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 2014-15 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.

2014 Student-Athlete Commitments, Organized by Sport2014 Student-Athlete Commitments, Organized by Sport

Baseball

Bryan Branstetter

Name: Bryan Branstetter

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

Sport(s): Baseball and Football

Position(s): First base (baseball); center and defensive line (football)

Height / Weight: 6-5, 235

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-conference honors as both a center and a defensive lineman as a senior; in baseball was a second-team all-conference first baseman as a junior, when he hit .371; also a second-team all-conference selection as a center his junior year; served as a football team captain his final year.

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox has a great engineering program. I was recruited by the football coaches when I attended the Western Oregon University Football Camp. Also, I really enjoyed the campus atmosphere when I visited on numerous occasions.

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AJ Valencia

Name: AJ Valencia

High School: Desert Vista High School (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Center field

Height / Weight: 5-8, 145

High School Highlights:
Batting .390 with 20 stolen bases his senior year; has been a three-year varsity starter; hit .375 as a junior and was only sophomore on varsity squad, hitting .350

Why I chose George Fox:
I wanted to keep my faith throughout college as well as grow spiritually as a person. I want to meet new people, and I'm so proud to be a Bruin.

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Houston Thom

Name: Houston Thom

High School: Sam Barlow High School (Gresham, Ore.)

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Outfielder

Height / Weight: 5-11, 185

High School Highlights:
Named a first-team all-conference player and a second-team all-state outfielder his junior year (2013); hit .392 with seven doubles, 22 RBIs and three homers as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
Not only is it a winning program year in and year out, but it's a university that provides a great education. The coaching staff and players all made me feel at home from day one and that was huge also.

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Camden Muller

Name: Camden Muller

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

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Catcher and pitcher

Height / Weight: 5-10, 155

High School Highlights:
Named a West Valley all-league catcher in 2013; helped his squad go undefeated in league play in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and win a 3A state championship in 2011; was key member of 2013 team that was 3A state runner-up

Why I chose George Fox:
It gives me a competitive atmosphere to pursue my dream in baseball and help me with grow in my faith and my walk with Jesus.

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Kaiden Mings-Grotte

Name: Kaiden Mings-Grotte

High School: Battle Ground High School (Battle Ground, Wash.)

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Outfield

Height / Weight: 6-2, 175

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-league recognition as a freshman and sophomore, honorable mention status as a junior and scholar-athlete honors as a sophomore and junior; claimed team’s “Rookie of the Year” award as a freshman and “Ironman Award” as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
The baseball team is good, and I am looking forward to advancing in the sport. I also want to further my education in the science field as well as learn more about the Bible.

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Nick Auld

Name: Nick Auld

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

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Pitcher

Height / Weight: 6-0, 165

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
Great baseball program as well as great academics. I felt like I fit right in with the student life, too.

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Blake Christopher

Name: Blake Christopher

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

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Third base and second base

Height / Weight: 6-0, 190

High School Highlights:
Earned team’s Silver Slugger Award in 2014, Gold Glove Award in 2013 and served as team captain his senior year, when he hit .475 with 30-plus hits in 20 games and drove in 16 runs

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the community feel. The academics are very good, and the baseball team is always competitive with the rest of the league. I felt like I was wanted by the coaching staff, and they made my decision very easy. I am very excited about my future at Fox.

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John Holmes

Name: John Holmes

High School: Manhattan High School (Belgrade, Mont.)

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Third base and outfield

Height / Weight: 5-11, 175

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
It allows me to play for a great baseball program while getting an amazing education and strengthening my relationship with God.

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Taylor Lindquist

Name: Taylor Lindquist

High School: Liberty Christian School (Richland, Wash.)

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Infield, pitcher

Height / Weight: 6-0, 185

High School Highlights:
Earned all-league honors three times, as well as all-state recognition

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it provided the best environment for me as a student, athlete, leader and disciple. George Fox had a sense of family about it, not only on the field but on the campus, that attracted me to it because I want to do great things and I need a family to support me.

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Zach Johnson

Name: Zach Johnson

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

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Pitcher

Height / Weight: 6-4, 185

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team honors and was named All-Portland Interscholastic League pitcher of the year his junior season; recorded an ERA under 1 for the first half of his junior year

Why I chose George Fox:
It’s a great environment and it has a great baseball team. It is also a very good school and has a very welcoming feel.

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Hayden Humphrey

Name: Hayden Humphrey

High School: Battle Ground High School (Battle Ground, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football and baseball

Position(s): Receiver, punter and kicker (football); middle infield and outfield (baseball)

Height / Weight: 6-0, 190

High School Highlights:
Was an all-league (Class 4A Greater St. Helens League) offensive and defensive lineman in football while also earning distinction as National Football Foundation honoree. In baseball, he was an all-league selection his sophomore, junior and senior seasons and a first-team all-state selection as a senior; also named GSHL's Player of the Year and chosen for All-Region team. As a senior, he caught 54 passes for 657 yards and four touchdowns on the football field and hit .490 with 14 stolen bases in baseball.

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox met all my criteria and felt right. It has my major and is close to home, but not too close. I want to keep playing both football and baseball and contribute to the success of each. The coaching staffs of each work amazingly well together to allow student-athletes to play more than one sport.

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Rowdy Huston

Name: Rowdy Huston

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

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Pitcher

Height / Weight: 5-9, 170

High School Highlights:
Earned all-conference honors (Class 5A Midwestern League) as a senior, when he served as a team captain; batted .333 as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I value the strong George Fox academics and admire the quality baseball program. I can get a great education and enjoy playing the game I love.

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Name: Mikah Takashige

High School: Leilehua High School (Wahiawa, Hawaii)

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Pitcher, second baseman, shortstop

Height / Weight: 5-9, 170

High School Highlights:
As a senior pitcher, posted an ERA of 2.92 in 38-plus innings, allowing 16 earned runs while striking out 24; batted .289 with seven RBIs

Why I chose George Fox:
The excellent quality of the engineering program mixed with the religious atmosphere and the chance to play baseball made George Fox the perfect fit for me. I think this school will best prepare me for my life after college because I’ll get the education for my future occupation and the life lessons from the religious side. Also, the chance to continue to play baseball at the collegiate level made this school the most well-rounded choice for my home for the next four years.

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Name: Jason Mishler

High School: Valor Christian High School (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Second base

Height / Weight: 6-1, 170

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-conference recognition his sophomore season, when he batted .375 and had a .500 slugging percentage

Why I chose George Fox:
I loved the coaches and the players when I was on my visit. The location is perfect for me. I love what the university has to offer and feel that George Fox was the place where Christ was leading me to go.

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Men's Basketball

Steven Stone

Name: Steven Stone

High School: North Thurston High School (Lacey, Wash.)

Sport(s): Basketball

Position(s): Wing/forward

Height / Weight: 6-5, 198

High School Highlights:
Named team’s Most Improved Player his sophomore year and served as team captain his junior and senior seasons; averaged 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game his senior year

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the atmosphere I have experienced the few times I have visited Fox. Also, the coaches really reached out to me, and we have created a great not only player-coach bond, but person-to-person bond.

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Johnathan Doutt

Name: Johnathan Doutt

High School: McNary High School (Keizer, Ore.)

Sport(s): Basketball

Position(s): Point guard

Height / Weight: 6-1, 160

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-conference honors as a sophomore and junior; made first team all-conference as a senior, when he averaged 18 points per game and made 40 percent of his 3-pointers

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I felt comfortable and at home from the first time I stepped on campus. I like the emphasis the school puts on having a relationship with God. Also the way Coach Maco [Hamilton] runs the basketball program fits me really well and the style of play is a perfect fit. Another big deciding factor for me was being close to home.

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Zach Wilson

Name: Zach Wilson

High School: Amity School (Amity, Ore.)

Sport(s): Basketball

Position(s): Point guard

Height / Weight: 6-0, 170

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-state and first-team all-league recognition (Class 3A) and was named West Valley League Player of the Year in 2014; also earned first-team all-league honors in 2013; averaged 21.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 4 steals per game as a senior; averaged 13.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals per game as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it is a nationally recognized university with a strong engineering program. I have grown up in a Christian household, so the religious background of the school is an attractive feature. The professors of George Fox are all about helping students and are always available for questions. A transition from a small high school to a small college just makes sense for me as well. I like to have the small-college feel, because it leads to a friendlier campus.

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Name: Brendin Quinn

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

Sport(s): Basketball

Position(s): Wing

Height / Weight: 6-5, 180

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honors (Class 6A Midwestern) in 2013-14; was a second-team all-league player in 2012-13; named team’s MVP in 2013-14 season, when he averaged 16 points and 9 rebounds per game

Why I chose George Fox:
It was the ideal situation for me, and Maco [Hamilton] and Jamal [McKenzie] are pretty much family.

