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Sibley-Ocheyedan senior signs with Morningside

Submitted Photo Sibley-Ocheyedan's Ethan Stofferan (front center) signed a letter of intent to play football at Morningside. He is pictured with his mother, Teresa (front left), his father, Daren (front right), S-O coach Jordan Menning (back left) and Morningside coach Collin Prosser (back right).

WORTHINGTON -- Ethan Stofferan is a three-sport athlete.

As a senior, he plays football and baseball for Sibley-Ocheyedan and travels to Worthington High School in the winter months to play hockey for the Trojans.

But when it came to picking which sport he would like to advance in once he continued on to the collegiate level, football seemed like the obvious choice.

Stofferan signed earlier this month to play football for the Morningside Mustangs (Sioux City, Iowa) next season.

"They have an outstanding tradition there," Stofferan said.

"They have made the playoffs each of the last handful of years and won the GPAC last season. I loved the campus and after talking to the coaching staff, I found out that I loved the overall atmosphere of the school and the football program. It just seemed like the perfect fit."

In his senior season with the S-O Generals, Stofferan played both quarterback and linebacker. He will play linebacker for Morningside.

Last year, Stofferan recorded 35 solo tackles and 112 total tackles. He also had one quarterback sack and had one tackle for a loss.

Stofferan thinks he will settle in nicely to the defensive program at Morningside, as the collegiate team runs the same 3/4 defense S-O ran up until the 2010 season.

"I can be a force to be reckoned with on defense," Stofferan said. "I think I'll be in tune with how they run things defensively at Morningside.

"I've always liked the physicality of football and the teammwork that comes with it. It's cool that there's not really one superstar on a football field, but that everyone has to rely on everyone else to get the job done. That was a big factor in choosing football over my other sports."

When it came to choosing a school, Northwestern in Orange City, Iowa was another program at the top of Stofferan's list.

Morningside is NAIA rivals with Northwestern and Stofferan said both colleges are "outstanding schools" and that it was incredibly difficult for him to choose between the two schools.

But it was his high school coach, Jordan Menning, who helped him key in on Morningside.

Menning also attended the college in Sioux City and Stofferan said his coach only had good things to say about both the football and academic programs.

"I talked to my coach and I got the chance to talk to some other football players when I went there on my visit," Stofferan said. "Everybody had such great things to say about the school that it made it hard to walk away from the opportunity. It should be a good fit."

Stofferan plans on majoring in biology while at Morningside.

His goal is to eventually attend medical school in hopes of becoming a doctor, in which Stofferan joked he still has "a lot of school ahead of me."

But for now he's going to focus on the four-plus years he'll spend in Sioux City, and that is something he is looking forward to.

"The school's biggest department is biology, so that helped me decide to go there," Stofferan said. "What really got me was that there is so much spirit at the school. Everyone is so high on everything the school has to offer, whether that be sports, extracurriculars or academics. There is so much school spirit and that's exciting."

Daily Globe Sports Reporter Jocelyn Syrstad can be reached at 376-7335.