A talented group of Lindbergh High School athletes signed their Letters of Intent to play college sports Tuesday. Nine athletes will play five different sports including girls soccer, boys basketball, cross-country/track, football and baseball.
The only female athlete, Elise Alyward has signed to play soccer at Western Washington next fall. Alyward who was named the league's Soccer Play of the Year will join the Vikings who will only lose two seniors next season and finished 12-2 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference and 19-4 overall. The Vikings made it to the third round of the Division II playoffs.
Matt Stuart, who had Tommy John elbow surgery last fall, signed with the University of Wisconsin-Parkside baseball team. Stuart will be one of several newcomers to the team as 13 seniors will graduate. The Rangers have just two games left in their Great Lakes Valley Conference schedule, currently 3-27. Stuart also played three years of varsity football before the surgery that ended his senior year. He is currently hitting .383 with a .418 on base percentage.
Cameron Callen has signed with Montana State-Billings baseball. The Yellowjackets will lose 11 seniors as they enter the Great Northwest Athletic Conference playoffs with a 17-4 conference record and 21-25-1 overall. Callen also played football and basketball. He is currently batting .451 with three doubles and two home runs on the season. He also leads the team in steals with 15 of 16 successful attempts.
Derrick Holt has signed to play football at Montana Tech. Holt received 11 for 179 yards and three touchdowns last fall and punted 22 for 740 yards, longest was 53 yards. Holt will be competing for the punting position, but can play other roles if needed. Montana Tech finished 8-3 overall, losing to Morningside College in the first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series. Holt also plays baseball where he is batting .235 for the Eagles.
Tyler Gould has signed to play baseball for Lower Columbia Community College. Hitting .429 with 16 runs, 11 runs batted in and four doubles. He has a .571 on base percentage. He currently is the catcher for the Eagles. Lower Columbia is currently in first place in the west region of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges 15-5 conference and 29-7 overall. The team has played in 23 of the last 40 championship games.
Colin Malone has signed with Centralia Community College to play basketball. The 6'3" wing averaged 13.1 points a game with 7.9 rebounds a game. Centralia was 12-4 in NWAACC West Region play and 21-10 overall, beating Pierce 63-60 for 7th place in the NWAACC championship. Malone will provide speed for Centralia. He helped the Eagles to a 5th place in the 2012 WIAA 2A basketball championships.
Craig Yamaguchi has signed to play baseball at California Lutheran University. He is batting .333 for the Eagles with a .474 on base percentage, scoring 13 runs and 12 RBIs. he has a double and triple on the season. He is a perfect 8 for 8 in steals. Yamaguchi will be only the third Washington player on the team. California Lutheran is the number one seed in the upcoming Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament. They are 24-4 in conference play and 31-7-1 overall.
Mohamud Abdi has signed with Everett College to run Cross Country/Track. Abdi led the Eagle teams, finishing his strongest 5,000 meters in 15:46.9. He qualified for the 2A state cross country champions three years straight. Abdi also runs in the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter for track. Abdi will reunite with Lindbergh runners Mark Garcia and Jasmine Fallgreen. Everett was third in last year's NWAACC championships.
Mitchell Hughey has signed with St. Martins University to run cross country/track. Hughey ran his personal best in the 5,000 meters 17:15.9 at last year's 2A State cross country championships. He will meet up with Lindbergh grad Alex Nelson who is also running for St. Martins. Hughley also runs in several different events in track including the 200, 400, 800, 1600 and the 4x400 meter relay for the Eagles.