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SK standouts awaiting word from colleges

Will today be a typical day at South Kitsap High School or not? It all depends on what happens with Chris Anderson.

Today is the first day high school senior football players can sign letters of intent to play football for the college of their choice. And Anderson, the 5-foot 10-inch, 215-pound linebacker who helped lead South to 6-3 record, has been in contact with Central Washington University in Ellensburg — and would be South’s only signee of the year.

The only question is what kind of offer he will get and when he will sign it?

“As of right now, no one will be signing,” South football coach D.J. Sigurdson said. “Central is still working on Chris. There are some other kids out there that they’ve made offers to and the question is whether or not those kids take those offers.”

So Anderson must sit, wait and hope. Central, a Division II school that has been highly ranked and a participant in the DII playoffs the past few years, is the only university to have expressed interest in Anderson.

Safety Brent Nickerson seems to be headed to the University of Washington but will not receive a scholarship at this time. He has been invited to tryout as a walk-on next fall.

“He’ll have an opportunity to walk on, they just haven’t said when,” Sigurdson said. “Will he walk on when everyone else starts football or will he walk on at the beginning of school or two weeks in? There’s several different scenarios for him right now.”

Fullback Shannon Haney and receiver Richard Fein have both expressed an interest in playing football at the college level but neither has been getting much interest, Sigurdson said.

Both will try the junior college route first and see what happens.

Sigurdson said the main obstacle for Haney was his getting into football a little late and not having the opportunity to sell himself as a junior. Haney did not play varsity ball until his senior year, so a lot of schools don’t know much about him.

Quarterback Josh Fullington, who garnered some attention last year, will most likely opt to play baseball in college Sigurdson said.

“We’ve been pretty consistent in sending at least one kid a year to Division I,” Sigurdson said. “So this year is about normal. Sometimes we have one or two, sometimes we have none. So it’s pretty much a normal year.”

Here is a look at some of the other South Kitsap athletes in varying fall and winter sports and what their future plans may be:

Cross-Country

Cross-country coach Ed Santos could have as many as 11 of his seniors competing next year at the collegiate level, led by C.J. Godfrey and Drew Polley.

Godfrey, who finished 11th at the class 4A state meet last year, has visited Washington State University and is looking at Idaho as well.

“They are very interested in him,” Santos said of WSU. “It’s between those two schools (WSU and Idaho). He’ll pick between those two.”

The official signing date for cross country is April 14 through Aug. 1.

Godfrey and Polley will make an official visit to Idaho in the next few weeks, Santos said.

Santos said Justin Culver is looking at Portland State and Clark Community College and Spokane Community College while Steven Millard is interested in the University of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran University and Willamate, a small school in Oregon.

Andrew Cabaniss has talked with Western Washington while Josh Cobb, who sat out the cross-country season due to discipline problems, has been talking with Spokane, Clark and Clackamas Community Colleges.

Santos said he has no preference as to where his kids end up as long as they go somewhere that good for them.

“It really depends on the kid and how that want to run and how they feel,” Santos said. “The thing I always ask them is, if it feels right to them and if it feels right to them then that’s good and that’s what we want.”

On the girls side, Danielle Friend has been getting interest from the University of Portland and WSU while Eileen Morley has had contact with WSU and Montana State.

Lynette Millard has talked with UPS and PLU, Breanne Mercer is looking at Spokane and Clark CC and Katie McCausland is getting interest from Central Washington, Masters College in Oregon and Northwest College, a NAIA school in Kirkland.

“Every one of those kids, I’ve talked to someone about,” Santos said. “So, yes, I expect to see most of them running at some level next year.”

Basketball

Jake Beitinger, South’s standout 6-8 forward, signed with Division I Eastern Washington just before the basketball season started and will head to Chaney later this year.

Coach John Callagan said Beitinger’s counterpart, 6-7 Adam Bennett, is the only other player getting any looks.

So far Bennett has taken an official visit to Central and may take a trip to Whitworth in Spokane. Bennett has also looked into the University of Puget Sound and Portland State.

Soccer

Girls soccer coach Eric Bergeson said he has at least five graduating seniors from his 16-3 team that won the Narrows League Bridge Division title and placed in the top 16 at the Class 4A tournament last fall who are looking to continue their playing careers, led by midfielder Lauren Gehring.

Gehring is considering the University of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran University, Whitworth and Central Washington. She said she is hoping for an academic scholarship but may get an offer from Central to play soccer.

She has been accepted academically to PLU and will definitely be trying out for the soccer team at whichever school she decides to attend.

Karla Myles, who was voted as the Narrows League defensive MVP last year, is looking at Central and Western Washington, PLU and Bellevue CC but has not been made any offers so far.

She said she has not made any official visits but definitely wants to continuing playing

Defender Stephanie Solarek is considering Central Washington and Concordia and other smaller schools in Oregon. She has made visits to Central, George Fox and Concordia and has been academically accepted to Central. Solarek said she will be trying out for the soccer team where ever she ends up going to school.

Ricci Kranjcevich, who was the Wolves goalie, is considering the University of Portland, University of Washington and Tacoma CC as potential schools but said she will probably start her college career playing at a two-year school and hope to move up, most like TCC.

Defender Naomi Burt has looked into Warner Pacific College, Seattle Pacific, PLU, George Fox and Western Washington but will most likely not play competitively at the college level, opting to play for fun.

Wrestling

Coach Ron Hudiburg said his sport is the toughest to not only get scholarship offers for but also as a walk-on at any level.

“Unless you win the state title two or three times (in your high school career) you won’t get any looks,” Hudiburg said. “That’s just the way it works and we don’t have anyone that has done that, yet.”

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