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Banks seniors will continue athletic careers at college level

Four Banks athletes sign letters of intent to compete at the college level next year

 - Banks athletes Madison Soper, Alyssa Chung, Hannah VanDomelen and Emily Vandehey (from left) prepare to sign their letters of intent.Four of Banks’ best are going on to the next level.

Good friends and classmates Alyssa Chung, Madison Soper, Emily Vandehey and Hannah VanDomelen all signed national letters of intent last Thursday in a ceremony at Banks High School, which means that all four will be continuing their athletic careers next fall.

The seniors signed their letters in front of family, friends, teammates and coaches after Braves athletic director Jacob Pence briefly addressed the crowd. All four girls have won both all-league and all-state honors in the respective sports they will play in college.

Chung (volleyball) and VanDomelen (softball) both signed with Clackamas Community College, Vandehey (soccer) signed with Highline College in Des Moines, Wash., and Soper (softball) signed with Carroll College, an NAIA institution in Helena, Mont. They all offered comments on their signings.

Vandehey, on why she chose Highline:

“I went up there, and then I played with the girls. I’m like, ‘They’re the real deal. This is a program that I want to be a part of.’ Some people were like, ‘Oh, it’s just a community college up in Washington,’ but it’s so much more to me than that. It’s kind of the start for everything.”

Chung on Clackamas Community College:

“When I went there, I knew I had my heart set right away. I fell in love with the campus, the coach and the girls all at once. I was actually going to wait to sign, because I had some college exposure tournaments to go to for club. But I couldn’t even wait, because I just knew that I couldn’t picture myself anywhere else.

“I love what they’re about — I love the philosophy, I love how hard-working they are. It’s just the perfect fit for me.”

VanDomelen on picking Clackamas CC:

“I really, really like the coach, and I like the program, and I like the idea of a two-year (school) going into a four-year. It was just a really good fit for me, so I’m excited.”

Soper on signing with Carroll College:

“I love the coaches and how they run their program. And I’m excited, because they just started. This year is their first year having a softball program, so I was really excited to help start the program when I get there.

“I love the area, and the college, the academics there, is just really good.”


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