HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS Forsberg, Weisz solidify college futures
Nick Forsberg has lofty dreams after high school.
The Staples-Motley senior is aware of the hard work needed to achieve those dreams. On Monday, the soon to be six-year varsity boys golfer took the first step by signing an NCAA Letter of Intent to study and play golf next season at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn.
Forsberg became aware of the college while playing in the Junior Optimist National tournament in Florida last summer. Three weeks ago, Forsberg and his parents visited the campus, liked the warmer weather, the academic opportunities and the golf program.
The four-time state tournament participant wants to study business management and may dive into sports management, which Tusculum offers.
“That was pretty important with what I want to do later in life,” said Forsberg. “I would like to do something with golf. Being able to play college golf and competitively, it helps. Being able to play down South and year round that’s a pretty big thing, too.”
Forsberg’s main goal is and always will be the PGA Tour. He knows the work involved in order to reach the top level of competitive golf through his talks with S-M assistant coach Bill Israelson. He also likes the fact his new head coach is an ex-PGA professional.
“While I’m there, I want to develop a good reputation as a competitive golfer,” Forsberg said.
“I want to meet all the goals I can and qualify for the national tournament there. Hopefully, I can do well there and then see if there is some sort of mini tour like the Nationwide Tour that I can get into and then hopefully qualify for the PGA Tour. That has always been my goal in life. I’ll never stop working toward that.”
Forsberg, along with Pierz’s Robert Bell, who plays at the University of Minnesota, has been one of the more accomplished prep golfers from the Brainerd lakes area. The one thing that has avoided him has been a state championship.
Having the stress of where he will be next year finished, Forsberg has his sights set on the one thing that has eluded him.
“I want to do my best in every tournament,” he said. “That is the main goal, to win every tournament that you play in. You don’t play not to try to win it. I want to try and win the state tournament. That’s the biggest goal this year. I’ve been there since eighth grade. I know what it’s like down there.”
Weisz heads to Wisconsin
Also without a state title is Little Falls Flyers Whitney Weisz, who on Tuesday will sign her NCAA Letter of Intent to swim at the University of Wisconsin next season.
Weisz, seeded No. 1 in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles heading into this week’s Class 1A state swimming and diving meet, has been to state since eighth grade.
“The thing that makes a lot of the college coaches go after her is she’s a diamond in the rough,” said Flyers coach Tim Corbett. “She is as fast as she is and she hasn’t swam for 12 months yet. At the Division I level they train year round. That will do amazing things for Whitney. She is likely to improve far more in her first year of college than the average kid coming out of high school, who already trains year round. I can see her really flourishing under that training system.”
Weisz, who also plays basketball for Little Falls, has advanced to state in the 50 free the last four years. She swam in the 100 free the last three years. As an eighth-grader she swam at the state meet in the 200 free. She’s also helped the 200 free relay to five state tournament appearances and the 400 free relay to two state appearances.
“As best as I can tell, she is the only non-12-month swimmer, and there might be more but not a lot more, who scored points last year at state,” said Corbett. “She is definitely the only one that I’m aware of going after a state championship this weekend.”
Weisz was scheduled to sign her letter at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in conference room 123 at Little Falls High School.
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