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 2015-16 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.

2015 Student-Athlete Commitments, Organized by Sport2015 Student-Athlete Commitments, Organized by Sport

Baseball

Ethan Boughal

Name: Ethan Boughal

High School: Timberline High School, Lacey, Wash.

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Pitcher

Height / Weight: 6-0, 213

High School Highlights:
Earned varsity letters in 2014 and 2015; posted 1.75 ERA as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I passionately want to join my joys in life, being baseball and faith, and I feel that George Fox is where I am being called.

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Jacob Castillo

Name: Jacob Castillo

High School: Mount Miguel High School, Spring Valley, Calif.

Sport(s): Football and baseball

Position(s): Quarterback (football) and shortstop (baseball)

Height / Weight: 5-11, 165

High School Highlights:
Earned Grossmont-Hills League honorable mention honors (Division 1) as senior and a spot on the Union Tribune All-Academic Team; holds school records for most passing touchdowns in a single season, most passing yards and most passing touchdowns in a single game, second-most passing touchdowns in a year, and second-most passing yards in a single season; in baseball, was invited to try out for Under Armour National Team, earned East County Sports Athlete of the Week honors and was on Union Tribune’s All-Academic Team

Why I chose George Fox:
I loved the atmosphere, the people and the coaches. I enjoyed everything about it. It felt like home.

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Keaton Edwards

Name: Keaton Edwards

High School: Elgin Park Secondary, White Rock, British Columbia, Canada

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Pitcher

Height / Weight: 6-3, 195

High School Highlights:
Selected to 2015 Perfect Games Canada/Puerto Rico-All Region second team; chosen to play for Baseball Northwest at Perfect Games MLK, Arizona; selected to play for Arizona Diamondbacks Scout Team B.C. and invited to All-Academics Game Tryout in Arizona; selected to Baseball at B.C. Top 40 Selects Camp

Why I chose George Fox:
I was impressed from the first contact with the George Fox coaches. I was looking for a solid baseball program backed by a university with very good academics. George Fox University offered me both, and from the start I felt the school would be a good fit for me.

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Derek Johnson

Name: Derek Johnson

High School: Smithson Valley High School, Spring Branch, Texas

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Outfield

Height / Weight: 6-1, 175

High School Highlights:
Earned Academic All-State honors and was recipient of Texas Region honorable mention honors as a senior; earned Academic All-District recognition as a junior; playing for a team ranked eighth in preseason rankings of Texas’ Class 6A; member of 25-5A district champion team as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox is the perfect fit for me to continue my education and baseball career while growing in my faith. The coaches and players made me feel like part of a family from day one, and I immediately fell in love with the area.

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Liam Kent

Name: Liam Kent

High School: Bishop Montgomery High School, Torrance, Calif.

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Pitcher

Height / Weight: 6-0, 175

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
Great family atmosphere

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Zachary Rhoads

Name: Zachary Rhoads

High School: McMinnville High School, McMinnville, Ore.

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Centerfielder

Height / Weight: 5-7, 175

High School Highlights:
Named first-team all-state outfielder (Class 6A), first-team Pacific Conference all-league outfielder and All-Valley Player of the Year in 2014; has started on varsity since his freshman year; hit .429 and recorded .509 on-base percentage and .551 slugging percentage as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the fact that it is a small Christian college with great engineering and baseball programs.

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Tyler Ridings

Name: Tyler Ridings

High School: Seattle Christian High School, Kent, Wash.

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Infielder and pitcher

Height / Weight: 6-1, 175

High School Highlights:
Earned Scholar-Athlete honors 2012 through 2015; on pace for .350 batting average, and half his hits are for extra bases this season; has posted ERA of 1.25 in 11 innings pitched with 17 strikeouts; opponents are batting just .160 against him this spring; batted .308 as a junior and .340 as a sophomore

Why I chose George Fox:
I saw a great learning environment for me to grow in. I also love the campus atmosphere and culture. The George Fox baseball program would allow me to develop into the best baseball player I can be. Entering college as a business major, I believe that George Fox is the perfect fit for me.

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Gavin Speegle

Name: Gavin Speegle

High School: Eagle High School, Eagle, Idaho

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Catcher and first baseman

Height / Weight: 6-2, 205

High School Highlights:
Earned a letter in sport all four years of high school; named an all-league honorable mention catcher in 2014 and an all-conference academic award in both 2013 and 2014 (Class 5A); batted .326 his junior year and .351 in summer ball

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the academics that they offer and have the degree I choose to pursue. Also the baseball team is dominant and a team I want to be a part of.

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Zachary Stouder

Name: Zachary Stouder

High School: Clackamas High School, Clackamas, Ore.

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Pitcher and first baseman

Height / Weight: 6-2, 210

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose Fox because of the great family atmosphere. It gives me the best opportunity to grow spiritually and into the man of God I want to become while getting a quality education and chasing my dream of playing professional baseball.

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Josey Swain

Name: Josey Swain

High School: Molalla High School, Molalla, Ore.

Sport(s): Football and baseball

Position(s): Quarterback and defensive back (football); pitcher and utility player (baseball)

Height / Weight: 5-8, 185

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honors as a quarterback in 2014-15 and honorable mention as a QB in 2013-14; served as team captain in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and was recipient of team’s “Jim Bennett Award” in 2014-15; recorded 22 touchdowns (15 passing, seven rushing) as a senior quarterback while also picking off two passes on defense; had 13 passing TDs and seven rushing touchdowns as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the engineering program it has to offer and the opportunity to play sports at the college level. Also because of the great atmosphere I witnessed on my visit.

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Jantzen Tamanaha

Name: Jantzen Tamanaha

High School: Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Second baseman

Height / Weight: 5-7, 150

High School Highlights:
Serving as team captain his senior year and is hitting .468 (17 for 35) with 12 runs scored and 7 RBIs;

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose the school because of the excellent engineering program and the opportunity to play college baseball.

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Colby Watilo

Name: Colby Watilo

High School: Walla Walla High School, Walla Walla, Wash.

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Catcher and outfield

Height / Weight: 5-11, 180

High School Highlights:
A three-year varsity starter, he is currently batting .444 with four doubles, a homer and an on-base percentage of .600

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose Fox for the academic variability, and the atmosphere of the school was what I was looking for. It’s also giving me the opportunity to be a part of a high-quality baseball program.

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Jake Whipple

Name: Jake Whipple

High School: Simi Valley High School, Simi Valley, Calif.

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): First base and catcher

Height / Weight: 6-0/185

High School Highlights:
Named school’s Baseball Top Scholar Athlete for 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons and served as varsity captain his junior and senior years; selected as team’s MVP in 2011-12 and 2012-13; hit .357 as a junior, .389 as a sophomore and .410 as a freshman

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it is a Christian-based school that has a top computer engineering program and a strong baseball program.

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Michael Ziccarelli

Name: Michael Ziccarelli

High School: Thomas Jefferson High School, Auburn, Wash.

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Outfield

Height / Weight: 5-6, 160

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honors (Class 4A South Puget Sound League); currently serving as team captain his senior year, in which he’s hitting .283 and posting a fielding percentage of 1.000; batted .391 as a junior and .325 as a sophomore

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox is the perfect fit for me athletically, academically and spiritually. I am planning on majoring in engineering, and I believe that with the small class sizes and Christian professors, I will be successful in equipping myself to glorify God.

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Men's Basketball

Jacoby Wolfe

Name: Jacoby Wolfe

High School: Newberg High School, Newberg, Ore.

Sport(s): Basketball, and track and field

Position(s): Power forward (basketball) and high jump (track)

Height / Weight: 6-7, 215

High School Highlights:
Earned honorable mention all-league honors (Class 6A Three Rivers League) in basketball in 2013-14 and second-team all-league recognition in 2014-15; named honorable mention all-league in track in 2013 and honorable mention all-state in 2014; a first-team all-leaguer in track and district champ in 2014, when he also took 12th in state in high jump; served as basketball captain in 2013 and 2014 and track captain in 2014 and 2015; PR in high jump is 6-6

Why I chose George Fox:
I will be playing basketball and running track, but I also wanted to be at a place that would help me grow as a person, mentally and spiritually. My sister has just graduated from here and told me all great things, and I could just picture myself being a Bruin.

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Ryan Thistlewood

Name: Ryan Thistlewood

High School: Golden High School, Golden, Colo.

Sport(s): Basketball

Position(s): Point guard and shooting guard

Height / Weight: 6-2, 160

High School Highlights:
Named first-team Colorado all-state (4A level), Jefferson County Conference Player of the Year and first-team Jefferson County all-conference in 2014-15; selected first-team Jefferson County all-conference and was the Colorado 4A assists-per-game leader in 2013-14; helped team win Jefferson County conference championship as a senior and was named his team’s MVP both his junior and senior seasons; served as a team captain his senior season, when he averaged 13.4 points, 5.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 3.5 steals a game while hitting 50 percent of his shots from the field and 81 percent of his free throws

Why I chose George Fox:
I am going to get a great education (I will be studying mechanical engineering) and want to play basketball at a high level for a terrific coach and great program. I absolutely love the campus and the surrounding area.

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Women's Basketball

Emily Ana Arellanes

Name: Emily Ana Arellanes

High School: Rosary High School, Fullerton, Calif.

Sport(s): Basketball

Position(s): Guard and forward

Height / Weight: 5-9

High School Highlights:
Earned honorable mention honors in the Trinity League as a senior and was an All-Orange County Third-Team player and All-CIF D4AA First Teamer

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox embodied the major attributes that I was looking for in a college. It had my major, was located in the Pacific Northwest, and had a competitive basketball program. I’m excited to be a Bruin!

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Haylee Hutzler

Name: Haylee Hutzler

High School: Clackamas High School, Clackamas, Ore.

