Golden Valley had three student athletes sign scholarships this year. Zachary Bygum, a baseball player, signed with Dartmouth College an Ivy League school in New Hampshire, Vincent Hill, a baseball player, signed with Midland University in Nebraska and the lone football player that signed a scholarship was Nash Soliman, who will be attending Northern Montana State University.
Bygum is second year varsity pitcher for the Grizzlies. He is a hard throwing right hander standing at a towering six feet-six inches with a fastball that can reach up to 88 miles per hour. Dartmouth is a highly touted Ivy League school, and his 4.1 overall grade point average and talented pitching abilities is what convinced the Dartmouth staff to pursue him.
Hill, also in his second year as a varsity pitcher, has a wide variety of pitches that cause miss matches for opposing batters. With a devastating curveball and newly acquired slider that just breaks off the plate, he has the perfect size for a pitcher trying to succeed at the next level. Standing in at six feet-four inches, he definitely has a pitcher’s frame and has plenty of room to fill out in order to be successful as a collegiate pitcher. Midland University is an NAIA school located just outside of Omaha. After visiting the school he decided that it was the right fit for him and his family, “I discussed it over with my friends and family, and agreed that it gave me the best opportunity to play at the next level,” he said.
Soliman had a solid season for the Grizzlies, who had a rough time finding bright spots this season. With 25 catches for 400 yards, averaging 16 yards a catch, he wasn’t a standout but a solid player for first year coach Dan Kelley. Soliman isn’t going to kill you with size standing in at five feet-seven inches and 150 pounds, but runs excellent routes and has great knowledge of the game. Northern Montana State University has found what people call a “diamond in the rough.” A tough kid with very promising skill set this is the perfect fit for him. “I talked to the coaches and they liked my abilities as a football player,” he said. “I wanted to continue to play at the next level and this is a great situation for me.”