George Fox University Bruin RecruitsGeorge Fox University Bruin Recruits

NCAA Division IIITo be one of the best. It's the reason athletes compete at the NCAA Division III level. And at George Fox, athletes get the opportunity to pursue their passion for sports at a nationally ranked Christian college with a storied athletic tradition that includes both individual and team national championships. We're excited about the quality of student-athletes who will join us for the 2016-17 academic year as we pursue our vision of being "the team to beat." In April, we invited them to campus for a Commitment Day to celebrate their decision* and are proud to introduce our newest Bruins to you.

2016 Student-Athlete Commitments, Organized by Sport2016 Student-Athlete Commitments, Organized by Sport

Baseball

AJ Atherton

Name: AJ Atherton

High School: Grant High School (Portland, Ore.)

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Pitcher, first baseman and outfielder

Height / Weight: 5-10, 180

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team honors (Class 6A Portland Interscholastic League) as a first baseman his sophomore year and was an all-league pitcher as a junior, when he recorded an ERA of 0.695 and struck out 66 batters in 50 innings while also hitting .323 at the plate; hit .328 as a sophomore without committing an error at first base

Why I chose George Fox:
I was impressed with the George Fox baseball coaches and program and the strong academics.

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Caleb Bell

Name: Caleb Bell

High School: Ashland High School (Ashland, Ore.)

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Pitcher

Height / Weight: 5-11, 175

High School Highlights:
Played varsity ball (Class 5A Northwestern Conference) all four years of high school

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox for many reasons. I chose it for the Christian atmosphere, the spectacular academics, the baseball program, and the fact that George Fox is close to home.

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Gabriel Gutierrez

Name: Gabriel Gutierrez

High School: Davis Senior High School (Davis, Calif.)

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Outfielder

Height / Weight: 5-9, 155

High School Highlights:
Currently batting .462 on a team that is ranked No. 1 in the nation in California and in the nation by MaxPreps; batted .258 as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it has an accredited engineering program, it is a Christian school, it has a competitive Division III baseball program, the size of the university, and the proximity of the campus to my grandparents.

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David Howell

Name: David Howell

High School: Tigard Senior High School (Tigard, Ore.)

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Pitcher

Height / Weight: 6-2, 170

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-league honors (Class 6A Three Rivers League); played varsity ball 2014 through 2014; as a senior he pitched 35 innings, striking out 33 batters and allowing seven hits while recording a .2 ERA

Why I chose George Fox:
I look forward to joining the family as we head to another winning season. I also hope to grow in my faith and develop my whole character as I play alongside some great ball players.

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CJ Ibara

Name: CJ Ibara

High School: Mililani High School (Mililani, Hawaii)

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Third baseman

Height / Weight: 5-8, 165

High School Highlights:
Named to Oahu Interscholastic Association’s D1 first team at third base while also earning All-State Honorable Mention as a junior; hit .389 as a junior and is serving as a team captain his senior season

Why I chose George Fox:
It is a great Christian school, it has a physical therapy graduate program, and I want to be a part of the awesome baseball program.

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Ryan Johnson

Name: Ryan Johnson

High School: West Linn High School (West Linn, Ore.)

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Pitcher and third baseman

Height / Weight: 6-1, 175

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of its academic excellence, close proximity to family and baseball. The doctoral program fits perfectly with my future career goals. The staff and counselors’ willingness to help me succeed and do my best is amazing. The opportunity to play baseball at a college level is a highlight for me attending. I can't wait to be in the Bruin uniform and have my family attend my games. Overall, George Fox is the best fit for me.

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 Darren Rolfe

Name: Darren Rolfe

High School: Fountain Valley High School (Fountain Valley, Calif.)

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Pitcher

Height / Weight: 6-0, 172

High School Highlights:
Played as a freshman for varsity squad; competed summer/fall seasons with LB Cardinals, Trombly Baseball and Blue Wave; played in the ABCL/ABD League Red Shirt Spring League his sophomore through senior years

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose to attend George Fox because of the close family atmosphere and to get a great education. Also, playing baseball here was something I really wanted to do after seeing the school and meeting the coach.

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Sam Swenson

Name: Sam Swenson

High School: McMinnville High School (McMinnville, Ore.)

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): First baseman and third baseman

Height / Weight: 6-2, 210

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league and all-state (Class 6A) recognition as a junior; currently serving as captain his senior-year season; hit .537 with 30 RBIs as a junior; named all-league (Greater Valley Conference) honorable mention as a sophomore, when he hit .347; opened senior season by hitting two home runs in his first game

Why I chose George Fox:
It has excellent academics that fit my major of choice, and the baseball team is very strong with a great coaching staff. I want to win a national championship at Fox.

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Matt Voelzke

Name: Matt Voelzke

High School: Lake Oswego High School (Lake Oswego, Ore.)

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Infielder and pitcher

Height / Weight: 6-2, 180

High School Highlights:
Earned all-league honors in the Class 6A Three Rivers League

Why I chose George Fox:
It was the place that felt like home to me. Between the atmosphere on the baseball field and also in the classroom, I couldn't imagine myself anyplace else.

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Davis Yasuda

Name: Davis Yasuda

High School: Christian Brothers High School (Sacramento, Calif.)

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Pitcher and outfielder

Height / Weight: 6-1, 187

High School Highlights:
Selected to play for International Baseball Academy (IBAC) at Arizona Senior Fall Classic

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox is the perfect fit for me to continue playing the game I love and get a great education. Stepping on the campus from day one I felt at home and immediately fell in love with the school.

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Women's Basketball

Kylin Collman

Name: Kylin Collman

High School: LaGrande High School (LaGrande, Ore.)

Sport(s): Basketball

Position(s): Shooting guard/guard

Height / Weight: 5-7

High School Highlights:
Helped team win Greater Oregon League (Class 4A) championships between 2013 and 2015 and place fifth at state her senior year, when she averaged 18 points, 3.5 steals and 4 assists per game; scored 440 points in her final season

Why I chose George Fox:
I am able to stay in a smaller community, like my own. I also get the opportunity to play on Coach Meeks' team.

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 Emily Holder

Name: Emily Holder

High School: Evergreen Lutheran High School (Tacoma, Wash.)

Sport(s): Basketball

Position(s): Guard and forward

Height / Weight: 5-10

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honors (SeaTac 1B) all four years of high school and was the league’s MVP in 2016; named to Associated Press’ 1B All-State First Team as a senior and was invited to play in the Washington/North Idaho All-State Girls’ Game in 2015 and 2016; a WIAA State Athlete of the Week in 2015 and a State Sportsmanship Award recipient in 2015 and 2016; named her team’s MVP all four years and was a team co-captain in 2016, when she averaged 19.3 points, 4.1 assists and 11.1 rebounds per game

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it is a God-centered school with both strong academic and basketball programs, a high job-placement rate, and Christian professors. I am honored and very excited to be able to play basketball for an outstanding team and grow closer to Jesus alongside other Christians.

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Ashley-Alohi Kiko

Name: Ashley-Alohi Kiko

High School: Roosevelt High School (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Sport(s): Basketball

Position(s): Point guard and shooting guard

Height / Weight: 5-6

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-league honors (East Side Conference) as a senior after averaging 12 points per game and scoring 222 points; helped team win Eastern championship and an O'ahu Interscholastic Association championship in back-to-back seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15)

Why I chose George Fox:
My religion is very important for my family and I, and being that faith is a top priority at George Fox. It really was a key factor to my choosing. Also, as soon as I got into contact with the coaches, they were always contacting me, calling me to see how I was doing, and just showed their interest in me, which I valued a lot. Academically, I want to major in sports medicine, which is really strong at George Fox. Overall, the environment at George Fox is one that I am excited to be a part of. The safe community and the nice people I will encounter are things that impacted my decision.

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 Emma Klym

Name: Emma Klym

High School: Springfield High School (Springfield, Ore.)

Sport(s): Basketball

Position(s): Point guard

Height / Weight: 5-7

High School Highlights:
A first-team all-state player (Class 5A) as a senior and a first-team all-tournament selection in the playoffs; also earned first-team all-league honors (Midwestern League) in 2016 and selected 2016 league MVP as a senior; a first-team all-league player her junior year and named second-team all-state that season; as a senior averaged 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and 3.5 steals per game; named her team’s MVP her sophomore through senior years; served as team captain as a junior and senior and started every game her sophomore through senior seasons

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox is a perfect fit for me. I knew I wanted to be a part of the community after my first visit. I am so excited to pursue my degree and to continue playing basketball at the next level for such a wonderful basketball program.

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 Madelynn Krotzer

Name: Madelynn Krotzer

High School: Amity High School (Amity, Ore.)

Sport(s): Basketball

Position(s): Point guard

Height / Weight: 5-7

High School Highlights:
Named to the OSAA 2016 State Basketball All-Tournament first-team as a senior, when she was named State Playoffs Moda Health Award Player of the Game one of three games; also named the West Valley League (Class 3A) Basketball Co-Player of the Year and selected to the league’s first team; was also recipient of American Family Insurance ALL-USA Mid-Valley Girls Basketball Award; scored 329 total points, averaging 12.7 points per game, as a senior to lead her team in scoring; also had 58 assists and 81 steals in the season to lead her team in both categories; grabbed 135 rebounds, including 53 on the offensive end; also earned OSAA All-Tournament second team as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the amazing physical therapy program and I love the family-team atmosphere of the women’s basketball team. I also love the Christian influence George Fox will have on my life, encouraging the growth of my faith.

