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8 Ridgeview High athletes sign letters of intent

By on May 25, 2021 0

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“ it’s unreal ” says an athlete

REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) – On Monday evening, eight Ridgeview High School athletes signed letters of intent with colleges and universities during the school’s spring signing ceremony.

Family members and coaches were able to attend the event with masks and social distancing guidelines in place.

And for seniors like Cole Jackson, signing their Letter of Intent to play the sport they love at the next level is a dream come true.

“It’s unreal,” Jackson said.

The peerless wrestler is heading south to what he says is his dream school in Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, along California’s central coast.

And despite the regular season complications from COVID-19, Jackson says it all worked out in the end.

“I was able to make more friends, meet more coaches, get better training opportunities than if I had a regular season,” said Jackson. “I was going out of state a lot, going all over the country and getting some really impressive competition.”

And his senior colleague, Chuck Sheldon, says he’s thrilled to be playing football not too far from home at Linfield College.

“I want to get a solid degree and this is a great place to do it,” Sheldon said. “You know it’s not too far from my house, so I can come home on the weekends and get some homemade food that Mum makes.”

And in another engagement, baseball player Caleb Carpenter will call Arizona his new home as he prepares to compete for the University of Ottawa.

“It’s a huge accomplishment with everything that’s going on and everything we’ve been through as seniors,” Carpenter said. “It was just like a big sigh of relief and accomplishment.”

And while many Elders are heading in different directions, they all echoed their appreciation for their coaches and families who helped make it all possible.

The following students must sign letters of intent:
– Gwen Arthur, University of Ottawa (Ariz.), Swimming
– Josh Biever, George Fox University, Football
– Caleb Carpenter, University of Ottawa (Arizona), Baseball
– Brooklyn DeChent, Bushnell University, Volleyball
– Ally Henry, Western Oregon University, Volleyball
– Cole Jackson, Cal Poly, wrestling
– Kiani Nakamura, Oregon State University, Softball
– Paige Pentzer, College of Idaho, basketball

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