Its a proud day for any high school football coach when one of his players signs a letter of intent to play in college.
So how much better does that day become knowing that five of your players will play at the next level?
Actually, its probably going to be six, Hanford coach Rob Oram said, referring to his five student athletes who will sign letters-of-intent at 11 a.m.. Wednesday in the gymnasium foyer at Hanford High School. (Jalen) DeVine should be signing in a few weeks.
Joe Douglas (Eastern Washington), Xavier Johnson (Carroll [Mont.] College), Cody Kowalski (Simon Fraser), Jake Oram (Simon Fraser) and Will Ramos (Rochester [Minn.] Community & Technical College) will join Deanna Quadrel, a soccer player who will sign with Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. as they take the next step in their athletic careers.
Its just neat to see a kid realize his dream, Oram said. Our guys are good students. That makes it a lot more attractive.
Douglas is a two-time all-league selection, earning a first-team nod as an offensive lineman in 2011 before getting noticed on defense this year. Kowalski was named the co-offensive lineman of the year in the Mid-Columbia Conference. Jake Oram was a first-team MCC selection as a defensive back. Ramos and Johnson both missed considerable time because of injury, but both still made it onto the all-conference squad.
Oram isnt the only coach to have five players sign on the dotted line. River View coach Brett Jay also has five moving on to the next level.
Kody Bartlett, Ricky Castillo, Kyle Hall, Josh Marshall and Dylan Thomas will all sign to play at Eastern Oregon at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, when River View will hold a ceremony in the school library.
We are absolutely thrilled, Jay said. Were proud of our players and excited for the opportunity for them to continue their education.
Jay said the Eastern Oregon coaching staff does a great job of getting players on track to graduate, as well as putting a top-notch team on the field.
We cant wait, Jay said. Were giving Finley something to do on Saturday afternooons.
Southridge High School will also hold a signing ceremony Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. in the school library to commemorate the LOIs of Emma Sanders (Willamette University) and Michelle Snider (Northwest University).
Sanders was a four-year starter for the Suns soccer team, which earned two league championships in four seasons. She was twice named to the Tri-City Herald All-Area team.
Snider, a four-year track standout, qualified for the 3A state track meet in the 100 hurdles and the 4x100 meter relay.