The Crimson Tide's Nathan Sprenger and Emma MacLeod sign letters of intent to local universities.

STAFF PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Glencoe's Emma MacLeod signs her letter of intent to compete in track and field at Pacific University with her parents and Tide head track and field coach Ian Reynoso April 11 at Glencoe High.As spring sports kick into gear, some of the local area kids are signing letters of intent to further their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Glencoe celebrated two such kids last Wednesday, April 11 at a small ceremony in their Commons.

Seniors, Nathan Sprenger and Emma MacLeod, signed and celebrated with coaches, family and friends, and in the process took another step towards the college of their choice, and further away from the high school who helped them along the way.

"I'm really excited to go next year," said Sprenger who'll be attending and playing baseball at Lane Community College in Eugene. "I love the atmosphere at Lane."

Sprenger, who also pitches for the Crimson Tide, was a second-team All-Metro League catcher as a sophomore in 2016 and a first-team selection last year. He has a handful of friends who currently play for the Titans and in addition to being drawn to the campus, has enjoyed his time with head coach Josh Blunt. Sprenger plans to catch in college and was even fortunate enough to catch a bullpen session while down there for a recent visit.

"I had a couple buddies who had some good things to say about the school and the baseball program," said Sprenger. "I also loved the coach, and I talked to a pitcher down there who I caught a bull pen session from and he gave me a lot of words of encouragement."

STAFF PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Glencoe's Nathan Sprenger signs his letter of intent to play baseball at Lane Community College with his parents and Tide head coach Tim Stewart April 11 at Glencoe High.The standout catcher looked briefly at a school in Barstow, California, and while the weather was appealing, he "wasn't really feelin' the desert," and ultimately liked what he saw from the community college in Eugene.

Sprenger hopes to parlay his time at Lane into a Division-II or even Division-I opportunity when his time in Eugene is up. He also wanted to thank his coaches at Mound Time — a privately owned training facility in Hillsboro — for sculpting him into the player he is today, along with Jesuit head coach Colin Griffin for referring Lane coaches to him last year.

"I really want to thank Jarred Frierson and Greg Cero at Mound Time for helping me since I was 10 years-old, in addition to Jesuit head coach Colin Griffin who gave the Lane coaches my name," Sprenger said. "I'm really excited to go next year. It should be a lot of fun."

MacLeod, will be going to Pacific University in Forest Grove, where she plans to throw the javelin and possibly the shot put for the Boxers. The senior has been by her own admission, a work in progress over her four years at Glencoe, but has blossomed from a freshman beginner into a top-10 Metro League talent in the javelin.

She was drawn to Pacific due to its quality Exercise Science program, as well as its close proximity to home.

"I want to stay around home because I want to stay close to my little brother, and I have a lot of friends at Glencoe and I still want to support them at games and stuff," said MacLeod. "It was my top choice, so when they offered me an opportunity, I was like, 'yeah, of course.'"

MacLeod chuckled when thinking about how she used to hit herself in the back or back of the head when she first started throwing the javelin, and spoke glowingly of Glencoe head coach Ian Reynoso and his wife and assistant coach, Elisa, for making her the thrower she is today.

"I definitely want to thank Coach Reynoso for not giving up on me and putting up with me for four years," said MacLeod. "Also, his wife, because I went from one of the worst throwers on the team to one of the best. She never gave up on me even though I was tough to handle some times."

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