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Women's Basketball - V

Julie Litchfield

Name: Julie Litchfield

High School: Soldotna High School (Soldotna, Alaska)

Sport(s): Basketball

Position(s): Guard

Height / Weight: 5-8

High School Highlights:
Named an all-conference player her sophomore through senior seasons; named team’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2014, MVP in 2013 and Defensive Player of the Year in 2012; helped team qualify for state three of her four seasons of high school and place fourth her senior year – a big achievement for the smallest Class 4A school in the state

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because everything seemed to fall in place when I started looking into it. I love the atmosphere on campus and it's the perfect fit for me both on and off the floor.

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Kaitlin Jamieson

Name: Kaitlin Jamieson

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

Sport(s): Basketball

Position(s): Post

Height / Weight: 6-2

High School Highlights:
Named Co-Defensive Player of the Year in Pacific Conference in 2012, when she was named to league’s first team; an honorable mention all-league selection in 2011; team’s top defensive player all four years and served as team captain in 2012; as a senior, scored 334 points, recorded 107 blocks and hit 53.7 percent of her field goals

Why I chose George Fox:
Well, actually it seems like George Fox chose me. Coach Mike Meek stayed in constant contact with me while he was recruiting me, and when I went to a few of the basketball games and got to meet the girls, I could feel the sense of community and a sense of belonging that I couldn't find at other schools I visited. They also have the athletic training program that I have been looking for. That’s why I chose Fox – because of the sense of community and how welcoming and friendly everyone seems here. It is something that I want to be a part of.

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Women's Basketball - JV

Kacie Morgan

Name: Kacie Morgan

High School: Pullman High School/Pullman Christian School (Pullman, Wash.)

Sport(s): Basketball

Position(s): Point guard

Height / Weight: 5-6

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honors in 2012-13 and honorable mention recognition in 2013-14; served as team captain her junior and senior years; made 56.7 percent of her field goals, 71.8 percent of her free throws and 29.7 percent of her 3-pointers as a senior; also recorded 42 steals her senior season

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I was highly impressed with the Christ-centered atmosphere, the winning athletic traditions, and with the amount each staff member, coach and professor seems to invest in their students.

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Cross Country

Rachel Hills

Name: Rachel Hills

High School: Southwest Christian School (Aloha, Ore.)

Sport(s): Track and field; cross country

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-4

High School Highlights:
Placed seventh with a 5-kilometer time of 22 minutes, 6 seconds at the district cross country meet, earning all-district honors; helped girls track team place third at OSAA state championships in 2013; served as team captain in both track and cross country her season year; jumped 32 feet, 2 inches in the triple jump in 2013

Why I chose George Fox:
It’s close to home, I like the small-school atmosphere, and I believe I will get a quality Christian education here.

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Rose Hernandez

Name: Rose Hernandez

High School: Berean Christian High School (Walnut Creek, Ore.)

Sport(s): Cross Country

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-0

High School Highlights:
Ran varsity all four years of high school; a third-team all-league runner her junior and senior seasons; served as team captain senior year

Why I chose George Fox:
I really like how everyone is so friendly! Also, George Fox has the athletic training program that I’m really looking forward to.

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Allison Dalzell

Name: Allison Dalzell

High School: Centennial High School (Gresham, Ore.)

Sport(s): Cross country and track

Position(s):

Height / Weight:

High School Highlights:
Served as a team captain in 2013; posted 5K cross country time of 21 minutes, 45 seconds her senior year

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose it because of the Christian atmosphere, great academics, and opportunity to participate in athletics.

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David Bogert

Name: David Bogert

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

Sport(s): Cross country

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-11, 145

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-district honors as a senior, first-team all-district and third-team all-state recognition as a junior, first-team all-district as a sophomore, and second-team all-district as a freshman; served as team captain his senior year

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose it because of the small-school atmosphere and great business department.

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Kaylee Copeland

Name: Kaylee Copeland

High School: Clovis East High School (Sanger, Calif.)

Sport(s): Cross country and Track and field

Position(s): Forward (soccer); long jump, high jump, 4X100 relay, 300 hurdles (track)

Height / Weight: 5-5

High School Highlights:
Earned “Rising Star,” “Character Counts,” and “Pursuing Victory with Honor” team honors as a senior, when she served as a captain

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose to attend a school that had a smaller atmosphere than others, so that I would receive a more personal one-on-one experience. George Fox fit this atmosphere, which is what I liked. When I attended the “Be Known” campus showing I enjoyed the full tour of the campus and learning about the different classes George Fox has. This upcoming year I plan to major in athletic training, and when I visited I learned about the athletic training program and the efficient way it is conducted.

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Christian Parr

Name: Christian Parr

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

Sport(s): Track and cross country

Position(s): 400 meters, 4X400 relay, 800, 1,500 and 5,000

Height / Weight: 6-1, 165

High School Highlights:
A track and field captain in 2014 and voted his cross country team’s MVP in 2012-13; also awarded Academic All-State Award for highest GPA in Oregon’s 4A schools; clocked 800 time of 2:00.05, 1,500 time of 4:17.52 and 400 time of 51.2 this season; posted 5,000-meter time of 16:43.18 in cross country last fall, earning first-team all-league honors (Class 4A Tri-Valley League); gained honorable mention recognition at state cross country meet last fall

Why I chose George Fox:
Here I can build my mind, body and soul in a Christian way. George Fox offers exceptional programs for pre-physical therapy, exercise science, and human performance; meanwhile, I can run on a competitive and closely connected track team to further develop myself as an athlete and a Christian.

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Football

Caylan Stark

Name: Caylan Stark

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive lineman

Height / Weight: 6-5, 290

High School Highlights:
In 2013, he was a Wrestling Special District 4 champion and took second in shot put in the Oregon West conference. In football, he was a first-team all-conference offensive lineman and defensive lineman while earning honorable mention honors at the state level on both sides of the line. As a junior, earned first-team all-conference honors as an offensive lineman and second-team honors as a defensive lineman. Caylan was also a second-team all-state offensive lineman as a junior.

Why I chose George Fox:
The people and the atmosphere on campus was far superior to any of the other colleges I visited. I've never felt more welcome in a collegiate setting before.

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Joshua Kibbey

Name: Joshua Kibbey

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Quarterback

Height / Weight: 6-2, 205

High School Highlights:
Named an all-league honorable mention quarterback in both the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons; broke school record for passes attempted and completed in one game (20-plus-year record) his junior season.

Why I chose George Fox:
I very much feel led to pursue a degree in elementary education/special education. I feel George Fox, with its moral standards and atmosphere, is the place that best fits with this direction in my life. I am also very eager and excited to pursue being a Bruin athlete.

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Dakota Meek

Name: Dakota Meek

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive line, defensive line and kicker

Height / Weight: 6-1, 220

High School Highlights:
Served as team captain his senior year, when he started on both sides of the ball; earned second-team all-league honors for his play on the defensive line and named an all-league offensive lineman and to honorable mention list as a kicker.

Why I chose George Fox:
The friendly and family-like atmosphere, the quality of the education, and the students and facility made me feel so welcome. It was important for me to be a part of a Christian-based school. The size of the campus and student-to-professor ratio was the most appealing aspect of the school. I am excited to be a part of the Bruin family, studying athletic training, and being a part of the Bruin football team! Go Bruins!

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Mason Laird

Name: Mason Laird

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

Sport(s): Football and wrestling

Position(s): Running back and middle linebacker

Height / Weight: 5-11, 225

High School Highlights:
Named an all-state linebacker for two years; chosen an all-Farwest League linebacker and MVP for two years; also a first-team all-league running back as a senior, when he rushed for 1,000 yards; honored with Howard Johnson “Spirit of a Champion” Award in 2013

Why I chose George Fox:
The values and traditions align with my own God, community, team and academics.

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Alec Scappini

Name: Alec Scappini

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Defensive end

Height / Weight: 6-0, 240

High School Highlights:
Named first-team all-conference his senior year, when he served as team captain and played in East vs. West All-State Game; earned Snohomish County Officials Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award; gained honorable mention recognition as a junior.

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of it being a strong Christian college, as well as it being a top academic university. I am also very excited about being a part of the new football program at George Fox, and to be a Bruin.

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Owen Adair

Name: Owen Adair

High School: Christian High School (El Cajon, Calif.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive line

Height / Weight: 6-3, 260

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honors as an offensive lineman in 2013, when he helped squad win a Division III championship; also part of San Diego Section Division V championship team in 2011.

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because on my first campus visit I instantly felt at home. I felt something in me that made me feel comfortable. Then as I began to meet students and faculty that feeling was reinforced and I could not imagine going anywhere else for college.

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Nathan Rau

Name: Nathan Rau

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

Sport(s): Football and Baseball

Position(s): First base (baseball); center and long snapper (football)

Height / Weight: 6-3, 215

High School Highlights:
Named a second-team all-conference center and served as team captain his senior year; recipient of team’s “TD85 Award” his sophomore through senior seasons

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox offers the academics I need to succeed in the future, positive atmosphere, a beautiful campus and the opportunity to play football.

