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MMC Soccer Program Signs Trio of Yankton Players


Published Date6\28\2012
Mount Marty College is pleased to announce the signing of Jenn Granflaten, Laura Ekeren, and Amy Hisek to play soccer for the Lancers next fall.

Jenn Granflaten, a defender, mid-fielder, and striker recently graduated from Yankton High School. A three year letter winner at YHS, she was named 2nd team All-State in 2011 and 2012 and played for the Yankton Dynamite and Renegade club teams as well as the Sioux Falls Extreme.

Lancer head coach, Nathan Epp, is looking forward to having Granflaten as a part of the soccer program. "We have really been working on improving our team speed and offensive attack. Jenn will definitely help us improve in these areas. With her ability to play up front, or the outside mid-field position, will make her a great asset to our program."

Granflaten, the daughter of Glenn and Betty Granflaten, plans to major in special education at MMC.

Laura Ekeren, an outside mid-fielder and forward, is a transfer student from the University of South Dakota. A YHS graduate of 2010, Ekeren was a three year letter winner there. She was named 1st team All-State in 2009 and earned Honorable Mention in 2008. She scored 17 goals in the 2009 high school season and as a freshman she played in all 18 games for USD, three of which she started, and finished their season with three goals.

"Laura is a tremendous athlete," says coach Epp. "She will bring both skill and aggressiveness to our attack with her toughness and experience at the collegiate level. I have no doubt Laura will be able to step in and be a threat for us right away. She has a great attitude and will fit in very well with our returning players and our other recruits."

Ekeren, the daughter of Doug and Karen Ekeren of Yankton, is planning on majoring in recreation management at Mount Marty.

Amy Hisek, a defender, is also a student transfer to Mount Marty. Coming from Southeast Tech, Hisek graduated from Yankton High School in 2011 and played for YHS and the Yankton Renegades club team. She earned Honorable Mention status her senior year.

"We are very excited to have Amy joining our soccer program," coach Epp comments. "She is a natural defender with great speed and strength. She will fit very well into our new system of play. She's an all-around recruit - great person and student. We are fortunate to have her as a part of the student body at Mount Marty."

Hisek, the daughter of Bonnie Hisek of Yankton, plans to major in nursing at Mount Marty College.

Coach Epp overall is excited with the trio of Yankton recruits. "Yankton is such a great source of talent for our soccer program and to be able to have such standouts as these ladies in our program is exceptional. We hope to keep pulling from the pool of players that are produced here and see a long relationship with the community."

For more information on the Mount Marty College women's soccer program please visit www.mmclancers.com or contact head coach Nathan Epp at nathan.epp@mtmc.edu.