Local athletes from schools all across the Western Slope took a major step in their careers Wednesday, signing their intention to play collegiate athletics during National Signing Day 2018.
Family, friends, and teammates crowded gyms and auditoriums throughout the valley. Palisade High School congratulated seniors Lexi Newton and Semi Feller, who both submitted their intention to play college soccer. Newton will attend Colorado Mesa University in the fall, while Feller heads to the University of Denver.
"I think that me choosing to go to Palisade was one of the best decisions I ever made in high school," Feller said. "My teachers have been so supportive, especially when it comes to athletics. I'm just excited about what Denver can offer me."
Fruita Monument held the biggest signing day in the valley, congratulating six student-athletes during their big day. Sitori Carver (basketball, Bethany College), Druw Sackett (baseball, Scottsdale Community College), Tyler Tuell (baeball, Augustana) MacKenzie Wells (volleyball, Northeastern Jr. College), Sam Pflug (soccer, Regis University), and Marc Halberg (soccer, Benedictine) all took the podium inside Fruita High School's auditorium to briefly thank their teammates and family for helping them pursue their dreams. Coaches and mentors of the player gave a short speech highlighting all the senior Wildcats' drive to their next goal.
Grand Junction High School celebrated Abram Sanchez's signing. The lone Tiger submitted his intention to play soccer close to home this fall at Colorado Mesa.
"I'm so happy I got to play with [my Tiger teammates] for 4 years. I'm super excited moving forward," Sanchez said. "I always dreamt of the day I play in their stadium wearing the CMU jersey. And today's the day I finally make that a reality. It's like a dream come true."
Grand Junction Central also had one athlete commit to a collegiate squad today. Central's Weston Holdren will continue his football career as an outside linebacker for West Texas A&M.