Published On: Wed, Feb 13th, 2013

LCC athletes sign to play college football

LAUREL —  A pair of Laurel-Concord/Coleridge athletes signed National Letters of Intent last week to play collegiate sports.

Justin Saunders and Kyle Kardell both signd the letters during a brief ceremony at the school last Wednesday.

Kardell, the son of Dave and Karla Kardell, will play football for NAIA powerhouse Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.

Saunders, the son of Kurt and Renae Saunders, has agreed to play football for Wayne State College. His brother, Johnny, is currently a member of the Wildcat football team.

Kardell led a potent Bear passing attack the past several years.

He connect for 1,083 yards through the air for the Bears last season. Kardell connected on 84-176 of his passes.

Kardell will play football for the 2012 American Football Coaches Association’s NAIA national coach of the year in Steve Ryan. Ryan took the team to the NAIA national title game last fall.

Morningside put together the best year in school history in 2012.

Wakefield native Lance Nixon led the team to a 13-1 record and runner-up in the nation.

Saunders is  a 6-3, 213-pound linebacker. He was also Kardell’s favorite receiver, hauling in 26 catches for 388 yards.

He was a four-year starter at Laurel-Concord/Coleridge and received numerous individual honors.

His senior year, Saunders was named first-team All-District, first-team All-Area and Class C-2 All-State honorable mention while earning first-team All-District recognition as a junior.

Saunders was ranked as one of the top 30 players by Huskerland Prep as a senior. During his junior season, Saunders had 20 catches for 356 yards and also averaged 22 yards on kickoff returns while helping the Bears reach the Class C-2 playoffs.

He also excels in track and field, qualifying in the 400 meter dash and 400-meter relay last spring as a junior.

Wayne State football coach Dan McLaughlin announced that 26 student athletes have signed on to attend Wayne State College and continue their football careers with the Wildcats.

The 2013 recruiting class includes 26 high school recruits, including 12 Nebraskans; six from Iowa; seven from Washington; and one from California.

Offensively, Wayne State signed five wide receivers, three running backs, one tight end and one offensive lineman. Defensively, Wayne State brought in six defensive backs, five defensive linemen and five linebackers.

“Overall I am really pleased with this group,” said Coach McLaughlin. “We really stressed the linebacker and wide receiver areas and felt we met our needs, not only for quality but quantity. This recruiting class has some kids that can play right away, some that will give us depth and some that are a year or two away.”







Signees are as follows: