GREAT FALLS — The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown much of the sports world into uncertainty, but it didn’t stop a handful of athletes at Great Falls High from putting pen to paper and realizing their dreams of playing the sport they love in college.
Two seniors made it official Wednesday afternoon. Gavin Groshelle signed to play soccer at Concordia College in Minnesota, while Trenton Olson will play golf locally at the University of Providence.
“Minnesota really stood out to me, because it’s where my family is from. I just like the environment in Minnesota, the people are cool,” Groshelle said. “I started to get in touch with the coach from Concordia and called him a couple times, went and visited the campus. Then he gave me an offer, and I sat on it for a couple of months and decided if that’s what I wanted to do, it seemed like a perfect fit, so I took it.”
Olson will stay in Great Falls where he will play for coach Spencer Williams and the Argo golf team. It will be a reunion for Olson with a few lifelong friends and golfing buddies Connor Mora (GFH) and Ben Kaul (CMR).
“It’s amazing, I’ve been looking forward to this since the start of my senior year. I know a lot of the guys at the UP golf team,” Olson said. “I think it’s going to be really fun, we’ll have such good chemistry next year.”
Both were excited to sign with each other in front of family, friends, coaches and teachers in the old gym at Great Falls High.
“We grew up together, went to middle school and high school together,” Olson said of sharing his day with Groshelle. “We’re really close friends, we go to lunch every day. “
“I owe everything to Great Falls High,” Groshelle said. “The teachers and faculty are great at developing kids to become successful members of society.”
It caps off a busy month for Bison athletes. In November, Morgan Sunchild signed to play softball at Bellevue College in Washington; Macie McElhenny committed to MSU Billings soccer; and Payton Gonser will join several other former Bison on the Montana Tech football team.