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Brandon Farrell

Name: Brandon Farrell

High School: Centennial High School (Boise, Idaho)

Sport(s): Football and track and field

Position(s): Offensive tackle and defensive end (football); long jump, triple jump and discus (track)

Height / Weight: 6-6, 210

High School Highlights:
: Named all-Southern Idaho Conference first-team offensive lineman and all-conference first-team defensive lineman as a senior. Was an all-SIC academic selection all four years of high school; chosen to compete in all-star game as an offensive tackle his senior season; named an all-state first-team defensive lineman as a senior and to second-team all-state on offense.

Why I chose George Fox:
Great atmosphere with the smaller student population. Great professors who are there to help you succeed and become a better person. Coaching staff for football is extremely nice. Better chance for playing football as opposed to higher-division schools. Being Nike sponsored is really cool.

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Dylan Reinhold

Name: Dylan Reinhold

High School: Timberline High School (Lacey, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Center and long snapper

Height / Weight: 6-2, 280

High School Highlights:
As a senior was named all-area and first-team all-league offensive lineman while being selected for the East vs. West All-State Game; named a first-team all-league long snapper his junior and senior seasons; chosen as a second-team all-league offensive lineman as a junior.

Why I chose George Fox:
The warm, friendly Christian atmosphere has been very welcoming every time I have visited, which gives me a great sense of comfort. Not only is George Fox one of the most academically recognized colleges on my list, but I am also very blessed with the chance to be a part of history. Being able to play on the first football team here [in more than 40 years] is a huge honor for me, and it is an opportunity that I did not want to pass up.

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William Cruickshank

Name: William Cruickshank

High School: Central High School (Sheridan, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Running back and linebacker

Height / Weight: 6-2, 205

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
It’s a small campus that I feel that I can really fit into. The sports programs are some of the best in Division III, and the people here are great.

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Adam Domenowske

Name: Adam Domenowske

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive tackle

Height / Weight: 6-0, 265

High School Highlights:
Named a first-team all-league offensive lineman in helping his team win a league championship in 2013.

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the opportunity to be part of something special.

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Chase Hudson

Name: Chase Hudson

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

Sport(s): Football and track and field

Position(s): Offensive and defensive line (football)

Height / Weight: 6-5, 260

High School Highlights:
As a senior was named an all-state offensive lineman; selected as an honorable mention defensive lineman as a junior; served as team captain his senior year and was voted most improved player on team his junior season.

Why I chose George Fox:
There is no other place like it on earth! George Fox had everything I wanted, and I have felt led to go there since my sophomore year. I feel like I can grow and mature in my faith. I also felt already accepted when I visited the first time without any previous face-to-face conversations. George Fox also started a football team, and I wanted to play in college. The coaching staff is amazing, and I feel like they will help me become a better player, but most importantly a better man. On a funny note, the meals are all-you-can-eat!

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David Vidal

Name: David Vidal

High School: Central High School (Independence, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Defensive end

Height / Weight: 6-1, 235

High School Highlights:
Named an all-conference defender and to conference’s second team on offense in helping team reach quarterfinals of Class 4A playoffs his senior season, when he recorded 48 tackles and 10 sacks.

Why I chose George Fox:
Felt that the Lord’s plan for me is to attend George Fox. I enjoyed the students the coaches and the teachers. I feel I can achieve both spiritually and academically here.

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Paul Pepelaskov

Name: Paul Pepelaskov

High School: Portland Christian High School (Shasta Lake, Calif.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Middle linebacker

Height / Weight: 5-9, 195

High School Highlights:
Named second-team all-state as a middle linebacker his junior and senior seasons; named a first-team all-league linebacker his final two years in high school, and a second-team all-league punter as a senior; served as team’s defensive captain his junior and senior years, helping squad reach state finals and semifinals, respectively; collected 125 tackles and averaged 41 yards per punt his final season

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose it because of its great reputation. It offers the Christian environment I am looking for. Also, I’m excited about the great engineering program and last, but not least, the possibility of playing football.

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Nick Eubanks

Name: Nick Eubanks

High School: Central Valley High School (Shasta Lake, Calif.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Defensive line

Height / Weight: 6-3, 260

High School Highlights:
Was a four-year two-way starter for squad that went 34-11 during his high school career; earned highest GPA award on the team his freshman through senior seasons; earned multiple team awards as “Impact Player of the Week;” claimed the team’s Scholar Athlete Award in 2013, when he helped Central Valley earn runner-up honors in Northern Section California Interscholastic Federation playoffs

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox had everything I was looking for - an authentic Christian environment with strong academics, an excellent premed science program with good medical school acceptance rates, and a football program where I can be a part of building a legacy for those that come behind us. I was so impressed with the football coaching staff in visiting with them and could see myself being successful here. I wanted to be a Bruin. From Bruin Preview through Scholarship Weekend, I just felt at home here. I felt I could “Be Known.” When I learned in March that I was accepted into the William Penn Honors Program, that just put me over the top!

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Nicholas Stahl

Name: Nicholas Stahl

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive lineman

Height / Weight: 6-4, 235

High School Highlights:
Named an all-Metro League (Class 6A) offensive lineman in 2013

Why I chose George Fox:
The student-teacher relationship and the great engineering program.

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Walker Rabon

Name: Walker Rabon

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive tackle

Height / Weight: 6-1, 340

High School Highlights:
Earned honorable mention honors as an offensive lineman his senior season

Why I chose George Fox:
I like the small school idea and the campus felt like home.

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Ty Ward

Name: Ty Ward

High School: Southridge High School (Kennewick, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive line

Height / Weight: 510, 273

High School Highlights:
Served as team co-captain his senior year

Why I chose George Fox:
I felt comfortable as soon as I stepped on campus. Everyone was friendly and I felt at home. I felt the coaches are great men of character and integrity. I feel I can learn a lot about football from these men. I also like the chapel and the small groups. I can really change and grow in Christ at George Fox.

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Andrew Ketelson

Name: Andrew Ketelson

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Wide receiver

Height / Weight: 5-11, 175

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-conference recognition (Class 5A) as a receiver his senior year and all-league honorable mention honors as a defensive back; also an all-conference honorable mention player as a defensive back in 2011-12; served as team captain his senior year

Why I chose George Fox:
I really felt welcomed by the students, teachers and coaches when I visited campus, and I am excited to be a part of bringing back the football tradition, as it is one of my favorite sports.

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Gio Tayetto

Name: Gio Tayetto

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

Sport(s): Football and track

Position(s): Running back (football)

Height / Weight: 5-5, 155

High School Highlights:
Named a first-team all-Pacific Conference running back as a senior, when he averaged 6.7 yards per carry, amassed 1,100 rushing yards and scored 13 touchdowns

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose it because I felt at home and loved the people there. Also, I want to be a part of history for the Bruins.

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Ben Harrison

Name: Ben Harrison

High School: Mark Morris High School (Longview, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Center and defensive line

Height / Weight: 6-2, 260

High School Highlights:
Named an all-league (Class 2A) offensive lineman as both a junior and senior; earned second-team all-state recognition as a senior offensive lineman; chosen as team’s Lineman of the Year as a senior, when he served as a team captain; a three-year varsity letter winner

Why I chose George Fox:
It is a welcoming community that has a good faith base, is small, has excellent academics, and is not very far away from my home.

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Alex Plusquellec

Name: Alex Plusquellec

High School: Sam Barlow High School (Damascus, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football and Golf

Position(s): Quarterback

Height / Weight: 6-0, 210

High School Highlights:
Named an all-conference honorable mention quarterback in football his junior and senior years; earned second-team all-conference honors in golf his junior year.

Why I chose George Fox:
They have blessed me with an opportunity to continue my career as a two-sport athlete as well as study at a well-recognized university close to home.

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Dane Jensen

Name: Dane Jensen

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive guard, defensive tackle

Height / Weight: 6-2, 270

High School Highlights:
Earned all-state honorable mention honors as an offensive lineman, first-team all-league honors as an offensive lineman and all-league honorable mention recognition on defensive line his senior year; also chosen as “Lineman of the Year” for Pacific Conference his final high school season.

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it’s one of the only colleges that offers nursing and football. I also like being a part of building a new football program. Coach Chris Casey is also one of the biggest reasons why I chose George Fox.

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Alec Trecker

Name: Alec Trecker

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Running back

Height / Weight: 5-10, 200

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
The university felt like a close family.

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Brad Bonds

Name: Brad Bonds

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Wide receiver, running back, cornerback, punter, kicker, linebacker

Height / Weight: 5-9, 175

High School Highlights:
Named a first-team all-league receiver, cornerback and kick returner his senior year, as well as a first-team all-state receiver; also earned first-team all-league honors as a wide receiver and cornerback as a junior; named team MVP his final season, when he caught 110 passes for 1,345 receiving yards, scored 20 touchdowns and hit a 50-yard field goal

Why I chose George Fox:
I knew it was somewhere I could play football as well as get the exact education I need to become a physical therapist.

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Anthony Galat

Name: Anthony Galat

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

Sport(s): Football and track

Position(s): Running back (football); hurdles (track)

Height / Weight: 5-9, 185

High School Highlights:
Earned team’s JD Covington MVP Award as a senior, when he helped squad reach quarterfinals of the playoffs by rushing for 1,000-plus yards and scoring 15 touchdowns; also forced five fumbles and returned an interception for a TD

Why I chose George Fox:
The education coupled with the faith was a fit academically for me. With the addition of a new football program, this was my most lucrative option.

