Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Region’s youth players making 2014 college declarations for NLI Day

Luu, Holm, Marbury and Brown among local standouts making decisions (Game Photos: Gerald Barnhart)
It is that time of year. High school athletes are making their final decisions on which schools they are going to attend once they graduate this summer. A large number of players and schools made their announcements on National Letter of Intent day Wednesday, including several transfers.

One announcement that was of particular interest was the decision by CC Spokane standout Tasha Luu, a native of Colville, WA. The NWAACC East Division Women's MVP for 2013 chose to continue her athletic career and academic pursuits at Eastern Washington University, which recently announced as their new head coach Chad Bodnar, who was the head coach of NWAACC heated rival Walla Walla CC.

"I think Chad knows how to turn that program around and to be a part of it will be special. Knowing Chad is part of the reason I chose Eastern," said Luu. "Playing against him was a challenge but that's something I can now consider a blessing because he was able to see me play to my best ability. His love of the game and competitive attitude is a lot like my Bigfoot coach Jim Martinson; and even though I wish I could play for Jim another two years I think Eastern will be a good fit for me."

Also announcing their collegiate choices were former Spokane Shine players Chae Brown and Kara Marbury, a pair of up-and-coming players that showed well playing in the WPSL against collegiate-level talent. The Mead duo are both traveling quite some distance with Brown attending the University of Texas-Pan Am and Marbury following through on her previous verbal choice, the University of Illinois. Hanna Holm, who also briefly played and trained with the Shine, also made her longtime verbal commitment to the University of Minnesota - whose program visited Spokane last year to conduct a clinic in conjunction with SoccerEdge Academy - official by putting pen to paper.  

Last Update: 2/7/14-4:30


Spokane-area Clubs

FC Spokane
Chae Brown (Mead HS) - Univ of Texas-Pan Am Women
Kara Marbury (Mead HS) - Univ of Illinois Women

SoccerEdge Academy
Ashley Cook-Cox (Lakeside HS) Northwest Nazarene Univ. Women
Hanna Holm (University HS) - Univ of Minnesota Women
Coralyn Kinney (North Central HS) - Univ of Great Falls Women
Colleen Lindsay (Gonzaga Prep HS) - Western Washington Univ Women
Shannon McReynolds (Mt Spokane HS) - Grand Canyon Univ Women
JoLynne O'Kelly (Lewiston HS) - LeTourneau Univ (Texas) Women

Spokane Shadow
Matt Beaulaurier (Ferris HS) - St. Martin’s University Men
Katie Bischoff (Ferris HS) - Whitworth University Women
Caroline Cox (Gonzaga Prep HS) - Univ of Northern Colorado Women
Dani Crawford (Moses Lake HS) - University of Hawaii Women
Diana DeWald (Pullman HS) - Whitworth University Women
Nolan Eldridge (Mead HS) - St. Martin’s University Men
Martha Heaps (Mead HS) - Concordia University, Portland Women
Savannah Hoekstra (Central Valley HS) - Eastern Washington Women
Jessica Kennedy (Lewis & Clark HS) - Univ of Portland Women
Madison Kinsolving (Central Valley HS) - CC Spokane Women
Damien Lawson (Medical Lake HS) - CC Spokane Men
Malia Maack (Mead HS) - New Mexico Highlands University Women
Sarah Melvin (University HS) - CC Spokane Women
Ashley Pedersen (Mt. Spokane HS) - University of Montana Women
Shayna Sexton (Central Valley HS - Spokane, WA) - Bellevue College
Alexis Smith (Post Falls HS) - Eastern Oregon University Women
Sienna Tanner (Lewis & Clark HS) - Whitworth University Women
Ben Thompson (Lewis & Clark HS) - University of Redlands Men
Kourtney Wick (Lewis & Clark HS) - CC Spokane Women
Chloe Williams (Lewis & Clark HS) - Eastern Washington University Women
Peter Worrall (St. George’s HS) - U.S. Military Academy, West Point Men

Washington East
Trevan Estrellado (Cheney HS - Cheney, WA) - Peninsula College Men
Miguel Naves (Central Valley HS - Spokane Valley, WA) - Corban University Men
Connor Ourada (Ferris HS) - Gonzaga University Men
Micah Weller (Cheney HS - Cheney, WA) - Peninsula College Men
Eli Williams (Lakeside HS - Spokane, WA) - MSU-Billings

State of Washington (Central & Eastern)
Andes Archibald (Richland HS - Richland, WA) - Univ of Idaho Women
Dylan Avey (Eastmont HS - Wenatchee, WA) - Wenatchee Valley CC Men
Bret Baysinger (Hanford HS - Richland, WA) - Univ of Idaho Women
Rebecca Behrens (Twin Falls HS - Twin Falls, ID) - Yakima Valley CC Women
Abby Buckenberger (Pasco HS - Pasco, WA) - Univ of Puget Sound Women
Emily Busselman (Hanford HS - Hanford, WA) - CC Spokane Women
Miguel Chavez (Pasco HS - Pasco, WA) - CC Spokane Men
Jared Fretheim (Mead HS - Spokane, WA / CC Spokane) - Transfer to MSU-Billings Men
Michelle Foster (Southridge HS - Kennewick, WA) - Columbia Basin College Women
Tianna Helm (Cashmere HS - Cashmere, WA) - Gonzaga University Women
Sadee Kallis (West Valley HS - Yakima, WA) - Corban University Women
Jordyn Kelly (Kiona Benton HS - Benton City, WA) - Columbia Basin College Women
Bree Lane (Southridge HS - Kennewick, WA) - Columbia Basin College Women
Caity Lawton (Pullman HS - Pullman, WA) - Columbia Basin College Women
Caylah Lunning (Moses Lake HS - Moses Lake, WA) - Eastern Washington Women
Hernan Mendoza (Eastmont HS - Wenatchee, WA) - Wenatchee Valley CC Men
Kayla Peoples (Kamiakin HS - Kennewick, WA) - Columbia Basin College Women
Danika Pink (Chiawana HS - Pasco, WA) - Eastern Oregon Women
Yonatan Rodriguez (Eastmont HS - Wenatchee, WA) - Wenatchee Valley CC Men
Monica Rowley (Hanford HS - Richland, WA) - Eastern Washington Women
Cassidy Rush (Pasco HS - Pasco, WA) - Columbia Basin College Women
Oliver Sanchez (Toppenish HS - Toppenish, WA) - Columbia Basin College Men
Hannah Sanders (Southridge HS - Kennewick, WA) - CC Spokane Women
Sydney Shintaffer (Hanford HS - West Richland, WA) - Eastern Washington Women
Kelly Smith (Hanford HS - Richland, WA) - Western Washington Women
Kurtis Spottedbear (Moses Lake HS - Moses Lake, WA) - Columbia Basin College Men
Brianna Turley (Kamiakin HS - Kennewick, WA) - Columbia Basin College Women
Eric Valadez (Eastmont HS - Wenatchee, WA) - Wenatchee Valley CC Men
Brittany Vickerman (Connell HS - Connell, WA) - Columbia Basin College Women
Cassidy Walter (University HS - Spokane Valley, WA) - Carroll College Women
Brylee Whitney (Warden HS - Warden, WA) - Columbia Basin College Women
Salome Yates (East Valley HS - Yakima, WA) - Yakima Valley CC Women
Derek Zimmerman (Pasco HS - Pasco, WA) - Transfer to Western Washington

State of Idaho 
Erik Anderson (Boise HS - Boise, ID / Wright State) - Transfer to Northwest Nazarene Men
Madison Apsey (Timberline HS - Boise, ID) - Carroll College Women
Domenique Banta (Meridian HS - Meridian, ID) - Fresno State Women
Kaydee Bevan (Meridian HS - Meridian, ID) - Columbia Basin College Women
Grant Billings (Boise HS - Boise, ID) - College of Idaho Men
Mackenzie Bledsoe (Boise HS - Boise, ID) - Westminster College Women
Peter Busche (Borah HS - Boise, ID) - College of Idaho Men
Gavin Christensen (Eagle HS - Eagle, ID) - Brigham Young Univ Men (club/PDL)
Jenna Clubb  (Timberline HS, FC Nova - Boise, ID) - Boise State Women
Aracely Cuevas (Burley HS - Burley, ID) - Treasure Valley CC Women
Mariah Dean (Vallivue HS - Caldwell, ID) - Northwest Nazarene Women
Audrey Dias (Middleton HS - Middleton, ID) - Treasure Valley CC Women
Ashley Engberg (Moscow HS - Moscow, ID) - Univ of Idaho Women
Rikki Fix (Boise HS - Boise, ID) - Regis Women
Bethany Forst (Borah HS - Boise, ID) - Columbia Basin College Women
Tyson Fox (Rocky Mountain HS - Meridian, ID) - Pacific Men
Akina Fujimoto (Mountain View HS - Meridian, ID) -  Regis Women
Macy Goodwin (Century HS - Pocatello, ID) - Idaho State Univ Women
Jordan Haggerty (Mountain View HS - Meridian, ID) - Pacific Lutheran Women
Grace Hancock (Boise HS - Boise, ID) - Washington State Women
Peyton Harris (Boise HS - Boise, ID) - Seattle Pacific Men
Hunter Long (Mountain View HS - Meridian, ID) - Columbia Basin College Women
Ali Longoria (Vallivue HS - Caldwell, ID) - College of Idaho Women
Ashlei Morgan (Meridian HS - Meridian, ID) - Oregon Tech Women
Samantha Murray (Borah HS - Boise, ID) - North Idaho College Women
Carter Perry (Boise HS - Boise, ID) - Utah Valley Men
Mickie Piechowski (Bishop Kelly HS - Boise, ID) Regis Women
Jack Richelieu (Mountain Home HS - Meridian, ID) - Northwest Nazarene Men
Richard Ridlon (Boise HS - Boise, ID) - College of Idaho Men
Maria Sanchez (American Falls HS - American Falls, ID) - Idaho State Univ Women
Maggie Saras (Timberline HS - Boise, ID) - Regis Women
Erika Scheibe (Rocky Mountain HS - Meridian, ID) - College of Idaho Women
Olivia Stands (Meridian HS - Meridian, ID) - Toccoa Falls College Women
Kylie Stephens (Rocky Mountain HS - Meridian, ID) - Hastings College Women
Mollie Stillinovich (Boise HS - Boise, ID) - Walla Walla CC Women
Lizzie Thometz (Bishop Kelly HS - Boise, ID) - Regis Women
Erika Thompson (Centennial HS - Boise, ID) - College of Idaho Women
Sarah Toney (Rocky Mountain HS - Meridian, ID) - Hastings College Women
Anna VanOrder (Centennial HS - Boise, ID) - Walla Walla CC Women
Hanna Velikoff (Mountain View HS - Meridian, ID) - Western State Colorado Univ Women
Makenzie Welch (Rocky Mountain HS - Meridian, ID) - CC Spokane Women
Angelique Wetherelt (Lakeland HS - Rathdrum, ID) - Treasure Valley CC Women
Hallie Widner (Rocky Mountain HS - Meridian, ID) - Univ of Montana Women
Alisha Winder (Bonneville HS - Idaho Falls, ID) - Treasure Valley CC Women
Carter Woods (Eagle HS - Eagle, ID) - Southern Virginia Men
Hailey Woods (Meridian HS - Meridian, ID) - College of Idaho Women

State of Oregon (Central & Eastern)
Priscilla Bernal (Umatilla HS - Umatilla, OR) - Columbia Basin College Women
Alejandro Saldana (McLoughlin HS - Milton-Freewater, OR) - Columbia Basin College Men

State of Montana
Maddy Emerick (Senior HS - Billings, MT) - Univ of Montana Women
Allie Lucas (Billings Central HS - Billings, MT) - Univ of Montana Women
Lilly Moore (Hamilton HS - Hamilton, MT) - Univ of Montana Women
Strom Nuernberger (Billings Senior HS - Billings, MT) - MSU-Billings Men

Commitments from outside the INWsoccernews coverage area
(unlisted schools still to be announced)

Boise State University - Women
Dani Brown (Portland, OR)
Madi Campbell (Tualatin, OR)
Sierra Carrington (Edgewood, WA)
Janelle Flores (Hesperia, CA)
Sarah Taylor (Bridgewater, Nova Scotia Canada)
Jess Vogel (Riverside, CA)

Eastern Oregon University - Women
Amber Nielsen (Puyallup, WA)

Eastern Washington University - Women
Bri Afoa (Kapolei, HI)
M'Kenna Hayes (Kent, WA)
Kendall Loreth (Leavenworth, WA)

Gonzaga University - Men
Fischer Galliger (Gig Harbor, WA)
Austin Giftopoulos (Seattle, WA)
Christo Michaelson (Lake Oswego, OR)
Sam Olson (Pleasanton, CA)
Ben White (Tigard, OR)
Ben Willis (Federal Way, WA)
Gonzaga University - Women
Brittany Doan (Carlsbad, CA)
Allie Boehmer (San Diego, CA)
Savannah Van Critters (Seattle, WA)

University of Idaho - Women
Olivia Baggerly (Canby HS - Canby, OR)
Chloe Bell (Canby HS - Canby, OR)
Josilyn Daggs (Carson HS - Carson City, NV)
Kimberly Gerken (Kingston HS - Kingston, WA)
Kaitlyn Joy (Dripping Springs HS - Dripping Springs, TX)
Bethany Leliefeld (Sam Barlow HS - Boring, OR)

Idaho State University - Women
Shawna Hennings (Anaheim, CA)
Jennifer McCaw (Pahrump, NV)
Kayla Mizo (Honolulu, HI)
Marley Olsen (South Jordan, UT)
Samantha Rodriguez (Irvine, CA)
Baylee Smithson (Fort Worth, TX)

