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Stratford senior three-sport athlete

Chandler Schmidt signed his college letter of intent today to play baseball for the Division 2 Winona St. Warriors in spring of 2021. My coverage of Chandler’s college signing will be in next week’s newspaper, beause this week’s paper was printed at the same time the ceremony began.

He’ll join former Stratford football linemen Tanner Weinfurtner at Winona St. I recall Weinfurtner signed his college letter of intent to play football for the Warriors in February of 2017. He was one of three Tigers football players, including offensive lineman Tyson Kauffman and linebacker Kamren Bornbach, to sign their college football letters of intent during the same ceremony in Stratford.

Weinfurtner is a starting offensive lineman on the Winona St. football team this season, and Tyson Kauffman is also a starting offensive lineman on the Division 2 Concordia of St. Paul, Minn., Golden Bears. Tyson was able to play one season of college football with his older brother, Hunter Kauffman.

Bornbach signed his college letter of intent to play for Division 2 St. Cloud State, ironically on the same day former Edgar star defensive back Alec Hafferman also signed his letter of intent to play for the same college. I remember it was neat finding out Kamren’s mother, Kristin Bornbach, taught Alec in her Edgar four-year-old Kindergarten class in 2003.

Kamren decided to transfer to UW-La Crosse to attend college with his older brother, Kellen Bornbach.

I have always loved covering high school athletes’ college signing ceremonies, unlike some other media members in the past. I recall being the only media person to cover former Stratford athlete Brittany Bredemann’s signing ceremony to play college softball for Madison Collge. I have always felt it’s important for me to cover high school student athletes’ college signing ceremonies, because they’ve worked so hard over their past four years of high school to give themselves an opportunity to earn a college athletic scholarship.

Bredemann has since transferred to UW-Stevens Point and it just so happens she works part time at my former employer, Foremost Farms cheese factory in Marshfield. I worked full time and then some at Foremost Farms for six-and-a-half years before I took the reporter job at The Record-Review newspaper almost five years ago.

While at Foremost, I remember also working with Stratford resident Anthony Marten, who had been attending UW-Stevens Point and wrestling for the Pointers during this same time. Congratulatons to Chandler Schmidt, son of Curt and Missy Schmidt, on signing his college letter of intent to play baseball at Winona St.

Casey Krautkramer Reporter The Record-Review