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Alex Boyd

Name: Alex Boyd

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive guard and defensive end

Height / Weight: 6-2, 210

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-conference honors and first-team all-state recognition as an offensive lineman as a senior; named second-team all-conference and second-team all-state as a defensive lineman his final high school season; named to all-conference’s second team as a junior offensive lineman

Why I chose George Fox:
I feel that I have the opportunity to succeed greatly at George Fox, and I love the campus and the friendliness of the people I met here. I am excited to see what the future holds for me at Fox.

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Brandon Adams

Name: Brandon Adams

High School: Gold Beach High School (Gold Beach, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive and defensive line

Height / Weight: 6-4, 235

High School Highlights:
Earned both all-state and all-league honors as a senior, when he was also recognized with the team’s “Iron Panther Award”

Why I chose George Fox:
The great atmosphere, environment and athletics

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Hayden Gosling

Name: Hayden Gosling

High School: McNary High School (Keizer, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Quarterback

Height / Weight: 6-1, 190

High School Highlights:
An all-academic state recipient in 2012 and 2013 (Class 6A); named honorable mention in Central Valley League in both 2012 and 2013; served as team captain as a senior, when he passed for 1,736 yards and 18 touchdowns

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox is the right fit for me. I’m excited to be a part of the new football program while gaining an incredible education.

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Luke Youngberg

Name: Luke Youngberg

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Defensive end and outside linebacker

Height / Weight: 6-0, 190

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-league (Class 4A) recognition as a linebacker and honorable mention honors as an offensive lineman his senior year; chosen to league’s honorable mention team at linebacker in 2012; also placed fourth in state 4A wrestling tournament his senior year; chosen as team’s MVP as a senior, when he recorded 80 tackles

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the great opportunity to be able to play football and to get a great education.

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Bryan Branstetter

Name: Bryan Branstetter

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

Sport(s): Baseball and Football

Position(s): First base (baseball); center and defensive line (football)

Height / Weight: 6-5, 235

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-conference honors as both a center and a defensive lineman as a senior; in baseball was a second-team all-conference first baseman as a junior, when he hit .371; also a second-team all-conference selection as a center his junior year; served as a football team captain his final year.

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox has a great engineering program. I was recruited by the football coaches when I attended the Western Oregon University Football Camp. Also, I really enjoyed the campus atmosphere when I visited on numerous occasions.

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Kainoa Hanchett

Name: Kainoa Hanchett

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Running back

Height / Weight: 5-9, 185

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-conference recognition as a running back his senior year while taking second-team honors as a kicker; named honorable mention as a kicker his junior year; named team’s Most Inspiring Player his senior, when he rushed for 1,450 yards and 17 touchdowns

Why I chose George Fox:
I loved the campus and the coaches. I grew excited to be a part of a new team, a new family, and to compete.

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John Smarr

Name: John Smarr

High School: Battle Ground High School (Battle Ground, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Linebacker

Height / Weight: 6-2, 210

High School Highlights:
Named a first-team all-league linebacker (Class 4A) as a senior, when he was also selected to play in the Freedom Bowl; served as senior captain and was named team's linebacker MVP

Why I chose George Fox:
I want to experience the commitment to excellence in football, academics and life that I believe is happening at George Fox. I am looking forward to being part of the Bruin football program that will stand out from among others as one of the best.

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Liam Walsh

Name: Liam Walsh

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Fullback and linebacker

Height / Weight: 5-10, 220

High School Highlights:
Named a first-team all-league linebacker and second-team all-league running back as a senior; earned first-team all-league honors as a running back in 2012 and second-team designation as a linebacker; also made league’s first team at running back in 2011; as a senior, he rushed for 642 yards and eight touchdowns while recording 79 tackles on defense

Why I chose George Fox:
I get a great feeling from all of the people on the campus, and I am excited to play football at a school that has my intended major.

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Tanner Shadbolt

Name: Tanner Shadbolt

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Defensive back and running back

Height / Weight: 5-8, 180

High School Highlights:
Earned all-state honorable mention honors and second-team all-league recognition as a defensive back his senior year; helped team win a Class 5A championship as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I loved the people on campus and I knew it would be a great place to get a great education.

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Hayden Piper

Name: Hayden Piper

High School: Redding Christian (Redding, Calif.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Quarterback, safety, wide receiver and defensive back

Height / Weight: 5-9, 163

High School Highlights:
Helped team win a 2012 league championship and 2013 section championship; named CIF Northern Section MVP and team MVP both his junior and senior seasons; threw for 1,095 yards and 18 touchdowns while running for 2,332 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior, when he led section in rushing yards and passing yards; threw for 1,152 yards and 16 TDs as a junior while rushing for 2,076 yards and 38 touchdowns

Why I chose George Fox:
I decided to commit to George Fox because of the opportunities I see here. I want to attend a Christian college where I am able to develop and grow as a man of God, on and off the field. I feel the coaching staff and my work ethic will complement one another, and the style of offense is one I excel in.

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Cole Walker

Name: Cole Walker

High School: Gold Beach High School (Gold Beach, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive and defensive line

Height / Weight: 6-3, 260

High School Highlights:
Named a first-team all-state offensive lineman in 2013 (Class 2A); also a first-team all-league lineman his junior and senior years; helped team win state championship in 2011; earned team’s “Iron Panther” and “Purple Heart” awards in 2013

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose it because of the academics. My goal in life has always been to become a doctor, and George Fox offers an amazing science program that will help me continue my dream and bring me a step closer. Also, I get to keep playing the game I love: football.

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Dalton Moe

Name: Dalton Moe

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Running back

Height / Weight: 5-8, 160

High School Highlights:
Named a first-team all-league receiver and second-team all-league linebacker his senior season; chosen to league’s second team as a receiver his junior year and to league’s second team as a running back his sophomore year; helped squad reach playoffs his sophomore through senior years; served as team captain as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it is a nationally recognized school with quality academics. It provides a great environment for a college student, and I have the chance to play football while furthering my education.

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Austin Nix

Name: Austin Nix

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Defensive end and tight end

Height / Weight: 6-3, 195

High School Highlights:
Named the Mountain View Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year, a first-team all-state linebacker, a second-team all-state tight end and a first-team all-league tight end and linebacker as a senior; earned second-team all-league honors as a tight end and linebacker his junior year; recorded 19 sacks on the season, including five in one game, 105 tackles and eight receiving touchdowns his final high school season

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because the academic programs that I am interested in are very strong, and I really enjoy the small size and community feel. Being blessed with the opportunity to play football has also helped me in making my decision. I am really looking forward to becoming a Bruin!

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Connor Tangeman

Name: Connor Tangeman

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Cornerback

Height / Weight: 6-1, 200

High School Highlights:
Named first-team all-academic player as a senior (Class 3A Greater Spokane League)

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the chance to play football and get a great education.

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David Vanoudenhaegen

Name: David Vanoudenhaegen

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive guard and defensive end

Height / Weight: 6-0, 225

High School Highlights:
Named a first-team all-conference offensive lineman and an honorable mention defensive end in 2013-14; a second-team all-conference offensive lineman in 2012-13; also recognized for being a top scholar-athlete; served as team captain his senior season, when he claimed squad’s “Nolan Reardon Scholastic Award”

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the opportunities available. The way the school presents itself, whether it is in sports or academics, they are going to work day-in and day-out to ensure that you are going to be successful.

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Austin Waibel

Name: Austin Waibel

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

Sport(s): Basketball and football

Position(s): Post, small forward and wing (basketball); offensive right tackle and defensive end (football)

Height / Weight: 6-3, 210

High School Highlights:
Chosen as a second-team all-state (Class 2A) player in basketball as a junior and named Player of the Year with first-team all-league honors as a senior; a Wendy’s Heisman Award winner in football his senior year, when he also gained second-team all-league recognition as a linebacker; a varsity starter in both basketball and football his sophomore through senior seasons

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose to go to George Fox because of its outstanding Christian education, a great welcoming environment, and an opportunity to play sports beyond the high school level in a school that supports its athletes spiritually as well as academically. The chance to be surrounded by like-minded individuals and professors who are passionate about their teaching made George Fox a favorite school of choice.

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Austin Mace

Name: Austin Mace

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Running back, slot receiver and kick returner

Height / Weight: 5-7, 175

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honors (Class 3A Greater St. Helens League) and was named Offensive Player of the Year; rushed for more than 1,500 yards and averaged better than six yards per carry as a senior; rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
The coaches were welcoming. The campus felt like a great fit for me. I wanted to be at one of the best schools for athletic training and/or physical therapy. I also wanted to a part of something new, to help start the legacy – You Bet!

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Blake Peterson

Name: Blake Peterson

High School: Juanita High School (Kirkland, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football and track

Position(s): Offensive lineman (football)

Height / Weight: 6-3, 250

High School Highlights:
Named alternate for all-state (2013) and was a first-team all-league offensive tackle (2013); served as team captain his senior year

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of its high-caliber engineering program combined with the opportunity to participate in athletics. Really, George Fox just felt like the right place to be.

