Iola-Scandinavia High School seniors Nick Madson and Tanner Krusa are taking their football skills to the next level.
Krusa will attend the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he plans to suit up for the Pointers while studying computer science. Madson will head to Ripon College to play for the Red Hawks.
“I am really excited to be able to continue my athletic career and compete with new teammates,” Krusa said.
He admitted he does have some nerves about how the competition will compare to the high school level, but believes his dedication and pride will be assets to the team.
Madson gave credit to I-S head coach Scott Erickson and assistant coaches Todd Snyder, Alan Bauer, Pete Timdal and Stuart Erickson.
“With help from them, I am able to achieve my goal of playing college football,” he said. “It feels good to be able to extend my football experience another four years.”
Erickson said he will miss having the boys on the team next year, but is also proud they will have a chance to play at the next level.
“Nick and Tanner are team players,” he said. “They are very hard workers and will keep getting better and better.”
Erickson offered words of advice to both players.
“Be the best you can be on the field and in the classroom,” he said. “Reach your full potential and have as much fun as you can. You will always be a part of the Thunderbird football family.”