The dream for many high school athletes is to play their sport for as long as possible. A lucky and highly talented few have a chance at professional careers, while more have the opportunity to play at the collegiate level in some fashion. A total of 21 Newberg High School athletes will be playing college sports next year.
In softball, Ruthie Carsley is headed to Chemeketa Community College, Leah Consenz will play at George Fox University, Alina Garstka will compete at Colorado Northwestern Community College and Breanna Hilton will play at Bushnell University. Newberg's softball team went 14-4, including an 11-3 Pacific Conference record this season.
The Tigers' lone baseball signee this season is Jacob Fitch, who is headed to Mount Hood Community College.
A trio of Newberg volleyball players will compete in college: Brynna Geibel at Cleveland State University, Sydney Johnson at University of Alaska-Anchorage and Hallie Simmons at Lane Community College.
The Tiger track and field team, which boasted a number of top-tier athletes at the state level, will send four of its competitors on to the collegiate ranks. Sydney Grabow will compete at George Fox, Owen Hawley at Lane Community College, Jonathan McGraw at Linfield and Asher Tatsumi at Southern Oregon University. Tatsumi will also run for SOU's cross country squad.
Consistently, Newberg's water polo team is in the running for state championships on the boys and girls side. Two of the girls from this year's team will play water polo in college: Natalie Kisling at Fresno Pacific and Nikki Rubottom at Pomona-Pitzer.
Newberg's soccer teams are on the rise and both squads have players who will continue their careers on the pitch. The boys send Brian Lanier off to University of the Pacific and Christian Morales to Corban University, while the girls have one collegian in Ava White (Mount Saint Cloud University).
A pair of wrestlers from the back-to-back state champion Newberg wrestling team will remain on the mat in college: Connor O'Bryan at Umpqua Community College and Micah Worthington at Clackamas Community College.
Rounding out the list of Newberg athletes who will play in college are Ty Patterson, who will swim at Whitworth University, and Zach Teran, who will play lacrosse at University of Idaho.
For more information on NHS sports and team schedules for the 2021-22 academic year, visit NewbergTigers.org.
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