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Emily Spencer

Name: Emily Spencer

High School: Woodinville High School (Woodinville, Wash.)

Sport(s): Basketball

Position(s): Guard

Height / Weight: 5-7

High School Highlights:
Named a first-team all-conference player (Class 4A KINGCO League) as both a junior and senior and chosen as All-KINGCO honorable mention as a sophomore; helped team win MAX Preps Holiday Tournament as a senior and team was honored as the 2014-15 All-State Academic Champions; as a senior she led KINGCO in steals (78) and was the conference’s sixth-leading scorer; led her team with 294 points, averaging 12.3 points per game; also led KINGCO in steals as a junior (82)

Why I chose George Fox:
I decided to go to George Fox because it was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to go to a smaller Christian school that provided the opportunity for me to pursue a career in nursing and my passion for basketball.

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 Alyssa St. Peter

Name: Alyssa St. Peter

High School: Cascade High School (Turner, Ore.)

Sport(s): Basketball

Position(s): Guard

Height / Weight: 5-9

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-conference (Class 4A Oregon West Conference) as a senior while also earning co-Player of the Year honors, All-Mid Valley and first-team all-state tournament; averaged 15.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.1 steals per game as a senior; named first-team all-conference as a junior and to the conference’s second team as a sophomore

Why I chose George Fox:
I loved the campus and the coaching staff. Everyone that I talked to when I visited was extremely friendly.

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Haley Strowbridge

Name: Haley Strowbridge

High School: Stanwood High School (Stanwood,Wash.)

Sport(s): Basketball and track and field

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-10

High School Highlights:
Named to Wesco Class 3A North first team as a senior (basketball); named to Wesco’s second team in basketball as a junior and was an honorable mention selection as a freshman; earned all-league honorable mention honors in track as a sophomore, when she placed seventh in the state in the javelin and was second at districts; for her team, she was chosen Most Inspirational her sophomore through senior years and received the Captain’s Award as a senior; ranks second in Stanwood High School history in three-pointers made

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because the school sees each person as an individual and strives for success in the classroom. I also saw an opportunity to be a part of a close-knit community, all while strengthening my relationship with Christ.

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Cross Country

Abby Blitzenburg

Name: Abby Blitzenburg

High School: Filer High School (Filer, Idaho)

Sport(s): Cross country and track and field

Position(s): Sprints

Height / Weight: 5-8

High School Highlights:
Qualified for state in cross country all four years; medaled sophomore and junior years, earned top-10 junior year and was a district champion that season; qualified for state in track freshman, sophomore and junior years in all three distance events, and medaled twice; was a district champion in 3,200-meter race her sophomore year and a district champion in the distance triple (3,200, 800 and 1,600) her junior year; received Idaho High School Activities Association Distinguished Athlete Scholastic Award as a freshman; had a debilitating injury all cross country season, but still made it to state

Why I chose George Fox:
I felt that it was a college at which I could grow academically, athletically and spiritually.

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Josh Gibbs

Name: Josh Gibbs

High School: Glencoe High School (Hillsboro, Ore.)

Sport(s): Track and field and cross country

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-8, 145

High School Highlights:
Ran varsity for Cross Country and track his junior and senior years; served as cross country team captain senior year; as a senior, he ran the 3,000 meters in 9 minutes, 34 seconds, the 1,500 in 4:22, and the 5,000 meters in cross country in 16:55

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I wanted to be a part of a smaller university where it would be easier to balance my athletics and academics. I wanted to be able to run at a competitive level with a team that was as close and supportive as the teams I have run with in the past. I found all of these things at George Fox.

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Lydia Gronseth

Name: Lydia Gronseth

High School: Forest Grove High School (Forest Grove, Ore.)

Sport(s): Cross country

Position(s): Sprints

Height / Weight: 5-3

High School Highlights:
Ran the 5K in 22 minutes, 15 seconds at the conference championships as a senior; ran a 22:32 at the Oregon Class 6A State Cross Country Championships as a junior; earned varsity letters in 2014 and 2015

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I love that it is a Christian school. I also love that it is not too far from home. Running cross country for George Fox has been something I have wanted to do since I started the sport.

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Brendon Henkel

Name: Brendon Henkel

High School: Bella Vista High School (Citrus Heights, Calif.)

Sport(s): Cross country and track and field

Position(s): 800 and 1,500 meters (track)

Height / Weight: 5-11, 155

High School Highlights:
Earned all-conference honors in cross country in both 2014 and 2015; served as team captain for cross country in 2015 and for track in 2016; named his team’s Most Improved for cross country in 2014 and earned its Workhorse Award in 2015; ran times of 4:32.14 in the 1,600 meters, 2:04.81 in the 800 and 16:09.13 in the 5K as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I wanted to go to a smaller school with a Christ-centered, family-like community that has a strong nursing program and a competitive running program. George Fox meets every requirement.

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Isaac Hodgkins

Name: Isaac Hodgkins

High School: Hamden High School (Hamden, Conn.)

Sport(s): Cross country and track and field

Position(s): Middle distances

Height / Weight: 5-10, 140

High School Highlights:
Member of team that won Connecticut West Sectional Championships in indoor and outdoor track his sophomore, junior and senior years; competed in state championships for cross country as a senior, when he posted a 5K time of 16 minutes, 48 seconds

Why I chose George Fox:
I wanted to go to a school in the West, away from the city, that offered a great engineering program as well as a place for spiritual growth.

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Amarie Miller

Name: Amarie Miller

High School: Santiam Christian High School (Corvallis, Ore.)

Sport(s): Cross country and track and field

Position(s): Distances

Height / Weight:

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I want to be in an atmosphere where people are enthusiastic about what God has given them, and they turn those things back to him for his glory. I know that, at George Fox, I will grow in my walk with Christ. I want to gain skills both in and out of the classroom, as well as on my teams, that will carry me throughout my life. I also want to get an even broader view of others and draw from their personal stories and experiences, and I know George Fox is the place to do this.

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Eric Moniot

Name: Eric Moniot

High School: Santa Ynez Valley Union High School (Santa Ynez, Calif.)

Sport(s): Cross country and track and field

Position(s): Distances, long sprints

Height / Weight: 5-7, 126

High School Highlights:
Member of league and state champions (Class D4) as a senior, when he ran the 3,200 meters in 10 minutes, 18 seconds, the 1,600 in 4:45 and the 5,000 in 16:24; ran a 16:45 5K as a junior and a 17:13 5K as a sophomore

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the generosity of the coaching staff as well as the rest of the team. I also was impressed at the quality of the education offered at the school.

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Football

Connor Alexander

Name: Connor Alexander

High School: Kamiak High School (Mukilteo, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Quarterback

Height / Weight: 6-2, 170

High School Highlights:
Named an All-Wesco North (Class 4A) quarterback as a senior, when he ranked among the top five Washington state 4A passing leaders; broke school records for most completions in a season (170), most passing yards in a game (369), most passing attempts in a season (265), most touchdown passes in a game (6), most touchdown passes in a season (24) and most passing yards in a season (2,466); averaged 235 yards passing per game his final season

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it is the right school for me in both academics and athletics. I believe that, academically, George Fox will help me pursue a career in physical therapy and will prepare me to strive in the future. I feel as though I will fit in with the student crowd and will have an incredible four years.

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John Averill

Name: John Averill

High School: North Eugene High School (Eugene, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Quarterback

Height / Weight: 6-3, 180

High School Highlights:
Served as team captain and was team’s Offensive Player of the Year after passing for 29 touchdowns, completing 62 percent of his pass attempts, breaking the school’s single-game touchdown and yardage records (6 TDs, 403 total yards), and breaking the single-season touchdown and yardage marks (31 TDs and 2,118 passing yards in nine games)

Why I chose George Fox:
It has a great reputation for higher education and athletics. It is very exciting to be a part of a new program on the upswing.

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Joseph Ballard

Name: Joseph Ballard

High School: Monroe High School (Monroe, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Linebacker

Height / Weight: 6-0, 235

High School Highlights:
Named a first-team all-league linebacker (Class 2A Mountain View Conference) his sophomore through senior years, a second-team all-league offensive lineman in 2013-14, and a first-team offensive lineman in 2014-15; also selected as a first-team all-league running back in 2015-16, as the League Defensive Player of the Year in both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, a second-team all-state linebacker in 2014-15, and a first-team all-state linebacker in 2015-16; a scholar-athlete all four years of high school; named his team’s MVP and Most Inspirational Player in 2015-16; served as a team captain his junior and senior years

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it is the place that I will not only fit in, but excel. The standards of George Fox and its football team are the same as the ones I hold myself to, and I feel like it is a perfect fit.

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Garret Banister

Name: Garret Banister

High School: Walla Walla High School (Walla Walla, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Tight end

Height / Weight: 6-3, 190

High School Highlights:
Recorded five catches for 65 yards and two touchdowns his senior year while, on defense, he collected 17 tackles, 20 assisted tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one batted pass.

Why I chose George Fox:
It is a small Christian college in the Northwest with both a football team and a good engineering program.

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Blake Bartels

Name: Blake Bartels

High School: Crook County High School (Prineville, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Quarterback and cornerback

Height / Weight: 6-2, 190

High School Highlights:
A first-team all-league quarterback and cornerback his senior season (Class 4A Tri-Valley League), when he was named Conference Offensive Player of the Year; also earned all-state honorable mention at both positions; a second-team all-league quarterback as a junior; named his team’s Offensive Player of the Year his final two seasons

Why I chose George Fox:
I was very impressed with George Fox, from the football program and coaches to the campus and academics offered.

