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North Marion's Snyder inks college commitment

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Two-sport athlete will compete in both baseball and football

PHIL HAWKINS - North Marion senior Boston Snyder is flanked by parents Nickie (left) and Jamie Snyder on March 21 as he signs his commitment to play football and baseball at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. 
Oklahoma Panhandle State University is not exactly a household name in the Pacific Northwest, but the Aggies may have a pipeline developing at North Marion High School.

Huskies multi-sport senior student athlete Boston Snyder inked his commitment to study and play for OPSU next fall at a signing ceremony in the North Marion High School commons on March 21.

Located more than 1,200 miles away in Goodwell, Oklahoma, OPSU is a small NCAA Division II with an enrollment of less than 2,000 students and the alma mater of North Marion assistant football coach and director of security Caleb Barnes, who connected Snyder with the school.

"I played there from '02 to '05 and enjoyed it," Barnes said. "I just put it out there to Boston and was like, 'What about a long ways away with no trees, kind of desolate? What do you think?'"

Surprisingly enough, Snyder showed interest and the North Marion football staff got to work contacting the Aggies' staff and providing them with information and film clips. OPSU liked what they saw and the match was made.

At 5-10 and 170 pounds, Snyder played a hybrid offensive role for the North Marion football team, lining up in the backfield as a running back, but often optioning out to the side of the field as a receiver. He sees himself continuing that role with the Aggies.

"I would go out in the slot sometimes, and I would prefer the slot, because I have better hands and am better at receiving the ball than running," Snyder said. "I'm a better catcher than runner."

But Snyder won't be limited to just football while he's in Goodwell. The Aggies got wind that he was interested in playing baseball as well, prompting more emails and phone calls to the baseball staff. Soon enough, Snyder was on his way to being a two-sport athlete.

"I also told them I played baseball, and I'm a better baseball player than I am football, and they loved it," Snyder said.

Although Snyder is opting to compete in track and field this spring, he spent the previous two years playing varsity baseball for the Huskies. Snyder specializes in the middle infield, but could just as easily play in the outfield.

"I'm utility, I can play anywhere," he said.

The Aggies' baseball team is in the midst of its 2017 season and is 8-20 overall playing in the Heartland Conference. Snyder will join the program's summer baseball season in June after graduating from North Marion, when he will play with and get to know his teammates before transitioning over to the football program in the fall.

The football team plays in the Central States Football League and is coming off a 2-9 season. Both teams play primarily against programs in the mid-south region, ranging from Arizona and New Mexico to Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas.

Although the region is a world apart from Oregon, Snyder is excited for the opportunity to experience a new part of the country away from friends and family.

"I haven't been down south, so it'll definitely be a new environment," Snyder said. "I'm ready for it. I've grown up here my whole life, and I just want to go see something new."

While there, Snyder intends to pursue an interest in criminal justice, where OPSU recently began offering Bachelors of Science degrees in the field three years ago.

Phil Hawkins covers all things sports and Gervais. He can be reached at 503-765-1194 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..