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Kraig Pruett

Name: Kraig Pruett

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Slot receiver

Height / Weight: 5-9, 160

High School Highlights:
Named to the conference’s first team as a defensive back and wide receiver as a senior; also an honorable mention all-league punter; named team’s MVP his senior season, when he averaged 16.8 yards per catch; as a junior was named first-team all-state as a wide receiver and honorable mention all-state as a defensive back, when he broke a national record for most receiving yards per game and averaged 17.8 yards per catch

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the amazing Christian atmosphere. I love the athletic training program and the opportunity to play both football and baseball. I am excited to spend the next four years at George Fox and grow spiritually, academically and athletically.

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Nicholas Avery Rooks

Name: Nicholas Avery Rooks

High School: Sedro Woolley High School (Sedro Woolley, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Safety and wingback

Height / Weight: 6-1, 180

High School Highlights:
Named an all-conference defensive back (Class 2A Northwest Conference) in 2013, when he rushed 29 times for 321 yards and three touchdowns; on defense, he recorded 70 tackles and batted eight passes

Why I chose George Fox:
I like the campus and the people on it. I want to be part of the brand new football program and to help make Bruin history. Also, it has a top athletic training program that I want to be part of.

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Austin Taylor

Name: Austin Taylor

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Slot receiver and free safety

Height / Weight: 5-11, 185

High School Highlights:
Named a second-team all-league free safety (Class 6A Three Rivers League) and was an honorable mention all-state selection as a senior, when he helped the Cougars reach the semifinals of the state playoffs; earned second-team all-league honors as a junior free safety

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose Fox because of the football program, Coach Casey, the genuinely nice people, and to grow in my faith and relationship with God.

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Rodney Lane Hadley

Name: Rodney Lane Hadley

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Running back and kick returner

Height / Weight: 6-0, 195

High School Highlights:
Was a first-team all-state (Class 3A) kick returner and a first-team all-conference running back, safety and kick returner his senior year; also named to league’s second team as a punter; in junior year earned first-team all-conference recognition as a running back, safety and punter while also being named honorable mention all-state as a running back; named team MVP and captain his senior year, when he rushed for 906 yards and 16 touchdowns and 235 yards as a kick returner

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose to come to Fox because I felt right at home during my visit. I loved the campus and had immediate respect for the coaching staff and professors. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to play football for George Fox.

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Matt Thompson

Name: Matt Thompson

High School: Camas Valley Charter School (Camas Valley, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Linebacker

Height / Weight: 5-11, 211

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league (Class 1A Skyline League) and first-team all-state honors as a defensive end his junior and senior seasons; also named a first-team lineman, lineman of the year and defensive player of the year

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the academic options and to play football.

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Hayden Humphrey

Name: Hayden Humphrey

High School: Battle Ground High School (Battle Ground, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football and baseball

Position(s): Receiver, punter and kicker (football); middle infield and outfield (baseball)

Height / Weight: 6-0, 190

High School Highlights:
Was an all-league (Class 4A Greater St. Helens League) offensive and defensive lineman in football while also earning distinction as National Football Foundation honoree. In baseball, he was an all-league selection his sophomore, junior and senior seasons and a first-team all-state selection as a senior; also named GSHL's Player of the Year and chosen for All-Region team. As a senior, he caught 54 passes for 657 yards and four touchdowns on the football field and hit .490 with 14 stolen bases in baseball.

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox met all my criteria and felt right. It has my major and is close to home, but not too close. I want to keep playing both football and baseball and contribute to the success of each. The coaching staffs of each work amazingly well together to allow student-athletes to play more than one sport.

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Name: Daulton Hankins

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Defensive end

Height / Weight: 6-2, 240

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-league honors as a defensive lineman his junior and senior seasons; also landed honorable mention all-league honors as an offensive tackle both years

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I fell in love with the coaching staff and the people around the school. I loved the campus and the vibe I felt while there. In the end, it all came down to the great engineering program and all the opportunities the students are given while in the program and post graduation.

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Name: Stephen Noonan

High School: Henley High School (Klamath Falls, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football, track and field

Position(s): Offensive lineman (football)

Height / Weight: 6-7, 255

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-conference honors and honorable mention all-state recognition as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the small-town atmosphere and community.

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Name: Trent Hardin

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Linebacker

Height / Weight: 6-0, 215

High School Highlights:
Named a two-time first-team all-conference (Class 4A Oregon West Conference) player and earned first-team all-state recognition as a senior; named team’s “Mr. Defense” his sophomore through senior seasons

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox has everything I could ever want or need for my college experience. Between the coaching staff and teaching staff I’ve met with they remember your name; you’re not just another student attending school.

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Name: Colton Magill

High School: Central High School (Independence, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Defensive back

Height / Weight: 6-0, 160

High School Highlights:
Named an all-conference defensive back (Class 4A Oregon West Conference) in 2012 and 2013; earned team’s Mark Hawley Defensive Player of the Year award in 2013, when he recorded 65 tackles and four interceptions

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the welcoming community, educational opportunities, and to be a part of a great new football program.

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Name: Alexis Betancourt

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-10, 227

High School Highlights:
Helped team tie for first in Class 6A Metro League as a senior, when he recorded 17 pancake blocks

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the community, everybody is very nice and the one-on-one attention with your teacher is great.

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Men's Golf

Alex Plusquellec

Name: Alex Plusquellec

High School: Sam Barlow High School (Damascus, Ore.)

Sport(s): Football and Golf

Position(s): Quarterback

Height / Weight: 6-0, 210

High School Highlights:
Named an all-conference honorable mention quarterback in football his junior and senior years; earned second-team all-conference honors in golf his junior year.

Why I chose George Fox:
They have blessed me with an opportunity to continue my career as a two-sport athlete as well as study at a well-recognized university close to home.

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Caleb An

Name: Caleb An

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

Sport(s): Golf

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-11, 200

High School Highlights:
Served as team captain in fall of 2013

Why I chose George Fox:
God told me to and I feel like it would benefit my education, sport and walk with God.

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Halen Davis

Name: Halen Davis

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

Sport(s): Golf

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-8, 140

High School Highlights:
A first-team all-league (Class 3A Wesco League) player his junior and senior seasons; gained second-team all-Wesco honors as a sophomore and honorable mention recognition as a freshman; team MVP all four years; average score as a senior was a 75

Why I chose George Fox:
I not only love the campus, I love the environment it presents. I also love golf, and this is a place that is allowing me to play golf. Along with many other things, the academics here are outstanding. This is why I know George Fox is the place for me to be.

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Women's Golf

Kristin Elich

Name: Kristin Elich

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

Sport(s): Golf

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-6

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-state honors her sophomore and junior seasons; finished 10th individually at state (Class 6A) as a junior; earned second-team all-state honors as a freshman in helping the Lions win a state team title.

Why I chose George Fox:
The staff involved has the enthusiasm to help me get better, and the coach’s main focus is on what I need help with the most as a golfer.

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Women's Lacrosse

Brianna Hopper

Name: Brianna Hopper

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

Sport(s): Lacrosse

Position(s): Goalie

Height / Weight:

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
I felt right at home on the campus and literally could not see myself going anywhere else.

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Dalis Sierra

Name: Dalis Sierra

High School: West Sound Academy (Poulsbo, Wash.)

Sport(s): Lacrosse

Position(s): Midfield and defense

Height / Weight: 5-6

High School Highlights:
Served as team’s varsity captain her junior year

Why I chose George Fox:
Everything I was looking for in a school I found at George Fox. It is small, Christian, has the liberal arts, and I can play lacrosse!

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Ashlie Hernandez

Name: Ashlie Hernandez

High School: Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.)

Sport(s): Lacrosse

Position(s): Attacker

Height / Weight: 5-1

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the atmosphere of the campus and the people are so sweet.

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Men's Soccer

Ariel Herrera

Name: Ariel Herrera

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

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Defender

Height / Weight: 5-9

High School Highlights:
Named team’s most improved player in 2012.

Why I chose George Fox:
It's a great community, the atmosphere is wonderful and it's a great school to get an education.

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Samuel Swan

Name: Samuel Swan

High School: C.S Lewis Academy (Newberg, Ore.)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Center midfielder

Height / Weight: 6-1, 165

High School Highlights:
Named first-team all-league his junior and senior years; chosen as a second-team all-leaguer as a sophomore; led team to championship match his senior year; squad received league’s sportsmanship award his sophomore, junior and senior years; named the team’s MVP as a junior and served as team captain his junior and senior years; voted by teammates to receive Watchman Award for demonstrating sportsmanship and spiritual leader his senior season.

Why I chose George Fox:
One of the reasons I chose George Fox was because of the sense of open-mindedness it seemed to cultivate and encourage.

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Raphael Martinez

Name: Raphael Martinez

High School: North Pole High School, North Pole, Alaska

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Striker, midfielder

Height / Weight: 5-10, 140

High School Highlights:
Led his team in scoring and earned all-conference honors as a senior, helping the North Pole Cyclones capture a 2013 conference championship.

