Smith is looking forward to being so close to home, with NMU being only two and a half hours away. We'll bring you more highlights from Northland Pines basketball all season long.

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