Bulldog athletes sign letters of intent

By: Matt Long
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Nine student-athletes at Folsom High signed letters of intent Wednesday, as they look forward to the next four years of their lives. In a short ceremony held in the library, after an introduction by Athletic Director Lisa Finley each student-athlete’s coach said a few words about them before they signed their letters. The football team had six players sign including Dano Graves and Marcus Hendricks with Air Force, Jordan Richards with Stanford, Tyler Trosin with Oregon State, Burton De Koning with Nevada Reno and Stephen Sippel with Cal Poly. “This is a great day for Folsom High football and for these six young men,” Richardson said. “They represent a major piece to of our team puzzle. Burton is a two-time first-team all-league player and has an amazing motor. He and Marcus were a major part of our defense. Marcus was somewhat of a late bloomer but he was a first-team all-league player and the Air Force will be a great challenge for him and they’re lucky to get a great player like him. “I think Air Force is a great fit for Dano and his skill set as a quarterback who can run and throw. I’m looking forward to seeing him play there. “Jordan is a three-year starter and the all-purpose Delta River League MVP. He does everything: block, catches, runs the ball, is on every special team and is our best tackler on defense. He’s a heck of a football player. Stephen is also a three-year starter and three-time all-league player. He didn’t get the write-ups that all the skill guys got, but he’s the best offensive lineman I’ve ever coached and he took away the other team’s best defensive lineman. “Tyler is a human highlight reel. You never knew what was going to happen when he had the ball in his hands. He’s also one of the best return guys I’ve ever had.” The signing wasn’t just for football players. Tianna Camous accepted a scholarship from Lindenwood University. “Tianna is a Sac-Joaquin Section champion from last year, a California State placer and a three-time All-American,” Folsom wrestling coach Mike Collier said. “She’s done a lot for this program and for girls’ wrestling all-around. I’m really proud of her.” Taylor Knoll also signed his letter to attend Nevada Reno to play golf. “Taylor is a three-time all-league player that helped lead the golf team to a section title and a trip to the state tournament last year,” Coach Steve Burgess said. “With guys like Taylor on the team it makes coaching very easy.” Nikki Clark also signed her letter to attend Sac State on a softball scholarship. “Nikki is a four-year varsity player, who started most of the time,” said Finley. “She can play shortstop and second base as well as the outfield. She’s very quick and can hit both ways and excels in playing the short game. She’s persevered through a lot of coaching changes and is a hard worker.”