Sport(s): Basketball

Position(s): Forward and guard

Height / Weight: 5-11

High School Highlights:
Earned Top-10 Academic All-State honors as a senior, when she helped her team reach the second round of the Class 6A playoffs; was team’s top rebounder as a senior; earned all-league honorable mention honors as a junior and second-team all-league recognition as a sophomore

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because they have successful athletic programs providing positivity and they play for something more than themselves. I also want to become a nurse, so it is very fitting for me to attend Fox.

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Matney Jamieson

Name: Matney Jamieson

High School: Condon High School, Condon, Ore.

Sport(s): Basketball, Track and Field

Position(s): Post

Height / Weight: 6-0

High School Highlights:
Averaged 16.3 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior; honors include State Tournament Player of the Game recognition (junior and senior years), and first-team state tournament recognition (as senior), state tournament second-team all-star selection (junior), Conference Player of the Year (as senior), conference first-team recognition (sophomore, junior and senior years) and conference second-team all-star (freshman)

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it is a great school both academically and athletically. They offer a wonderful engineering and pre-med program, both of which I am interested in. I also really like its location near Portland; it's just far enough from my family but not too far! I loved the sense of community when I visited campus and I feel like I will really fit in.

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Bailey McDevitt

Name: Bailey McDevitt

High School: Valley Catholic High School, Beaverton, Ore.

Sport(s): Basketball

Position(s): Forward

Height / Weight: 6-1

High School Highlights:
Served as senior captain and helped team place fifth in the Class 4A state tournament in 2015; member of Class 3A state runner-up in 2014 and the state 3A champion in 2013; team won league titles in 2012, 2013 and 2014 (Lewis and Clark League) and took second in 2015 (Cowapa League); named honorable mention all-league as a junior and second-team all-league in 2013; named second-team all-state tournament and was leading scorer and shot blocker as a sophomore

Why I chose George Fox:
I fell in love with the loving community and the beautiful campus and right away I could tell this was the place for me. I wanted a place where I could further my relationship with God and be able to excel in academics and athletics. I can easily say George Fox is my new home.

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Kayla Nielsen

Name: Kayla Nielsen

High School: Eagle Point High School, Eagle Point, Ore.

Sport(s): Basketball

Position(s): Guard

Height / Weight: 5-8

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-conference honors as a junior in 2013-14 (Class 5A Special District 4); named team’s Miss Lady Eagle (MVP) in 2013-14 and served as captain in 2013-14 and 2014-15; earned All-Tournament Sportsmanship Award at Yreka Invitational in 2014-15; as senior, she helped lead her team to two first-place finishes and a third-place finish in the four tournaments the squad played; also helped lead her team to three play-in games and two playoff games, which is farther than any other girls team had gone at Eagle Point High School since 1978

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the atmosphere all around campus. I feel like everything fell into place and that George Fox is where I am supposed to be. I want to "be known" in college, and I know that I will be here.

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Paige Randolph

Name: Paige Randolph

High School: Woodland Christian High School, Woodland, Calif.

Sport(s): Basketball

Position(s): Guard

Height / Weight: 5-5

High School Highlights:
Earned all-league honorable mention honors as a freshman and first-team all-league recognition as a sophomore, junior and senior (Central Valley California League); named her team’s Offensive Player of the Year all four years of her high school career; averaged 14.5 points per game and dished out more than 100 assists for the season as a senior; broke school’s all-time record for most points in a career with 1,316 (434 of them during her senior season).

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I love the atmosphere it brings and the sense of community it has. Coach Mike [Meek] made me feel like it was home the minute I met him and walked on campus. I know that George Fox is going to be a perfect fit for me on the court and in the classroom

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Cross Country

Tyra Beckman

Name: Tyra Beckman

High School: Renton High School, Seattle, Wash.

Sport(s): Cross Country and track

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-1

High School Highlights:
Earned 14th place in state cross country meet (Class 2A) to earn spot on podium; league champ who also placed at sub-districts and third at districts; named team’s cross country MVP award

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I wanted to go out of state for college, and I felt it was the place for me as soon as I walked on campus.

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Emma Bidwell

Name: Emma Bidwell

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

Sport(s): Cross country

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-4

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-conference honors (Central Valley Conference, later Greater Valley Conference) her sophomore and senior years; qualified for the state (Class 6A) cross country meet her freshman, sophomore and junior years; posted a 5,000-meter time of 21:18.2 as a senior, 21:29.6 as a junior and 21:03 as a sophomore

Why I chose George Fox:
I was looking for a smaller university environment with a strong engineering program that would allow me to participate in athletics and music.

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Spencer Elmore

Name: Spencer Elmore

High School: Quincy High School, Quincy, Wash.

Sport(s): Cross country and track

Position(s): 1,600 meters, 800 meters, 1,600-meter relay (track)

Height / Weight: 5-7, 147

High School Highlights:
Named Caribou Trail League’s cross country MVP for 2013, when he earned a state placing; first-team all-league runner in cross country in 2012; named team’s Rookie of the Year in 2012 and Most Valuable Runner in 2013; served as a team captain in 2014; as a senior, ran the 5K in 16 minutes, 25 seconds.

Why I chose George Fox:
I want to run in a strong team and get a good quality of education while in a spiritual environment.

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Josh Meyer

Name: Josh Meyer

High School: Wilsonville High School, Wilsonville, Ore.

Sport(s): Cross country and Track and field

Position(s): Distance runs (track)

Height / Weight: 5-11, 145

High School Highlights:
Named a Northwest Oregon Conference Scholar-Athlete for cross country from 2011 through 2014 and in track from 2012 through 2014; an all-league recipient in cross country in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and in track in 2014; participated in Class 5A State Cross Country Championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014; earned team leadership award for cross country in 2014; posted 5K time of 16 minutes, 33 seconds as senior and 400 time of 56.71 seconds.

Why I chose George Fox:
I really like the Christian atmosphere and the awesome academics at George Fox.

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Ethan Patterson

Name: Ethan Patterson

High School: Canby High School, Canby, Ore.

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): 400, 800 and 1,500 meters

Height / Weight: 6-4, 155

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-district honors (Class 6A Three Rivers League) in cross country in both 2013 and 2014; track and field district competitor in the 800 and 1,500; served as team’s cross country and distance track team captain in 2014 and 2015; posted 4x400 relay split of 53.1 seconds, 800 time of 2:03.3 and 1,500 time of 4:14.6 as a senior; posted 5,000-meter cross country time of 16:50 as senior

Why I chose George Fox:
The Christian atmosphere, the family connections and the food was good. They also followed me on Twitter.

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Tyler Ridings

Name: Tyler Ridings

High School: Seattle Christian High School, Kent, Wash.

Sport(s): Baseball

Position(s): Infielder and pitcher

Height / Weight: 6-1, 175

High School Highlights:
Earned Scholar-Athlete honors 2012 through 2015; on pace for .350 batting average, and half his hits are for extra bases this season; has posted ERA of 1.25 in 11 innings pitched with 17 strikeouts; opponents are batting just .160 against him this spring; batted .308 as a junior and .340 as a sophomore

Why I chose George Fox:
I saw a great learning environment for me to grow in. I also love the campus atmosphere and culture. The George Fox baseball program would allow me to develop into the best baseball player I can be. Entering college as a business major, I believe that George Fox is the perfect fit for me.

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Chloe Tomlinson

Name: Chloe Tomlinson

High School: Wilsonville High School, Wilsonville, Ore.

Sport(s): Cross Country

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-5

High School Highlights:
Earned team’s Participation Award all four years of high school; varsity letter winner her sophomore through senior seasons; recognized as a scholar-athlete recipient as a senior; posted 5,000-meter times of 22:12 as a senior, 21:34 as a junior and 21:24 as a sophomore

Why I chose George Fox:
I think that having a Christ-centered education is very important if I’m going to take the skills that I learn at George Fox to the work force. I love the atmosphere of the campus, and the professors have proved to be very kind and motivating. I also really like the Newberg community and think that this will be a great place for me to grow personally and as a runner.

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Winter Tumbaga

Name: Winter Tumbaga

High School: Franklin High School, Seattle, Wash.

Sport(s): Cross country and track and field

Position(s): 800, 1,600, 3,200 and 5,000 meters

Height / Weight: 5-3, 121

High School Highlights:
Voted Most Inspirational as a senior and served as team captain junior and senior years; posted times of 2:12 (800), 4:58 (1600), 10:34 (3,200) and 17:28 (5,000) as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the small-school atmosphere, the fact the school provides a great exercise science and physical therapy program, and to have the opportunity to continue doing cross country and track.

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McKenzie Young

Name: McKenzie Young

High School: Lynden Christian High School, Everson, Wash.

Sport(s): Cross country

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-5

High School Highlights:
As a sophomore, she placed 29th place at Tri-Districts and earned individual state qualification; as junior she was 21st at Tri-Districts and earned spot at state; took 20th as senior at Bi-Districts to earn individual state qualification; ran a three-mile PR of 20:01.96 as senior and a 2.6-mile PR of 17:26.4

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox seems like a great fit for me. It has a good art program and is located in a beautiful area. The atmosphere of the school is really welcoming, and it seems like a really great place to learn. I came for the Bruin Preview junior year and it just felt like the right place for me.

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Football

Tanner B. Aliff

Name: Tanner B. Aliff

High School: Bellingham High School, Bellingham, Wash.

Sport(s): Football and track and field

Position(s): Running back and strong safety

Height / Weight: 5-11, 175

High School Highlights:
Earned State Athlete of the week honors (Sept. 21-27) and made the All-County team, All-League squad and was Northwest Conference (Class 2A) honorable mention; leading rusher of the conference (1,763 yards) as a senior; scored 18 touchdowns as a senior; leading state rusher for normal season in Washington; tied the conference’s single-season scoring record; posted sixth-best single-game performance in Washington; a two-time Northwest Elite Index Player of the Week; team honors included Offensive MVP Award and Team Captain Award; broke team’s single-game scoring record, single-game rushing record, single-season rushing record, single-season scoring record, and career scoring record; a four year letterman

Why I chose George Fox:
I am living life running toward my goals. I want to take another step toward success and, as the wise say, get money regardless.