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it is highly ranked in education, and it is located in a place I’d love to be. Also, when I came down to Oregon on soccer trips, I loved how the play was down there. It was competitive, and I just want to be a part of it.

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Austin Ziegler

Name: Austin Ziegler

High School: Mount Spokane High School (Mead, Wash.)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Defender

Height / Weight: 6-3, 210

High School Highlights:
Started every game his sophomore through senior years; named most improved player on team as a freshman.

Why I chose George Fox:
I like the small classes and the small community. Plus the school has a great engineering program.

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Arturo Olazaba

Name: Arturo Olazaba

High School: Rancho Buena Vista High School (Vista, Calif.)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Defender/midfielder

Height / Weight: 5-5, 140

High School Highlights:
Served as team captain and earned team’s Most Inspirational honor as a senior in 2007, when he helped his squad win a league championship and reach the semifinals of the California Interscholastic Federation playoffs; earned a spot on the San Diego North County all-star team; earned honorable mention recognition his sophomore through senior seasons

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox University because it offers my major, it's a great campus with amazing people, and it has a wonderful athletic atmosphere. It just felt right.

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Ian Coleman

Name: Ian Coleman

High School: International School of Beaverton (Ore.); played high school soccer at Beaverton High School

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Defender/midfielder

Height / Weight: 5-8, 130

High School Highlights:
As a senior, served as a team captain and earned recognition as an IMG Top 150 Player in the nation and as a second-team all-state and second-team All-Metro League player; also an IMG Top-150 player nationally his junior season; as both a sophomore and freshman, he was named an ODP Region IV player while starting for his high school team.

Why I chose George Fox:
It’s a great community where I can see myself succeeding.

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Garrett Oswald

Name: Garrett Oswald

High School: West Hills High School (Santee, Calif.)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Defender

Height / Weight: 5-11, 165

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honors in 2013-14; named team’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2013-14 and 2012-13 and was chosen MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in 2011-12

Why I chose George Fox:
I felt it best suited me for what I want to do for my future, and the campus really appealed to me.

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Connor Lopez

Name: Connor Lopez

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

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Midfielder and forward

Height / Weight: 6-3, 175

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
I strive for excellence and look forward to the experience of a Christian college.

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Sean Owens

Name: Sean Owens

High School: Tahoma Senior High School (Ravensdale, Wash.)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Left midfielder

Height / Weight: 5-11,150

High School Highlights:
Helped his team reach the Sweet 16 of the state tournament in 2012, when his squad earned the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Scholastic Team Award; individually, he earned second-team all-league honors as a junior; played varsity soccer his sophomore through senior seasons.

Why I chose George Fox:
I felt very welcomed the second that I walked onto the campus, and I really like the sizes of the classes that I will be earning an education in.

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Joab Logan

Name: Joab Logan

High School: Sandpoint High School (Sandpoint, Idaho)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Forward and midfielder

Height / Weight: 5-10, 170

High School Highlights:
Named MVP on offense as a senior and MVP as a junior; an Idaho Hall of Fame nominee as a junior and senior; served as team captain senior year and helped squad win Idaho state title as a junior; named team’s “Mr. Bulldog” award recipient both junior and senior years

Why I chose George Fox:
It is an amazing university where you can be open and proud of your faith. Every single person from the admissions team to the president are genuine kind people that do everything they can to help. I also had an instant relationship with the soccer coach Mr. Del Rio. I understand his vision for the program, and I want to be a part of it, along with his other exceptional recruits and veterans. Finally, the academics fell in line with the path I want to take and the career goals I want to achieve. There are dedicated educators who have a true passion for helping students like me reach their full potential.

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Liam Cancy

Name: Liam Cancy

High School: Mount Pleasant High School (Mount Pleasant, Iowa)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Forward

Height / Weight: 6-1, 180

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-conference recognition as a sophomore, junior and senior; also earned the All-Hawkeye Award the same three seasons; served as team captain as a senior, when he scored 11 goals and collected 12 assists; had eight goals and seven assists as a junior, and seven goals and six assists as a sophomore; gained honorable mention honors as a freshman.

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it is a great place to grow as a person academically, spiritually and athletically. When I visited it felt like home, and the atmosphere there was unmatched anywhere else. Go Bruins!

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Murray Noble

Name: Murray Noble

High School: Normanhurst Boys Selective High School (Sydney, Australia)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Goalkeeper, center midfielder

Height / Weight: 6-2, 165

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the strong Christian influence that was so obviously prevalent in both the course offerings and attitudes of staff and faculty. While the campus, facilities and accommodation were all excellent, I am confident that the main contributing factor for me choosing George Fox was its Christian values. In regards to the sporting program, the simple fact that Coach Luis Del Rio believed that soccer should be played with adherence to the rules with acceptance of officials decisions, instead of the growing popular belief that the game should be won at all costs, was more than enough for me to feel that the George Fox sporting program was the right place for me.

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Diego Aguirre

Name: Diego Aguirre

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

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Midfielder and defender

Height / Weight: 5-6, 145

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I believe that, at Fox, I can accomplish and make my personal and academic goals a reality. I also want to be “one of the best” and follow my passion for soccer at one of the top Christian colleges in the U.S.

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Women's Soccer

Avery Miller

Name: Avery Miller

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

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Midfielder and forward

Height / Weight: 5-3

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the atmosphere of the school. I love the classes offered and the athletic program. I chose George Fox because I really could picture myself fitting in here.

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Kenna Meinhart

Name: Kenna Meinhart

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

Sport(s): Soccer and Track and feild

Position(s): Forward (soccer); long jump, high jump, 4X100 relay, 300 hurdles (track)

Height / Weight: 5-7

High School Highlights:
Awarded the MVP honor for the Class 5A state championship soccer game as a senior; served as senior captain for soccer and was named team MVP while earning first-team all-league honors

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the small school and family atmosphere on and off the field at George Fox. I feel welcomed and at home whenever I am on campus.

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Emily Hodges

Name: Emily Hodges

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

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Center back

Height / Weight: 5-4

High School Highlights:
Played for Metro League power that won a league title and reached the playoffs all four of her seasons; named team’s defensive MVP as a junior, when squad took fifth in Class 6A state tournament.

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the community of George Fox. It will help me grow as a person and prepare me for the future.

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Lauren Rodrigues

Name: Lauren Rodrigues

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

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Center midfielder

Height / Weight: 5-6

High School Highlights:
Named first-team all-conference (Class 6A Special District 1) as a junior and senior and honorable mention as a freshman; served as team captain her junior and senior years and was voted most inspirational both of those seasons

Why I chose George Fox:
It is an all-around great school and will allow me to pursue my passions academically, athletically, relationally and spiritually.

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Leilani Barker

Name: Leilani Barker

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

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Center midfielder and forward

Height / Weight: 5-0

High School Highlights:
Served as a team captain her senior year; named 3A all-league honorable mention as a junior and 4A all-league honorable mention and scholar athlete all-league as both a freshman and sophomore

Why I chose George Fox:
I wanted to play at the next level after I played at Clark Community College for two years. I want to play for as long as I possibly can. I also decided to come here to get my degree in social work.

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Melissa Fox

Name: Melissa Fox

High School: Foothill Technology High School (Ventura, Calif.)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Defender

Height / Weight: 5-3

High School Highlights:
Helped team reach State Cup finals in final season

Why I chose George Fox:
Everything I want in a college is all wrapped up in George Fox: great academics, sports and faith.

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Name: Brette Dodson

High School: Troy High School (Fullerton, Calif.)

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Defender

Height / Weight: 5-5

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-league recognition in 2012 and 2013; named team’s most improved player in 2012-13

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I felt that God was calling me to it. I know that it is a school where I can grow intellectually and spiritually. I hope to be an influential part of both the soccer team and student body.

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Softball

Rebecca Pridmore

Name: Rebecca Pridmore

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

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Shortstop and second baseman

Height / Weight: 5-0

High School Highlights:
Earned all-league honors and named an MVP as a senior.

Why I chose George Fox:
I feel this is where I can start a future for myself and also have the opportunity to continue playing the game I love.

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Madison Sorensen

Name: Madison Sorensen

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

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Pitcher and outfielder

Height / Weight: 5-7

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honors in 2013 and second-team all-league recognition in 2012; named team’s co-MVP in 2013

Why I chose George Fox:
The first time visiting I instantly fell in love with the feel of the campus and the size. Being from a small town, I already felt at home. I also know that, being at George Fox, I will be surrounded by others who will be supportive and encouraging. This is a place where I won’t only get an education, but I will also be able to grow spiritually and become a better person.

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Annie Veatch

Name: Annie Veatch

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

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Catcher and infielder

Height / Weight: 5-5

High School Highlights:
Served as team captain as a senior, earned “Golden Glove Award” as a sophomore and selected as a second-team all-league infielder as a freshman; posted .575 slugging percentage as a senior, when she also posted an on-base-plus slugging percentage of .939 and a fielding percentage of .926.