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 Kawika Cameron

Name: Kawika Cameron

High School: Saint Francis High School (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive lineman

Height / Weight: 6-0, 255

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-conference (Interscholastic League of Hawaii) and second-team all-Hawaii as a senior; served as varsity team captain his junior and senior years

Why I chose George Fox:
It felt like a second home to me.

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Matthew Davis Carter

Name: Matthew Davis Carter

High School: South Salem High School (Salem, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Linebacker

Height / Weight: 5-9, 220

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-conference honors as a linebacker his final two years (Class 6A Greater Valley Conference) and was an all-state selection in 2015; also an honorable mention all-league running back in 2015; a four-year letterman in football and three-year starter; named team’s Most Improved Player in 2014 and Defensive Player of the Year in 2015; led team in tackles as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the tight-knit community and the Christ-centered atmosphere.

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Michael Cervantes

Name: Michael Cervantes

High School: Cesar Chavez High School (Delano, Calif.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive guard

Height / Weight: 5-10, 235

High School Highlights:
Named his team’s offensive MVP in 2014 and earned the team’s Titan of the Year Award for 2015; named a first-team all-league offensive lineman his junior and senior seasons

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because It's providing me with a chance to play football along with a great education. I look forward to being the first in my family to have this opportunity to play a college sport.

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Tanner Colburn

Name: Tanner Colburn

High School: Wilson High School (Tacoma, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Linebacker

Height / Weight: 5-10, 215

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team All-Narrows League (Class 3A) and first-team All-Tacoma as a linebacker his senior year; also selected a second-team All-Area player and an honorable mention all-state linebacker; recorded 104 solo tackles, including 12 for loss, to go with four sacks, three forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and one interception his senior season

Why I chose George Fox:
The players, coaches and faculty truly care about the student-athletes. George Fox provides a family atmosphere and environment along with prestigious academics and the hunger for excellence on the football field.

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Minoo Ha

Name: Minoo Ha

High School: Liberty High School (Hillsboro, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Cornerback and running back

Height / Weight: 5-10, 170

High School Highlights:
Was a Northwest Oregon Conference (Class 5A) all-league cornerback as a senior, when he recorded 24 tackles, including 13 solo, and two tackles for a loss; as a running back, he ran for 514 yards and eight touchdowns on 49 carries, averaging 10.49 yards per carry; helped team go 10-1 and win a league title in 2015-16

Why I chose George Fox:
They have a great coaching staff and believed in my talents. The school offers a quality education as well.

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Caleb Harrel

Name: Caleb Harrel

High School: Middleton High School (Middleton, Idaho)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Defensive back

Height / Weight: 5-10, 175

High School Highlights:
Named a first-team all-state defensive back and a first-team all-conference running back (Class 4A Southern Idaho Conference) as a senior, when he scored 14 touchdowns, rushed for 800 yards and picked off three passes, including a pick-six; was named his team’s MVP and served as a captain his senior year; also named a second-team all-conference defensive back and selected to play in the El Korah Shriners All-Star Game; scored 18 touchdowns as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
My parents and older sister attended George Fox. It has always been my dream college. I love that it is a Christian school. I can't wait to play football!

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Collin Hoyt

Name: Collin Hoyt

High School: Holtville High School (Holtville, Calif.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Center and long snapper

Height / Weight: 6-1, 245

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-Manzanita League (CIF Division 5) honors as an offensive lineman his junior and senior seasons; was a second-team all-league selection as a sophomore; named team’s MVP as a senior and was recipient of his team’s Leadership Award in 2014; recorded 13 pancake blocks his senior year

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the quality education I will be receiving along with the opportunity to play football. I love how welcoming the staff and students are and am hoping to add to the growing football program. Lastly, I am happy to be attending a Christian school where I can grow in my faith.

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Andrew Kalahar

Name: Andrew Kalahar

High School: Arlington High School (Arlington, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Quarterback and kicker

Height / Weight: 5-10, 195

High School Highlights:
Named a first-team all-league quarterback and first-team all-league kicker (Class 3A Wesco League) as a senior, when he threw for 2,725 yards and 27 touchdowns while completing 64.6 percent of his pass attempts; as a kicker he made 30 of 32 PATs and four of five field goals; named his team’s Offensive Back of the Year and Eagle Award recipient (team MVP) as a senior; was a second-team all-league quarterback as a junior and was team’s Offensive Back of the Year that year

Why I chose George Fox:
I saw an incredible academic opportunity to continue my education at a Christian college that specializes in the areas of my interests. I also chose George Fox because of the chance to play football at a program that is on the rise and is starting to build a winning tradition.

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Cody Labanon

Name: Cody Labanon

High School: Damien Memorial School (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Cornerback, free safety, strong safety and punter

Height / Weight: 5-7, 170

High School Highlights:
Earned all-star Interscholastic League of Honolulu first-team honors as a punter two years in a row while also earning all-state honorable mention recognition

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George fox because it felt like home, as everyone was welcoming. They also have my major, and I plan to further my athletic ability in football.

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David Ledesma

Name: David Ledesma

High School: Prosser High School (Prosser, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Linebacker, halfback and punter

Height / Weight: 5-10, 205

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honor (Class 2A Central Washington Athletic Conference), was named CWAC Defensive MVP as a linebacker and earned first-team all-state recognition his senior year, when he recorded 89 tackles, eight sacks and one fumble recovery; also served as team captain and was named team and defensive MVP his senior year; earned second-team all-league spot as a linebacker his sophomore and junior years.

Why I chose George Fox:
I really like the environment: The people here are always supportive. The school also has a great nursing program.

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Joseph Leontyuk

Name: Joseph Leontyuk

High School: Clackamas High School (Damascus, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Inside linebacker

Height / Weight: 6-0, 205

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
I have chosen George Fox because I saw opportunities to continue and expand my education. I also seized my opportunity to continue playing football. It is my passion and I enjoy the game a lot.

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Riley Lusk

Name: Riley Lusk

High School: Prosser High School (Prosser, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Sprints

Height / Weight: 6-1, 255

High School Highlights:
Earned Class 2A all-state honors for his play on both sides of the line as a senior, when he was also an All-Central Washington Athletic Conference first-team selection after recording 55 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and nine quarterback sacks; made the CWAC’s second team as a tight end his junior year and was a CWAC honorable mention choice as a defensive lineman that season; helped team win a Washington State 2A title as a senior, reach the state quarterfinals as a junior and the semifinals as a freshman and sophomore

Why I chose George Fox:
It was the best place to better myself both in the academic and athletic aspects of my life. Everyone involved with George Fox had a positive attitude and a constant drive for excellence.

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Jacob Lyver

Name: Jacob Lyver

High School: La Salle Prep High School (Portland, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Outside linebacker

Height / Weight: 6-2 ½, 190

High School Highlights:
Earned honorable mention all-league (Class 5A Northwest Oregon Conference) as a junior in 2014; served as a team captain as a senior in 2015

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the engineering program and the opportunities I will have coming out of college with a degree from this university. I will also have the opportunity to play football at the collegiate level while still staying close to home. I also like the small class sizes and the involvement between the professors and the students and how students are set up to succeed.

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Riley Maloney

Name: Riley Maloney

High School: Tillamook High School (Tillamook, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Wide receiver

Height / Weight: 6-4, 195

High School Highlights:
Had 150-plus receiving yards and four touchdown catches as a senior wide receiver

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox is an amazing Christian College that ranks very high in academics. I wanted to go somewhere that I could get a top-notch education while playing the sports that I love.

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Trey Manson

Name: Trey Manson

High School: Kiona-Benton City High School (West Richland, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Quarterback and free safety

Height / Weight: 6-0, 200

High School Highlights:
Named team’s MVP in 2015-16 and served as team captain; named squad’s Defensive Player of the Week three times as senior; as a senior quarterback, he completed 69 percent of his passes with 17 touchdowns, 2,350-plus passing yards, four rushing TDs and 400-plus rushing yards

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox is a small family-oriented and Christ-centered school that offers the academic resources I'm looking for in a degree.

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Chase Marx

Name: Chase Marx

High School: Arlington High School (Arlington, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Linebacker

Height / Weight: 6-2, 200

High School Highlights:
A two-time varsity letterman, he helped squad win a Class 3A Wesco North League championship in 2016; member of team that was a four-time Stilly Cup (local rivalry game) champion; recorded 50 tackles and had 11 receptions for 160 yards and one touchdown in seven games as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I really loved the atmosphere of the campus and the small-town feel that Newberg has. I also really like the coaching staff and all the support they have given me through the recruiting process. I'm excited to further my education at George Fox and know that I will graduate with a degree that is well respected in a competitive workforce.

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Isaiah McGee

Name: Isaiah McGee

High School: Central Kitsap High School (Silverdale, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Running back and linebacker

Height / Weight: 5-7, 220

High School Highlights:
Named a first-team all-league (Class 3A Narrows League) and an All-West Sound selection at running back as a senior, when he carried the ball 110 times for 557 yards and four touchdowns while not fumbling the ball once; on defense, he recorded 58 tackles, including 27 solo

Why I chose George Fox:
I really enjoyed the tour of the campus and like how I have the opportunity to be a starting running back since it's not a set position yet. I like how all the coaches interacted with the recruits during my visit and the atmosphere of the team and how united they were.

