It's the day the hard work an athlete puts in pays off, signing a National Letter of Intent to play a collegiate sport. And there were several area high schoolers who put pen to paper on Wednesday.
At University High School, three student-athletes signed NLI's. The GSL's reigning MVP, and 1st team All-State performer Brett Bailey signed to play basketball at the University of San Diego. Two sport standout, Kayleigh Valley, chose basketball over volleyball and will play next season at the University of Montana. And swimming star, Addisynn Bursch, will head to North Carolina State.
Mead high school has at least two of it's stellar volleyball seniors signed, sealed and delivered to play at the next level. WSU lists Taylor Ellingsen as a 5-7 defensive specialist in their NLI release. “WSU is an amazing school! My entire family went to WSU and I grew up knowing that one day, I would be a Coug too. I fell in love with the campus when I was little and coming down to every football game. Now that I'm older I realize that WSU is also perfect for me academically, " Ellingsen said of her decision. While Ellingsen decided to stay close to home, her high school teammate, libero Sierra Crook, is headed to Adelphi University across the country on Long Island, NY. In basketball, Jade Redmon has signed with Wendy Schuller's Eastern Eagles. “Jade is great player, who is just tough as nails. She will do whatever it takes to get the job done. She handles it really well, can get into the lane and can be a major threat in the open floor. She fits in really well with our style, and how we like to play. She is also going to help us defensively in terms of pressuring the ball and getting into passing lanes,” Schuller said.
Darby Santos was named the WIAA's 3A Player of the Week in volleyball earlier in the season. The Shadle Park standout has signed to play next year at Lewis-Clark State in Lewiston. The Warriors just captured their sixth straight Frontier Conference title.
Gonzaga Prep had two student-athletes sign on Wednesday. Madison Wright will play basketball for Big Sky Conference member Southern Utah. Alex Marcinkowski will take his tennis talents to the University of Oregon out of the Pac-12.
The Colfax Bulldogs now have a Grizzly on their boys basketball team. Brandon Gfeller, the reigning 2B player of the year in Washington has signed to play for Spokane native Wayne Tinkle at the University of Montana. "Brandon reminds me a lot of some of the outstanding shooting guards that Montana has had over the past few years," Tinkle said. "I think he's got around a 6-foot-7 wing span, and he really elevates and has a high release on his shot. Our staff identified him as one of the best shooters that we've see the past couple of years."
It will be an easy move to the University of Idaho for Amy Hasenoehrl, who will play golf for the Vandals. “We are thrilled that Amy decided to continue to represent Idaho at the college level,” Vandals head coach Lisa Johnson said. “She is a delightful person, an excellent student, and driven beyond belief. She has big goals for herself and the team, and we are very excited to help her achieve them.