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3 West Fargo Sheyenne student-athletes announce their college commitments

Nate Peyerl will continue his academic and golf careers at the University of North Dakota, while Kyra Narum intends to play softball at St. Olaf College and Casey Clemenson will head to Neosho County Community College for baseball.

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West Fargo’s Casey Clemenson catches the ball at first to get Jamestown’s Mason Lunzman during the Legion Class AA state tournament championship game against Jamestown on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at Young Field in West Fargo.
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WEST FARGO — It's been an exciting week for three West Fargo Sheyenne student-athletes.

Nate Peyerl, Kyra Narum and Casey Clemenson all announced on social media this week their collegiate commitments for their respective sports.

Peyerl, a senior at Sheyenne High School, will continue his academic and golf careers at the University of North Dakota next fall.

Narum, also a senior this year, will move on to play softball at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. in the spring of 2024.

Clemenson, a senior, announced that he'll head south to Chanute, Kan. to continue his baseball career at Neosho County Community College.

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West Fargo Sheyenne's Nate Peyerl watches his final approach shot during the North Dakota Class A boys golf tournament at Rose Creek Golf Course in Fargo on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.
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Peyerl became the Mustangs' first-ever individual golf state champion at the Class A tournament this past spring, sinking an eagle on the ninth hole at Fargo's Rose Creek Golf Course to clinch the top spot and finish with a two-round total of 142.

Peyerl finished last season with the fifth-best average in the Eastern Dakota Conference with a 74.29 and earned All-State honors with his first-place finish at the state tournament. His performance helped Sheyenne win its second straight Class A team championship.

The Fighting Hawks men's golf team competes at the NCAA Division I level in the Summit League and have won 18 conference championships in their history.

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West Fargo Sheyenne’s Kyra Narum pitches against West Fargo during their softball game Monday, May 16, 2022, at Sheyenne.
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Narum is a pitcher and outfielder for the Mustangs who helped guide the program to the EDC regular season and tournament championships this past spring.

Narum is a two-time All-EDC and All-State selection and went the distance in the circle during the 2022 EDC tournament championship game against West Fargo, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out six in a five-inning 12-2 victory. Narum also recorded one hit, one RBI and two runs scored in the title game as Sheyenne's lead-off hitter.

St. Olaf competes at the NCAA Division III level in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Oles' softball program has won four MIAC regular season titles, most recently in 2021, the same year it made its third-ever NCAA tournament appearance.

The school is coming off a 24-18 campaign in 2022 with an 18-4 conference mark, good for second-place in the MIAC regular season and a runner-up finish in the MIAC tournament.

Narum has also played for the Minnesota Bombers Under-18 program. Founded in 2001, Bombers Fastpitch is a junior Olympic softball organization with the primary goal of "developing young women into highly skilled athletes who can compete for and earn college scholarships," according to its website.

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West Fargo Sheyenne's Casey Clemenson follows through on a pitch against West Fargo during the East Region baseball tournament semifinals at Young Field on Friday, May 28, 2021. David Samson / The Forum

Clemenson is a pitcher and infielder for the Mustangs baseball team and earned All-EDC and All-State honors this past season when Sheyenne earned its first EDC tournament title since 2019 and second straight Class A state championship.

In the state title game against Fargo Shanley, Clemenson went the distance on the mound and fanned eight hitters while allowing just one run and one walk in the 3-1 victory.

Clemenson also plays for the West Fargo American Legion team and helped lead the Patriots to a second consecutive Class AA championship this past summer. He was named tournament MVP, pitching in two games and fanning a combined 18 batters while giving up no runs on five hits and walking four. Offensively, he went 4-for-15 with one RBI and three runs scored. Clemenson was West Fargo's starting pitcher in both Legion championship games in 2021 and 2022, working complete games in both.

Neosho County Community College competes at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I level within the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. The Panthers are coming off of a 25-33 campaign in 2022.

Ryan Spitza joined The Forum in December 2021 as a sports reporter. He grew up in Marquette, Mich., a city of 20,000 on the southern shore of Lake Superior. He majored in multimedia journalism and minored in public relations at Northern Michigan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in May 2019. While attending college, Spitza gained real-world experience covering high school and college athletics for both The Mining Journal and The North Wind.

Spitza can be reached at 701-451-5613 or rspitza@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryspitza.
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