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Metro League sending mass exodus to collegiate level


by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Sunset girls cross country runner Charlotte Corless will continue her running career at Boise State University.

Long known for producing high-quality collegiate athletes and a number of Division One commits, the Metro League as well as Valley Catholic has continued to cement its status as a college-prospect-pumping factory.

More than 25 current Metro athletes signed letters of intent in various sports on National Signing Day, Wednesday, Feb. 6. The talent-rich Beaverton area churned out top-notch athletes in various sports once again, starting with Jesuit that had 11 athletes with D1 schools.

Linebacker Joey Alfieri (Stanford), defensive end Henry Mondeaux (Oregon) and defensive athlete Christian Martinek (Oregon State), three of the Crusader football team’s two-way leaders made it official on Wednesday after long recruiting battles for their respective services. Martinek will play both baseball and football for the Beavers, if he so decides to attend college rather than forego school and sign with a Major League baseball squad after the draft in early June.

Martinek said he grew up following players like Darwin Barney, Jonah Nickerson and Dallas Buck, local Oregonians who were crucial in the Beavers’ national title runs. He’s always desired to be part of the winning tradition in Corvallis. “Ever since I’ve been watching them as a kid, I thought, ‘Wow, that’s basically the big leagues’,” said Martinek. “Watching them compete every year, that’s definitely a program I want to be in.”

Alfieri committed to Stanford after a stellar showing at The Opening in July. The 6-foot-3 outside linebacker said there wasn’t one specific reason why he chose Stanford but more of an accumulation of qualities that made him want to be a Cardinal.

“All the schools I was looking at had good things about them, but in the end, I think Stanford was just the right fit me for me academically, athletically and overall,” said Alfieri. “I wanted to go to a program that’s improving every year and is only going to go up.”

Mondeaux vowed his services to the University of Oregon in the days leading up to Jesuit’s state semifinal game with Canby, saying he wanted to be part of another winning program. A ferocious blocker at tight end, but an even better defender, Mondeaux will play at the Ducks’ hybrid position on defense.

“They tend to have a lot of bigger athletes who can do a bunch of different things, so I think I fit in pretty well,” said Mondeaux. “I really liked all the players I’ve met so far, and they’ve had nothing but good things to say.”

Jesuit boys’ soccer players Christo Michaelson and Antonio Porreco were integral parts of the entertaining, state-title winning Crusader squad that rolled through the 6A ranks this year. The extremely versatile Michaelson committed to Gonzaga University and the fancy-dribbling, unselfish Porreco signed with Loyola Marymount.

Max Dordevic helped the Crusader boys’ track and field squad take home a team 6A state championship in May. Dordevic — who took second in both the 100 and 300 hurdles and ran the anchor leg of Jesuit’s 4X400 winning relay — signed with the University of Texas.

The Jesuit girls’ soccer team generated the most commits from one team, sending five of its highly regarded players to the collegiate level. Defender Lexi Frey — the Metro League Player of the Year —signed with Loyola Marymount. Frey’s defensive mates Ilyssa Holt (St. Mary’s) and Arianna Hudson (Florida State) also inked with their respective schools on Wednesday.

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Jesuit girls soccer forward Dani Brown signed with Boise State University.

Forward Dani Brown pledged to Boise State, and Simone Herzberg is going to Seattle Pacific University.

The runner-up Sunset girls’ soccer squad sent four players to the next level, including co-Metro League Player of the Year Taylor Coon, who penned with Arizona State. Goalie Taylor Luty inked with the University of Portland after a first-team, all-Metro and second-team, all-state season as a senior. Payten Sonnen (Dominican University) and Elly Williamson were both crucial to the Apollos’ late season jaunt to the state title game, and each will continue their careers at the next level.

Apollos boys’ swimmer Jonathan Zoucha is taking his decorated swimming resume, filled with five individual state championships, 10 state places and three team titles to the University of Louisville next season. Sunset girls’ swimmer Haley Fellows said she’ll swim for Colorado Mesa University in the fall. Fellows helped the Sunset girls take second at the 6A state championships last year.

Charlotte Corless was a star on the Sunset cross country team, helping the Apollos win the 6A state title this year. Corless will run cross country for Boise State University next year.

Josh Brown helped the Sunset football team make the state playoffs after selflessly switching from tight end to offensive tackle to help shore up the Apollo offensive line. Brown signed with Portland State University and will play either tight end or defensive end for the Vikings.

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Jesuit outside linebacker Joey Alfieri signed his letter of intent with Stanford on Feb. 6.

Grant Bingham, a part of the Apollos’ boys cross country team will run for Whitworth College. Sunset boys’ midfielder Steven Rogers signed with Seattle University.

Southridge wide receiver Jordan Morgan signed his name on the dotted line for Rich Rodriguez and the University of Arizona on Wednesday, ensuring his future as a pass-catching Wildcat at the Pac-12 level. A first-team, all-state selection this season, Morgan helped the Skyhawks reach the second round of the 6A state playoffs with his ability to get behind the defense with his speed and out-leap defensive backs at the peak for jumpballs.

“Everybody down there is real with you,” Morgan said of Arizona. “They’re family, and they’re welcoming. I felt like it fit me. They treated me like I was part of their family. I think it’s the perfect place for me. I love it there.”

“Jordan could be as good as he wants to be,” said Southridge head coach Doug Dean. “He’s a tremendous talent with a bright future ahead of him. It’s always fun to have kids that move on to college programs that you can watch and follow and say, ‘Hey, he was part of our family’.”

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Southridge outside hitter Bethany Kosmowski was an all-Metro League pick this year and will continue her volleyball career at Warner Pacific.

Skyhawk outside hitter Bethany Kosmoski was one of Southridge’s calm leaders on the floor and a smasher of Nicole Rigoni’s kills at the net. After leading the Skyhawks to a second-place finish in Metro, Kosmoski signed with Warner Pacific on Wednesday.

Valley Catholic lefty Sam Teague will play baseball at Samford University next season. A pitcher/power-hitting outfielder for the Valiants, Teague shepherded Valley to the state quarterfinals last season. And, with Carter Buuck possibly out for the baseball season, Teague could be asked to be Valley’s ace this coming spring.

Aloha softball player Michelle Silva will play for Willamette University next season after leading the Warriors to back-to-back Metro League titles as a sophomore and junior. And, with a number of seniors coming back, Silva — the 2013 Metro Player of the Year — and Aloha could make it three-for-three this spring.

Beaverton girls’ soccer player Kelli Priest was part of a Beavers’ squad that won the most Metro contests since 2006. Priest — who was part of the Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club — signed with Lewis and Clark College.

Westview’s Jadyn McMillan will suit for the Portland State University girls’ soccer team next fall after guiding the Wildcats to a 6A state semifinal appearance against Sunset this season. McMillan was first-team, all-Metro League and second-team, all-state. Fellow girls’ soccer player Mac Kearney signed with Clackamas Community College.