Tigard trio signs national letters of intent
They play three different sports.
They'll be going to different parts of the country.
But Lexi Klum, Max Lenzy and Marco Millan have something in common.
The three Tigard High School seniors are going to continue their scholastic athletic careers at the college level, and they all made that official on Wednesday, when they signed their national letters of intent in front of friends, teammates, coaches and family during a ceremony held at the school.
"It's just good to kinda be on the other side, to be official," said Lenzy, who signed to play college football at Montana State University, located in Bozeman, Mont. "I know I love Montana State, and I'm happy. All of the hard work, all these years growing up, it came down to this day. It was good get it done."
"It kind of meant so much, making it all official," said Millan, who signed to play men's soccer at the Air Force Academy, located just north of Colorado Springs, Colo. "I've put in just years of work and years of sacrifice for this. I remember missing dances and everything. I'm just at a loss for words."
"It means I get to play another four years of ball," said Klum, who signed to play softball at the Oregon Institute of Technology, located in Klamath Falls. "I'm so excited."
Klum has certainly played plenty of softball at Tigard. This spring will mark her fourth year on the Tiger varsity roster. Last year, as a junior, Klum was a unanimous All-Three Rivers League first-team selection as an outfielder. Klum also was a Class 6A All-State second-team pick.
And, while she doesn't want to look past her upcoming senior season with the Tigers, she's looking forward to playing college softball.
"It's all making it seem real, graduating, playing college ball at O.I.T.," Klum said. "It's always been like a dream, and now it's finally coming true. It feels like a home away from home, and the coaching staff is wonderful. I'm just excited to be down there."
And Klum is ready to start getting prepared for college softball.
"I'll be hitting the gym, almost every day, until it's time to go," she said.
Lenzy is coming off a standout senior season for the Tigard football team, where he helped the Tigers win the Three Rivers League title, while going 10-1 on the season. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Lenzy earned first-team All-Three Rivers League accolades as a receiver, cornerback and kick returner.
Last year, as a junior, Lenzy shared the Three Rivers League Defensive Player of the Year honor, when he came up with 10 interceptions on the season.
"Just playing high school football was just the greatest experience," Lenzy said. "Playing on Friday night, in front of the Tigard community, helped me prepare to play college football. I wouldn't trade it for anything."
Lenzy is now looking for the same type of experience at Montana State.
"I just like the family aspect of the team," Lenzy said of the Bobcats. "I felt like they really wanted me, and they're also a really good football team. Being at Tigard, we've always been pretty good, so winning was a factor in my decision."
Before starting to play college football, Lenzy is looking to come back from an anterior cruciate injury he suffered late in his senior football season.
"The ACL injury, I need to rehab and get that right," Lenzy said. "I'm going to try not to rush it and get strong, come back and do what I believe I can do."
Millan played just one season with the Tigard High School soccer team, but what a season it was. As a senior midfielder, Millan helped lead the Tigers to the Three Rivers League championship, and an overall record of 12-3-1, while reaching the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
Millan was a first-team All-Three Rivers League selection for his play this past fall.
Now, Millan will get to realize his college soccer dream.
"It's been a goal, playing Division I, and Air Force has an excellent program. To get a stage like this is really something," Millan said. "Honestly, Air Force, they look for character, and the school is filled with good kids, and kids that are driven. When I went on my official visit, it was just perfect, it really was."
Millan said that Air Force is looking for him to play at center midfielder, like he did at Tigard.
"I'm going to keep playing with the Portland Timbers Academy, and maybe get some trainings in here at Tigard, with (Tigard coach) Angelo (Simonetti)," Millan said of preparing for college soccer. "I'm definitely going to enjoy these next eight months."
What made the signing ceremony even more special, the three Tigard seniors said, was getting to share the moment with each other.
"This was super fun, especially since I've known Marco and Max for a long time," Klum said.
"It was good. I was a little nervous, or anxious, but it's good having everyone support everyone," Lenzy said. "I like being able to see other Tigard people have success."
"It's so nice to see people in other sports doing so well," Millan said. "Congratulations to them."
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