Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Region’s youth players making college declarations for NLI Day

Wednesday is National Letter of Intent Day around the nation in which graduating high school athletes around the country sign declarations to the colleges and universities they intend to attend. As player commitments are announced or confirmed throughout the region, they will be added to the following list.  See below for player commitments and club/college comments.

The Spokane Shadow announced Tuesday that 19 players have selected schools in the area, ranging the area’s local programs to NAIA powerhouse Concordia in Portland and schools such as Carroll (Montana), Humboldt State (California) and Grand Canyon University (Phoenix), which is joining the Western Athletic Conference as the University of Idaho prepares for its final campaign in the conference before returning to the Big Sky Conference.

PLAYER COMMITMENTS   (^ denotes transfers)

FC Spokane

Photos: Gerald Barnhart
Emily Fejeran (Ferris HS) - Community Colleges of Spokane
Maya Anger (Central Valley HS) - Community Colleges of Spokane
Sydni Thomas (Central Valley HS) - Community Colleges of Spokane
Sarah Marro (West Valley HS) - Community Colleges of Spokane
Taylor Lang (University) - Central Washington University
Kaylee Tate (West Valley HS) - Columbia Basin College
Hailey Baird (Ferris HS) - Columbia Basin College

Spokane SC Shadow
Maddie Aldrich (Mead HS) - Concordia University (Portland)
Sidney Batkoff (Gonzaga Preparatory HS) - Carroll College
Brittney Bruegeman (University HS) - Community Colleges of Spokane
Madi Criner (Moscow HS) - University of Idaho
Chris Donich (University HS) - Community Colleges of Spokane
Paige Gallaway (Central Valley HS) - Eastern Washington University
Jess Geibel (Gonzaga Preparatory HS) - Carroll College
Karlee Goehner (Eastmont HS, Wenatchee) - Central Washington University
Courtney Hossfeld (West Valley HS) - Community Colleges of Spokane
Dariyan Johnston (Ferris HS) - Western Oregon University
Alyssa Lloyd (Mt. Spokane HS) - University of Idaho
Hailie McClure (Freeman HS) - Eastern Washington University
Natalie Middleton (Central Valley HS) - North Idaho College
Sydney Nelson (Mt. Spokane HS) - Eastern Oregon University
Meghan Pagano (Sandpoint HS) - North Idaho College
Madi Payne (Gonzaga Preparatory HS) - Humboldt State
Riley Richardson (Mt. Spokane HS) - Grand Canyon University
Laci Rennaker (Central Valley HS) - Eastern Washington University
Brianna Sillivan (North Central HS) - Bellevue Community College
Katy Weisbeck (Central Valley HS) - Central Washington University

XiFA Academy
Parker Button (Mt Spokane HS) - Community Colleges of Spokane
Reid Eliason (Central Valley HS) - Community Colleges of Spokane
Joe Scott (Cheney HS) - Community Colleges of Spokane
Adam Tally - North Idaho College
Jacob Weaver (NW Christian HS) - Community Colleges of Spokane

State of Washington (Central & Eastern)
Reece Jackson (Post Falls HS / Idaho Thunder) - Community Colleges of Spokane
Carson Lamphere (Cheney HS) - Community Colleges of Spokane
Perry McNamar (Richland, WA / Walla Walla CC) - St Martins University
Mackenna Morton (Davis HS, Yakima) - Concordia University (Portland)

State of Idaho
Baylee Blaser (Boise, ID) - Boise State University
Luke Broz^ (Boise, ID - Highline CC) - Northwest Nazarene
Madi Criner (Moscow HS) - University of Idaho
Mallory Cripps (Borah HS) - College of Idaho
Camas Curran (Meridian HS) - College of Idaho
Emmett Demirelli^ (Boise, ID - Chemeketa CC / Oregon St) - Northwest Nazarene
Rachel Earll (Bishop Kelly HS, Boise) - Northern Arizona University
Hannah Frakes (Boise, ID) - Boise State University
Ylena Gazdik (Boise, ID - FC Nova) - Carroll College
Cassidy Hammons (Rocky Mountain HS, Boise) - Carroll College
Andie Hill (Boise, ID) - Boise State University
Summer Jackson (Mountain View HS) - College of Idaho
Katherine Roberts (Century HS, Pocatello) - Idaho State University
Jamiece Yizar (Highland HS) - College of Idaho

State of Oregon (Central & Eastern)
Maddy Booster (Mountain View HS / Oregon Rush WPSL, Bend) - Seattle Pacific University
Edna Ibarra (Bend HS) - University of Idaho
Alyssa Pease (Bend HS) - University of Idaho
Amanda Pease (Bend HS) - University of Idaho

State of Montana
Alex Harvey (Billings, MT) - Rocky Mountain College
Michaela Kueffler (Billings, MT) - Carroll College
Chloe Rector (Billings, MT) - University of Montana