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Samuel Barnes

Name: Samuel Barnes

High School: Washougal High School, Washougal, Wash.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Inside linebacker and guard

Height / Weight: 5-10, 180

High School Highlights:
Named a second-team all-league lineman in 2014 and earned National Football Foundation Clark County Chapter Scholar-Athlete Award in same season; a varsity letter-winner in 2012, 2013 and 2014; earned team’s “Effort Award” in 2013 and “Hardest Hitter Award” in 2014

Why I chose George Fox:
I was attracted to George fox because of a strong educational opportunity in engineering, a Christ-centered community and the chance to play football for a great school.

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Bryon Bodon

Name: Bryon Bodon

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive and defensive tackle

Height / Weight: 6-5, 280

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-state honors (Class 5A) as both an offensive and defensive tackle his senior year, when he didn’t allow a sack as an OT and recorded 85 tackles and 14 sacks as a nose tackle on defense; named a second-team all-league player (Mid-Willamette League) as an offensive guard his sophomore season; helped team place fourth in state as a senior and third in state as a sophomore

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I was at Portland State on a full ride and blew out my knee. They were very interested in me, and coach [John] Bates, and Coach [Chris] Casey came to me about playing. Their care about the well being of my body, and more than that, my academic achievements, factored in my decision.

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Blake Brunetti

Name: Blake Brunetti

High School: Lake City High School, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Linebacker

Height / Weight: 5-11, 215

High School Highlights:
Named All-Inland Empire League as a first-team linebacker; also a 2015 All-North Idaho first-team selection at linebacker; earned team captain and Linebacker of the Year honors for his team as a senior, when he collected 73 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

Why I chose George Fox:
I feel like I would get the best opportunity at George Fox to not only play football, but to better my future. I love the community, coaching staff, football atmosphere, not to mention those awesome uniforms!

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Matt Burley

Name: Matt Burley

High School: Kentlake High School, Kent, Wash.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Cornerback and wide receiver

Height / Weight: 6-3, 155

High School Highlights:
Named a first-team all-league cornerback (Class 4A South Puget Sound League) and second-team all-league wide receiver in 2014; nominated to play in all-state game as senior; first-team all-league special teams returner in 2013; was chosen as his team’s offensive and defensive player of the year, MVP and captain as senior; named squad’s most improved player in 2013; recorded seven receiving touchdowns and seven interceptions as senior, when he caught 19 passes for 560 receiving yards

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the atmosphere of George Fox and am excited about the education I will receive while studying computer science here.

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Zack Caddock

Name: Zack Caddock

High School: Roseburg High School, Roseburg, Ore.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive lineman

Height / Weight: 6-3, 250

High School Highlights:
Football, varsity starter for three years; all-conference honorable mention offensive line as left tackle (Class 6A Southwest Conference) for two years and one year all-conference honorable mention defensive end; as senior, served as team captain and was given the team’s “Blocker-of-the-Year Award”; three-year varsity letter winner in wrestling and four-year varsity starter in lacrosse, in which he was an all-conference defender

Why I chose George Fox:
After my visits to George Fox, I knew this was the right place for my college years. During the visits, I experienced many helpful people all with a consistent confidence in their appreciation for the school, and two of the engineering department leaders took the time to show me the excellence of the engineering program. In my time with the football coaches, they expressed the important personal development that results from the education at George Fox and the football program that strives for a championship-level attitude.

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Brandon Casteel

Name: Brandon Casteel

High School: Washougal High School, Washougal, Wash.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Running back

Height / Weight: 5-8, 155

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league running back honors (Class 2A Greater St. Helens League); named team’s MVP as a senior, when he broke the school record for most yards in one game (397)

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because every time I visited I felt very comfortable and extremely welcome.

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Jacob Castillo

Name: Jacob Castillo

High School: Mount Miguel High School, Spring Valley, Calif.

Sport(s): Football and baseball

Position(s): Quarterback (football) and shortstop (baseball)

Height / Weight: 5-11, 165

High School Highlights:
Earned Grossmont-Hills League honorable mention honors (Division 1) as senior and a spot on the Union Tribune All-Academic Team; holds school records for most passing touchdowns in a single season, most passing yards and most passing touchdowns in a single game, second-most passing touchdowns in a year, and second-most passing yards in a single season; in baseball, was invited to try out for Under Armour National Team, earned East County Sports Athlete of the Week honors and was on Union Tribune’s All-Academic Team

Why I chose George Fox:
I loved the atmosphere, the people and the coaches. I enjoyed everything about it. It felt like home.

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Nani Chisebuka

Name: Nani Chisebuka

High School: Newport High School, Bellevue, Wash.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Cornerback, safety and running back

Height / Weight: 6-0, 170

High School Highlights:
Member of Class 4A team that placed third in state his senior season

Why I chose George Fox:
It’s an admirable environment for me to mature into a successful man.

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Nkumbu Chisebuka

Name: Nkumbu Chisebuka

High School: International High School, Bellevue, Wash.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Cornerback and running back

Height / Weight: 5-8/180

High School Highlights:
Earned honorable mention honors (Class 4A Kingco Conference) in 2013; was state lifting champion in 2014; team reached semifinals in 2014-15; missed senior season with injury

Why I chose George Fox:
It's a great school with a positive atmosphere. You can take a lot from this place, and I look forward to building a relationship with coaches and players.

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Nathan Corliss

Name: Nathan Corliss

High School: Palmdale High School, Palmdale, Calif.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive and defensive line

Height / Weight: 6-1/250

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-league (Division 3 Golden League) as a sophomore and was named Golden League Lineman of the Year as a junior; earned first-team all-CIF honors as a senior while also earning his second consecutive Golden League Lineman of the Year honor; earned invite to play in the B2G West Coast All-Star Game; served as team captain his junior and senior seasons and was squad’s Offensive Line MVP those two years

Why I chose George Fox:
I am excited to be a part of their football program. Also, I will be able to pursue a degree in engineering.

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Taylor Gipson

Name: Taylor Gipson

High School: Archbishop Murphy High School, Everett, Wash.

Sport(s): Football, track and field

Position(s): Running back and safety (football)

Height / Weight: 5-11/185

High School Highlights:
Named a first-team all-conference running back as senior, when he was the second-leading rusher in the league (Class 2A Cascade Conference); was member of No. 1 rushing football team in the state of Washington for all classifications; member of 2A academic state champions for wrestling (highest GPA: 3.55); earned third-place in district wresting tournament as senior; posted time of 11.23 seconds in 100-meter run in track

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the small community that it offers and the programs such as philosophy to further my education after college is over. Also, George Fox gave me the opportunity to continue to play football and run track, and it has small classes that can help benefit me in the long run.

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Haydon Gillies

Name: Haydon Gillies

High School: Sam Barlow High School, Boring, Ore.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Defensive end

Height / Weight: 6-2, 240

High School Highlights:
Earned all-conference honorable mention honors (Class 6A Mt. Hood Conference) as a junior and senior; served as team captain as a senior; earned varsity letter sophomore through senior seasons

Why I chose George Fox:
I want to be a part of something big and help start a championship team.

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Reagan Gordon

Name: Reagan Gordon

High School: Archbishop Murphy High School, Everett, Wash.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Running back and defensive back

Height / Weight: 5-7/160

High School Highlights:
Named a second-team all-conference defensive back as senior (Class 2A Cascade Conference); served as team captain as senior, when he earned the team’s Terry and Fran Ennis Award; selected team’s Most Inspirational Player as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the opportunity to receive a great education at a private Christian university that will help develop me into Christ-like leader while pursuing my passions.

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Alfonso Gregg

Name: Alfonso Gregg

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Outside linebacker and strong safety

Height / Weight: 5-7, 175

High School Highlights:
Earned MVP honors in 2011 and was named “Best Linebacker” for 2014 season; served as team captain for three years and was a first-team all-league player on defense (Division 2 Grossmont Valley League); named an San Diego Football Night Lights magazine all-star as senior, when he recorded 74 tackles, 32 assists and three sacks

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I felt that God was leading me to this amazing community. I love that it's a Christian school. I also want to do everything I can to help contribute to a new football program. My parents and I felt like it would be a perfect fit for me to spend the next four years of my life.

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Richie Hauser

Name: Richie Hauser

High School: Post Falls High School, Post Falls, Idaho

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Linebacker

Height / Weight: 6-2, 205

High School Highlights:
Named his team’s Most Inspirational Player as a senior, when he collected 29 tackles, blocked two field goals, forced two fumbles and made two fumble recoveries; was named the Dishman Dodge Student-Athlete of the Week Aug. 30, 2014

Why I chose George Fox:
It combines a great education with incredible students, coaches and faculty.

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Quentin Hernandez

Name: Quentin Hernandez

High School: John H. Pitman High School, Turlock, Calif.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Running back and strong safety

Height / Weight: 5-6, 170

High School Highlights:
Earned Central California Conference All-Academic Team honors in 2013 and 2014; named honorable mention in All-Central California Conference; named recipient of team’s “Red Shamrock Award” and its MVP as a senior, when he carried the ball 88 times for 649 yards and scored seven touchdowns; on defense, he made 18 tackles, deflected four passes, had an interception and forced one fumble

Why I chose George Fox:
I feel that Coach Casey and other coaches have a great bond with each other, which leads to them having great ones with their players and makes the George Fox football program on the road to being successful.

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Dakota Hipes

Name: Dakota Hipes

High School: Mt. Spokane High School, Spokane, Wash.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Running back

Height / Weight: 5-9, 160

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-conference honors as a running back (Class 3A Greater Spokane League) his senior season, when he was also named team’s MVP on offense

Why I chose George Fox:
Because of the beautiful campus, great professors and the hope that I can help be a part of something big with this second-year football program

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Jake Holbrook

Name: Jake Holbrook

High School: Canby High School, Canby, Ore.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Middle linebacker

Height / Weight: 6-1, 198

High School Highlights:
Recorded 100 tackles as a senior to lead the Class 6A Three Rivers League and finish as the state’s fifth-leading tackler

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the family-oriented atmosphere and the rigorous scholastic background.

