St. Helens football’s star lineman Jacob Zartman, the centerpiece behind the offensive and defensive lines for much of the last two seasons, is headed to Western Oregon University on a partial football scholarship. Zartman officially signed with Western Oregon on Wednesday, Feb. 5 as part of national signing day, when the floodgates are open for athletes to commit to the two or four year institutions of their choice.

As early as December, Zartman had Western pegged as a favorite, announcing his commitment verbally via twitter on Jan. 11 after a visit to the Monmouth campus.

Zartman finished with 58 total tackles in his senior season, earning second-team all-state honors with 35 solo tackles and 11 sacks. Zartman also caused three fumbles and scored a touchdown during the Oct. 4 game at Sandy, and completed two conversions during the Lions' 5 OT win over Cleveland.

“[Thanks to] all the coaches I've had in the past and throughout high school who have helped me become who I am today,” said Zartman after the signing. “They've molded me, not only as a player, but as a person. They've taught me how I should represent myself, represent the school. I know I'll be able to have success in the future because of them.”

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