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The Crook County High School athletic department has produced five more athletes who will compete at the next level.

Five senior athletes from Crook County High School have signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college.

Josie Kasberger

PMG PHOTO: LON AUSTIN - Crook County senior Josie Kasberger has signed a letter of intent to compete in track and field at Cal State University Northridge in Los Angeles, California.Josie Kasberger has signed a letter of intent to compete in track and field at California State University-Northridge.

Kasberger is expected to throw the javelin and hammer at the university. She plans on studying biochemistry and going into premed.

"I'm really excited," she said. "It's closer to home than the other college that I wanted to go to and I have family in Southern California."

Kasberger has been given a $2,000 scholarship, plus an extra $1,000 dollars for each three feet she adds to her personal record.

Cal State Northridge is located in Los Angeles, California, and competes in the NCAA Division I Big West Conference.

Meredith Cooper

PMG PHOTO: LON AUSTIN - Crook County senior Meredith Cooper is one of five athletes at the school to sign letters of intent for college. Cooper will be attending Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, where she will continue playing tennis.Meredith Cooper has signed a letter of intent to play tennis at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.

Cooper, who played soccer, basketball and tennis at Crook County High School, plans to study neuroscience and psychology at the university.

"I'm very excited," Cooper said of the opportunity. "I'm nervous, but it will push me out of my comfort zone."

Transylvania University plays in the NCAA Division III Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Brayden Duke

PMG PHOTO: LON AUSTIN - Crook County senior Brayden Duke will continue his football career at Willamette University after signing a letter of intent to attend the school.Brayden Duke has signed a letter of intent to play football at Willamette University in Salem.

Duke, who played football and wrestled at Crook County High School, has not yet decided what he will study at the university.

Duke was named the Intermountain Conference Defensive Player of the Year this past season, and he expects to play inside linebacker at Willamette.

"Their academics are incredible," Duke said of why he selected Willamette. "The school felt like a second home when I was there, and I have a former teammate, Hogan Smith, who is there. It's nice that I will have somebody I know there already when I get there."

Willamette plays in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference.

Grace Brooks

PMG PHOTO: LON AUSTIN - Crook County senior Grace Brooks has signed a letter of intent to compete in two sports — basketball and track and field — at Clackamas Community College.Grace Brooks has signed letters of intent to play basketball and compete in track and field at Clackamas Community College.

Brooks, who competed in soccer, basketball and track and field at Crook County High School, plans on studying physical therapy in college.

"I chose Clackamas Community College because the community and the team is just a big family," Brooks said. "They have a huge family aspect, which is what we had this year as a basketball team. It just felt really inviting and really like home."

Brooks added that after two years at the community college, which competes in the Northwest Athletic Conference, she plans on picking just one sport and continuing to compete at a four-way school.

"My school is paid for through the sports," Brooks said. "I'm pretty excited. It's going to be different, but I get the opportunity to do both of the sports that I love."

Emma Bales

PMG PHOTO: LON AUSTIN - Crook County senior Emma Bales will be attending Clackamas Community College, where she will continue her basketball career.Emma Bales has also signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Clackamas Community College.

Bales played basketball and soccer at Crook County High School, leading the Cowgirls to a sixth place finish at this year's Class 5A state tournament.

She will study animal science in college, with the goal of one day becoming a veterinary technician.

"I had other options to begin with, but none of them really stuck out like Clackamas did," Bales said. "I kind of planned on staying here and going to Central Oregon Community College, but Clackamas felt like home. I'm really excited."

Bales will receive a full ride at the college.

Clackamas Community College plays in the Northwest Athletic Conference.


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