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Colton Bird commits to Monterey Peninsula College football, Brennen McNabb to Chemeketa Community College basketball

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians senior Colton Bird (left) signed his collegiate letter of intent to study at and play football for Monterey Peninsula College (Calif.), as did senior Brennen McNabb (right) with Chemeketa Community College (Salem) basketball.Indians seniors Colton Bird and Brennen McNabb signed collegiate letters of intent on Tuesday at Scappoose High School.

Bird, an all-state second-team linebacker, announced his intent to study at and play football for Monterey Peninsula College (Calif.)

McNabb, an all-state first-team wide receiver, will attend and play basketball for Chemeketa Community College (Salem).

Bird was sidelined for much of his senior season with a foot injury but made 96 tackles and four sacks, forced three fumbles and recovered two in eight games.

"[Monterey Peninsula College was] the best choice because they have a new defensive coordinator," said Bush, an inside linebacker yet to declare a major. "I like being right in the middle of it."

The Lobos went 5-5 overall and 3-3 in the California Community College Athletic Association's Coast Conference in 2015 as they scored 25.1 points against 21.5 allowed per game.

McNabb was an all-state honorable mention guard as a junior in 2015 and helped Scappoose to its first state basketball championship in 42 years and its fourth in school history.

He was a senior all-state first-team wide receiver as he caught 73 passes for 1,368 yards and 21 touchdowns on the way to the Indians' first state championship appearance in 13 years, but missed basketball season with an ankle injury.

"I learned not to take basketball for granted," said McNabb, who got back to speed in track and field this spring and is also undecided in his major.

The combo guard will get to run with the uptempo Storm.

"On his visit I was impressed with his all-around offensive game and athleticism as it suits our style of play really well," Chemeketa coach David Abderhalden said. "We play very fast and have a lot of different players handle the ball, score, and make decisions. It also doesn't hurt that he can flat out shoot with deep range, you can never have enough of that."

Chemeketa went 19-13 overall and 9-7 in the Northwest Athletic Conference South and reached the conference tournament.

"The part that excites me the most are all the intangibles that he has, and that everyone I talked to spoke very highly of him as a person, leader, teammate, and competitor," Abderhalden said. "I know Brennen is still recovering so on the floor I know we didn't even see everything he had, which is exciting all by itself. My experience tells me when you find a guy like that who wants to be a part of your program you jump on it, because those are guys who can help take your program to a championship level."