Alamosa’s Shawcroft signs with South Dakota Mines

Alamosa High School senior Hayden Shawcroft (front row center) signed a national letter of intent to play football at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology last Wednesday. Back row, Shawcroft’s father, Jerry. Front row, Shawcroft’s grandmother Beverly Glynn, Shawcroft, and Shawcroft’s mother, Deborah (Courier photo by Ken Hamrick).

ALAMOSA – Alamosa High School senior Hayden Shawcroft has decided where he will continue his academic and athletic careers as he signed a national letter of intent to play football at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

“They have a good engineering program there,” Shawcroft said. “I’m been interested in engineering for a while. All the coaches were really cool and I thought it was a good fit.”

Shawcroft plans on playing on the Hardrockers’ receiving corps.

“I’ll probably play tight end maybe the first year and maybe some receiver,” Shawcroft said. “But mostly tight end.”

Shawcroft helped lead the Mean Moose to a 6-4 record last fall and a berth in the Class 2A state playoffs. He was the second-leading receiver with 30 receptions for 281 yards and two touchdowns. He also played on defense where he recorded 57 tackles, which was second on the team, and six quarterback sacks, in which he led the team.

“It was a good career,” Shawcroft said. “We had some ups and some downs. This season we had a good season and we were able to accomplish a lot as a team.”

Alamosa now has four senior football players that will continue to the collegiate level. Damien Orozco and Donovan Ramirez will play for Adams State, while Dante Gonzales will play for the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn.

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