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Christian Hooper

Name: Christian Hooper

High School: Brookings Harbor High School, Brookings, Ore.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Linebacker and fullback

Height / Weight: 6-1, 190

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-league honors as a running back (Class 4A Far-West League) in 2013-14 and was an honorable mention running back in 2014-15; named first-team all-league linebacker as a senior and was selected for Oregon Shriners Game; named his team’s Offensive MVP and Defensive MVP his senior season, when he recorded 95 total tackles, 74 solo tackles, 21 assists, three forced fumbles, four sacks and four interceptions on defense

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I like the idea of going to a college not to goof around and party, but instead to buckle down and get my college work done in a productive environment. Other colleges I looked at but decided against were cheaper but would not have given me a good work environment to do my work in and gain an advantage.

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Rudy Hughes

Name: Rudy Hughes

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Safety

Height / Weight: 6-3, 180

High School Highlights:
Named a first-team all-league player as senior (Class 6A Three Rivers League)

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the environment around campus and I really liked the football program.

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Braun Inslee

Name: Braun Inslee

High School: Lake Washington High School, Kirkland, Wash.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Wide receiver

Height / Weight: 6-0, 175

High School Highlights:
Earned Kingco Conference honorable mention honors as a senior; recipient of team’s G.R.I.T. Award his senior season

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the program, the coaches, the facilities, everything!

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Denzel Jones

Name: Denzel Jones

High School: Franklin Pierce High School, Tacoma, Wash.

Sport(s): Football and track and field

Position(s): Outside linebacker (football); javelin (track and field)

Height / Weight: 5-10, 170

High School Highlights:
A three-year varsity starter who was named his football team’s most inspirational player as a sophomore and served as a defensive captain his senior year; started all 10 games as a senior, leading team in pass deflections and helping squad finish second in league (Class 2A South Puget Sound League) in pass defense and total defense; competed at district in the javelin

Why I chose George Fox:
I feel at home at George Fox. The small-school feel combined with a good education and great camaraderie on the football field were just too much to pass up. I love how the coaches truly care about you not only as a football player, but also as a student and a young man. I also love the challenge of taking a young program and building it into a championship-caliber team.

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Jonathan Joyner

Name: Jonathan Joyner

High School: Dayton High School, Dayton, Nev.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Linebacker

Height / Weight: 6-1, 210

High School Highlights:
Earned All-State Academic Team honors (Division 1-A level) as a sophomore, junior and senior; named to league’s (Sagebrush League) honorable mention team as an offensive lineman his junior and senior seasons; selected second-team all-conference as linebacker his senior year; served as team captain and was named team’s Defensive MVP his senior year; chosen as “Teammate of the Year” as a junior; recorded 92 total tackles, two fumble recoveries and two caused fumbles as senior

Why I chose George Fox:
The community feels like home. My relationship with Christ will grow as I receive a superior education and play the sport I love.

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Caleb Kagawa

Name: Caleb Kagawa

High School: Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Kona, Hawaii

Sport(s): Football, track and field

Position(s): Linebacker/running back (football)

Height / Weight: 5-9, 165

High School Highlights:
Earned all-Big Island Interscholastic Federation honors as a junior and was named to BIIF’s honorable mention list as a linebacker his senior year; served as his squad’s defensive team captain as senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I have the opportunity to excel as a student and an athlete. The size of the school and location made the decision easier for me as well, but the courses they offered appealed to me the most. I am confident that George Fox will set me up for a bright and successful future.

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Roman Kleiber

Name: Roman Kleiber

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

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Defensive line

Height / Weight: 6-0, 210

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-state (Class 6A) honors for his play on the offensive line in 2014, when he also made the Greater Valley Conference’s first team and was named his team’s “Titan Offensive Lineman of the Year”; also earned honorable mention recognition in the GVC for his play on the defensive line in 2014

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it felt like home to me. I wanted a Christ-centered education and the opportunity to play college football as well.

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Brock Marion

Name: Brock Marion

High School: Wilson High School, Portland, Ore.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Wide receiver

Height / Weight: 5-7, 160

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-league honors (Class 6A Portland Interscholastic League) as both a junior and senior; named team’s Special Teams Player of the Year his junior and senior years

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I liked the experience I had with the coaches during the football camp last year. George Fox also has a major that I am interested in. Plus there is an amazing atmosphere throughout the entire campus. It seemed like a great fit for me and seemed like a place where I could succeed in both areas that I am pursuing.

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Kainoa Marple

Name: Kainoa Marple

High School: Punahou High School, Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Wide receiver

Height / Weight: 5-6, 165

High School Highlights:
Helped team win four straight Interscholastic League of Honolulu (Class 4A) championships between 2011 and 2014 and a Hawaii High School Athletic Association state championship in 2013

Why I chose George Fox:
I get the opportunity to play football and receive a fantastic education along with it.

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James Nguyen

Name: James Nguyen

High School: Alta Loma High School, Upland, Calif.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Wide receiver

Height / Weight: 5-8, 185

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honors (Class 2A Mt. Baldy Conference) and selected Most Valuable Offensive Skilled Player of the Year; led team in touchdowns (8), receiving yards (585) and catches (33) as senior

Why I chose George Fox:
Great family atmosphere

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Riley Olson

Name: Riley Olson

High School: Central High School, Independence, Ore.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive and defensive line

Height / Weight: 5-10, 200

High School Highlights:
Named an all-conference honorable mention center in the Class 5A Mid-Willamette League in 2015.

Why I chose George Fox:
The football staff was amazing and I really felt at home.

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Nick Peterson

Name: Nick Peterson

High School: Juanita High School, Redmond, Wash.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Linebacker

Height / Weight: 6-0, 205

High School Highlights:
Earned all-conference honors as a linebacker (Class 3A Kingco Conference); helped team win Juanita Rebel "Team" Award and Pacific Northwest Football Officials Sportsmanship Award in 2014; recorded 7.4 tackles per game and two sacks as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I felt like I connected with the coaches, and it was the best place for me to grow not only as a football player but as a person. I also loved the bright future and the chance to build a legacy here at George Fox.

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Jake Ramey

Name: Jake Ramey

High School: Lake City High School, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Defensive tackle

Height / Weight: 5-10, 245

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-conference honors as a defensive lineman in 2013; and first-team all-conference recognition as an offensive lineman in 2014, when he was also chosen first-team all-region; named Defensive Lineman of the Year and earned team’s “Committed Award” in 2013 and the squad’s “Captains Award” and “Committed Award” in 2014

Why I chose George Fox:
I loved the atmosphere of the school. The coaches and players seemed like great people who would make me better not only as an athlete but as a person. I am really excited about the new football program and can't wait to be a part of it.

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Bronson Ramos

Name: Bronson Ramos

High School: Mililani High School, Mililani, Hawaii

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Wide receiver, slot back and kick/punt returner

Height / Weight: 5-11, 170

High School Highlights:
Was a second-team all-star selection (Oahu Interscholastic Association Blue Division) and gained state honorable mention recognition as a senior; placed sixth in Hawaii with 38 receptions for 658 yards and four touchdowns; was a Tanoa Bowl all-star player

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I love the environment, they have my choice of major, and I would enjoy joining the Bruin family.

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Kamekona Reiny-Aloy

Name: Kamekona Reiny-Aloy

High School: James Campbell High School, Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Slot back and wide receiver

Height / Weight: 5-9, 165

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-state recognition (Oahu Interscholastic Association Blue Division) and honorable mention honors; named “Larry Price’s Priceless Player”; team honors included “Most Outstanding Slot Back of the Year” and team captain designation; as a senior he rushed for 109 yards, caught 28 passes for 343 yards and made 30 extra points

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the engineering program and the people that attend this university are, in general, very intelligent. The football players, coaches, facility, lifestyle and program are outstanding to me. I enjoy the family-like bond the football team has with one another. The school and the football program are on a rise to bigger and better things.

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Costa Rodriguez

Name: Costa Rodriguez

High School: Hermiston High School, Hermiston, Ore.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Cornerback and running back

Height / Weight: 5-7, 175

High School Highlights:
Named a three-time all-conference defensive back (Class 5A Columbia River League); also named an all-conference running back; recorded 915 yards rushing on 104 carries with 10 touchdowns as senior; also recorded five interceptions his senior season

Why I chose George Fox:
Overall it was a good fit for me. Very prideful and hard working school. Always seeking excellence in every factor.

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Joe Rodriguez

Name: Joe Rodriguez

High School: Oak Hills High School, Oak Hills, Calif.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Left guard

Height / Weight: 5-8, 240

High School Highlights:
Earned First-Team All-Mojave River League, First-Team Daily Press All-Area, First-Team San Bernardino Sun All-County and First-Team All-CIF Southern Section Eastern Division honors as a senior; was second-team All-Mojave River League as junior; helped team win league title as senior and reach Eastern Division semifinals

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it felt like home when I took my campus visit. The environment of the campus is very welcoming, as are the students and professors. I love what the football program is striving for on and off the field. I am excited to help build a winning tradition in a new program.

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Jordan Sanberg

Name: Jordan Sanberg

High School: Newport High School, Bellevue, Wash.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Versatile

Height / Weight: 5-9, 185

High School Highlights:
Helped team place third in state in 2014

Why I chose George Fox:
They have given me a chance to play football and get a great education while furthering my relationship with God.

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Luke Seher

Name: Luke Seher

High School: Lancaster Baptist, Lancaster, Calif.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Safety

Height / Weight: 5-11, 180

High School Highlights:
Named a second-team all-league player as a junior and first-team all-division and CIF Southern Section 8-man Division II Defensive MVP as a senior; served as a team captain his junior and senior seasons and was team’s Defensive MVP as a junior; record 100-plus tackles, eight interceptions and four pick-6’s as a senior while racking up 600-plus all-purpose yards as a running back, wide receiver, tight end and kick returner

Why I chose George Fox:
I choose George Fox University because it was the only school that wanted to use my ability to the play the sport I love. Also, I fell in love with the community of the school and the surrounding area through just one visit. I am excited for my development academically, spiritually and athletically.

