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CCSD student athletes sign to play collegiate sports

EHS signees

With the stroke of a pen, 79 student athletes from across the Cherry Creek School District started writing the next chapter of their academic and athletic stories. On Feb. 1, National Letter of Intent Day, they signed commitments to play collegiate sports at institutions in Colorado and across the country.

Halvorson family.jpgCherry Creek High School senior Meg Halvorson is looking forward to studying elementary education and playing soccer at the University of Denver.

“It’ll be a lot different because the intensity will be greater and it’s a higher level of soccer,” said Halvorson, who plays center mid or outside mid. “It’ll be exciting and a new experience.”

Halvorson and her fellow student athletes sported jerseys and T-shirts from their soon-to-be schools. They were surrounded by balloons in collegiate colors and proud parents, coaches, teammates and friends.

“We’re very proud of Meg and everything she’s accomplished with her dedication and commitment through the years,” said Joel Halvorson, Meg’s father. “It’s great to see her achieve this goal and go on to the next level.”

Going on to play collegiate sports is relatively rare. Out of the nearly eight million student athletes who play sports in high school, only about six percent go on to play in college.  Congratulations to these soon-to-be collegiate student athletes!

CTHS signeesCherokee Trail High School
Emily Bell, Softball, Simpson College
Kristyn Bobka, Swim, University of Wyoming
Rebekah Burton, Soccer, University of Montana
Desmond Cole, Soccer, Manhattan College
Joe Cox, Basketball, Doane College
Hannah Edwards, Soccer, Grand Canyon University
Ruben Estrada, Football, Western State Colorado University
Taryn Foxen, Basketball, Chadron State University
Max Gonzales, Football, Colorado State University - Pueblo
Kenzie Hendon, Volleyball, University of Illinois Springfield
Jordan Herrera, Cross Country, University of Northern Colorado
Skylar Higens, Softball, Adams State University
Brenden Holt, Football, Colorado State University - Pueblo
Londyn Johnson, Volleyball, University of Connecticut
Conner Nantkes, Baseball, Washington State
Sonoma Olson, Softball, Vanguard University
Audrey Pickett, Softball, Colorado State University
Quinton Powell, Football, Colorado Mesa University
KJ Sapp, Football, Colorado Mesa University
Brad Scalia, Golf, Johnson and Wales University
Courtney Schmidt, Soccer, Lewis and Clark College
Zariah Smith, Soccer, Fort Hays State University
Leah Van Der Sanden, Volleyball, Illinois Institute of Technology
Josh Zambrano, Football, Colorado Mesa University

499 CCHS signees.jpgCherry Creek High School
Curtis Appleton , Football, Washburn University
Allison Dwinnell, Women’s Basketball and Soccer, Macalaster College
Natalie Evans, Women’s Soccer, Westminster College
Libby Geraghty, Women’s Soccer, University of Colorado, Boulder
Charlotte Godfrey, Field Hockey and Women’s Lacrosse, Denison University
Emma Godfrey, Field Hockey and Women’s Lacrosse, Dickinson College
Meg Halvorson, Women’s Soccer, University of Denver
Trey Jones, Football, University of Northern Colorado
Caitlin McPherson, Women’s Soccer, University of Colorado, Boulder
Dominic Montoya, Football, Hastings College
Kevin Palacio, Football, Hastings College
Devon Peterson, Cross Country and Track, Colorado State University
Jack Pezdirtz, Football, Colorado Mesa University
Tyler Schaffer, Football, Colorado Mesa University
Jonathan Van Diest, Football, University of Colorado, Boulder
Nick Williams, Football, Colorado State University, Pueblo
Trey Windham, Football, Colorado Mesa University

Eaglecrest High School
Rylee Atteberry, Women’s Soccer, Coastal Carolina
Quentin Bowen, Football, Colorado Mesa University
Elijah Brockman, Football, Air Force Academy
Karas Foreso, Softball, Bethany University       
Kathleen Ingram, Softball, Newman University                                                
Kyle Johnson, Football, Morningside College
Maya Johnson, Volleyball, South Dakota School of Mines
MacKenzi Kissman, Volleyball, York College
Taylor O’Brien, Volleyball, York College
Colbey Ross, Men’s Basketball, Pepperdine University
Jessica Stoner, Women’s Basketball, Laramie County Community College
Garret Tisdall, Baseball, Colorado Mesa University

499 Cropped GHS igneesFeb1singing8.jpgGrandview High School
Hayden Blubaugh, Football, University of North Dakota
Terran Caldwell, Softball, Fort Hays State University
Tyson Hays, Baseball, Illinois State University
Jessica Hixson, Women’s Soccer, University of Utah
Gunnar Lamphere, Football, Colorado State University - Pueblo
Carson Mandrell, Football, Western State Colorado University
Robert Moss, Football, University of Northern Colorado
Bryanna Oakley, Cross Country, University of California, Berkeley
Michaela Onyenwere, Women’s Basketball, UCLA
Taylor Parker, Women’s Soccer, University of Denver
Raychel Reed, Volleyball, Hutchinson Community College
Marina Schlaepfer, Volleyball, Caldwell University
Matt Smith, Men’s Soccer, Missouri Baptist University

499 SHHS signees.jpgSmoky Hill High School
Karson Avila, Football, Chadron State College
Ryan Campbell, Football, Augsburg College
Slawomir Glowacki, Volleyball, Wittenberg University
Emily Goodson, Soccer, Creighton University
Mikayla Hernandez, Soccer, Black Hills State University
Britteny Lewis, Soccer, University of Denver
Donavan Maurelli, Boys Lacrosse, Madonna University
Maggie Pearson, Soccer, University of St. Thomas (MN)
Maddi Reiakvam, Soccer, Buena Vista University
Isaiah Sanford, Track, Chadron State College    
Brooke Sosa, Soccer, University of Idaho
Padraic Walsh, Baseball, Dodge City Community College
Maurice Wyatt, Football, Chadron State College

See more photos of CCSD signing celebrations on the Cherry Creek Schools Facebook page.

Posted 2/3/2017 3:06 PM
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