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Pair of Laker athletes sign letters of intent

Two prominent Lake Oswego athletes made their college plans official last Friday when they signed their letters of intent to continue playing at the next level.

In a small ceremony in the Lake Oswego High School auditorium, basketball player Max Jacobsen and golfer Amy Beth Simanton signed to attend Portland State University and the University of California Davis respectively.

Jacobsen gave Portland St. a verbal commitment over a month ago but was excited to officially sign on with the local college that appears to have an up and coming program.

'I wanted to stay close to family and friends and I really liked the coaching staff,' Jacobsen said.

Jacobsen will be playing under head coach Ken Bone who led the Vikings to their first ever NCAA tournament appearance last year and has his team primed to make another run to the tournament this season.

Over the past year, Jacobsen quickly emerged as one of the state's top prospects. He was a first-team all-league selection last year and helped the Lakers come within a few seconds of advancing to the state tournament.

He went on to have a stellar club season over the summer which garnered plenty of attention from college coaches.

'As a freshman I had no idea this would happen. I just continued to work hard and being able to sign with a program like this feels great,' Jacobsen said.

Amy Beth Simanton has been one of the states' top high school golfers since her freshman year.

As a sophomore she claimed an individual state championship and narrowly missed repeating as a champion last spring.

Simanton didn't make up her mind about where to play next year until just recently. She originally decided to attend Washington State University but changed her mind after her visit.

But she had a completely different experience when she considered UC Davis, near Sacramento, Calif.

'I love the coach and the whole team. There's better weather there and overall it's just a really good school. I felt at home there,' Simanton said.

Simanton has set high goals for herself and, after trying to win another state title this spring, she will look to befin achieving those goals in college.

'Whether its turning pro or being a coach I definitely want to be doing something with golf in the future,' Simanton said.