Local athletes accept college scholarships

March 4, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

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Liberty High School offensive lineman Coleton Langdon has signed a football scholarship with Portland State University. Through the scholarship, the university will pay for Langdon’s tuition, fees and books. However, Langdon will still need to pay for room and board.Langdon said Portland State was a natural fit for him.

“I walked around and I felt completely comfortable,” he said. “ I loved everything about the school. It was an easy choice.”

Langdon said he looks forward to playing teams such as the University of Montana and Eastern Washington, as he said he knows players on both teams.

Liberty offensive lineman Coleton Langdon (center) poses for a photo with his parents Teri and Rich after signing a football scholarship with Portland State University. By Tim Pfarr

Liberty football head coach Steve Valach said Portland State’s coaches noticed Langdon while watching a Bellevue player’s highlight reel. On the reel, Langdon impressed the coaches by showing tremendous hustle.

Valach said he told Langdon that kind of effort would catch coaches’ eyes.

“I told him if college coaches see you doing that, they’re going to offer you a scholarship,” Valach said.

Langdon has lettered in football twice at Liberty, and he was named first-team KingCo All-League the past two seasons.

Britney Boler, Hazen soccer

Hazen High School soccer player Britney Boler has signed an athletic scholarship with the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. Through the scholarship, Boler will receive a full ride.

Boler said she had a very positive experience visiting the university and meeting with the coaches, and that she was able to see herself attending the school. She said an assistant coach picked her up from the airport, and the coaching staff explained to her what life is like playing on the team.

“They told me it’s like a job. You don’t really have much of a life during the season, they said,” Boler said. “I love soccer so much, it’s worth it.”

The University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Golden Lions play in the South West Athletic Conference, and are the defending champions of the division.

In a press release, Golden Lions head coach Roberto Mazza wrote that he is thrilled to add Boler to his team.

“I really feel that Britney has a tremendous amount of athleticism and a good understanding of the game, which will help her have a fantastic start to her career,” Mazza wrote. “She is also very versatile and she will help us right from the start as a freshman.”

Hazen girls soccer head coach Ken Matthews said Boler leaves big shoes to fill on the team, as Boler played varsity soccer all four years and was named a Seamount All-League player three times.

Hazen soccer player Britney Boler (right) smiles after signing a scholarship to play for the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. By Tim Pfarr

“We’ll need someone who can carry on Britney’s legacy at Hazen,” Matthews wrote in a press release. “It isn’t just her on-field accomplishments that make her special. She demonstrates everything a coach could ask for in a soccer player: good grades, leadership, time management skills and a desire to be the best at whatever she does.”

Matthews recently finished his first season coaching the Hazen girls soccer team, and Boler is the first player to be recruited while he has been coach there.

“I’ve been through this a few times, both personally and with other players,” Matthews said at the signing celebration Feb. 3. “It still makes me tingly, because it’s so exciting.”

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