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Pono Shannon

Name: Pono Shannon

High School: Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama, Honolulu, Hawaii

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive and defensive lineman

Height / Weight: 5-8, 230

High School Highlights:
Helped team place in Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division I playoffs as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because when I went on a college visit I got a sense of home and the "aloha" spirit. I also will receive a quality education and get to play the sport that I love.

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Evan Smith

Name: Evan Smith

High School: Newberg High School, Newberg, Ore.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Defensive line

Height / Weight: 5-8, 240

High School Highlights:
In 2015, served as team captain in football and wrestling; was a district champion wrestler at 220 as senior, qualifying for state; in 2014-15 earned second-team all-league recognition in football (Class 6A Three Rivers League) as an offensive guard; also a second-team all-league selection for his play on the defensive line his senior year; three-year varsity letter winner for football and was honored by school as a 12-Sport Honor Roll Student for his play from 2011 to 2015

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox, because the campus/students had a very welcoming atmosphere. I also felt that the biology department offered the things I am interested in studying. I feel I will be able to contribute to the growing football program in a positive way.

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Brennan Stewart

Name: Brennan Stewart

High School: Berean Christian High School, Walnut Creek, Calif.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Defensive end

Height / Weight: 6-2, 259

High School Highlights:
Earned honorable mention honors (Tri County Athletic League’s Rock Division) as an offensive tackle in 2013 and as a defensive tackle in 2012; earned his team’s “Cornerstone Award” as a senior and was named Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year

Why I chose George Fox:
God has called me here. I am blessed to be a part of this community after a year of not knowing where I belonged. I am excited for what’s in store for me.

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Josey Swain

Name: Josey Swain

High School: Molalla High School, Molalla, Ore.

Sport(s): Football and baseball

Position(s): Quarterback and defensive back (football); pitcher and utility player (baseball)

Height / Weight: 5-8, 185

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honors as a quarterback in 2014-15 and honorable mention as a QB in 2013-14; served as team captain in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and was recipient of team’s “Jim Bennett Award” in 2014-15; recorded 22 touchdowns (15 passing, seven rushing) as a senior quarterback while also picking off two passes on defense; had 13 passing TDs and seven rushing touchdowns as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the engineering program it has to offer and the opportunity to play sports at the college level. Also because of the great atmosphere I witnessed on my visit.

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Johnathan Tardif

Name: Johnathan Tardif

High School: Scappoose High School, Scappoose, Ore.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Linebacker

Height / Weight: 6-3, 190

High School Highlights:
Named an all-league (Class 4A Cowapa League) and second-team all-state player as a senior, when he was named his team’s “Defensive MVP of the Year” and “Linebacker of the Year”; recorded 95 tackles and eight sacks as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
The coaches and players were very personable. I wanted to be a part of a bigger cause, helping build up a new football program. Not to mention it is a highly academic school.

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Dalton Tuveson

Name: Dalton Tuveson

High School: Kamiakin High School, Kennewick, Wash.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Linebacker

Height / Weight: 5-11, 178

High School Highlights:
Named a Mid Columbia Conference honorable mention selection in 2013 and 2014; served as a team captain his senior year and was his squad’s Special Teams Player of the Year as a sophomore; recorded 65 tackles, one interception, three sacks and three forced fumbles his senior season.

Why I chose George Fox:
They accepted me for me. The atmosphere here at George Fox is very welcoming and positive. Not only will I get to play the sport I love but I'll receive a first-class education.

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Hunter Welch

Name: Hunter Welch

High School: Roosevelt High School, Portland, Ore.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Offensive lineman

Height / Weight: 6-2, 325

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-league honors at guard (2012), second-team all-league recognition at tackle (2013) and second-team All-City honors at guard (2014); earned team’s “Legacy Award” as a senior, when he served as team captain

Why I chose George Fox:
I like to be a part of the building blocks of programs. I want to help George Fox's team establish a foundation and get better each year. I like to feel like I'm making a difference within the team’s program, and I hope I am able to do so at George Fox University. Additionally, it is just an amazing school, and I feel like I will fit in with the community.

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Josh Williams

Name: Josh Williams

High School: Ephrata High School, Ephrata, Wash.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Linebacker

Height / Weight: 5-10, 170

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I love the people, the school and the mission. And I get to play football. Win-win.

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Kaianoa Wong

Name: Kaianoa Wong

High School: Glacier Peak High School, Snohomish, Wash.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Cornerback

Height / Weight: 5-7, 160

High School Highlights:
As a senior, he earned first-team all-conference (Class 3A WESCO South), first-team all-area and first-team all-state honors for his play at defensive back; also a second-team all-conference running back as a senior; named first-team all-conference defensive back as a junior; selected his team’s Defensive Player of the Year in both his junior and senior seasons; holds school record for most career interceptions (6)

Why I chose George Fox:
It would be a great opportunity for me to compete at the next level. I love the sport of football too much to stop playing now.

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Bryant Wood

Name: Bryant Wood

High School: Lassen High School, Susanville, Calif.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Tight end and wide receiver

Height / Weight: 6-5, 180

High School Highlights:
Earned all-league honorable mention honors for football in California’s Northern Athletic League in 2014; recipient of Coaches Award in 2014; as a senior, he caught 11 passes for 178 yards, averaging 16.2 yards per catch, while recording one touchdown and two two-point conversions

Why I chose George Fox:
It offers everything I want and it feels like home to me.

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Peter Wood

Name: Peter Wood

High School: Sheldon High School, Eugene, Ore.

Sport(s): Football

Position(s): Wide receiver

Height / Weight: 6-4, 205

High School Highlights:
Scored four touchdowns and recorded one interception as a senior (Class 6A Southwest Conference); also played basketball for Sheldon, which placed second in state at 6A tournament in 2014

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox is a great university with a coaching staff that is developing a winning attitude both on the field and off. Also, I will be the third generation of my family to attend George Fox.

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Women's Golf

Sarah Kotel

Name: Sarah Kotel

High School: Sherwood High School, Sherwood, Ore.

Sport(s): Golf

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-6

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-league recognition (Class 6A Three Rivers League); served as team captain her sophomore through senior years; earned team’s “Bowman Award” as a sophomore and named team MVP as junior, when she finished sixth in league

Why I chose George Fox:
It allowed me to pursue golf and receive an extraordinary education that will set me up for success. They also focus on serving others around them, which is very important to me in a college.

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Women's Lacrosse

Brittney Baird

Name: Brittney Baird

High School: Evergreen High School, Evergreen, Wash.

Sport(s): Lacrosse

Position(s): Attack, A-wing, mid and defense

Height / Weight: 5-3

High School Highlights:
Earned Scholar-Athlete awards in 2012-13 (spring) and 2013-14 (spring), Varsity Athletic Award in 2013-14 (spring), Greater St. Helens League All-Academic Award in 2013-14 (spring), and her team’s “Quick Stick Award” in 2013-14; also a team captain in 2014-15.

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox for may reasons. I first came interested in a small-town school, but later realized that it was so much more. Fox has shown me its wonderful staff, students and overall campus, and since my first visit there, I have had to go back multiple times. GFU, since day one, has felt like home to me, and I know in my heart that it’s meant to be. Not only does it have great academic programs, but an amazing Christ-centered community as well.

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Jess Hanson

Name: Jess Hanson

High School: Oak Ridge High School, El Dorado Hills, Calif.

Sport(s): Lacrosse

Position(s): Midfield

Height / Weight: 5-7

High School Highlights:
Served as captain of varsity squad her senior year and was awarded Best Offensive Player that season; played at Biola University for one year and was ranked No. 1 in the Western Women's Lacrosse League for points, averaging 7 per game

Why I chose George Fox:
It seemed like an overall amazing fit for being a student- athlete. I love the area, campus, lacrosse program and the school as a whole.

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Men's Soccer

Jose Beccera

Name: Jose Beccera

High School: Wellness, Business & Sports School, Woodburn, Ore.

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Forward

Height / Weight: 5-10, 185

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-conference honors (Class 5A Mid-Willamette League) his senior season; was one of his team’s leading scorers and key leaders as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I want to study athletic training and have heard that George Fox has one of the best programs for that career.

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Rowan Blake

Name: Rowan Blake

High School: Radford College, Canberra, Australia

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Defender

Height / Weight: 6-2, 194

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the welcoming nature, both of the faculty and the students. I believe the school will give me the best opportunity to continue to play my chosen sport whilst also allowing me to further my education in an environment that promotes morals and ethics that I aspire to live my life by.

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Ricky Hatate

Name: Ricky Hatate

High School: Bellevue High School, Bellevue, Wash.

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Defender

Height / Weight: 5-10, 140

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-state and first-team all-league honors (Class 1A Nisqually League) as senior; named league defensive MVP

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I love the small community and everything that surrounds it. I instantly fell in love with the campus and the overall atmosphere.

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Takahisa Kitagawa

Name: Takahisa Kitagawa

High School: Wilsonville High School, Wilsonville, Ore.

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Midfielder

Height / Weight: 5-8, 160

High School Highlights:
Named a North West Oregon Conference first-team all-league player in 2010 and 2011. n all-conference honorable mention center in the Class 5A Mid-Willamette League in 2015.

Why I chose George Fox:
I thought this school would be a place where I can focus on studying and achieve my goals. Beautiful campus and nice people.

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Noah LaMadrid

Name: Noah LaMadrid

High School: Kapaa High School, Kapaa, Hawaii

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Defensive mid; center back

Height / Weight: 5-8, 155

High School Highlights:
Named a Kauai Interscholastic Federation all-star in both 2014 and 2015; helped team win an HHSAA state championship in 2013

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I see the school helping me growing to become a better individual and athlete.

