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Pasco receiver to sign with Army

PASCO — National letter of intent signing day finally arrives today, and for Pasco senior Marques Avery, it couldn’t have come fast enough.

Avery will sign with the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., at 2 p.m. at the school’s Student Services Center — one of three Bulldogs who will sign with Division I schools today.

“This will be a big challenge,” said Avery, a second-team All-CBBN Columbia wide receiver this fall. “To tell you the truth, I just want to fast forward through everything. It’s going to be hard, but it’s going to be worth it.”

Avery also considered Eastern Washington and Central Washington, but neither offered the guarantee of a future career that the academy does.

“When you get done, you know you have a job coming out of it,” said Avery, who is looking to specialize in the aviation branch.

Although Avery is signing with West Point, he will attend a prep school next year, then enter the academy in 2011.

While he played receiver and defensive back for the Bulldogs, Avery said Army coaches are signing him as an athlete and will have try several positions during his prep school season to determine where he best fits into the Cadets lineup.

As for whether Avery will also run track in college — he won the regional 100- and 200-meter titles last May — that will depend on how quickly he adjusts to academy life.

“I want to see how well I’m able to manage my schedule,” he said. “This is not a school you want to flunk out of.”

One Bulldog who will run track in college is Marisa Vander Malle, who will sign today with Boise State. She is twice a state qualifier in the 3,200.

The third Bulldog signing today is Shawna Anderson with Seattle University’s women’s soccer program.

Other area four-year college signings today include:

Hanford: Dylan Dykes, Southern Virginia football (12:05 p.m., gym foyer);

Kamiakin: Brianna Brannan, EWU soccer (3 p.m., library);

Southridge: La’Quilla Upton, College of St. Rose soccer (11:45 a.m., library).