Commitments from outside the INWsoccernews coverage area

Washington State University
Ashlee Hanson (Elk Grove, CA)
Kaitlyn Johnson (Torrance, CA)
Kailiana Johnson (Renton, WA)
Nicolle Marlow (Renton, WA)
Madison Muzatko (South Jordan, UT)
Ayana O'Neal (Renton, WA)
Lianna Simms (Sammamish, WA)

University of Idaho
Kavita Battan (Vancouver, WA)
Kaysha Darcy (Maple Valley, WA)
Gabby Leong (Upland, CA)
Madi Moore (Las Vegas, NV)
Crystal Oliva (West Salem, OR)
Torell Stewart (Highland Ranch, CO)

Gonzaga University
Ashley Aberton (Holladay, UT)
Karley Baggerley (Canby, OR)
Sarah Carter (Bonney Lake, WA)
Aliyah Miller (Bountiful, UT)
Kristin Standish (Redmond, WA)
Sarah Swanson (Lake Oswego, OR)
Aaron Jeffery (Safety Bay, Australia / Peninsula College)

Boise State University
Bailey Anderson (Snohomish, WA)
Hailey DeVries (Littleton, CO)
Kelli Drobney (Longmont, CO)
Kelli McCluskey (Tacoma, WA)
Jill Messersmith (Costa Mesa, CA)

Montana State University - Billings
Brittney Greenback (Woodinville, WA)
Dana Lubieniecki (Lakewood, CO)
Amanda Perri (Lakewood, CO)
Brandy Sanchez (Las Vegas, NV)
Lauren Stafford (Roseville, CA)

University of Montana
Carlee Bates (Temecula, CA)
Kailey Norman (Highlands Ranch, CO)
Aspen Peifer (Colorado Springs, CO)
Jamie Simon (Cary, IL)

Idaho State University
Shelby Hilton (Cedar Hills, UT)
Jessica Sanchez (Silverdale,WA)

Carroll College
Jamie Carter (Camas, WA)
Natalie Johnston (Snohomish, WA)

Rocky Mountain College 
Therese Hagbyhn^ (Malmo, Sweden / Lindsey Wilson College)

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Know someone on the west side?... Seattle area commitments recap - view here


Sean Bushéy, Spokane Shadow Technical Director: “We congratulate these players on their future college soccer decisions and await the others in this class who are still making decisions.  They are shining examples of hard work and dedication. The first and most important step in the college selection process is finding the right academic fit.  For those that desire a collegiate athletic experience, finding a fit for soccer is secondary.  We are very proud of the work our players put forth in the classroom and on the soccer field.  And, we honor the parental support they have received through their years soccer development.” - More Information

Dave Berto, XiFA Academy: “I believe the boys that committed this year to the CCS and NIC made great choices. It is not easy for young men and women to get DI or DII offers for soccer nowadays.  I believe CCS and NIC both offer great programs where players can gain vital experience at the next level while obtaining required credits to transfer to a four-year institution keeping in mind the incredible cost of education nowadays.”


Peter Showler, Univ of Idaho: “The quality and depth of a group this size is top-notch. Getting a group of this quality to come to Idaho really shows where this program is going and it’s a testament to what this team has done the last few years. We’ve found top players from many different areas. This group is blessed with quality, size and athleticism, paired with a wealth of good coaching behind them.” - More Information

Allison Gibson, Idaho State University: "With Katherine being a local product of Pocatello, I have had the pleasure of watching her grow as a player over the past few years,” ISU Head Coach Allison Gibson said. “She has been a regular at our Elite Camp and has competed head-to-head with many of our current Bengals, who have come to respect her immensely.  Katherine has the size and strength, along with a dominating in-the-air game that will be a big advantage as she takes this next step into the college game.  We are very excited to be keeping one of Pocatello's finest athletes close to home for the next four years." - More Information

Jim Thomas, Boise State University: "These three [players from Boise] mark a change in the recruiting focus for us. We want to have the best of Idaho soccer represented at Boise State. We'll be working hard to develop that talent at the youth age groups and have a pipeline so that players like Andie, Hannah and Bailey are a mainstay on our squad. This is a hugely athletic group [of eight] which we are really excited about. Specifically the forwards and outside midfielders offer a great deal of athleticism who provide some depth at those positions and a good future there, but we also have strength in the back line that will help bolster us right away. There are definitely some players who can step in next season and make an impact." - More Information

Richard Duffy, Rocky Mountain College (via Billings Gazette): "Alex will be a great addition to our program. She has been one of the top players in the state over the last few years and is a player who will make the transition from high school to college very smoothly. I am extremely excited that she has decided to continue her academic and playing career here at Rocky. I am excited that we have been able to sign a player of Tess’ caliber. There are not many players that have been able to win two national championships in the same year. I look forward to her being an impact player for us this fall." - More Information: Harvey | Hagbyhn