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On Nov. 10, student-athletes inked commitments to play sports in college   

PMG PHOTO: MIA RYDER-MARKS - The student-atheletes signed their commitment letters to their future universities. Seven Wilsonville High School seniors took their next steps this week by signing commitment letters to their future universities and sports teams.

National Letter of Intent Day, a tradition in which athletes across the nation officially commit to a sports team they plan to play for in the coming season, took place Nov. 10. In the large gymnasium at Wilsonville High, families, coaches and fellow students peppered the bleachers as eight student-athletes signed their name on the dotted line that welcomed the next four years of their life.

Where they are headed:

Max Bledy, baseball: University of The Pacific

Maddie Erickson, softball: University of Michigan

Cole Hubka, baseball: The University of Utah

Riley Lawler, swimming: Azusa Pacific University

Dalton Mermis, soccer: Seattle Pacific University

Logan Thebiay, basketball: Oregon Institute of Technology

Rocco Marshall, track and field: Sacramento State University

Senior Rocco Marshall, who signed to Sacramento State University in California to join its track and field team, said the event recognizing his achievements made him feel motivated.

"(I'm excited) for the opportunity to grow. This is a pretty nice opportunity after high school that not a lot of people get, so that is so awesome," he said.

During the event, coaches shared a few words about the athletes they've worked with. Most recognized the dedication the Wildcats put into their sport, especially during the pandemic.

Baseball coach Bryn Card recognized two players, Max Bledy and Cole Hubka, who will head to California and Utah, respectively, next year. He said that both young men were hardworking on and off the field and known for showing the younger teammates the ropes. PMG PHOTO: MIA RYDER-MARKS - During the event, coaches joined the students on the floor to share how dedicated and committed their athlete was to their sport.

"All the kids here, they all work extremely hard. Everyone has built some excuse with COVID, but they did not allow it to put their heads down. They worked harder and they got better every day," Card said, referencing the eight students lined along the table.

Dennis Burke, the assistant principal and athletic director, said his favorite part of the signing ceremony is seeing students get recognized for their hard work, and also, where that success will take them next.

"You see those opportunities on the horizon and also it's only November, so I know we're going to see them do some great things this year and watch them continue to grow even more," he said.

One of those students hoping to make larger strides is senior Maddie Erickson, who will travel over 2,300 miles next fall to attend the University of Michigan. She's interested in studying neuroscience or kinesiology while competing on the school's softball team. PMG PHOTO: MIA RYDER-MARKS - Maddie Erickson hugs a family member.

"This event is really motivational and inspiring, and it just makes me want to achieve more," she said, sporting a matching Michigan crewneck and mask.

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