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Dominique Lee

Name: Dominique Lee

High School: Monroe High School, Monroe, Wash.

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Midfielder and defender

Height / Weight: 5-7, 135

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the college’s community and I feel I will be able to thrive here both in educational and soccer skills.

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Trevor Martin

Name: Trevor Martin

High School: University High School, Spokane, Wash.

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Forward

Height / Weight: 5-10, 184

High School Highlights:
Was an all-state wide receiver in football in 2013 and an honorable mention soccer player in league in 2011; served as team captain in 2013 and was team MVP in 2012; missed senior season with injury; scored 14 goals in league as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I believe I have the best possible chance to better myself as an athlete and a student at this school, and I have the chance to strengthen my relationship with God and share his love on a global scale.

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Andrew Phillis

Name: Andrew Phillis

High School: Wilsonville High School, Wilsonville, Ore.

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Goalkeeper

Height / Weight: 6-2, 180

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-state honors (Class 5A) and first-team all-league recognition his senior year; honorable mention all-league as a junior; helped team finish second in league in 2012 and 2013 and make quarterfinals in 2011, 2012 and 2013

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of opportunities it provides me to not only grow as a student, but as a person. The beautiful campus, the friendly people and the perfect class sizes made George Fox the perfect choice.

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Luis Rangel

Name: Luis Rangel

High School: Woodburn High School, Woodburn, Ore.

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Midfielder and striker

Height / Weight: 5-11, 140

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honors (Class 5A Mid-Willamette Conference) in 2012 and 2013; chosen as first-team all-state player in 2012 and 2013; helped team win state titles in 2012 and 2013

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it has great business and athletic programs that I'm thrilled to be a part of!

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Women's Soccer

Cassandra Arruda

Name: Cassandra Arruda

High School: Sisters High School, Sisters, Ore.

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Defensive and midfielder

Height / Weight: 5-3

High School Highlights:
Served as team captain her senior year and was voted most versatile player her junior year; named first-team all league (Class 4A Sky-Em league) as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I loved the welcoming atmosphere of the school, and the small-town feel reminded me of home. It has everything that I am looking for in a school academically, athletically and spiritually.

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Shelby Byerly

Name: Shelby Byerly

High School: Dayton High School, Dayton, Ore.

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Center Midfielder

Height / Weight: 5-4

High School Highlights:
Named honorable mention all-league (freshman), second team all-league (sophomore), first-team all-league (junior) and first-team all-league, Special District 3 Player of the Year and first-team all-state as a senior. Helped team reach state quarterfinals in 2013.

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox has the high-quality academics that I was looking for in a college, a soccer program I can really see myself fitting and buying into, and a unique spiritual atmosphere that I feel like I will really enjoy and grow in.

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Camilla Carpenter

Name: Camilla Carpenter

High School: Eastside Catholic High School, Bellevue, Wash.

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Defender

Height / Weight: 5-6

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honors as a defender her senior year; helped team win district championship (Class 1A Nisqually League) – earning the school’s first playoff appearance in 15 years – and the league’s sportsmanship award in 2014

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I wanted to go to a Christian school and I really enjoyed the campus and atmosphere on my visits. I also enjoyed getting to know the soccer team and felt like they would be great teammates to have.

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Sydney Christensen

Name: Sydney Christensen

High School: Bonneville High School, Ogden, Utah

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Goalkeeper

Height / Weight: 5-5

High School Highlights:
Helped 2012 team go undefeated and win state championship; team earned back-to-back-to back regional championships; member of varsity team all four years of high school; posted five shutouts as a senior; earned the Academic Athlete Award as senior as well; varsity team captain and varsity starter as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
Finding a school that offers the perfect balance between athletics and academics can be a challenge. I chose George Fox because its offers such a perfect curriculum for a student-athlete. Being part of such a prestigious and high achieving university is an honor I can’t refuse. The professors know their students and respect them all. The community is caring. The environment and campus is beautiful. It’s always been my goal to achieve the best college education possible while playing the sport I love. George Fox University offered me my dream.

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Caitlyn Connor

Name: Caitlyn Connor

High School: Sunset High School, Portland, Ore.

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Center midfielder and outside defender

Height / Weight: 5-7

High School Highlights:
Helped 2013 team reach Class 6A state championship game; earned All-Metro League Academic Award

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox University has the choice of double major that I am very interested in – graphic design and interior design. Since I have attended public school my whole life, I wanted the small, private Christian school experience. I absolutely want to play soccer for Coach Cory Hand. And finally, I hate playing in the heat; I want to play in the rain!

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Caitlin Fettig

Name: Caitlin Fettig

High School: Santiam Christian, Corvallis, Ore.

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Forward

Height / Weight: 5-3

High School Highlights:
Named a first-team all-league and second-team all-state player (Class 3A) as a senior; an all-league honorable mention selection her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons; recipient of team’s Eagle Award (MVP) as a senior, when she served as a varsity captain

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the family-like atmosphere of the school and the soccer team. I feel like it’s a place where I can excel and grow not only as a Christian but also as a soccer player.

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Maci Jokumsen

Name: Maci Jokumsen

High School: Grants Pass High School, Grants Pass, Ore.

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Forward

Height / Weight: 5-1

High School Highlights:
Earned all-conference honors (Southern Oregon Hybrid League) in 2012, 2013 and 2014; served as team captain in 2014 and won the team’s “Caveman Award” for being the squad’s most encouraging athlete in 2012 and 2013; led team in assists as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I wanted to play the game I love with teammates that doubled as encouraging sisters in Christ. Fox is where I want to start my next season of life growing not only in athletics, but spiritually and in character as well.

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Emma Laurion

Name: Emma Laurion

High School: Crosspoint Academy High School, Bremerton, Wash.

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Forward and outside midfielder

Height / Weight: 5-2

High School Highlights:
Was a first-team all-league player 2011 through 2014; a first-team all-state selection all four years of high school; was the WIAA state athlete of the week in 2013 and 2014 seasons; named team’s co-MVP in 2013 and 2014 and Offensive Player of the Year in 2012; score 118 goals in four-year career

Why I chose George Fox:
It is the right fit for me. I feel the programs and environment are exactly what I need to prepare for my career in service and missions.

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Jayli Miyamoto

Name: Jayli Miyamoto

High School: James B. Castle High School, Kaneohe, Hawaii

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Forward and center midfielder

Height / Weight: 5-3

High School Highlights:
Earned all-league honorable mention honors in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 (Oahu Interscholastic Association Red Division); served as team captain in 2014.

Why I chose George Fox:
It is a Christian college that has my major of choice and I can continue to play soccer at the next level.

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Savannah Moisan

Name: Savannah Moisan

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

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Forward

Height / Weight: 5-5

High School Highlights:
Earned Freshman of the Year Award, all-conference honors as a sophomore and junior, and “Top Goal Scorer in the Interior” recognition as a junior (Mid-Alaska Conference).

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it is a wonderful school that I know will fulfill me academically, athletically and spiritually, instilling value and worth all the while.

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Lauren Swinney

Name: Lauren Swinney

High School: Rogers High School, Puyallup, Wash.

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Midfielder and defender

Height / Weight: 5-3

High School Highlights:
Served as team captain and led squad in assists as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because after my first visit I already felt like a part of the Bruin family. The team and the coaches were all very welcoming. Not only will I get to achieve my dream of playing collegiate soccer, I will further my academic and spiritual growth as well.

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Cassie Wilson

Name: Cassie Wilson

High School: Kapa’a High School, Kapa’a, Hawaii

Sport(s): Soccer

Position(s): Center midfield

Height / Weight: 5-2

High School Highlights:
Was a Kaua’i Interscholastic Federation All-Star soccer player in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14; also a KIF All-Star Cross Country runner in 2010, 2011 and 2012; a KIF All-Star track athlete in 2012 and 2013; won the KIF 400-meter title in 2012 and 2013; won several Kapa’a High School awards, including JV Volleyball MVP (2011) Track and Field MVP (2012) Cross Country MVP (2012, 2013), Female Athlete of the Year (2012, 2013); Female Student Athlete of the Year (2013, 2014); Cross Country Captain (2013) and Girls Soccer Captain (2013, 2014)

Why I chose George Fox:
It is a fantastic school in all aspects. They have an excellent nursing program and community. I am confident that George Fox will provide a nurturing environment for me to grow academically, athletically and spiritually.

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Softball

Mallory Barber

Name: Mallory Barber

High School: Boise High School, Boise, Idaho

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Third base and catcher

Height / Weight: 5-4

High School Highlights:
Took fourth place in Idaho High School Softball State Tournament as a junior after taking second in districts; serving as team captain as senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I have been given the opportunity to continue playing the sport I love, while also gaining an excellent education.

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Isabella Cristelli

Name: Isabella Cristelli

High School: Elma High School, Elma, Wash.

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): First base and outfield

Height / Weight: 5-11

High School Highlights:
Was team’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2014 and is serving as a captain her senior year; has earned four varsity letters in softball; helped team win Washington’s 1A state championship in 2014; as a junior she batted .491 and posted an on-base percentage of .565 while belting 10 home runs; also lettered multiple times in soccer and basketball in high school

Why I chose George Fox:
The campus is reasonably close to home and includes everything I could dream of a college being. I fell in love with the overall environment of the campus on my very first visit for a softball camp. I believe George Fox is the ideal place for me to grow academically, personally and spiritually over the next four years, and I couldn’t see myself attending anywhere else.

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Elizabeth Cruickshank

Name: Elizabeth Cruickshank

High School: Westmont High School, Campbell, Calif.

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Catcher/outfield

Height / Weight: 5-4

High School Highlights:
Earned all-league honors as a freshman, when she batted .425 in helping her team win a league title; batted .375 as a sophomore and .316 as a junior; serving as a captain her senior season this spring

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the Christian faith-based community, the great sports programs, the student-to-faculty ratio, and because of how welcomed the people I met made me feel. I immediately felt like I was a part of this school and community. I’m excited about all of the opportunities that George Fox can provide me.

