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The senior receiver and defensive back signs to attend and play football for the Wolves this fall.

COURTESY PHOTO - Century's Chance Sparks signs his letter of intent during a ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Century High School. Sparks is surrounded by Jaguar teammates (left to right) Brody Reese, TunTun Freeman, Zander Breault, Nathaniel Miranda, Tyler Mahlman, Daunte Powell and Chris Phan.
Century High School standout senior football player Chance Sparks made his college decision — and it's official.

The 6-foot-3 receiver and defensive back signed his letter-of-intent to attend and play football for Western Oregon University as part of a small ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Century High School. The three-star recruit had offers from Western Oregon, Pacific University and Southwest Minnesota State, but decided on the Division II school in Monmouth based on a variety of factors surrounding the football program and school.

"I chose Western Oregon because I really love the atmosphere and feel of the campus, as well as what they have to offer academically," Sparks said.

The senior, who also plays basketball for the Jaguars, as well as competes in track and field in the spring, said he plans to study English Education and hopes to teach literature after his time at Western Oregon. He also hasn't given up on playing football beyond the collegiate level, but at the same time understands that the odds of that happening are certainly stacked against him.

"My goals in football are to put in four great years playing for WOU and maybe even get some professional notice," Sparks said. "I'm not banking on that, however, so I also want to get my master's [degree] and teach at a high school."

Sparks said that among countless memories of his time spent at Century, what he'll remember most are the innumerable people that helped him along the way.

"Countless teachers, teammates, coaches and staff that put endless hours into guaranteeing the success of the students," he said. "The bonds I have built here will last a lifetime."

And who — besides those "countless" people — would he like to thank for helping him get to where he is today?

"I would like to individually thank Coach Mac (former Century head coach Sean McMenomy), Coach (Danny) Kernan, Ms. Gerst, my family members and my best friend Nathan for supporting me through my journey. I love you guys!"

Sparks caught 85 passes for 1,195 yards and 13 touchdowns this past season for Century. He surpassed 1,000 yards in each of his three varsity seasons for the Jaguars, and in all, caught 203 balls for 3,218 yards and 31 touchdowns.

Western Oregon University competes in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC), was 7-4 overall last season and finished 5-1 and tied atop the conference standings with Central Washington.


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