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Four Montague athletes celebrated on 2022 national signing day

Two sign for football, two for baseball.

MONTAGUE — Montague High School hosted a signing day for its college-bound athletes on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. Four Wildcat standouts signed their letters of intent to compete as collegiate athletes — two for football and two in baseball.

Hayden “Haybale” McDonald, Andrew Kooi, Colton Blankstron and Aidan Buchberger all made it official to continue sports at the next level.

Check out the video posted at the top of the story for coverage and interviews of each signing.


The all-state two-way linemen signed his letter of intent to Division II Hillsdale College, where he will continue his battle in the trenches. The star Wildcat was a pillar for Montague football and an excellent role model for his teammates throughout his high school football career.


Finding a fitting college happened just like finding a fitting high school for Kooi — by simply following his heart. The well-respected leader, quarterback and all-state kicker signed his letter of intent to Division II Davenport, where he will pursue his true passion of kicking.


Following in both his father’s and brother’s footsteps, Blankstrom’s dream of playing baseball at the collegiate level came true when he signed his letter of intent to Muskegon Community College. As one of the area’s finest baseball talents, he plans to contribute significantly at the next level.


During this time last year, Buchberger wasn’t certain if he could compete at the next level. However, some hard work and dedication changed that entirely. He signed his letter of intent to Concordia University. The versatile infielder has put in the time and mastered the fundamentals necessary to compete at the next level.

Photos by Zach Zweigle | CatchMark

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