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Seniors Claire Wright, Sean Wiese have signed letters of intent to play soccer, baseball for Bruins

HERALD PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Canby seniors Claire Wright and Sean Wiese with Canby interim athletics director Ben Winegar. 
On Wednesday, Feb. 6 two of Canby's own took the big first step into that next level of sports.

Seniors Claire Wright and Sean Wiese each signed letters of intent to compete for George Fox University's soccer and baseball teams, respectively.

Both Canby student-athletes mentioned a big part of their decision making process was an intangible quality that George Fox had on them when they were visiting.

"There were other schools, I went to many ID camps, but when I went to George Fox I got to tour the campus and it just felt like home to me," Wright said. "I stuck with that coach and I went back many times to the campus, and it just felt like the right place for me."

"I had a couple other schools recruit me and I visited George Fox and I felt at home as soon as I stepped on campus," Wiese said. "That made that decision easier. They were a school that I had been in contact with for a long time and it felt like home."

Wright, one of the captains on this past season's soccer squad, received all league honors three separate seasons, and broke the Canby High School record for most goals scored in a season with 21. The girls' soccer team made it into the second round of the state playoffs after beating Glencoe 2-1.

Wiese is a left-handed pitcher and outfielder for the Cougars baseball team, and last year was awarded all-league honorable mention for his work from the mound. The baseball team struggled last year, going 8-18 over the course of the season. The senior pitcher felt some nerves signing his letter of intent, but they were ultimately overcome with excitement.

"I was a little nervous signing, I'm not going to lie, but it felt good knowing I'm moving on to a great university academically and athletically," Wiese said. "It's giving me the best chance to play right away as a freshman. I was a little nervous, but it felt good after I'd signed on the line."

The George Fox women's soccer program will look to add Wright's firepower to help the team accumulate more wins. Last year, the Bruins women soccer program went 7-9-2 overall, including an impressive 7-2-1 home record. Her teammates have already made her feel welcome in the few interactions she's had with them.

"I met all the girls already, I did an overnight stay with most of them," Wright said. "I met all the freshmen this year that are new, and some of the ones that are going to be coming in with me next year. It's a great environment, they're all super nice, friendly, and welcoming. I'm so excited to be playing with them."

Canby's baseball season starts up on March 11 with a jamboree at Wilsonville, and the first preseason game is Thursday, March 14 against visiting Sheldon.

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