Houk signs with Seattle Pacific; it's College of the Siskiyous for Corvi; and three standout wrestlers ink with Southern Oregon

Oregon City High School had five athletes sign letters of intent to compete in college sports during signing ceremonies at the high school on JOHN DENNY - Oregon City High School standout athletes (from left) Becca Houk, Devin Poppen, Kyle Sether, Tanner Fischer and Toni Corvi last Friday signed letters of intent to compete in sports in college. Houk inked with Seattle Pacific; Corvi inked with College of the Siskiyous; Poppen, Sether and Fischer will wrestle for Southern Oregon.

Track and field standout Becca Houk signed with Seattle Pacific; Toni Corvi inked with College of the Siskiyous in football; and wrestlers Kyle Sether, Devin Poppen and Tanner Fischer signed with Southern Oregon.

Houk, a 3.5 student/athlete who has excelled as a sprinter, said of her decision to sign with Seattle Pacific, “The coach recruited me and I like the atmosphere of the college.”

by: JAIME VALDEZ - Becca Houk, who placed third at state in the 100 and 200 a year ago, is taking her talents to Seattle Pacific.Houk plans a major in psychology. She plans to pursue a doctorate, before going to work in counseling.

Houk, who placed third at state in both the 100- and 200-meter dash last spring, says her goals this year are: “To win state in at least one of those events.”

Heading into competition this week, Houk sported the second-best time in the state this season in the Class 6A girls 100-meter dash (12.50) and the fifth-fastest time in the 200 (25.64).

Corvi, who was recruited to play fullback, says he plans a criminal justice major at College of the Siskiyous. He has a goal of becoming a police officer.

Corvi played a pivotal role in Oregon City’s success in football last fall, earning all-league recognition for his play in the offensive backfield, as well as his play in the defensive line. Oregon City last fall had one of its most successful football seasons ever, winning league for the first time since 1996, advancing to the second round of the state playoffs, and winning nine games for the first time since the 1996 season.

Sether, Poppen and Fischer have joined forces to wrestle at Southern Oregon, a NAIA school that placed fourth in the nation a year ago.

“We’re excited about having them join our program,” said Southern Oregon University coach Mike Ritchey. “First of all, they come from a quality program, and that helps. We’ve had some success and Oregon City wrestlers have been part of that success.... All three are great kids, and they come from great families.”

Ritchey noted that John Bates, an Oregon City wrestler who graduated from Southern Oregon in 2010, won a pivotal match that gained the Raiders the NAIA national title in 2009. Bates was a two-time regional champion and two-time All-American, Ritchey said.

“We’ve got seven returning All-Americans coming back [from last year’s team] and traditionally freshmen don’t crack the starting lineup,” Ritchey said. “But these kids could break that curve. I see all three of them with bright futures.”

Sether, who graduated form Oregon City in 2013, is transferring from Notre Dame College of Ohio, which won the NCAA Division II national team title in 2010, 2011 and 2014. He was a redshirt freshman at Notre Dame last season, while making the dean’s list as a 3.8 student.

“[I’m transferring because] I wanted to be closer to home and to be able to wrestle with some of my teammates from high school,” Sether said. “It was an amazing experience being part of a national championship team, and I’m glad I did it. I matured a lot, as a person and as an athlete. But I’m excited about being part of Oregon City’s sister program at Southern Oregon. I feel blessed to be part of their program and I’m looking forward to helping bring them a national championship.”

Sether says that since he was a redshirt at Notre Dame, he still has four years of eligibility remaining at Southern Oregon. He’ll major in business, which was his major at Notre Dame.

At Oregon City, Sether, with Poppen and Fischer, was a part of an Oregon City team that placed second at state in 2013, the highest team placing ever by an Oregon City team in wrestling. Sether won state titles in 2011 and 2013, and he had a career record of 160-20. He is Oregon City High School’s all-time leader in takedowns, with 316 during his high school collegiate wrestling career.

Poppen, who plans a computer science major at Southern Oregon, says he chose the school because, “I like the campus, I like the school, and the school colors are the same, so I won’t have to change my shoes.”

Poppen was state runner-up three years in a row while wrestling for Oregon City, and he holds the school record for career falls, at 107.

Fischer, who plans to study business, said, “I like the coach, I like the campus, and the weather.”

After graduation, he plans to “take over the family business with by brother.”

Fischer says that Fischer’s Mill Supply in Oregon City has been run by his family since 1889, and he will be a fifth generation operator of the family business.

Fischer was a state runner-up at this year’s Class 6A State Tournament, and he placed third at state his junior year.

Poppen and Fischer both say they plan to pursue “individual and team” titles in wrestling at Southern Oregon.

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