Three AHS athletes sign to play on in college

Published 8:19 pm Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Three Austin seniors made their college choices official for athletics at Austin High School Wednesday.

Abby Schammel signed with Division III Guastavus Adolphus College for swimming and Isabelle Reuter and Clara Munger both signed with Central Christian College, an NAIA school in McPherson Kansas. Munger and Reuter will both receive athletic scholarships.

Munger played midfield for the Packers this past fall and Reuter played defense, but is expecting to switch to midfield at Central Christian.

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“We both really wanted to continue playing and we got the opportunity to visit and try out,” Reuter said. “Having [Clara] down there will help a lot. so I won’t be all alone.”

It was signing day at Austin High School on Wednesday. From left, Clara Munger, flanked by her parents Andrew and Amy Munger, signed with Central Christian College for soccer, Isabelle Reuter, flanked by her parents Lori and Scott Reuter, signed with Central Christian College for soccer, and Abby Schammel, flanked by her parents Sara and Kevin Schammel, signed with Gustavus for swimming. Rocky Hulne/

Munger has two older brothers living in the McPherson area and she’s excited to be bringing one of her Packer teammates with her to compete.

“It’s great that we’re both able to go down there and continue our career. It’s been a great experience playing in Austin,” Munger said. “I’m really excited to challenge myself more than I have. It’ll be a great opportunity.”

Central Christian went 4-14 overall this past season.

Schammel took second in the Big Nine in the 100-yard butterfly this season with the fifth best time in AHS history and she missed out on state by .30 seconds.

She said she still has her competitive edge to keep swimming.

When I finished up my senior season I didn’t feel like I was done being an athlete. I had the opportunity and Gustavus seems like a really good fit for my major,” Schammel said.

Schammel was brought up to the Packer varsity team as a freshman and she’s improved every season.

“It’s really exciting to be able to keep improving and to try new things. I’ve gotten so much better since I started and this is an exciting opportunity,” Schammel said. “I’m really grateful fro my coaches, my parents and my family support.”