The Anselmo-Merna schools and athletic department hosted a letter of intent signing on Tuesday for AM seniors Jaide Chandler and Bryce Schmidt. Both signed to join Doane University in Crete, NE where Chandler will be joining the Doane volleyball program and Schmidt will be joining the Doane football program.
Chandler had a standout senior season and volleyball career for the Lady Coyotes. Chandler was a Class D2 all state volleyball selection this past season by both the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star. Chandler led the team in kills this past season with 343 and helped lead the team to a district championship and an appearance at the NSAA state volleyball championships for the first time since 1972. Chandler said the excitement of this past season helped inspire her to continue in the sport at the college level.
Chandler said that what attracted her to the Doane program was the opportunity to interact with members of the Doane coaching staff during a volleyball camp this past summer.
Bryce Schmidt has signed to join the Doane University football team. Schmidt was a first team D1-8 all district selection at defensive back this season as he helped the Coyotes to 9-2 overall record this past season and a trip to the Class D1 state playoff quarterfinals. Schmidt shared what attracted him to the Doane football program.
Schmidt averaged 91 yards rushing per game this past season. He said that in visiting with the Doane coaching staff they envision him playing on the offensive side of the ball.
Schmidt talked about the hard work that has been put in to get him to this point.