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Hall and Powelson make their choices


The Tualatin seniors sign their national letters of intent

by: DAN BROOD - ON THE DOTTED LINE -- Tualatin senior Britta Hall signs her national letter of intent to play college basketball at San Jose State University.TUALATIN — Two Tualatin High School seniors made their college choices official last week.

Britta Hall and Maddie Powelson both signed national letters of intent on April 17 — and they’re both heading south to California.

Hall will continue her scholastic basketball career at San Jose State University while Powelson will go on to play college volleyball at Dominican University of California, located in San Rafael, Calif.

“I’m so excited about this. Not too many people get this opportunity,” Hall said after signing her letter of intent in front of friends, family, teammates and coaches in a ceremony held April 17 at Tualatin High. “This has been a dream of mine since fifth grade.”by: DAN BROOD - ON TO COLLEGE -- Tualatin senior Maddie Powelson signed to play college volleyball at Dominican University.

For Powelson, the letter of intent signing come just over a year after she suffered a major knee injury, which kept her out of her junior softball season.

“After the injury, I took it one day at a time,” Powelson said on April 17, after she helped the Tualatin softball team score a win over Tigard. “Getting a scholarship was still a goal. My family and friends were always there for me.”

Powelson seemed to show no effects of her knee injury this past fall when she stared for the Timberwolf volleyball team. As a senior she earned All-Pacific Conference first-team honors as an all-around player.

She said Dominican University is looking for her to play at outside hitter.

“When I visited there, I felt it was the right place,” Powelson said. “The coaches and players were great.”

Hall says her college opportunity has come due to a lot of hard work.

“There were lots of days and late nights at the gym,” she said. “It was a lot of hard work, but it was worth it.”

That hard work paid off for Hall in her senior basketball season at Tualatin.

The 5-foot-7 point guard had averages of 17.2 points, 4.1 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 2.8 steals, helping her earn first-team All-Pacific Conference honors. She also set a single-season school record with 43 three-point baskets.

“She had a huge impact for us,” Tualatin girls basketball coach Casey Bunn said. “She was a leader, and we’ll miss her. I see nothing but success for her at the college level.”

And, Hall says, San Jose State is the perfect play for her to strive for that success.

“It’s very family-oriented, and that’s huge for me,” she said. “The girls felt like sisters. They’ll help me grow as a person.”