Hazen, Liberty athletes officially sign with colleges

February 28, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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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 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.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Hazen High School athletes (from left) Sam Bunnell, Drew Kelly, Dee Dee Green, Zach Cable, Cody Moorhead and David Hughes made their college decisions official on Feb. 6.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Hazen High School athletes (from left) Sam Bunnell, Drew Kelly, Dee Dee Green, Zach Cable, Cody Moorhead and David Hughes made their college decisions official on Feb. 6.

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,” he 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.

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.

 

Four Liberty soccer players sign with colleges

Four members of the Liberty High School soccer team will continue their athletic pursuits in college.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty soccer players (from left) Nicolle Marlow, Kailiana Johnson, Katie Noonan and Kiana Hafferty sign their letters of intent to play collegiate soccer.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Liberty soccer players (from left) Nicolle Marlow, Kailiana Johnson, Katie Noonan and Kiana Hafferty sign their letters of intent to play collegiate soccer.

Nicolle Marlow, Kailiana Johnson, Katie Noonan and Kiana Hafferty signed their letters of intent in a special signing day ceremony at the school Feb. 6.

Both Marlow and Johnson will play for Washington State University, while Noonan will play for Southeastern Louisiana University and Hafferty will suit up for Seattle Pacific University.

The Patriot soccer team placed fourth in state this year, under the tutelage of first-year coach Tami Nguyen.

The Liberty coach played soccer at the University of Washington, helping the Huskies capture the Pacific-10 Conference championship in 2000. So, it was a little bit difficult seeing so much crimson and grey at the ceremony, she joked.

“I’m a Husky, but I love these guys,” she said, pointing toward her athletes.

The players’ departures will indeed leave immense shoes to be filled, Nguyen said, but she thanked the group for bringing the Liberty soccer program to where it is today.

“This class, in general, for Liberty and girls soccer, definitely has put us on the map,” she said. “They have so much to be proud of.”

 

 

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