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Cameron Molan

Name: Cameron Molan

High School: Cascade High School (Turner, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Wide receiver and safety

Height / Weight: 6-1, 193

High School Highlights:
Earned All-Mid-Valley honors, first-team all-league recognition (Class 4A Oregon West Conference) and first-team all-state as a senior in 2015, when he caught 45 passes for 857 yards and 14 touchdowns; was an All-Mid-Valley defensive back, first-team all-conference wide receiver and honorable mention all-state player as a wide receiver in 2014, when he caught 40 passes for 567 yards and five touchdowns; also named an all-conference honorable mention wide receiver as a sophomore

Why I chose George Fox:
It is a place I can stretch myself in my academics, athletics, and most importantly my relationship with Jesus Christ. I love the atmosphere of George Fox in all of these arenas.

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Anthony Nehren

Name: Anthony Nehren

High School: Charles A. Lindbergh High School (Renton, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Linebacker

Height / Weight: 5-10, 193

High School Highlights:
Named a first-team all-league linebacker (Class 2A Seamount League) and was a second-team all-league offensive tackle; served as a team captain and defensive captain while also earning the school’s Linebacker/Defensive Back of the Year honor; was also on Seamount All-League Academic Team; as a senior, he recorded 106 tackles, including 91 solo, and had seven tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four sacks

Why I chose George Fox:
I had heard about the school from family friends who attended, and I liked what I heard. Plus, going out of state was something that had interested me. I want to play football, and I loved meeting the coaching staff and the players here. I felt a strong family bond and felt that coaches are shaping us, not only into football players, but as men. This all mimicked my high school football team and coaching staff, and it was something that I wanted to be a part of again. I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to do so.

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Evan Nelson

Name: Evan Nelson

High School: Hillsboro High School (Hillsboro, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Wide receiver

Height / Weight: 5-11, 180

High School Highlights:
Earned all-state (Class 5A) honors as both a wide receiver and cornerback as a senior; also named to first team in the Northwest Oregon Conference at the same two positions; was a team captain and named team’s MVP his final season

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the family atmosphere and the coaches really care about you growing up as a person.

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Braden Palanuk

Name: Braden Palanuk

High School: Salem Academy High School (Salem, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Linebacker and strong safety

Height / Weight: 5-9, 195

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league (Class 3A Pacific West Conference) and all-state honorable mention honors as a senior; named to league’s honorable mention team as a linebacker and to the second team as a running back in 2014; a second-team linebacker in league in 2013; served as team captain as a junior and senior and was team’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2015

Why I chose George Fox:
It's a great academic institution with a growing football program that I am proud to be a part of.

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David Prosser

Name: David Prosser

High School: Sprague High School (Salem, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Linebacker

Height / Weight: 6-1, 230

High School Highlights:
Served as team captain his senior year

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I get to earn a great education and build my relationship with God as well as play football.

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Christian Red

Name: Christian Red

High School: Pioneer High School (Whittier, Calif.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Safety, cornerback and wide receiver

Height / Weight: 6-2, 217

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
It gave me the opportunity to step back on a football field, further my education, and walk closer with the Lord. I love the community and the environment. As a Bruin, we have the drive to succeed, be our best "Be Known," and in the end give all glory to God. That is why I chose George Fox.

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Jason Santoni

Name: Jason Santoni

High School: Crater High School (Central Point, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Kicker

Height / Weight: 6-6, 175

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honors (Class 5A Midwestern League) in both his junior and senior seasons; was a second-team all-state selection as a senior; was ranked No. 1 in the state as a senior with 44 touchbacks; has hit a field goal from 43 yards and has had a kickoff of 75 yards

Why I chose George Fox:
George fox is a very well respected and prestigious university that has a new football program that is taking great leaps in becoming a championship program. I chose George Fox because I wanted to be a part of this family and what it stands for.

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Kyle Schwarm

Name: Kyle Schwarm

High School: Stayton High School (Stayton, Ore.)

Sport(s): Basketball, baseball and football

Position(s): Quarterback, free safety, outside linebacker and strong safety (football); shooting guard and forward (basketball)

Height / Weight: 6-3, 210

High School Highlights:
Earned all-state (Class 4A) honorable mention as a quarterback in 2015, when he threw for 1,521 yards and rushed for 306 yards while totalling 20 touchdowns; an All-Oregon West Conference first-team selection as a quarterback as a senior and a first-teamer as a strong safety as a junior; also an all-conference second-team choice as a junior quarterback; an all-conference honorable mention selection as a basketball forward in 2016 and a first-team all-conference shooting guard in 2015; nominated for Mid-Valley Courage Award in football in 2015 and was Statesman Journal Athlete of the Week twice that season

Why I chose George Fox:
I appreciate the great support the community gives toward the school and toward the athletes. It's a great school for academics and will offer me the tools I need to succeed in my future. I’m looking forward to being a part of the Bruin culture.

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 Austin Shadbolt

Name: Austin Shadbolt

High School: Sherwood High School (Sherwood, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Linebacker and running back

Height / Weight: 5-11, 210

High School Highlights:
Was an all-league honorable mention selection as a senior linebacker (Class 6A Three Rivers League) and was an all-league honorable mention linebacker and running back in 2014; helped team win a TRL championship in 2015

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the community support the school and fans bring to all sporting events, my brother has been a huge inspiration to me as a member on this football team, and I’m excited about another opportunity to play the game I love!

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 Dawson Shero

Name: Dawson Shero

High School: Steilacoom High School (Steilacoom, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Defensive lineman and offensive lineman

Height / Weight: 5-10, 240

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honors (Class 2A) for his play on the defensive line and second-team all-league recognition on the offensive line in 2015; named to second team in his league in 2014 on both sides of the line; an honorable mention choice in league in 2013; served as team captain as senior and named his squad’s Best Lineman of the Year as a junior and senior; earned team’s Most Improved honor in 2013

Why I chose George Fox:
I liked the atmosphere of the campus and how the faculty was helpful when I came on the campus tour. I also chose George Fox because of the size of the school and the ratio between students and teachers.

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Ian Sutherland

Name: Ian Sutherland

High School: Corona High School (Corona, Calif.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Wide receiver

Height / Weight: 6-2, 190

High School Highlights:
Earned all-league offense honors (Class 1A PAC-5 Conference) his sophomore through senior years

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the amazing coaches and to be a part of a top-notch program with elite facilities and academics.

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 Ruben Tapia Hurtado

Name: Ruben Tapia Hurtado

High School: Westview High School (Portland, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Center and defensive end

Height / Weight: 6-2, 231

High School Highlights:
Earned third-team all-league honors (Class 6A Metro League) as a senior and was selected by his team for the Ron Linehan Coaches Award and for the “Uncommon Man of the Week” award during his senior year

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of all the great opportunities they have offered me and because of the Christ-centered community and their superior engineering program.

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Jake Thompson

Name: Jake Thompson

High School: West Salem High School (Salem, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive line

Height / Weight: 6-3, 260

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-league honors (Class 6A Greater Valley Conference) as a senior, when he was named his team’s Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Why I chose George Fox:
It is truly the best fit for me. The environment and the people are very welcoming, and it is a school that I know I won't regret attending due to its strong academics.

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Justin Trimble

Name: Justin Trimble

High School: McMinnville High School (McMinnville, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football and track and field

Position(s): Wide receiver (football); sprinter (track)

Height / Weight: 5-10, 180

High School Highlights:
Was named an all-conference (Class 6A Greater Valley Conference) wide receiver and kick returner as a senior; voted an all-Valley first-team wide receiver and defensive back his senior year; earned all-conference second-team recognition as a junior in track; as a senior, he was named his football team’s Offensive MVP and served as a captain, catching seven touchdown passes and racking up 603 receiving yards (both good for second in conference) while averaging 13.5 yards per catch

Why I chose George Fox:
It felt like the perfect fit for me; the people here are amazing.

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TJ Trout

Name: TJ Trout

High School: Shadle Park High School (Spokane, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Defensive back

Height / Weight: 6-1, 180

High School Highlights:
Named a first-team all-Greater Spokane League (Class 3A) defensive back as a senior, when he served as a team captain and won the Coaches Choice Award; was team’s second-leading tackler with three interceptions; also earned recognition in wrestling, including Most Inspirational and a Student Athlete honor for the winter sports season; named Most Improved in football as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it is a great place for me to excel as a person, student and athlete.

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Bryce Webber

Name: Bryce Webber

High School: Sprague High School (Salem, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive and defensive line

Height / Weight: 5-10, 250

High School Highlights:
A first-team all-league guard and honorable mention defensive tackle as a senior (Class 6A Greater Valley Conference)

Why I chose George Fox:
I see myself succeeding here for four years with all the help that has been offered.

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Devin Wilson

Name: Devin Wilson

High School: The Dalles High School (The Dalles, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Linebacker and strong safety

Height / Weight: 6-0, 200

High School Highlights:
As a senior earned first-team all-league honors as a utility player and as a strong safety (Class 5A Columbia River Conference) while also earning honorable mention as a running back; as a junior, was a first-team linebacker and utility player and a second-team receiver; named team’s Defensive Player of the Year and MVP his junior and senior seasons

Why I chose George Fox:
I instantly fell like part of a family when I came to George Fox. I believe that George Fox will provide me with the opportunity, education and experience to obtain skills to achieve my goals.

