With six players on its 2012 roster, the Eastern Oregon University football team already reflected a healthy Mid-Columbia presence.
Today, the Mountaineers will add seven more players from the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas during college signing day, when athletes will sign letters of intent and begin the next step of their competitive careers.
EOU will sign five players from River View High School in Finley Kody Bartlett, Ricky Castillo, Kyle Hall, Josh Marshall and Dylan Thomas today at 9:45 a.m. in the school library. At Prosser High School, Prosser quarterback Ryan Fassler will also sign with the Mountaineers during a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. in the school library.
Walla Walla will send two football players running back Jonah Hoe (University of Mary, Bismarck, N.D.) and lineman Logan Reardon (EOU) to the next level, along with cross country and track standout Rachel Nelson (Montana State) today at Wa-Hi.
Hanford will hold a signing party for six athletes, including four of its five starting offensive linemen on the football team. 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. at 11 a.m. in the gym foyer.
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).
Kennewick volleyball players Madison Zinsli and Lizzy Ridley will sign with Spokane Falls Community College at 10:10 a.m. today.