Why I chose George Fox:
I like the small campus, the friendly environment, and how welcoming and friendly the coaching staff is.

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Abbie Bergerson

Name: Abbie Bergerson

High School: Sam Barlow High School (Gresham, Ore.)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Pitcher

Height / Weight: 5-7

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-conference and third-team all-state (Class 6A) honors as a junior, when she also earned “Pitcher of the Year” recognition; was a co-pitcher of the year as a junior, when she posted a 1.47 ERA and went 22-5 in 181 innings pitched

Why I chose George Fox:
They're giving me an amazing opportunity to learn more about God and myself, my intended major, as well as being able to continue playing the sport I love for four more years. I’m so blessed with this opportunity and can't wait to be a Bruin for another four years!

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Ilana Mayer

Name: Ilana Mayer

High School: Western Christian High School (Upland, Calif.)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Outfield and second base

Height / Weight: 5-5

High School Highlights:
Recorded team’s highest batting average and on-base percentage as a senior; hit .379 with a .471 on-base percentage as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the people that I met every time I went to visit. I felt such an instant connection there and felt very welcomed and at home at George Fox. I love Coach Jessica [Hollen] and the softball girls that I talked to. After staying in the dorms with two awesome ladies, I realized that George Fox was the place for me. I absolutely cannot wait to spend my next four years there playing softball and getting my education. I'm so blessed to get to attend George Fox, and I plan to make it the best four years of my life!

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Brianna Stutheit

Name: Brianna Stutheit

High School: Bethel High School (Spanaway, Wash.)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Outfield and first base

Height / Weight: 5-2

High School Highlights:
Served as team captain in 2013; earned second-team all-league honors as an infielder (Class 4A South Puget Sound League-South) and second-team All-Area recognition (Tacoma News Tribune) as a junior, when she also served as team captain and won the squad’s “Bethel Brave Award”; earned first-team all-league honors as a sophomore infielder

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I want to attend a small Christian college where I can grow a stronger relationship with God as well as pursue my academic goals and play the sport I love so much.

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Marlissa Wingett

Name: Marlissa Wingett

High School: Air Academy High School (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Outfield

Height / Weight: 5-4

High School Highlights:
Earned all-academic all-state honors in 2012 and 2013; also named honorable mention for Colorado Springs in Pikes Peak Athletic Conference in 2013.

Why I chose George Fox:
I absolutely love the campus and the family feel the campus has. George Fox offers me the opportunities to play sports, push myself academically, and experience God in a completely new way.

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Kaitlyn Jacobs

Name: Kaitlyn Jacobs

High School: Helix Charter High School (La Mesa, Calif.)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Pitcher, first baseman and third baseman

Height / Weight: 5-4

High School Highlights:
Maintained a .400-plus batting average for five consecutive years; as a senior posted a .544 on-base percentage, a .659 slugging percentage, an on-base slugging percentage of 1.203; also started and completed more than 80 games as a pitcher over the last year

Why I chose George Fox:
I was looking for a small school that was close to home, but not too close. A small teacher-to-student ratio is very important to me, as it will be a key to my success. When I visited George Fox and spoke with professors and other students, I knew this was the place for me. The fact that I get to play softball for another four years is an added bonus!

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Julia Apodaca

Name: Julia Apodaca

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

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Outfielder and utility player

Height / Weight: 5-4

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-league honors as a freshman and honorable mention recognition as a senior; hit .333 as a senior, .320 as a junior and .328 as a sophomore

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it felt like the perfect fit for me. It is a small school where everyone is very helpful and kind to one another, and that is what I was looking for as an incoming freshman. I come from a large school where teachers can’t focus on students individually very well because of the class size, so my desire was to find a place where I can interact with the students and teachers on a more personal level without any big distractions. This is why George Fox is the best university for me.

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Name: Alyssa Aguilar

High School: Nuview Bridge Early College High School (Nuevo, Calif.)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Middle infielder and centerfielder

Height / Weight: 5-6

High School Highlights:
Named a first-team all-league player in 2011, 2012 and 2013; chosen as league’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013; named the Warrior League’s MVP in 2011; also earned Student-Athlete honors in 2011, 2012 and 2013; batted .652 and posted a 1.27 slugging percentage as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I wanted a school where I could grow spiritually. I love softball and everything that it involves, but I love the Lord more and I wanted an environment that would encourage my faith and development as a Christian. I feel that George Fox is the perfect place for this.

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Name: Alex Parker

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

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Middle infielder

Height / Weight: 5-7

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honors as a sophomore and junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I know that I will be able to get the education that I want here. I also get to play four more years of softball, which is amazing. I love the small-campus atmosphere as well as the coaching staff and can't wait for next fall to start!

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Men's Tennis

Tim Roome-Traut

Name: Tim Roome-Traut

High School: Crescent Valley High School (Corvallis, Ore.)

Sport(s): Tennis (singles and doubles)

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 6-5, 200

High School Highlights:
Qualified for state in both 2012 and 2013 out of the Class 5A Mid-Willamette Conference; helped team win state championship as a senior, marking the program’s first title in school history; went unbeaten his senior year

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it has an amazing tennis coach and engineering professor. The campus from the get-go was the friendliest I have encountered; the small class size is an academic bonus; and the school’s core values make sense. I hope to make my mark as a Bruin.

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Vincent Viloria

Name: Vincent Viloria

High School: John F. Kennedy Catholic High School (Renton, Wash.)

Sport(s): Tennis

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-8, 125

High School Highlights:
Earned Player of the Year and first-team all-league recognition (Seamount Conference) in 2013 and was a second-team all-leaguer in 2012; served as team captain his senior season

Why I chose George Fox:
I wanted to continue my passion of tennis and to compete at a collegiate level. I wanted to stay close to home and to live in the Northwest. Engineering is my passion, so having my coach as my professor is a great combination.

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Tristen Lerma

Name: Tristen Lerma

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

Sport(s): Tennis

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-10, 170

High School Highlights:
Was a Southwest Yosemite League Valley qualifier as a senior, when he also earned team's MVP award.

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the excellent education that if offers, the great teaching and coaching staff, and to play tennis at the collegiate level.

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Nick Ekern

Name: Nick Ekern

High School: Meadowdale High School (Edmonds, Wash.)

Sport(s): Tennis

Position(s): First singles (junior/senior); second singles (sophomore); third singles (freshman)

Height / Weight: 5-9, 145

High School Highlights:
Placed first in Wesco (Class 3A) conference play in both 2012 and 2013, earning spot at state tournament; placed fifth in league in 2011; helped team win Wesco 3A district championship in 2010 and earned All-Wesco first-team honors in 2012 and 2013; served as team captain and earned team's most inspirational award as senior; also a team captain junior year.

Why I chose George Fox:
The culture and emphasis toward a Christ-centered life.

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Women's Tennis

Andrea Motley

Name: Andrea Motley

High School: Fossil Ridge High School (Fort Collins, Colo.)

Sport(s): Tennis

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-9

High School Highlights:
Placed second at state as a junior at first doubles; regional champion her freshman and junior years; posted a 7-1 dual-match record at first doubles as a senior.

Why I chose George Fox:
It has a friendly atmosphere and just feels like home! I feel like I can really fit in both in classes and on the tennis team.

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Kristen Mock

Name: Kristen Mock

High School: Mililani High School (Mililani, Hawaii)

Sport(s): Tennis

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-4

High School Highlights:
Earned Oahu Interscholastic Association second-team all-star status her sophomore and junior seasons; was an OIA overall girls doubles finalist as a senior and a Hawaii High School Athletic Association tournament quarterfinalist and OIA West Division third-place finisher in doubles as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose Fox because of the warm welcome received from everyone during my visit, the variety of majors, and the small class sizes. I am looking forward to being a Bruin and hope to contribute to the program. I would like to thank coaches Rick and Rob Cruz for giving me the opportunity to improve and continue to play competitively.

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Track & Field

Kirstyn Groshong

Name: Kirstyn Groshong

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

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-1

High School Highlights:
Earned first-place honors at the Meet of Champions in the 100-meter hurdles in 2014; was as state qualifier (Class 4A) in 100 hurdles and 100 meters as a junior in 2013; recorded 100-meter time of 13.19 seconds to win the Sky Em Conference district title as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I like the small and friendly campus at George Fox. Coming from a fairly small high school, I was worried that a large university would be too big of an adjustment. I also felt that students here focused on their academics and were really taking their education seriously. I like the Christian campus and look forward to growing in my faith while receiving a quality education. The nursing program came highly recommended by many individuals whom I spoke with, and my visits assured me that this is where I belong. I’m really looking forward to being a part of the Bruin track and field team!

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Ben Hortaleza

Name: Ben Hortaleza

High School: La Salle Catholic College Preparatory (Portland, Ore.)

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-10, 150

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-conference honors in the 110 hurdles in both 2012 and 2013; a first-team all-conference long jumper in 2013; earned second-team all-conference designation in the 300 hurdles in 2013

Why I chose George Fox:
It is relatively close to home but also far enough to be away. Also, it gives me the opportunity to run track and field in college.