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Jonathan Wise

Name: Jonathan Wise

High School: La Sema High School (Whittier, Calif.)

Sport(s): Football and track and field

Position(s): Wide receiver, cornerback, kick returner and punt returner

Height / Weight: 5-7, 165

High School Highlights:
A first-team all-league (Class 5A Del Rio League) wide receiver as a senior, he caught 27 passes for 526 yards, averaging 19.5 yards per catch, and six touchdowns; also racked up 346 kickoff return yards; was a second-team all-league selection as a junior; in track, he was part of a 4X100 team that placed first in league while he also placed first in the 100 meters individually

Why I chose George Fox:
I could already tell when I arrived on campus that George Fox was the right choice for me. My intended major, mechanical engineering, really captured my attention. The environment on the campus speaks for itself, as it is a gorgeous campus. I also chose Fox because I could see the football team was a building program getting stronger and stronger every year.

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Garrett Yarter

Name: Garrett Yarter

High School: W.F. West High School (Chehalis, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Wide Receiver

Height / Weight: 6-3, 175

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-conference recognition as a senior (Class 2A Evergreen Conference) and was a three-year varsity letter winner; also earned an All-Academic Award as a senior; caught an 82-yard touchdown pass on Senior Night and finished game with 100-plus yards receiving.

Why I chose George Fox:
It was the right fit for me academically, athletically and spiritually.

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Men's Golf

Caleb Fernandez

Name: Caleb Fernandez

High School: California High School (Whittier, Calif.)

Sport(s): Golf

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-11, 180

High School Highlights:
Chosen as team MVP as a junior; named team’s Rookie of the Year as a freshman and earned squad’s Condor Award as a sophomore

Why I chose George Fox:
I felt very welcomed and comfortable during my first visit to campus. I feel like I can get a great education through the George Fox business department and wanted to be a part of a growing golf team.

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Mason Koch

Name: Mason Koch

High School: Kentwood High School (Kent, Wash.)

Sport(s): Golf

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 6-2, 155

High School Highlights:
Qualified for state every year of high school and earned a top-15 finish his junior year (state for senior year is in May); was named team’s MVP both his junior and senior seasons and served as captain both years; named his squad’s “Most Inspirational Player” as a senior, when he placed second at district and broke career records in points and pars recorded.

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the atmosphere and mindset of the college in every way: in sports, spiritually and academically.

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Logan Moses

Name: Logan Moses

High School: Ridgefield High School (Ridgefield, Wash.)

Sport(s): Golf

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-11, 170

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league recognition (Class AA Greater Saint Helens League) in 2015, qualifying for state; placed ninth in district tournament in 2015; earned second-team all-league honors in 2014, when he placed 18th at the district tournament; qualified for state tournament in 2016; had team’s lowest scoring average in 2014 and 2015.

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the small-town atmosphere and how kind the people were when I visited. I also really liked the campus and coaches. The "Be Known" motto is also important to me.

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Clayton Rajewich

Name: Clayton Rajewich

High School: King’s Way Christian High School (Vancouver, Wash.)

Sport(s): Golf

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-11, 180

High School Highlights:
Was a five-time WIAA 1A state participant (eighth grade through senior year; tied for fifth place in WIAA 1A State Championship as a junior and was second-team all-league his eighth-grade year before becoming a four-time first-team 1A Trico/Evergreen League player in high school; helped team to Southwest Washington 1A District IV team championship his junior year and was a two-time SWW1A District IV runner-up his junior and senior seasons; was named a three-time team MVP and awarded his squad’s King's Court Award for leadership (sophomore year); recorded a 36.75 scoring average and was an eight-time match medalist as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the opportunity to be a collegiate athlete and pursue the major of my choice while growing in my faith.

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Tanner Washburn

Name: Tanner Washburn

High School: West Albany High School (Albany, Ore.)

Sport(s): Golf

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-8, 145

High School Highlights:
Earned third-place individual finish at Tokatee Invitational (75) as a junior and placed fifth at Black Butte Invitational (79) that season; also earned an 11th-place individual finish at 2015 district championships (82-77); a four-year varsity letter winner

Why I chose George Fox:
I felt right at home when I visited, I want to play golf at the collegiate level, and because of my major.

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Women's Golf

Tianna Brown

Name: Tianna Brown

High School: Ridgeview High School (Redmond, Ore.)

Sport(s): Golf

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-5

High School Highlights:
Earned first place at districts (Class 5A Special District 2) as a sophomore and fifth as a freshman; took seventh at regionals her junior year; finished in 15th at state her sophomore and junior years

Why I chose George Fox:
I think it is the best college for me to further my education toward a career while still competing in golf. I can't wait to have MaryJo as my golf coach and be a part of the team!

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Rachel Drgastin

Name: Rachel Drgastin

High School: Summit High School (Bend, Ore.)

Sport(s): Golf

Position(s):

Height / Weight:

High School Highlights:
Tied for fourth at Class 4A state tournament in 2015; member of team that has won seven straight state championships; shot a 72 to win Crooked River event, a 74 to get second at Meadow Lakes tournament, and 78 to place fourth at Eagle Crest, Ridge Course, as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I am excited to continue playing competitive golf on such a successful team. Also, the Christ-centered environment and the amazing nursing school is exactly what I was looking for.

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Women's Lacrosse

Jennifer Burke

Name: Jennifer Burke

High School: Oregon City High School (Oregon City, Ore.)

Sport(s): Lacrosse

Position(s): Midfield

Height / Weight: 5-6

High School Highlights:
Earned a spot on the 2015 Three Rivers League (Class 6A) second team for her play as a midfielder; earned team’s “Speed Award” in 2013 and was named team MVP on defense in 2014 and midfield in 2015.

Why I chose George Fox:
I want to learn in a Christian atmosphere that has lots of opportunities to help me grow in my faith. George Fox has been my dream school since I was little and has only become more and more appealing to me the older I have gotten. When I found out George Fox started a lacrosse program I was ecstatic and it sealed the deal. I can’t wait to be a part of the Bruin lacrosse team!

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Emma Fanger

Name: Emma Fanger

High School: Tualatin High School (Tualatin, Ore.)

Sport(s): Lacrosse

Position(s): Midfield

Height / Weight: 5-8

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-league honors (Class 6A Three Rivers League) in both her junior and senior seasons

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I want to be known at an amazing school and be part of a passionate and hardworking team.

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Karen Katzenberger

Name: Karen Katzenberger

High School: Bellevue Christian High School (Fall City, Wash.)

Sport(s): Lacrosse

Position(s): Defender

Height / Weight: 5-5

High School Highlights:
Earned all-conference honors (Class 2A Snoqualmie Conference) in 2014

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because the second I stepped on campus I felt at home. Everyone at the university is kind and welcoming, and the academics are a perfect fit for me.

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Christina Nase

Name: Christina Nase

High School: Bend Senior High School (Bend, Ore.)

Sport(s): Lacrosse

Position(s): Midfielder and defender

Height / Weight: 5-7

High School Highlights:
In six games so far this season, she has collected five ground balls

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I loved the school itself, especially the size and how welcoming it has been the last time I was there, not to mention they have lacrosse.

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 Madison Stratton

Name: Madison Stratton

High School: Corona del Sol High School (Tempe, Ariz.)

Sport(s): Lacrosse

Position(s): Midfield

Height / Weight: 5-7

High School Highlights:
Earned her team’s Most Valuable Player honor her first year playing lacrosse; as a junior she was awarded with an award for the Best Work Ethic; served as team captain her senior year

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the smaller-sized school and neighboring town. Its nursing program has a great reputation, and I’m looking forward to the smaller class sizes and building a relationship with my professors. Then I came and met the lacrosse team and coach, and I was sold! Playing lacrosse in college was a dream of mine, but I never really thought I would be able to attain it. I feel very blessed and thankful that I will get to pursue my academic and athletic dreams at George Fox.

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Madison Strickland

Name: Madison Strickland

High School: Lake Sammamish High School (Bothell, Wash.)

Sport(s): Lacrosse

Position(s): Midfielder

Height / Weight: 5-2

High School Highlights:
Helped her varsity team go to the state championship and place second (2013 and 2014); selected to play on the Washington State U-15 team (2013); as a senior scored seven goals, had one assist, five ground balls, five draws and two caused turnovers (season still in progress)

Why I chose George Fox:
I loved the location, community and religious opportunities. I also felt that George Fox's lacrosse and nursing programs would help me grow physically and spiritually.

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Marisa Twarowski

Name: Marisa Twarowski

High School: Oregon City High School (Oregon City, Ore.)

Sport(s): Lacrosse

Position(s): Defender

Height / Weight: 5-6

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox University will give me the opportunity to be my true self in a small, tight-knit community. It will allow to me become stronger in my faith while bettering my education. I am excited to be a part of the women's lacrosse team and be coached by one of the most dedicated and inspirational ladies I know, Natalie Harrington.

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Men's Soccer

Austin Burdick

Name: Austin Burdick

High School: Robert D. Edgren High School (Misawa, Japan); De Anza College (Cupertino, Calif.)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Goalkeeper

Height / Weight: 5-11, 162

High School Highlights:
Named best goalkeeper in conference his sophomore through senior seasons of high school; chosen team’s MVP sophomore through senior years; named all-conference his junior and senior seasons; earned All-Far East Team honors as a senior; played seven games for De Anza, where he recorded four shutouts.

