Tualatin athletes make their college choices
TUALATIN — It was a special day.
Not just for one Tualatin High School senior.
Not just two.
But a whole bunch.
In all, 13 Timberwolf seniors — some in attendance, and some not able to be — were honored as they signed their collegiate national letters of intent during a ceremony held at the school on May 12 at Tualatin High School.
Among those signing their letters that day was Tualatin senior Kate Intile, who signed to run cross country and track at the University of Colorado.
"I'm really excited about it," Intile said. "I love the coach's philosophy, and I love the team. And I wanted to run in the (Pacific 12 Conference)."
Intile recently wrapped up her high school running career, which saw her star on the Tualatin girls cross country and track and field teams the past four years.
After winning the Three Rivers League district cross country title as a junior, Intile placed second at the 2016 district meet. She went on to finish ninth at the Class 6A state track and field championships.
This past spring, during her senior track and field season, Intile placed second at the Three Rivers League district meet in both the 1,500 and 3,000-meter runs. She went on to finish sixth in the 1,500 at the Class 6A state meet.
Intile is now looking to step up the pace at the collegiate level.
"I'll try to stay patient," she said. "It's a big learning curve. But I trust the coaches, and I'm looking at it as a four-year plan."
Three seniors from the Tualatin High School football team also signed their letters. Tight end Jared Ellisen will be attending Linfield College in McMinnville, Mack Mathews will be attending the College of San Mateo, located in San Mateo, Calif., and fullback Cody Brown will be attending Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.
This past fall, Ellisen was a second-team All-Three Rivers League selection at outside linebacker and an honorable mention pick at receiver. Brown was a second-team all-league selection at fullback and an honorable-mention pick at safety.
Mathews was a first-team all-league pick at inside linebacker, despite missing part of the season due to a knee injury. He also was a first-team all-league selection at inside linebacker as a junior.
Grace Phillips signed to play volleyball at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany. Phillips, a middle blocker at Tualatin, was a first-team All-Three Rivers League pick this past fall.
Another Tualatin grad, Sara Fanger, was a freshman on last year's Linn-Benton volleyball team.
Two seniors from the Tualatin baseball team signed their letters. Elijah Diggins, a first-team All-Three Rivers League pitcher from this past spring, will be attending Ventura College, in Ventura, Calif., and Ryan Kamp will be going to Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.
Two seniors from the Tualatin High School boys golf team, Ian Chaff and C.J. Luikart, will each be attending Grand Canyon University, located in Phoenix, Ariz. This past spring, Chaff and Luikart helped the Timberwolves reach the Class 6A state tournament.
Senior Carter Rudisill will be running track at Southwestern Oregon Community College, located in Coos Bay. Anthony Carpio-Reyes will be wrestling at Clackamas Community College.
Jacob Berggren will be playing men's lacrosse at Whittier College, located in Whittier, Calif., and Jordan Maddox will be playing women's lacrosse at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.