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Sky Divinagracia

Name: Sky Divinagracia

High School: Oak Ridge High School, El Dorado Hills, Calif.

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Second base, shortstop and outfield

Height / Weight: 5-4

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it offers not only an amazing softball program with the best coaches and players but also a spectacular elementary education program. The people here are all inviting, kind, and a big reason I chose the school.

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Hayley Dolfay

Name: Hayley Dolfay

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

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Catcher and first base

Height / Weight: 5-6

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honors (Class 5A Northwest Oregon Conference); served as a team captain her senior year

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox has given me the opportunity to play softball at the next level. I fell in love with both the program and the school itself. After visiting and touring the campus multiple times, I knew George Fox was where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life and play softball at the collegiate level.

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Alyssa Gonzalez

Name: Alyssa Gonzalez

High School: Granada High School, Livermore, Calif.

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Catcher, first and third base, outfield

Height / Weight: 5-4

High School Highlights:
Helped team earn North Coast Section runner-up finish in 2014

Why I chose George Fox:
I was looking for a small school where I could get a great education, grow in my faith and also play the sport I love at a competitive level. Therefore, George Fox was the perfect fit for me!

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Alyssa Harris

Name: Alyssa Harris

High School: Ripon High School, Ripon, Calif.

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Pitcher

Height / Weight: 5-10

High School Highlights:
Pitched two no-hitters in the very first games of the season

Why I chose George Fox:
As soon as I stepped onto the campus I knew that my heart was home. I am so incredibly blessed to be given the opportunity to not only get a wonderful education at George Fox, but I also get to continue playing the game I love for the next four years of my life. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have been given by George Fox, and I can't wait to call this university my home!

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Rachel LaRont

Name: Rachel LaRont

High School: Livermore High School, Livermore, Calif.

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Middle infielder

Height / Weight: 5-3

High School Highlights:
Was an all-tournament team player for Livermore Stampede in 2014

Why I chose George Fox:
I was looking for a smaller-sized school where I could study exercise science and play softball at the collegiate level. I met Coach Jessica Hollen at one of my softball tournaments. The following week I went to George Fox for a softball hitting camp. I toured the campus with one of the softball girls that day. I liked the feel of the campus. It is beautiful and green! Since then, I have visited the campus a few more times. I watched a George Fox football game and spent the night in the dorms. Everyone I've met on campus has been very nice. I’m excited to attend George Fox University in August.

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Tia Uyehara

Name: Tia Uyehara

High School: Berean Christian High School, Walnut Creek, Calif.

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Middle infielder and outfielder

Height / Weight: 5-4

High School Highlights:
Served as team captain as a junior and senior; earned honorable mention all-league and Athlete of the Week honors her senior season; earned first-team all-league recognition as a freshman, sophomore and junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I will be studying in a Christian environment and receiving an excellent education. Plus I will be able to play the sport I love.

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Men's Tennis

Cameron Martin

Name: Cameron Martin

High School: Thomas Jefferson High School, Auburn, Wash.

Sport(s): Tennis

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-11, 170

High School Highlights:
Placed fourth at state his sophomore year, when he also won districts; placed seventh at state his junior year; went undefeated as a team all four seasons played; won league all four seasons; district team champions sophomore year and placed third as a team at state sophomore year; was a state qualifier three straight years and served as team captain as senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the hard work and dedication the students take part in no matter if it is on the court or in the classroom. Everyone at George Fox is committed to making each other a better person, which is very appealing as a student looking for an excellent education as well as a great team to play for. Go Bruins!

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Track & Field

Tanner B. Aliff

Name: Tanner B. Aliff

High School: Bellingham High School, Bellingham, Wash.

Sport(s): Football and track and field

Position(s): Running back and strong safety

Height / Weight: 5-11, 175

High School Highlights:
Earned State Athlete of the week honors (Sept. 21-27) and made the All-County team, All-League squad and was Northwest Conference (Class 2A) honorable mention; leading rusher of the conference (1,763 yards) as a senior; scored 18 touchdowns as a senior; leading state rusher for normal season in Washington; tied the conference’s single-season scoring record; posted sixth-best single-game performance in Washington; a two-time Northwest Elite Index Player of the Week; team honors included Offensive MVP Award and Team Captain Award; broke team’s single-game scoring record, single-game rushing record, single-season rushing record, single-season scoring record, and career scoring record; a four year letterman

Why I chose George Fox:
I am living life running toward my goals. I want to take another step toward success and, as the wise say, get money regardless.

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Tyra Beckman

Name: Tyra Beckman

High School: Renton High School, Seattle, Wash.

Sport(s): Cross Country and track

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 5-1

High School Highlights:
Earned 14th place in state cross country meet (Class 2A) to earn spot on podium; league champ who also placed at sub-districts and third at districts; named team’s cross country MVP award

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because I wanted to go out of state for college, and I felt it was the place for me as soon as I walked on campus.

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Gavin Bryan

Name: Gavin Bryan

High School: Kapa’a High School, Kapa’a Hawaii

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): Sprinter

Height / Weight: 5-11, 175

High School Highlights:
As a senior was named MVP and all-star after winning 200-meter dash, 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay, along with recording a second-place finish in the 100 dash.

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the small community and it just seemed like the place for me.

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Johnathan Coleman

Name: Johnathan Coleman

High School: Reynolds High School, Troutdale, Ore.

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s):

Height / Weight: 6-0, 160

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-conference honors in cross country in both 2013 and 2014 (Class 6A Mt. Hood League); earned his team’s Cross Country Victor Powell Award in 2014-15; posted cross country 5K PR of 17:04 as senior; posted season PR of 53.3 seconds in 400-meter dash

Why I chose George Fox:
It's a beautiful campus with great opportunities for me to grow physically, psychologically and spiritually though sports, worship and a quality education.

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Kylee DeLong

Name: Kylee DeLong

High School: Vale High School, Vale, Ore.

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): Pole vault

Height / Weight: 5-3

High School Highlights:
Broke the school pole vault record and district meet record as a sophomore; a three-time district champion; placed second in state as a junior, third at state as a freshman and fifth at state as a sophomore; helped team win a Class 3A state track championship in 2013

Why I chose George Fox:
At Fox I can continue growing in my faith while pursuing excellence in academics and athletics. The campus dynamic fits me perfectly, and I am excited to start my time as a Bruin!

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Spencer Elmore

Name: Spencer Elmore

High School: Quincy High School, Quincy, Wash.

Sport(s): Cross country and track

Position(s): 1,600 meters, 800 meters, 1,600-meter relay (track)

Height / Weight: 5-7, 147

High School Highlights:
Named Caribou Trail League’s cross country MVP for 2013, when he earned a state placing; first-team all-league runner in cross country in 2012; named team’s Rookie of the Year in 2012 and Most Valuable Runner in 2013; served as a team captain in 2014; as a senior, ran the 5K in 16 minutes, 25 seconds.

Why I chose George Fox:
I want to run in a strong team and get a good quality of education while in a spiritual environment.

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Micaiah Fischer

Name: Micaiah Fischer

High School: Westside Christian High School, Portland, Ore.

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): Sprints

Height / Weight: 5-7

High School Highlights:
Earned three Class 3A state placings (sixth in 2014, second in 2013 and seventh in 2012) in 4x100-meter relay; was member of school-record-setting 4x100 relay team (51.15 seconds) and set PR of 13.3 seconds in the 100 meters

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the welcoming environment. My faith is important to me, and I believe that attending George Fox will draw me even closer to God. I’m also excited to get to know my fellow classmates and teammates!

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Matney Jamieson

Name: Matney Jamieson

High School: Condon High School, Condon, Ore.

Sport(s): Basketball, Track and Field

Position(s): Post

Height / Weight: 6-0

High School Highlights:
Averaged 16.3 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior; honors include State Tournament Player of the Game recognition (junior and senior years), and first-team state tournament recognition (as senior), state tournament second-team all-star selection (junior), Conference Player of the Year (as senior), conference first-team recognition (sophomore, junior and senior years) and conference second-team all-star (freshman)

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because it is a great school both academically and athletically. They offer a wonderful engineering and pre-med program, both of which I am interested in. I also really like its location near Portland; it's just far enough from my family but not too far! I loved the sense of community when I visited campus and I feel like I will really fit in.

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Hunter Jelden

Name: Hunter Jelden

High School: Harrisburg High School, Harrisburg, Ore.

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): Sprints, pole vault and long jump

Height / Weight: 5-10, 160

High School Highlights:
Serving as team captain his senior year; was pole vault district champion (Class 3A PacWest/Mountain Valley League) and took third in state as junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I have had relatives who have gone through Fox and have had nothing but good things to say about it. I took a campus tour and really liked the atmosphere, academic opportunities and Christian focus that Fox offers.

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Lis Larsen

Name: Lis Larsen

High School: Archbishop Murphy High School, Mukilteo, Wash.

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): Sprints and jumps

Height / Weight: 5-3

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-conference honors in 2014; served as team captain in 2014 and 2015; became school’s 100-meter record holder in 2014, when she ran race in 12.98 seconds; recorded long jump of 16-7 and helped 4x100 relay team get seventh at state meet as junior

Why I chose George Fox:
The atmosphere at George Fox is very welcoming. Everyone that I have met is very friendly and the coaches seem very enthusiastic about their program. George Fox is a great fit for me because I believe that I will be able to succeed in both my academics and athletics.

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Josh Meyer

Name: Josh Meyer

High School: Wilsonville High School, Wilsonville, Ore.

Sport(s): Cross country and Track and field

Position(s): Distance runs (track)

Height / Weight: 5-11, 145

High School Highlights:
Named a Northwest Oregon Conference Scholar-Athlete for cross country from 2011 through 2014 and in track from 2012 through 2014; an all-league recipient in cross country in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and in track in 2014; participated in Class 5A State Cross Country Championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014; earned team leadership award for cross country in 2014; posted 5K time of 16 minutes, 33 seconds as senior and 400 time of 56.71 seconds.

