Tualatin stars ink college letters of intent
TUALATIN — Three Tualatin High School students made their college choices official.
And they were all pretty darn happy about it.
Timberwolf stars Brooke Jones, Cole Kinman and Gerald Saina signed their collegiate national letters of intent in front of a large crowd of family, friends, coaches and teammates during a ceremony held Wednesday at the school.
"This means the world to me," said Saina, who will play college football at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. "I get to play at the next level."
Jones signed to play women's soccer at George Fox University in Newberg.
"This means so much to me," she said. "For so long, I've worked hard toward this — since first grade. And it's all led up to this."
Jones, at Tualatin, was part of a dynamic goalkeeper duo, along with Sarah Hall, this past fall for the Timberwolf squad that reached the quarterfinal round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
She'll continued to play at goalkeeper at George Fox.
"I really like George Fox," she said. "It's a Christian college and it's close to home. I'll be near my family."
Kinman signed to play baseball at Lewis-Clark State University, located in Lewiston, Idaho.
"I'm starting the next chapter of my life," Kinman said with a smile. "I'm excited for the next step."
Kinman will be joining a powerhouse program as, last spring, Lewis-Clark State won the Avista-NAIA World Series, marking the third straight year that the Warriors won the NAIA national championship.
"They definitely have a strong baseball tradition," Kinman said. "I'm excited to be part of such a strong program, and have a shot to win a national title."
Last year, as a Tualatin junior, Kinman was a second-team All-Three Rivers League selection at catcher. He said that Lewis-Clark State is looking for him to keep playing at catcher.
But, before moving on to play at the collegiate level, Kinman is also looking forward to this spring, and his senior season playing baseball for the Timberwolves.
"I'm excited for this year," he said. "We've got a shot to be pretty good."
Saina, said he's looking forward to playing college football for the Wolves of Western Oregon.
"Once a wolf, always a wolf," he said with a smile.
The 6-foot-3, 330-pound Saina was a second-team All-Three Rivers League selection on the defensive line, and an honorable-mention pick on the offensive line, as he helped the Timberwolves reach the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
He said that Western Oregon is looking for him to play on the defensive line.
"That's a good place for me," Saina said. "I love playing on the defensive line. But if they want me to play on the offensive line, I'll do that. Football is football."