Sports briefs

Minot High grad commits to Binghamton

John Wrona decided last week to continue his soccer career at NCAA Division I Binghamton University (N.Y.).

The 2012 Minot High School graduate said the combination of academics, athletic competition and proximity to family members in Springfield, Mass., lured him to the America East Conference school.

“Program-wise, athletically, it’s a perfect step for me,” Wrona said. “It’s back on the East Coast where the majority of my family is.”

The defender signed with Detroit Mercy out of high school but transferred to North Dakota State to continue his engineering studies after his redshirt freshman season.

Wrona has spent this summer playing with Eau Claire (Wis.) Aris FC, a professional team in the fourth-tier National Premier Soccer League. Wrona didn’t forfeit any college eligibility because NPSL players aren’t paid.

“The best thing the NPSL has done for me is it’s given me game experience,” he said. “As a redshirt freshman, I haven’t had much game experience playing against top-notch competition.”

Wrona, who plans to major in bioengineering at Binghamton, will have four seasons of eligibility remaining.

– Daily News Staff

Two tracksters sign with Minot State University

The Minot State University track and field program has added two more athletes to its 2013 recruiting class, the school announced Wednesday afternoon.

Stanley High School graduate Skyler Tangsrud will join the men’s team and Mary Roy of Mount Vernon, Ore., will join the women’s team.

Tangsrud placed second in the 200-meter dash at the Class B state meet this season and Roy won Oregon Class 2A state titles in both the long jump and triple jump. Roy was named the Class 2A female athlete of the year as a senior.

– Daily News Staff