Hazen High School athletes sign with colleges
February 6, 2013
By Christina Corrales-Toy
NEW — 12:55 p.m. Feb. 6, 2013
A handful of Hazen High School seniors will officially take their athletic talents to the collegiate level, after six students gathered for a special signing day ceremony in the school’s activities room on Feb. 6.
Hazen athletes Zach Cable, Dee Dee Green and Cody Moorhead signed letters of intent to play for Division I schools, while Sam Bunnell, Drew Kelly and David Hughes made commitments to play for Division III schools.
Zach Cable, an all-league linebacker for the Hazen football team, will attend the University of Idaho. The linebacker follows in the footsteps of his father, Tom Cable, who played and coached at the school.
“When I went on my official [visit], it wasn’t like a new place, I felt like I was going home,” Zach said. “You could just see the intensity and the love for Idaho and I just can’t wait to get the program back to what it was.”
Dee Dee Green will travel to the Southeastern Conference to continue her athletic career, where she will play soccer for the University of Arkansas. The tight-knit Razorback community and the extensive academic support attracted her to the school, she said.
“The community is really close, like a family, and everyone is supportive of the athletic programs,” she said.
Hazen’s all-state lineman, Cody Moorhead, will play football for the U.S. Air Force Academy. The determination to play for the Falcons represented a decision that is about more than just football, he said.
“I can’t even tell you guys how excited I am to serve my country and be a part of something a little bit bigger than myself,” he said.
Sam Bunnell will play soccer for Southern Virginia University. The mix of academics and connection to his faith drew him to the school, he said. Bunnell expects to take a two-year mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“I chose Southern Virginia because it’s a small school,” he said. “It’s also a Mormon-affiliated school and I feel like that will help me balance soccer and my faith.”
Hazen’s Drew Kelly will play football for Pacific University in Oregon. The chance to join the school’s burgeoning football program was appealing to him, he said.
“Their program is just starting back up again and I’m really looking forward to going through the same thing we kind of did here with coach [Drew] Oliver and his new system,” Kelly said.
Lastly, Hazen’s David Hughes will play baseball at Pacific Lutheran University, but it was the school’s top notch nursing program that ultimately enticed him, he said.
“Playing baseball at a school that also has a great program in the field I want to work in is a great opportunity,” he said.