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David Guild

Name: David Guild

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

Sport(s): Track and Feild

Position(s): Hurdler

Height / Weight: 6-0, 150

High School Highlights:
State champion (Class 2A) in the 300-meter hurdles and second in state in 110 hurdles in 2013; member of second-place state 4x100 relay team and sixth-place 4x400 relay team in 2013; took eighth in state 110 hurdles in 2012; posted Northwest League District Meet record for the 300 hurdles (41.76 seconds); earned team’s 2013 Scholar Athlete Award as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I like the size of the school, I want to learn in a Christian environment and I want to run track.

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Anthony Galat

Name: Anthony Galat

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

Sport(s): Football and track

Position(s): Running back (football); hurdles (track)

Height / Weight: 5-9, 185

High School Highlights:
Earned team’s JD Covington MVP Award as a senior, when he helped squad reach quarterfinals of the playoffs by rushing for 1,000-plus yards and scoring 15 touchdowns; also forced five fumbles and returned an interception for a TD

Why I chose George Fox:
The education coupled with the faith was a fit academically for me. With the addition of a new football program, this was my most lucrative option.

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Kenna Meinhart

Name: Kenna Meinhart

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

Sport(s): Soccer and Track and feild

Position(s): Forward (soccer); long jump, high jump, 4X100 relay, 300 hurdles (track)

Height / Weight: 5-7

High School Highlights:
Awarded the MVP honor for the Class 5A state championship soccer game as a senior; served as senior captain for soccer and was named team MVP while earning first-team all-league honors

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the small school and family atmosphere on and off the field at George Fox. I feel welcomed and at home whenever I am on campus.

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Dylan Reinhold

Name: Dylan Reinhold

High School: Timberline High School (Lacey, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Center and long snapper

Height / Weight: 6-2, 280

High School Highlights:
As a senior was named all-area and first-team all-league offensive lineman while being selected for the East vs. West All-State Game; named a first-team all-league long snapper his junior and senior seasons; chosen as a second-team all-league offensive lineman as a junior.

Why I chose George Fox:
The warm, friendly Christian atmosphere has been very welcoming every time I have visited, which gives me a great sense of comfort. Not only is George Fox one of the most academically recognized colleges on my list, but I am also very blessed with the chance to be a part of history. Being able to play on the first football team here [in more than 40 years] is a huge honor for me, and it is an opportunity that I did not want to pass up.

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Seth Nonnenmacher

Name: Seth Nonnenmacher

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

Sport(s): Track and Field

Position(s): Javelin

Height / Weight: 6-1, 190

High School Highlights:
School record-holder in javelin (182 feet, 4 inches); served as team captain his senior year; won district javelin as a junior and went on to place fourth at state (Class 3A); was a four-time district champion and two-time state champ in wrestling; named Burns High School Male High Athlete of the Year as a junior.

Why I chose George Fox:
I liked the atmosphere on campus, the academic and athletic opportunities, and the great people I met on my visit.

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Tracy Salgado

Name: Tracy Salgado

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

Sport(s): Track and field and soccer

Position(s): 400 and 800 meters (track); wing/forward (soccer)

Height / Weight: 6-2, 150

High School Highlights:
Named first-team all-league (Class 3A) in both soccer and track in 2013 and honorable mention in cross country in 2013; named team’s Rookie of the Year for soccer and track in 2010 and in cross country in 2013; named soccer team’s MVP on offense in 2013; team was second in state in soccer senior year

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox has all the qualities in a university that I was looking for: a great community, civil engineering, and opportunities to grow as a person. Also, this is a place I can easily see myself living in for the next four years.

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Blake Peterson

Name: Blake Peterson

High School: Juanita High School (Kirkland, Wash.)

Sport(s): Football and track

Position(s): Offensive lineman (football)

Height / Weight: 6-3, 250

High School Highlights:
Named alternate for all-state (2013) and was a first-team all-league offensive tackle (2013); served as team captain his senior year

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of its high-caliber engineering program combined with the opportunity to participate in athletics. Really, George Fox just felt like the right place to be.

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Sarah King

Name: Sarah King

High School: Yamhill-Carlton High School (Yamhill, Ore.)

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): Sprinter and pole vaulter

Height / Weight: 5-8

High School Highlights:
Earned spot at Class 4A state meet four straight years; helped 4X400 relay team place fifth at state in 2014 while also placing seventh in the 200 meters; in 2013, placed seventh in the 200 and third in the 4X400 relay at state; in 2012 state meet, she was eighth in the 400, fourth in the 4X100 relay and eighth in the 4X400 relay; recorded senior times of 13.04 seconds (100 meters), 26.18 seconds (200) and 61.56 (400)

Why I chose George Fox:
I liked the impression I got of a close-knit track team, and I wanted to go to a fairly small school.

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Rodney Lane Hadley

Name: Rodney Lane Hadley

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Running back and kick returner

Height / Weight: 6-0, 195

High School Highlights:
Was a first-team all-state (Class 3A) kick returner and a first-team all-conference running back, safety and kick returner his senior year; also named to league’s second team as a punter; in junior year earned first-team all-conference recognition as a running back, safety and punter while also being named honorable mention all-state as a running back; named team MVP and captain his senior year, when he rushed for 906 yards and 16 touchdowns and 235 yards as a kick returner

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose to come to Fox because I felt right at home during my visit. I loved the campus and had immediate respect for the coaching staff and professors. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to play football for George Fox.

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Name: Dakota Buhler

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

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): Jumps and sprints

Height / Weight: 5-5

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-league honors in the long jump and triple jump as a senior; earned honorable mention accolades in the long jump and second-team honors in the triple jump as a junior; served as team captain 2012, 2013 and 2014 and earned Athlete of the Week honors three straight seasons (2011 to 2013); jumped 16 feet, 9 inches in the long jump and recorded a 100-meter time of 13.65 seconds as a senior.

Why I chose George Fox:
It has an excellent reputation, great programs, a Christian foundation, is fairly close to home, and has a strong track team.

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Women's Volleyball

Abby MacGregor

Name: Abby MacGregor

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

Sport(s): Volleyball

Position(s): Setter

Height / Weight: 5-7

High School Highlights:
Served as team captain her junior and senior seasons and was voted team MVP her senior year; also gained Three Rivers League honorable mention honors in 2013-14.

Why I chose George Fox:
I wanted to go to a small Christian school and somewhere close to home. When I went to visit I loved the campus and the people. Those were the main reasons why I chose George Fox University.

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Acarey Rosa

Name: Acarey Rosa

High School: Will C. Wood High School (Vacaville, Calif.)

Sport(s): Volleyball

Position(s): Libero/defensive specialist

Height / Weight: 5-3

High School Highlights:
In both her junior and senior seasons, she served as varsity team captain, led her league in digs, and earned all-league honorable mention honors; as a sophomore, she led the league in digs and received the Athletic Spirit Award; ended her high school career with 743 digs.

Why I chose George Fox:
The minute I stepped on campus I knew this was where God wanted me to be. George Fox gives me the ability to continue playing the game I love while pursing my dream of becoming a nurse. With the small community and faith-based atmosphere, I know I’ll prosper.

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Rachel Ward

Name: Rachel Ward

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

Sport(s): Volleyball

Position(s): Outside hitter

Height / Weight: 5-10

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
From the very beginning I felt welcome. Coach Steve Grant has wanted me to play for him since my junior year, and once I committed I knew I was in the right place. I can't wait to start the next chapter of my life here at George Fox.

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Hanna Kumasaka

Name: Hanna Kumasaka

High School: Seattle Christian High School (Seattle, Wash.)

Sport(s): Volleyball

Position(s): Setter

Height / Weight: 5-6

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league setter award in 2012 and 2013; claimed Scholar-Athlete Award 2010 through 2013; took team’s “Best All-Around Award” in 2010 and 2013 and “Mighty in Spirit Award” in 2010 and 2011

Why I chose George Fox:
The Lord made it evident that I was to attend George Fox. He opened the door so that I am able to compete on the volleyball team, and everything fell into place at the right time. The school is also a perfect fit and will be a good environment to grow in my faith and challenge myself academically.

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Brynelle Bremner

Name: Brynelle Bremner

High School: Home schooled (Milwaukie, Ore.)

Sport(s): Volleyball

Position(s): Libero

Height / Weight: 5-4

High School Highlights:
Named an all-league libero and defensive specialist in 2012; played varsity volleyball at St. Mary’s Academy in 2009-10 and at Milwaukie High School in 2011-12

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox University because of the smaller Christian community and the feeling that everyone belonged. I am so excited to see what God does in my life while I am at George Fox.

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Name: Delaney Cruz

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

Sport(s): Volleyball

Position(s): Outside hitter and middle hitter

Height / Weight: 5-11

High School Highlights:
Made league’s first team in 2012 and 2013 (Class 3A West Valley League); named team’s MVP in 2013, best offensive player in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and best defensive player in 2013; recorded 307 kills her senior year

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the community-minded environment and the incredibly friendly and welcoming people. I also look forward to having the opportunity to play collegiate volleyball while pursuing academic excellence.

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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.

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