Tualatin teammates to take separate paths for basketball

by: DAN BROOD - ON THE DOTTED LINE -- Tualatin High School seniors Jasmine Miller (left) and Savannah Heugly sign their letters of intent during a ceremony held at the school.TUALATIN — Savannah Heugly and Jasmine Miller have played sports together since they were in elementary school.

Now Tualatin High seniors, Heugly and Miller were together again last Thursday night. And, that night, they made it official that they will spend the collegiate years on different sides of the state.

And they were pretty happy about it.

Heugly and Miller, who both were standout senior posts for the Tualatin High School girls basketball team, each signed national letters of intent last Thursday in a ceremony held in front of friends, family and coaches at Tualatin High School.

Miller will play college basketball at Western Oregon University in Monmouth and Heugly will play at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton.

“This is really special,” Miller said after signing her letter of intent. “It’s a fun way to end things here.”

“It’s special to see everyone here with their support,” Heugly added.

Miller and Heugly were two of four area high school athletes to recently sign national letters of intent. Fellow Tualatin senior Kelly Skoglund will compete for the University of Georgia equestrian team and Sherwood senior Alex Hubbard signed to play volleyball at West Texas A&M, located in Canyon, Texas.

For Heugly and Miller, the chance to sign their letters of intent together seemed to make the occasion more significant.

“We’ve been on the same teams since we were little,” Miller said.

“We’ve been together for a long time,” Heugly added.

But they each say they’ve found their own perfect place to continued their scholastic basketball careers.

“Once I met the coach and the team, and got on campus, it felt right,” Miller said of Western Oregon University. “I just knew it. It’s where I’ll feel most comfortable.”

Heugly, who averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds a game as a Tualatin senior, first visited Blue Mountain Community College when she played in the Oregon-Idaho All-Star Game, which was held at the school.

“That’s how I got to know them,” she said. “I had so much fun there. And I bonded with the coach (Christy Martin).”

Heugly and Miller will each have some adjusting to do at the collegiate level, as they’ll expected to play at the small forward, or shooting guard spots at the next level.

“I’ll have to work on my ball handling,” Miller said.

“It’s going to be a challenge,” Heugly said. “I’m ready for it.”

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - HORSE SENSE -- Tualatin High School senior Kelly Skoglund, with her horse, Soldier Boy, at her side, signs her letter of intent to attend the University of Georgia.Skoglund will be continuing a family tradition when she travels to the University of Georgia.

Her older sister, Kate Skoglund, was a senior for the Bulldog team that won the national title back on April 19.

“I’m keeping it in the family,” Kelly Skoglund said. “I’m really excited for this.”

In addition to competing in equestrian events, Kelly Skoglund also is one of the captains for the Tualatin High School girls lacrosse team. She also played for the Timberwolf soccer squad that won the Class 6A state championship in the fall and she also is the vice president for the Future Business Leaders of America at Tualatin High School.

“I don’t have a lot of free time,” she SUBMITTED PHOTO - TO TEXAS -- Sherwood High School senior Alex Hubbard signs her letter of intent to attend West Texas A&M on a volleyball scholarship.

Hubbard, a 6-foot-5 senior at Sherwood, played on the right side for the Lady Bowmen this past fall, earning all-Northwest Oregon Conference honorable mention accolades.

“Alex has provided consistent growth throughout her career at Sherwood High School,” Lady Bowmen coach Emily Gustafson said. “I am confident that she will be an asset to her new team. We are very proud of Alex and of her accomplishments, and wish her continued success in her future.”

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