Why I chose George Fox:
I really like the Christian atmosphere and the awesome academics at George Fox.

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Ethan Patterson

Name: Ethan Patterson

High School: Canby High School, Canby, Ore.

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): 400, 800 and 1,500 meters

Height / Weight: 6-4, 155

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-district honors (Class 6A Three Rivers League) in cross country in both 2013 and 2014; track and field district competitor in the 800 and 1,500; served as team’s cross country and distance track team captain in 2014 and 2015; posted 4x400 relay split of 53.1 seconds, 800 time of 2:03.3 and 1,500 time of 4:14.6 as a senior; posted 5,000-meter cross country time of 16:50 as senior

Why I chose George Fox:
The Christian atmosphere, the family connections and the food was good. They also followed me on Twitter.

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Erin Rowland

Name: Erin Rowland

High School: Westside Christian High School, Sherwood, Ore.

Sport(s): Track and field, Volleyball

Position(s): Triple jump; outside hitter (volleyball)

Height / Weight: 5-9

High School Highlights:
Set triple jump personal record of 33 feet, 9 inches as a senior; earned first-team all-league (Class 3A West Valley League) in volleyball as a senior; served as volleyball team captain in 2014-15

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the atmosphere! I'm excited to study exercise science and play sports.

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Katelynn Schilling

Name: Katelynn Schilling

High School: Lake Roosevelt High School, Coulee Dam, Wash.

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): Shot put

Height / Weight: 5-8

High School Highlights:

Why I chose George Fox:
It felt like home. Everyone is so kind here.

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Winter Tumbaga

Name: Winter Tumbaga

High School: Franklin High School, Seattle, Wash.

Sport(s): Cross country and track and field

Position(s): 800, 1,600, 3,200 and 5,000 meters

Height / Weight: 5-3, 121

High School Highlights:
Voted Most Inspirational as a senior and served as team captain junior and senior years; posted times of 2:12 (800), 4:58 (1600), 10:34 (3,200) and 17:28 (5,000) as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I chose George Fox because of the small-school atmosphere, the fact the school provides a great exercise science and physical therapy program, and to have the opportunity to continue doing cross country and track.

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Jacoby Wolfe

Name: Jacoby Wolfe

High School: Newberg High School, Newberg, Ore.

Sport(s): Basketball, and track and field

Position(s): Power forward (basketball) and high jump (track)

Height / Weight: 6-7, 215

High School Highlights:
Earned honorable mention all-league honors (Class 6A Three Rivers League) in basketball in 2013-14 and second-team all-league recognition in 2014-15; named honorable mention all-league in track in 2013 and honorable mention all-state in 2014; a first-team all-leaguer in track and district champ in 2014, when he also took 12th in state in high jump; served as basketball captain in 2013 and 2014 and track captain in 2014 and 2015; PR in high jump is 6-6

Why I chose George Fox:
I will be playing basketball and running track, but I also wanted to be at a place that would help me grow as a person, mentally and spiritually. My sister has just graduated from here and told me all great things, and I could just picture myself being a Bruin.

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Annie Wright

Name: Annie Wright

High School: Granite Bay High School, Granite Bay, Calif.

Sport(s): Track and field

Position(s): 100, 200 and 400 meters

Height / Weight: 5-9 ½

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honors (Class D1 Sierra Foothill League) in the 400 as a junior and second team in the 200; named team MVP her first three years of competing; as a junior, was a part of the record-breaking relay team in the 4x400 with a 4:00.49; broke the varsity 400 mark with a 58.11

Why I chose George Fox:
I wanted to be a part of a Christian team where people would support me on and off the track.

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Women's Volleyball

Anna Alsager

Name: Anna Alsager

High School: Sandpoint High School, Sandpoint, Idaho

Sport(s): Volleyball

Position(s): Middle blocker

Height / Weight: 6-3

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honors (Class 4A Mountain Christian League) in helping her team earn conference championship in 2014; earned spot on 2014 all-star tournament team; was team’s kill leader with 191 on season; also led squad in blocks and hitting percentage as senior

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox was my No. 1 choice. After visiting during the Scholarship Competition I knew I found my four-year home. I want to be surrounded with people who share my faith, and I love the thought of a Christian atmosphere while playing the sport I love. I feel blessed to be asked to be a Bruin, and I’m counting the days until I get to begin my college future!

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Hailey Beecher

Name: Hailey Beecher

High School: Oak Harbor High School, Oak Harbor, Wash.

Sport(s): Volleyball

Position(s): Setter

Height / Weight: 5-7

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team All-Wesco Conference (Class 3A) honors as a senior; part of squad that won 2013 Team Sportsmanship Award at state her junior season, when her squad took sixth for its first state placing in more than 20 years; pioneered team fellowship program prior to each match, including freshmen, JV and varsity players; earned team's 2012 MVP Award; holds program's career assist record (1,014) and postseason record (392)

Why I chose George Fox:
When I stepped on the George Fox campus I knew the Lord had led me to where I needed to be. I really wanted a Christian school where I felt connected to my surroundings and those in which I would share my college experience with. George Fox hit a home run with the community/family feel and the faith-based environment. Being given the opportunity to continue playing the game I love while pursuing the education I desire, George Fox is the perfect fit for me.

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Sarah Davies

Name: Sarah Davies

High School: Estacada High School, Estacada, Ore.

Sport(s): Volleyball

Position(s): Left front/middle back/setter

Height / Weight: 5-8

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honors (Class 4A Tri-Valley League) in 2012, 2013 and 2014; was a second-team all-league player in 2011; as senior recorded 329 digs, a dig percentage of .500, a hitting percentage of .278, 282 kills, a service percentage of 91.9 percent and 47 aces

Why I chose George Fox:
George Fox encompasses who I am and who I hope to be in the future including sports, academics and spiritual life. George Fox feels like a home away from home, and I feel like I am surrounded by amazing people who are there for the same reasons I am.

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Jordyn Dunseath

Name: Jordyn Dunseath

High School: Faith Lutheran High School, Las Vegas, Nev.

Sport(s): Volleyball

Position(s): Outside hitter and right side hitter

Height / Weight: 5-11

High School Highlights:
Earned second-team all-conference honors in the Division 1-A Southern Region as a senior; won back-to-back state championships her junior and senior years; won back-to-back academic state championships (2013-14 and 2014-15); member of conference and region champions her final two years; as a senior she received the team’s “Crusader Award,” voted on by the coaches for the player who demonstrated good Christian character as well as excelled on the court and academically; had a .321 kill average with 206 kills and 28 blocks as a senior

Why I chose George Fox:
I was looking for a small Christian college that would not only allow me to strengthen my faith, but would also provide me with an excellent education and the opportunity to play the sport I love. As soon as I stepped onto the George Fox campus, I knew that this was exactly the place I was looking for. Everyone I met during the Scholarship Competition was beyond kind, and it truly felt like my home away from home. I already feel extremely blessed for the opportunity to be surrounded by such a great Christian community. I am extremely excited to be a part of the George Fox family.

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Izzy Riina

Name: Izzy Riina

High School: Kodiak High School, Kodiak, Alaska

Sport(s): Volleyball

Position(s): Libero

Height / Weight: 5-3

High School Highlights:
Received first-team all-tournament honors in 2013 and 2014; helped lead team to a 4A region win for the first time in 17 years; voted two-time Most Valuable Defensive Player at the Lady Grizzlies Invitational in 2013 and 2014; selected for Team Alaska Women's Volleyball at the Arctic Winter Games (2014), where the team received a bronze ulu knife; team captain for senior year; broke the school dig record junior season with 673 digs; has 1,256 career digs; voted MVP and Best Defensive Player for Kodiak High School in 2013 and 2014; received Best Defensive Player award in the state

Why I chose George Fox:
I love Jesus, Oregon looks fabulous, and I'm ready to win a championship!

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Erin Rowland

Name: Erin Rowland

High School: Westside Christian High School, Sherwood, Ore.

Sport(s): Track and field, Volleyball

Position(s): Triple jump; outside hitter (volleyball)

Height / Weight: 5-9

High School Highlights:
Set triple jump personal record of 33 feet, 9 inches as a senior; earned first-team all-league (Class 3A West Valley League) in volleyball as a senior; served as volleyball team captain in 2014-15

Why I chose George Fox:
I love the atmosphere! I'm excited to study exercise science and play sports.

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Hana Suiso

Name: Hana Suiso

High School: Waianae High School, Waianae, Hawaii

Sport(s): Volleyball

Position(s): Setter

Height / Weight: 5-7

High School Highlights:
Served as volleyball team captain (2012-14); led JV volleyball team to OIA East championship title; awarded Most Inspirational Player in 2014-15 volleyball season; female school winner for Waianae High School in the Wendy's High School Heisman Award Program; earned first-team all-state honors on the 2015 Hawaii State Volleyball Team; played on West All-Star Team which won tournament in the OC16 Hawaii Senior Volleyball Invitational; captain for tennis team in 2015

Why I chose George Fox:
From the moment I stepped on the George Fox campus, I felt welcomed. I am excited to get an away-from-home experience. I am even more excited to play collegiate-level volleyball as a Bruin.

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Rachel Thompson

Name: Rachel Thompson

High School: Newberg High School, Newberg, Ore.

Sport(s): Volleyball

Position(s): Outside hitter

Height / Weight: 5-10

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league honors both her junior and senior years (Class 6A Pacific Conference as junior; Class 6A Three Rivers League as senior); varsity captain in 2013 and 2014; recipient of team’s “Leadership Award”; senior stats include a hitting percentage of .429, 219 kills, 31 blocks, 210 digs and 24 aces

Why I chose George Fox:
I wanted a faith-based university with a good nursing program, so I chose George Fox. Also grew up in Newberg and have known Coach Steve Grant for many years.

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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.