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Fourteen athletes accept scholarships

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Fourteen Folsom High student-athletes signed letters of intent on Feb. 1 to continue their athletic careers in college. Five football players, five soccer players, two crew and one baseball and softball player will represent Folsom High in college. Jordan Alleva, Yuvi Madra, Carson McMurtrey, Tanner Trosin and Doug Vernon all earned scholarships for football. Alleva is headed to the University of San Diego; Madra to Weber State, McMurtrey and Trosin to Cal Poly and Vernon to Cornell. Folsom High football coach Kris Richardson made a brief comment on each athlete. “Our team led the state in offense and all five of these guys were starters on offense and team captains,” Richardson said. “Jordan is a two-time all-league, all-section and all-city player. Yuvi, at 6’5”, 260 is a man child and is still growing. He battled through injuries all season and is a two-time all-league player. Carson is one of the best receivers in the area, who also battled through injury and was a prime time performer for us, especially in the postseason. “Tanner is one of the most decorated athletes Folsom High has ever had,” Richardson continued. “He’s the state player of the year and the offensive player of the year and led the state in passing and was also our emotional leader. Doug is a dominate athlete, who really improved over his career and became a talented receiver and a dominate blocker.” The soccer players include Tanner Chadwell (Soka University) and four girls, Amberly Bole (Chico), Alyssa Jara (Creighton), Caitlyn Kretzschmar (University of San Diego) and Mackenzie Moreno (Southern Utah). Folsom High varsity girls’ soccer coach Mike McBride, who’s coached all five at different times in their high school careers, commented on their abilities. “Tanner was pulled up to varsity as a sophomore and that’s rare for a sophomore boy to be starting in the center of the defense on varsity,” McBride said. “He’s an excellent athlete. One thing about him is that he didn’t play competitive soccer, he just played select, and for him to still get noticed is quite an accomplishment. “Amberly started for me as a freshman on the JV team and didn’t play last year because she wanted to focus on grades,” McBride continued. “She’s proved that she’s willing to put in the extra effort and it has paid off for her. Alyssa is a special player and made an impact as a freshman. She might be short in stature, but she’s big as a player. She also didn’t play last year, but she created more opportunities for herself by focusing on her grades. Caitlyn is a leader on and off the field. If you don’t play your best she’ll be sure you hear about it. She’s a three-year varsity starter. Mackenzie is really quiet, but she’s an extreme competitor on the field.” Crew members Erin Allen and Sarah Ringler will row for the University of Tennessee and Tulsa University, respectively. “Erin emerged as a leader for us as a coxswain,” said Dan Carson. “She steers the boat and basically tells everyone what to do. Sarah is one of the strongest lightweight rowers and will be a great addition to her collegiate team.” Jake Brandt will play baseball at Colorado Christian University. “Jake is energetic and has a considerable love for the game,” Folsom baseball coach Gilbert Brewer said. “He’s a great leader and a grinder and just everything we want in a player.” Delaney Slater earned a softball scholarship to play at William Jessup. “Delaney is a three-year varsity player and captain on the softball team,” Folsom High Athletic Director Lisa Finley said. “She plays hard and is an aggressive player, as a second baseman.”