Why I chose George Fox:
Because of the opportunities it gave me as an athlete and as a student.

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Cassen Chisholm

Name: Cassen Chisholm

High School: Littleton High School (Littleton, Colo.)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Right outside back

Height / Weight: 6-0, 170

High School Highlights:
Earned all-conference honorable mention honors as a junior and senior; served as team captain his junior and senior years and was named team MVP his senior year; was part of a defensive unit that allowed only 10 goals his senior season

Why I chose George Fox:
I wanted a Christian education in college and a place that has an excellent mechanical engineering program. I also wanted a place where I could continue to play soccer and possibly other sports that I love.

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Moises Manon

Name: Moises Manon

High School: McLoughlin Union High School (Milton-Freewater, Ore.)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Attacking midfielder

Height / Weight: 5-9, 150

High School Highlights:
Earned spot on all-conference first team (Class 4A Greater Oregon League) and named Conference MVP/Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014; helped team win Greater Oregon League championships in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14; a scholar-athlete in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14; served as team captain between 2011-12 and 2013-14; scored eight goals and had 15 assists as a senior and scored 15 goals as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
It has a safe and supportive environment I feel will be comfortable and allow me to further my education and attain the degree and career I seek. I’ll also have the opportunity to keep playing soccer at the collegiate level.

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Gabe Ramirez

Name: Gabe Ramirez

High School: Marin Catholic High School (Kentfield, Calif.)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Center back

Height / Weight: 6-3, 185

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-league honors as a sophomore; named team’s Most Improved Player as a freshman and Most Valuable Player as a senior; served as team captain his senior year

Why I chose George Fox:
When I visited the campus I could see myself attending George Fox. It has a great atmosphere, with friendly people and staff. I can't wait to contribute to George Fox.

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 Alexander Robertson

Name: Alexander Robertson

High School: St. Mary’s School of Medford (Medford, Ore.)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Midfield

Height / Weight: 5-9, 145

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-state (Class 3A/2A/1A) and first-team all-league honors as a senior, when he was voted his team’s "Most Crucial Player" and MVP; as a senior he led team in assists with 30 and was second in goals with 25; also earned National Honors Society and Scholar Athlete awards as a sophomore, junior and senior; as a junior he was starting center midfielder, was voted offensive MVP, led team in assists and highlight of his senior season was scoring the winning goal in the last 45 seconds of quarterfinal game to take his team to the semifinals.

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I feel that it is a place where I can get a great education, while continuing to pursue that game that I love. I also chose George Fox because of Coach Del Rio and our desire to make George Fox a championship team.

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Kody Ulrich

Name: Kody Ulrich

High School: Mountain View High School (Vancouver, Wash.)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Forward

Height / Weight: 6-0, 140

High School Highlights:
Earned all-league honorable mention honors as a junior in 2015, when he recorded six goals and six assists (currently playing his senior season); scored nine goals as a sophomore

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose it because of the “Be Known” promise. First and foremost, I wanted to attend a college that not only offered soccer, but most importantly my educational interests. George Fox provides all of the above and then some. The small community campus is in a beautiful setting, and the fact it’s not more than an hour from home also was a big factor in my decision. I couldn't have made a better choice of college, which offers so many positives -- education, sports, location, family environment, and being surrounded by those who have faith.

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Dennis Zapata

Name: Dennis Zapata

High School: North Marion High School (Aurora, Ore.)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Midfielder/striker

Height / Weight: 6-0, 155

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-state honors (Class 4A) as a senior, when he served as a team captain and scored 17 goals with 15 assists in leading the Huskies to a 14-2-1 record; helped team place third in state tournament in 2015 and win a title in 2014, when he was the OSAA Class 4A All-State Player of the Year and the Oregon West Conference Player of the Year; earned all-league recognition in both his freshman (Tri-Valley Conference honorable mention) and sophomore (TVL Conference first team) seasons

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox University because of the amazing education I would receive. One of my friends, who currently is on the track and field team, told me great things about this university. When I came to visit the campus, I fell in love with it. It is also really close to my house. I've made the right choice, and I’m so excited to come here next year.

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Women's Soccer

Brittany Bravo

Name: Brittany Bravo

High School: Redondo Union High School (Redondo Beach, Calif.)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Midfield

Height / Weight: 5-5

High School Highlights:
Named team’s Most Dedicated Player as a senior, when she scored seven goals and racked up 15 assists as her team finished second in the Bay League and reached the second round of the California Interscholastic Federation tournament

Why I chose George Fox:
I fell in love with a beautiful campus where I could continue playing the sport I love and continue receiving a great education.

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Kayla Caldeira

Name: Kayla Caldeira

High School: Kamehameha High School (Kaneohe, Hawaii)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Midfielder

Height / Weight: 5-5

High School Highlights:
Helped team win a 2014 state championship; named to Hawaii Youth Soccer Association all-star team as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it is a Christian college with a very good biology program. I also like that it isn't too far away from home.

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Alyssa Del Castillo

Name: Alyssa Del Castillo

High School: Kimball High School (Tracy, Calif.).)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Left back

Height / Weight: 5-2

High School Highlights:
Served as co-captain on high school team as a senior; helped high school team win a Valley Oak League championship in 2013; was a three-time (2013-15) state cup champion with her competitive club team, the West Coast Wild, and a two-time national champion with her club team in 2014 and 2015.

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I have never felt more at home somewhere than I do here. The moment I stepped on campus for the first time, I didn't want to leave. I knew I wanted to grow in my faith and just find the place I would have a forever family, and I know Fox is the place where that will happen. I am so excited to further my relationships, education, and soccer at Fox.

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Leanna Harris

Name: Leanna Harris

High School: Auburn Mountainview High School (Auburn, Wash.)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Defense

Height / Weight: 5-6

High School Highlights:
Earned South Puget Sound League honorable mention honors for her play on defense as a senior, when she was named her team’s Best Defender and Most Inspirational Player; highlight of senior season was a free-kick goal from 35 yards out; played every minute of every game as both a junior and senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox University because it felt like home. The campus atmosphere is welcoming, beautiful and the perfect size for me. The university is a mix of the familiar and new. It offers the major I am interested in pursuing (information systems/computer science), and I am excited about experiencing different cultures in the Juniors Abroad program.

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Madison Huesers

Name: Madison Huesers

High School: Lake Stevens High School (Lake Stevens, Wash.)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Defender

Height / Weight: 5-6

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team All-Wesco honors in 2014 and was named first-team All-Wesco in 2016

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because they are known for having a great science program.

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Savannah Sexton

Name: Savannah Sexton

High School: Jserra Catholic High School (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Defender

Height / Weight: 5-5

High School Highlights:
Earned all-conference honorable mention honors her junior year and was a second-team all-league player as a senior; was a scholar-athlete all four years of high school

Why I chose George Fox:
I already felt at home after my first visit. It has always been my dream to play soccer at the collegiate level, where I could still excel academically and grow stronger in my faith daily. George Fox has given me this opportunity and I couldn't be more grateful.

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Softball

Alexa Hamaker

Name: Alexa Hamaker

High School: Beaverton High School (Beaverton, Ore.)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Pitcher, outfielder and first baseman

Height / Weight: 5-8

High School Highlights:
Earned honorable mention all-state (Class 6A) player in 2015 season, when she batted .500

Why I chose George Fox:
From the moment I walked on campus as a young girl, it felt right. Ten years later and that same feeling was in my heart again.

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 Allison Meyer

Name: Allison Meyer

High School: Douglas High School (Minden, Nev.)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Second baseman, shortstop and outfielder

Height / Weight: 5-4

High School Highlights:
Earned NIAA second-team honors as a utility player in 2013 and first-team recognition as an infielder in 2014 and 2015; a three-time NIAA Nevada All-State Academic Team recipient; named to Nevada State Softball Team in 2014; as a senior hit .468 while recording 62 hits, a .477 on-base percentage and 29 Runs while fielding at a .905 clip

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I like Coach Hollen and her coaching style, along with the great elementary education program. The size of the school is perfect for me, and I like the climate in Oregon a lot. I also chose it because it is a Christian university.

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 Alexis Westbrooks

Name: Alexis Westbrooks

High School: South Umpqua High School (Myrtle Creek, Ore.)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Middle infielder

Height / Weight: 5-5

High School Highlights:
Earned Far West League (Class 4A) honorable mention honors in 2015 and first-team all-league honors as an infielder in 2014; also an honorable mention all-state infielder in 2014, when she helped her team win a Far West League title

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I love how welcoming the campus felt. I met coach Jessica Hollen at the Nike sports camp, and I realized how tight-knit the softball team was, and that was exactly what I was looking for.

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 Madelynn Vallejo

Name: Madelynn Vallejo

High School: Hood River Valley High School (Hood River, Ore.)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Shortstop

Height / Weight: 5-5

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-league honors as an infielder (Class 5A Columbia River Conference) in 2014; helped 2014 squad reach OSAA State Tournament semifinals and win a Columbia River Conference title; served as team captain her senior season

Why I chose George Fox:
It's giving me an opportunity to grow in my faith and pursue softball for a great program.

