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Four athletes inked to play for Royals men in 2014-2015


Article by Harry Lipsiea, Devils Lake Journal, published April 4, 2014 

Signing day is an exciting time for college programs throughout the nation. Tuesday was no different for the Lake Region State College men's basketball team as head coach Joe Kittell announced the signing of four athletes for the upcoming 2014-2015 campaign.

North Dakota high school players Spencer Halvorson, Devils Lake, and Dawson Peterson, Gwinner, and Australian natives Tom Kubank and Ryan Clark have committed to play basketball for the Royals.

During this year’s recruiting, coach Kittell has stressed the importance of adding size and depth in the post as well as improving his team’s rebounding from last season. He is pleased to announce the signing of all four athletes.

“All four young men are not only good basketball players, but great people,” the coach said. “We look forward to them being part of the Lake Region State College and Devils Lake communities.”

Fans in the Lake Region are well aware of Spencer Halvorson from his time playing at the Devils Lake Sports Center as a member of the Firebird basketball team. The 6-2 guard is the all-time leading three point shooter in Devils Lake history.

“Spencer is a kid who has grown up wanting to be a Royal,” Kittell stated. “With his hard work and skill set, he should provide us excellent depth at the guard position.” Peterson, a native of Gwinner, is a 6-5 forward. As a senior, Dawson averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds per game for North Sargent.

“Dawson will give us nice size at the wing,” the coach stated. “He’s a player who really scored and rebounded well in high school. Hopefully, that game will transfer to college.”

Kubank was a member of the 2014 South Australian Under 20 National Team. During a tournament game, he scored 22 points, eight rebounds and two assists to garner him recognition as a player of the day candidate of the tournament. “Tom is a very skilled young man,” Kittell pointed out. “With his size and skill set, he will only improve once he gets to college.”

Clark is a 6-6 power forward who played on the 2013 South Australia Under 20 National Team in 2013 along with current Royal Pat Thomas. He planned to play for the Royals during the 2013-2014 season, but medical issues in his family delayed his move by a year.

"Anybody that can average a double-double at the national tournament, plays hard and competes to win everyday. That’s the kind of a player you want in your program." Kittell notes that Royal fans should be on the lookout for more news on recruits in the coming weeks.