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Local athletes commit on Signing Day

Brosseau inks with the Huskies; Bourne likes Eastern Washington


by: JOHN DENNY - (LEFT TO RIGHT) Stefanie Snow, Rilyn Lewchuk, Beau Brosseau and Sierra VeraCruz signed letters of intent to compete in college athletics during Feb. 6 letter of intent signing ceremonies at Oregon City High School.Four local schools reported athletes signing letters of intent on the Feb. 6 National Signing Day.

Four Oregon City High School athletes signed in a ceremony before their fellow students. Track and field standout Beau Brosseau committed to the University of Washington; Rilyn Lewchuk, a pitcher on Oregon City’s state championship baseball team, signed with Corban University.

Oregon City catcher Stefanie Snow signed to play softball at Walla Walla Community College; Oregon City volleyball player Sierra VeraCruz committed to Clackamas Community College.

Clackamas High School lineman Jon Kenion signed with Southern Oregon University, where he’ll room with Central Catholic recruit Taylor Smith (safety). The two grew up playing youth football together.

Milwaukie High School had a big signing day, with wide receiver Kendrick Bourne committing to 2011 NCAA Division I-FCS national champion Eastern Washington University; Richard Ramsey committing to play defensive back for NJCAA 2011 national finalist Arizona Western College; and wide receiver Trevontae Anderson signing with NCAA Division II Humboldt State. All three received full-ride scholarships.

Rex Putnam defender Kaylee Cde Baca committed to play soccer at Division III College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.

Academics help

Brosseau decide

Brosseau, who also got offers from the University of Oregon, Washington State and Boise State, said he chose the University of Washington, “because they had the best opportunity for me.... The mix of academics and athletics is what sold me.”

Brosseau, who boasts at 3.9 GPA at Oregon City High School, says he plans a major in aeronautical engineering.

“They have one of the top five [aeronautical engineering] programs in the country,” Brosseau said.

Brosseau is Oregon City’s school record holder in the shot put, with a personal best of 61-1.

Brosseau says of his goals for this spring, “I want to have fun and throw far. Hopefully I can make some waves at state.”

Lewchuk says he likes Corban because of the school’s head coach, Jeff McKay.

“The coach runs Baseball Northwest,” Lewchuk said. “He’s a retired professional baseball player and he knows a lot about pitching.”

A 3.2 student, Lewchuk says he is leaning towards a business major, although he is still undecided.

Lewchuk says his goals in baseball at Oregon City this spring are: “To get pitcher of the year, first-team all-state, be a good team leader, and go all the way again this year.”

Snow says she signed with Walla Walla because, “I like the area and I really like the coaching staff. They made me very comfortable during my visit. It feels like home....”

A 3.8 student at Oregon City, Snow says, “I’m undecided about my major, but it will probably be business or psychology.”

VeraCruz, who plays libero and defensive specialist, said of CCC, “I went to a couple of their camps when I was younger, and I really enjoy the atmosphere.”

A 3.2 student, VeraCruz said she is undecided about her major.

Jon Kenion plans

to play right away

“They did a really good job of making me feel at home,” Kenion said of his visit to Southern Oregon. “It was a family environment. I felt like I was already a player there. The school and the community treated me great!”

by: ANGELA FOX - Proud parents Sherry and Brian Vance were on hand on Feb. 6 when their son Jon Kenion accepted a full-ride scholarship to play football at Southern Oregon University.Kenion said of his goals at Southern Oregon, “They’re ranked fifth in NAIA, and I want to win a national championship.”

A two-way starter the past two seasons at Clackamas, Kenion excelled as one of the top defensive linemen in the state, ranking in the top five in quarterback sacks his senior year.

A 3.3 student, Kenion planned for an early graduation and he graduated from Clackamas High School in January. He plans on participating in Southwestern Oregon’s practices this spring.

“They want me to play defensive line and I plan to play right away,” he said.

Kenion says he will major in health and physical education.

“I want to become an athletic director,” he said.

Taylor Smith, who attended Happy Valley Elementary School and Sunrise Middle School with Kenion, rekindled his football relationship with Kenion at the end of the last high school season, when the two were among Oregon high school seniors selected to play against a team from Hawaii in the All-American Academic Bowl.

Bourne commits

to a top program

by: JOHN DENNY - Trevontae Anderson (left) and Richard Ramsey look on as Kendrick Bourne signs a letter of intent to play football at Eastern Washington University. All three athletes received full-ride scholarships to play football in college.One of the most highly recruited wide receivers in Oregon 5A high school football, Bourne turned down offers from Portland State, Montana and Idaho to sign on with Eastern Washington.

“I’m so grateful to my brothers, my parents, my coaches and the staff here at Milwaukie for helping make this happen....,” Bourne said. “I can’t thank my brothers Andrew and Evan enough, for steering me away from hanging with the wrong crowd and getting my life on the right path.”

Bourne says that while he was struggling to maintain passing grades before transferring to Milwaukie, he earned a 3.6 GPA during the past semester at Milwaukie.

“It’s been a goal of mine to get a college scholarship since sixth grade, but being cocky the way I was at Benson and being nowhere close grade-wise, it never would have happened.”

Besides improving things on the academic side, Bourne excelled on the gridiron at Milwaukie, hauling down 68 passes for 1,268 yards and 22 touchdowns last fall.

“Kendrick is a great athlete,” said Eastern Washington receiver coach Junior Adams. “He’s got good body control and a great understanding of the game. He can leap high and he can catch the football....

“It depends on Kendrick. But he’s going to have the opportunity to play right away.”

Bourne says he plans to study broadcasting and journalism.

“This is a great opportunity for me,” Bourne said. “I’d like to play in the NFL, but if that doesn’t work out, I’ll get a life job out of [a college education].”

“This means a lot to me,” Ramsey said. “I’m the first one in my family to get a full-ride scholarship and I’m going to take real good advantage of it....

“I owe a lot to coach [Don] Johnson and the staff here at Milwaukie for helping turn my life around.”

Ramsey says he hopes his college studies will lead to a career as an athletic trainer.

Anderson echoed Ramsey’s comments.

“It feels great!” he said. “I’m the first of four kids in my family to go to college.”

Anderson said the Humboldt State coaching staff has told him he is going to see action as a freshman.

Anderson plans a major in accounting.

“I want to become a CPA,” he said.

Cde Baca to study

sports medicine

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Putnams Kaylee Cde BacaA four-year starter for Putnam’s varsity soccer team, Cde Baca was recruited as an outside defender, but she has been told she’ll play multiple positions at Saint Benedict.

A club player with FC Portland in Hillsboro, she was recruited at the FC Portland College Showcase in January 2012.

A 3.5 student, Cde Baca plans to study physical therapy/sports medicine.




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