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Savannah Vargas

Name: Savannah Vargas

High School: Gustine High School (Gustine, Calif.)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Shortstop and third baseman

Height / Weight: 5-3

High School Highlights:
Named an all-league first-teamer in both 2014 and 2015 (Class 6A Southern League) and to the league’s second team in 2013; was recipient of team’s Defensive Player Award in 2015 and MVP in 2013 and 2014

Why I chose George Fox:
I was looking for a smaller-sized school where I could study nursing and play softball at the collegiate level. I met Coach Jessica Hollen at one of my softball tournaments. I went for a visit and toured the campus with one of the softball girls. I liked the feel of the campus, and it was beautiful. Everyone I met on campus was very nice. I’m excited to attend George Fox University.

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Brooke Yasuda

Name: Brooke Yasuda

High School: Mililani High School (Mililani, Hawaii)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Outfield

Height / Weight: 5-2

High School Highlights:
Earned Oahu Interscholastic Association first-team West all-star recognition as an outfielder in 2015; was a 2015 Hawaii All-Stars second-team selection in 2015 for her play in the outfield; helped her team win a 2014 state championship.

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I loved the campus and size of the school. I believe that George Fox will offer me the best education in the field that I am interested in and also allow me to continue my love for my sport.

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Men's Tennis

Matthew Biggi

Name: Matthew Biggi

High School: Valley Catholic High School (Portland, Ore.)

Sport(s): Tennis

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 6-1, 140

High School Highlights:
Placed second in state (Class 4A) for singles junior year, third in state for singles freshman year, fourth in singles sophomore year, second in districts sophomore and junior years, and third at districts his freshman year; finished undefeated during regular season as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
The campus is beautiful, the administration is incredibly helpful, the professors challenge but guide you, and the tennis program at George Fox is flourishing. I would love to be a part of it!

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Cameron Dubos

Name: Cameron Dubos

High School: Bremerton High School (Bremerton, Wash.)

Sport(s): Tennis

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-11, 160

High School Highlights:
Qualified for Class 2A state tournament in 2015; earned first-team all-league honors in 2015 and 2016, and was a three-year varsity letter winner; served as team captain his junior and senior years

Why I chose George Fox:
It is the best fit for me academically and for the tennis program. I am anxious to focus on one sport and be in a competitive program. The class size, location and campus were key factors in my decision. Thank you to the tennis staff and George Fox for giving me this opportunity; I am really looking forward to next year.

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Jacob Farmer

Name: Jacob Farmer

High School: River Valley High School (Yuba City, Calif.)

Sport(s): Tennis

Position(s): Singles

Height / Weight: 5-7, 150

High School Highlights:
Earned all-Tri-County Conference honors as a junior and senior and was conference’s and his team’s MVP in 2013; named team MVP in 2014 and was the Appeal Democrat’s All-Area Boys Tennis Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015; serving as team captain in 2016

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because my coach, Shawn Aldrich, attended and got me interested. Then, I met the men's tennis coach, Neal, and some of the players. I knew for sure at that point that I wanted to be a part of his program.

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Alex Namba

Name: Alex Namba

High School: Newport High School (Bellevue, Wash.)

Sport(s): Tennis

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-6, 145

High School Highlights:
Placed first in KingCo doubles tournament his senior year after placing third in the same event his sophomore and junior seasons and second as a freshman; took third in state doubles tournament as a sophomore and second in that same competition as a freshman; member of KingCo Conference team champions all four years and earned Washington State Tennis Title his freshman and sophomore years; served as team captain his final two seasons of high school tennis.

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the strong business program and the enthusiastic and competitive nature of the tennis program.

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Track & Field

Abby Blitzenburg

Name: Abby Blitzenburg

High School: Filer High School (Filer, Idaho)

Sport(s): Cross country and track and field

Position(s): Sprints

Height / Weight: 5-8

High School Highlights:
Qualified for state in cross country all four years; medaled sophomore and junior years, earned top-10 junior year and was a district champion that season; qualified for state in track freshman, sophomore and junior years in all three distance events, and medaled twice; was a district champion in 3,200-meter race her sophomore year and a district champion in the distance triple (3,200, 800 and 1,600) her junior year; received Idaho High School Activities Association Distinguished Athlete Scholastic Award as a freshman; had a debilitating injury all cross country season, but still made it to state

Why I chose George Fox:
I felt that it was a college at which I could grow academically, athletically and spiritually.

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Henry Fillmore

Name: Henry Fillmore

High School: Nampa Christian High School (Nampa, Idaho)

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): Hurdles

Height / Weight: 6-3, 165

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
The teachers care about you and your success, the people are awesome, and the campus is great.

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Lexi French

Name: Lexi French

High School: Taft High School (Lincoln City, Ore.)

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-5

High School Highlights:
Placed third at 2015 OSAA State Championship 3A Girls 100-meter hurdles race; took seventh in 2015 Class 3A girls 300 low hurdles event; took seventh at state in 3A pole vault; set Taft High School record for 100 high hurdles in 2015; has run a 16.02-second 100 hurdles and a 49.75 high hurdles; has cleared 9 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault and long jumped 14 feet, 8.5 inches

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the overwhelming feeling of it being my home when I first visited. The first time I did visit was when I was in the eighth grade, and from that moment on I believed that it was the place for me. A few years later when it was time to actually decide, I visited again and was able to meet John Smith, who talked to me about my interest in collegiate track. The incorporation of faith into sports makes my decision to do track even more exciting, and I cannot wait to see what is to come next year. I have really felt the “Be Known” promise being represented throughout the whole campus, from the students to the staff. I feel welcomed, loved, and known already.

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Josh Gibbs

Name: Josh Gibbs

High School: Glencoe High School (Hillsboro, Ore.)

Sport(s): Track and field and cross country

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-8, 145

High School Highlights:
Ran varsity for Cross Country and track his junior and senior years; served as cross country team captain senior year; as a senior, he ran the 3,000 meters in 9 minutes, 34 seconds, the 1,500 in 4:22, and the 5,000 meters in cross country in 16:55

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I wanted to be a part of a smaller university where it would be easier to balance my athletics and academics. I wanted to be able to run at a competitive level with a team that was as close and supportive as the teams I have run with in the past. I found all of these things at George Fox.

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Brendon Henkel

Name: Brendon Henkel

High School: Bella Vista High School (Citrus Heights, Calif.)

Sport(s): Cross country and track and field

Position(s): 800 and 1,500 meters (track)

Height / Weight: 5-11, 155

High School Highlights:
Earned all-conference honors in cross country in both 2014 and 2015; served as team captain for cross country in 2015 and for track in 2016; named his team’s Most Improved for cross country in 2014 and earned its Workhorse Award in 2015; ran times of 4:32.14 in the 1,600 meters, 2:04.81 in the 800 and 16:09.13 in the 5K as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I wanted to go to a smaller school with a Christ-centered, family-like community that has a strong nursing program and a competitive running program. George Fox meets every requirement.

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Miklo Hernandez

Name: Miklo Hernandez

High School: Madras High School (Madras, Ore.)

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-11, 175

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
The team atmosphere is exciting, and everyone seems tightly knit to each other. Being close to my teammates is very important to me, and I feel it's a necessity at George Fox.

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Ian Hickey

Name: Ian Hickey

High School: Pacific High School (Langlois, Ore.)

Sport(s): Track and Field

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 6-1, 152

High School Highlights:
Earned honorable mention and third-team all-state (Class 1A) track honors; track and cross country during high school career

Why I chose George Fox:
It fits my educational needs, has a strong and faithful environment, and has many people that strive to be great.

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Isaac Hodgkins

Name: Isaac Hodgkins

High School: Hamden High School (Hamden, Conn.)

Sport(s): Cross country and track and field

Position(s): Middle distances

Height / Weight: 5-10, 140

High School Highlights:
Member of team that won Connecticut West Sectional Championships in indoor and outdoor track his sophomore, junior and senior years; competed in state championships for cross country as a senior, when he posted a 5K time of 16 minutes, 48 seconds

Why I chose George Fox:
I wanted to go to a school in the West, away from the city, that offered a great engineering program as well as a place for spiritual growth.

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Dakota Holloway

Name: Dakota Holloway

High School: Tigard High School (Tigard, Ore.)

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): High jump

Height / Weight: 5-11, 140

High School Highlights:
Set personal high-jump mark of 5 feet, 10 inches as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
This school is a good fit for me. I feel at home when I am on campus and feel like it would be a great place to further my athletic career.

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Alexander Horn

Name: Alexander Horn

High School: North Beach High School (Ocean Shores, Wash.)

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): Thrower (shot and discus)

Height / Weight: 6-2, 260

High School Highlights:
Earned all-league (Class 2B Pacific League) honorable mention honors as a lineman in football in 2014 and was an all-league offensive lineman selection in 2015; an academic state champion in wrestling in 2014-15; earned fifth placed at Washington state competition in wrestling in 2015-16; a state academic honorable mention honoree for 2015-16 season; graduated with honors with 3.46 accumulative GPA; earned team’s Doug Dreesen Fortitude Award for football in 2014 and Coaches Award in wrestling for 2014-15

Why I chose George Fox:
This is a great opportunity to continue my walk with Christ and study the field of engineering that I enjoy.

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Abby Ickert

Name: Abby Ickert

High School: Seton Catholic High School (Vancouver, Wash.)

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): Sprints and jumps

Height / Weight: 5-6

High School Highlights:
Member of 4x400-meter relay team that took fourth in conference and 10th at state in 2015 (Class 1A); ran a 63-second split in 4x400 relay, a 28-second split in the 4x200 relay while high jumping 4 feet, 6 inches and clocking a 14.09 in the 100 as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I knew that it would be a place where I could grow both athletically and spiritually at the same time. These two aspects of my life are very important to me and being able to have them combined seemed like a no-brainer when choosing a college. I chose it because it's a place where I can see my future unfolding in a way that not only my family and friends would be proud of, but I would be confident in as well.

