Five Brookfield East athletes sign letters of intent
Two football players, two tracksters, one kicker sign with Midwestern schools
Nine Brookfield athletes - including five from Brookfield East - signed letters of intent with five different colleges Feb. 6, the official signing day.
Here is a closer look at each one and their accomplishments.
Trenton Daniels was a four-year letter winner in track and field and a key contributor to East's 2011 and 2012 state track and field championships. He signed his national letter of intent to compete at the University of Minnesota.
Daniels placed fifth in 2011 and fourth in 2012 in the 400-meter dash at the state meet. He also was a state place-winner in both the 1600 and 3200 relays at the 2012 state meet. Daniels ran a personal-best time last year of 1 minute, 53.59 seconds in the 800.
Alec James, a talented defensive end, signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at Wisconsin. James is one of the most decorated athletes in Brookfield East history and helped football to its greatest three-year run of success ever, including an undefeated Conference Championship last fall.
Some of his awards include being All-Conference, All-Region, All-Suburban and All-Waukesha County. He was the Greater Metro Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year twice; Player of the Year for the Journal Sentinel, Waukesha Freeman and Now Community Newspapers; All State two years in a row and was selected the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association State Defensive Player of the Year.
James was also elected MVP and Captain by his teammates, played in the U.S. Marine National All Star Game in Los Angeles and will play in the WFCA All Star Game this summer.
Brad Johnson was a four-year letter winner and key contributor to 2011 and 2012 state championship track and field teams. Johnson signed a national letter of intent to compete in track and field at the University of Minnesota.
Johnson is the reigning state champion in the 800 run and was also a state place winner last year in both the 1600 and 3200 relays. His time of 1:51.43 in the 800 currently stands as the fourth best all-time in Wisconsin history.
Brian Smith will be attending the University of Minnesota to play football after an outstanding career, playing an integral part of an undefeated Conference Champion and three straight playoff teams. Smith achieved many honors including All-Conference, All-Region, All-Suburban and All-Waukesha County.
He was selected Defensive Back of the Year by the Greater Metro Conference coaches and was a first-team All-State player at Defensive Back. Smith will also play in the WFCA All-Star Game this summer. Smith was a rare two-way starter that will be sorely missed on both sides of the ball.
Jackie Wandt, a senior midfielder, signed her letter of intent to play soccer at Northern Illinois University next year. A four-year starter on a team that has qualified for the sectional finals in two of the last three years, Wandt followed her Honorable Mention freshman season with second-team all-conference recognition her sophomore year. She was injured for much of her junior season.
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