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Sports :: Viking Merchant signs with Ellsworth; to join Panthers on gridiron
· 10:33am February 7th, 2013
After leading the Vinton-Shellsburg football team in rushing yards last season, Viking Chris Merchant hopes to carry the ball at the college level next year.
Merchant, joined by his parents, Scott and Annette, signed a National NCAA Letter of Intent with Ellsworth Community College on Wednesday. Viking coaches Jim Womochil and Aric Chvala also witnessed Merchant sign his collegiate letter.
Coach Womochil said the Merchant worked hard in the weight room and was a team leader for the Vikings, and knows what it takes to succeed at the next level.
Chris said he chose Ellsworth because he liked the coaches there, and believes he has an opportunity to play at running back this fall for the Panthers.
In addition to being a leader on the football team, Merchant is also a key contributor on the undefeated basketball team.
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