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McKenna Landry

Name: McKenna Landry

High School: Arlington High School (Arlington, Wash.)

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): Jumps

Height / Weight: 5-7

High School Highlights:
Served as team captain in 2016; has recorded a 32-foot, 4-¼ inch triple jump, a 14-7 long jump and a 4-10 high jump

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I love the family atmosphere created by the school and the Be Known promise; I also like that my faith and education will be intertwined.

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Amarie Miller

Name: Amarie Miller

High School: Santiam Christian High School (Corvallis, Ore.)

Sport(s): Cross country and track and field

Position(s): Distances

Height / Weight:

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I want to be in an atmosphere where people are enthusiastic about what God has given them, and they turn those things back to him for his glory. I know that, at George Fox, I will grow in my walk with Christ. I want to gain skills both in and out of the classroom, as well as on my teams, that will carry me throughout my life. I also want to get an even broader view of others and draw from their personal stories and experiences, and I know George Fox is the place to do this.

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Eric Moniot

Name: Eric Moniot

High School: Santa Ynez Valley Union High School (Santa Ynez, Calif.)

Sport(s): Cross country and track and field

Position(s): Distances, long sprints

Height / Weight: 5-7, 126

High School Highlights:
Member of league and state champions (Class D4) as a senior, when he ran the 3,200 meters in 10 minutes, 18 seconds, the 1,600 in 4:45 and the 5,000 in 16:24; ran a 16:45 5K as a junior and a 17:13 5K as a sophomore

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the generosity of the coaching staff as well as the rest of the team. I also was impressed at the quality of the education offered at the school.

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Kyla Norell

Name: Kyla Norell

High School: Prosser High School (Prosser, Wash.)

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): Sprinter and jumper

Height / Weight: 5-8

High School Highlights:
Qualified and participated in the 4x400-meter relay at state in 2014 and 2015; helped 4x400 relay team break school record as a junior; served as team captain of track and field in 2015 and 2016 and as captain of cross country in 2015

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I believe it provides the perfect opportunity for young adults to go on mission trips, and I would love to participate in them every year I attend George Fox. I hope to acquire a broadened understanding of how I can serve God’s kingdom with my anticipated dental hygiene degree, and I believe George Fox is the perfect college to do that. I hope to also help serve the Newberg community so that Christ’s light may shine through me to the people of Newberg. I have also been blown away by George Fox's science programs and am eager to take those classes because of the prestigious facilities and the low student to professor ratio. Attending George Fox and running track as a Bruin would not only allow me to grow as a Christian in my studies, but also through fellowship with Christian athletes.

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Kiana Rasubala

Name: Kiana Rasubala

High School: McKay High School (Salem, Ore.)

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): Sprints

Height / Weight: 5-3

High School Highlights:
Named her team’s MVP in 2015, when she ran a 62.67-second time in the 400 meters, a 28.12-second time in the 200 and a 61.1 400 relay split; ran the 400 in 61.99 seconds and the 200 in 26.64 as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I feel like I can academically, athletically and spiritually grow here.

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Jacob Samuelson

Name: Jacob Samuelson

High School: Red Bluff High School (Red Bluff, Calif.)

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): Thrower

Height / Weight: 6-0, 220

High School Highlights:
Took first in discus and second in shot put in league and second in the division (Division I Nor Cal) in 2014; did not participate in 2015 due to knee injury; served as team captain in 2015 and 2016; threw shot 47 feet, 6 inches and the disc 134 feet in 2015

Why I chose George Fox:
I would like to be part of their team.

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Aryona Shaffer

Name: Aryona Shaffer

High School: Moffat County High School (Craig, Colo.)

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): Sprints

Height / Weight: 5-4

High School Highlights:
Earned Western Slope All-Conference as a freshman and sophomore and both Western Slope All-Conference and Western Slope All-State as a junior; posted a long jump mark of 16 feet, 2 ½ inches and a 400-meter time of 63.29 seconds as a senior; member of state-championship 4X200 team and took ninth in state in the long jump (with a mark of 16-4) as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I was looking to enter an education that would not only push me academically but as a person also. I believe George Fox will help me grow stronger in my faith and set me on the right path for my future. George Fox cannot only provide me with these dreams, but can also equip my athletic career to deepen -- and create teammates and friends that will last a lifetime.

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Haley Strowbridge

Name: Haley Strowbridge

High School: Stanwood High School (Stanwood,Wash.)

Sport(s): Basketball and track and field

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-10

High School Highlights:
Named to Wesco Class 3A North first team as a senior (basketball); named to Wesco’s second team in basketball as a junior and was an honorable mention selection as a freshman; earned all-league honorable mention honors in track as a sophomore, when she placed seventh in the state in the javelin and was second at districts; for her team, she was chosen Most Inspirational her sophomore through senior years and received the Captain’s Award as a senior; ranks second in Stanwood High School history in three-pointers made

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because the school sees each person as an individual and strives for success in the classroom. I also saw an opportunity to be a part of a close-knit community, all while strengthening my relationship with Christ.

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Alissa Swilley

Name: Alissa Swilley

High School: Olympia High School (Olympia, Wash.)

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): Heptathlon

Height / Weight: 5-9

High School Highlights:
Was a District 3 qualifier in the long jump, high jump and in the 4X200-meter relay; a four-year letterman, she ranked in the following all-time lists for Olympia High School: long jump, high jump, discus, triple jump, 4x200 relay, javelin, 110 hurdles and heptathlon

Why I chose George Fox:
I wanted to attend a college that had great academics and track program along with strong Christian values.

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Justin Trimble

Name: Justin Trimble

High School: McMinnville High School (McMinnville, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football and track and field

Position(s): Wide receiver (football); sprinter (track)

Height / Weight: 5-10, 180

High School Highlights:
Was named an all-conference (Class 6A Greater Valley Conference) wide receiver and kick returner as a senior; voted an all-Valley first-team wide receiver and defensive back his senior year; earned all-conference second-team recognition as a junior in track; as a senior, he was named his football team’s Offensive MVP and served as a captain, catching seven touchdown passes and racking up 603 receiving yards (both good for second in conference) while averaging 13.5 yards per catch

Why I chose George Fox:
It felt like the perfect fit for me; the people here are amazing.

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Alyssa Villalobos

Name: Alyssa Villalobos

High School: Forest Grove High School (Forest Grove, Ore.)

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): Jumps, hurdles and throws

Height / Weight: 5-8

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league (Class 6A Greater Valley Conference) in the triple jump her junior year and in the 300-meter hurdles her sophomore and junior years; was a second-team all-league long jumper as a freshman, sophomore and junior; qualified for state her freshman, sophomore and junior years in the long jump, triple jump and 300 hurdles; placed sixth in the 6A state long jump her sophomore year and was the 300 hurdles district champion her junior year.

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of how friendly and welcoming everyone was in the community. I knew that it was the place for me to grow and have great guidance throughout my college years.

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Abriana Wedin

Name: Abriana Wedin

High School: Horizon Christian High School (Tualatin, Ore.)

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): Discus and hammer

Height / Weight: 5-10

High School Highlights:
Qualified for state in 2015; placed second in districts at Won King's Invitational Championship for discus in 2015; won Willamette Falls Invitational Championship for discus in 2016; won Regis Twilight Invitational for districts in 2015; served as team captain in 2015 and 2016; scored most points for her team in 2015 and set school records in discus, hammer and shot put; threw discus 124 feet, 10 inches, shot 33-4 ½ and hammer 78-11 as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the small Christian community. The ability to "be known" and participate in the activities that I love and to give the glory to God is extremely important to me. I am also very excited about the throws coach and can't wait to grow as a thrower.

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Jonathan Wilson

Name: Jonathan Wilson

High School: Rex Putnam High School (Milwaukie, Ore.)

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): Triple jump and sprints

Height / Weight: 6-2, 180

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the class sizes, close-knit, Christ-centered community, and the competitive sports programs.

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Women's Volleyball

Emily Angel

Name: Emily Angel

High School: Monte Vista Christian School (Watsonville, Calif.)

Sport(s): Volleyball

Position(s): Right-side hitter

Height / Weight: 5-11

High School Highlights:
Earned Monterey Bay League (Gabilan Division) second-team all-league honors as a senior, when she recorded 154 kills, 19 blocks and 39 aces while sporting a hitting percentage of .389

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox for the small-town location, strong academics and faith-filled campus. I grew up in a small Christian community, and it is something I was looking for in a university. When I visited campus, I immediately realized that it was a strong Christian community I could see myself being a part of.

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Emily Carson

Name: Emily Carson

High School: Mount Vernon High School (Mount Vernon, Wash.)

Sport(s): Volleyball

Position(s): Libero

Height / Weight: 5-4

High School Highlights:
Named a Wesco 4A all-conference honorable mention libero in 2014 and an all-conference honorable mention player on the outside in 2015; was a Skagit County all-county outside player in 2015; served as a team captain her senior year

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of its combination of great academic programs, faith-based community and friendly campus. The small-town atmosphere was exactly what I was looking for in a university. From the first time I visited campus, everyone was friendly and helpful, making me feel at home.

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* Student-athletes listed above have accepted George Fox University's written offer of admission and/or financial aid. George Fox University is a member of the NCAA Div. III.