Little Falls standout trio signs National Letters of Intent

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Pictured at the ceremony are the athletes and their parents (from left): Julie Bell, Grant Bell, Steve Bell, Wendy Valentine, Matt Valentine, Jerome Valentine, Jake Lambrecht and Laura Hoppie.

Little Falls seniors Grant Bell, Matt Valentine and Jake Lambrecht signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers at the NCAA Division I and II levels on National Signing Day, Wednesday.

Bell, will play Division I soccer at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

He finished his career as the state’s career leader in goals with 112, breaking the mark with his 104th against Monticello, Sept. 24.

Bell also earned all-state honors in his junior and senior seasons.

Valentine will play football at Bemidji State University.

He was named the Granite Ridge Conference’s first-ever Offensive Lineman of the Year in the fall.

Lambrecht will play football at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

He earned the first-ever Linebacker of the Year Award for the Granite Ridge Conference.

“These three young men have made great contributions to Little Falls High School in the classroom, on the field and court and in the community,” Little Falls Activities Director Aaron Sinclair said.