IMS senior Drake Brezina signed a letter of intent Wednesday to compete collegiately at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. Brezina is the son of Ryan Brezina and Kim and Mark Wood, and plans to major in Education and play both football and baseball at Northwestern. Brezina has competed as a varsity player for the shared football program with Clear Creek Amana each of the last three years, and was an All-District performer as a running back for the Clippers as a junior. He suffered a season-ending injury in the third game of his senior season and has been rehabbing since, working to get back in time to play baseball, where he has excelled as a pitcher and shortstop, hitting .358 as a junior.
IMS Baseball Coach Danny Hershberger said, “Drake has been an outstanding leader on our team from even his sophomore year, as he has the ability to encourage and inspire others both with his skills and just being the person he is.” Clear Creek Amana Football Coach Matt Hughes said, “I’m so proud of Drake for all he has accomplished both as a member of the CCA football team, but more importantly as a great kid. Northwestern College is extremely fortunate to have Drake join their team. I’m looking forward to following his progress both on and off the field.”
Asked to describe his thoughts about his decision to commit to Northwestern, Brezina said, “I’m excited about what is to come, and am grateful Northwestern has provided me the opportunity to play both sports.” Athletic Director Dwight Gingerich commented, “Drake has been a tremendous leader throughout our school with his positive attitude, his impeccable integrity and his kindness. No one works harder athletically, and even as he’s been injured and can’t play, he’s been at almost every basketball practice supporting his teammates. Drake is a blessing to all of us and we are excited for him and wish him only the best.”