University of Montana - Women
Madison Adams (Lake Tapps, WA)
Brooke Blasi (Highlands Ranch, CO)
Charlene Burger (Vancouver, WA)
Kaitlin Crowell (Klamath Falls, OR)
Natalie Hein (Valencia, CA)
Lily Obrigewitch (Bismarck, ND)
Chanelle Pederseon (Puyallup, WA)
Mallory Sullivan (Scottsdale, AZ)

MSU-Billings - Men
Kyle Davis (St Louis, MO)
Daragh Kavanagh (Perth, Australia)
Zach Lempka (Worland, WY)
Tom Lohmann (Berlin, Germany)
Trevor Wildberger (Rocklin, CA)
MSU-Billings - Women
Jordyn England (Stanwood, WA)
Elly Williamson (Portland, OR)

Washington State University - Women
Jordan Branch (Sammamish, WA)
Kelsee Crenshaw (Marysville, WA)
Ella Dederick (Camarillo, CA)
Simone Gunsolus (Kenmore, WA)

Whitman College - Men
Noah Cavanaugh (Seattle, WA)
Eric Urstad (Woodinville, WA)

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Jim Thomas, Boise State University: “Jenna Clubb is an incredibly tall, athletic, imposing central back with the ability to play very cleanly on the ball,” said Thomas. “She marks a change in recruiting for us where we will tend to bring in more Boise-based and Idaho-based players. Jenna is an incredibly skillful player with a lot of experience at both the high school and club level. We’re excited for her to join with the likes of Jess and Hailey for a long term standing back four that will be fantastic in the Mountain West Conference.” - More Information

Allison Gibson, Idaho State University: "Macy is the perfect example of where hard work and commitment can take you. Along with her former teammate Kat Roberts, Macy decided early in her career to take responsibility for her own development as a player and it has certainly paid off for her. As a local player who attended ISU camps for many years, I have watched her grow into a tremendously talented player.  I couldn't be happier that she has chosen Idaho State to live out her college playing career. - "Maria is our diamond in the rough.  She is a local player that we are extremely excited to have joining ISU soccer. She is one of the most unique and exciting players that I have come across in years.  She cuts through defenses in ways that literally leave people in awe as they watch her.  Maria and Macy will be sure to help fill Davis Field with their fan base and we could not be happier." - More information

Jennifer Simonetti, Eastern Oregon University: "We are very excited about our recruiting class for 2014, and have brought in a lot of players with the potential to fight for starting roles and serious playing time in their first year here. We are excited to bring in the talent and experience they all possess to help us improve on our 5th place finish in the CCC last year to a title!" - More Information

Chad Bodnar, Eastern Washington University: "This class includes some incredibly talented players. I'm very excited about adding some depth along with a number of impact players that will influence our team immediately. When I started the job in January, I knew we had some deficiencies that needed to be addressed. Scoring goals was a glaring one. We've gone out and found some very good attacking players as well as tried to make sure we filled the areas where we lost seniors in. A few of this year's class were already committed and others we had to go find late in the recruiting process. I'm confident this group will help us improve right away and set us up for success down the road." - More Information

Amy Edwards, Gonzaga Univ Women: “With the return of 24 quality players for 2014, we knew we would only need a few pieces to fill this recruiting class. We also knew it would need to address some specific areas, and we truly feel we have accomplished that goal with the addition of these three players. Allie and Tianna will add strength and toughness to our midfield core after the graduation of seniors Emily Eckmann and Ali Ohashi. They both have good skill levels and temperaments to play in the middle of the park for our team. Brittany is a dynamic forward that is going to provide even more speed and depth to an already strong group of attackers. She has pace and quickness to help balance our ability to break opponents down with both skill and athleticism. We are extremely excited about these three players joining the Zags in 2014!” - More Information

Stefanie Golan, Univ of Minnesota: "Hannah Holm is a really dynamic attacking player out of the state of Washington. She will come in and compete to play right away as an attacking midfielder. Hannah is strong and quick on the ball, combines well, and is always dangerous on the ball. Defensively, she can cover ground and reads the game well, but isn't afraid to lay out a tackle when necessary as well.  We become a much more dangerous attacking team with Hannah, and we are excited that we should have depth at the center of our midfield this year."

Mark Plakorus, University of Montana: "I expect them to come in and compete like crazy to get on the field. That's really my only expectation for them," he says, at once sharing his philosophy while also extending a challenge to his newcomers. Everything we do is based on a relentless effort to compete and to get better. If they do those things, they are going to make us more competitive and make us better." - More Information


Abbas Faridnia, Spokane Shadow Technical Director: "What an accomplishment and honor for each of those players and families. The dedication and work of not only soccer, but the utmost importance of academics, allowing each of those players to continue on their path of student athletes. We wish each of them luck and success in their next endeavor as soccer players."