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M-P athletes sign letters of intent


February 21, 2018 | View PDF

Courtesy of the Marysville School District

Five Marysville-Pilchuck High School Students sign their letters of intent to play for various local colleges on Feb. 7. From left, Eric Anderson, Mckenzie Justice, Kee-an Ballard, Olivia Lee and Peyton Nolte.

Five Marysville-Pilchuck High School seniors signed their letters of intent to play in the athletic programs at five local colleges on Feb. 7.

Eric Anderson will play baseball at Bellevue College.

Mckenzie Justice will play softball at Everett Community College.

"It's always been a goal of mine to play softball in college since I started playing when I was 7," she said.

She plans to study nursing and hopes to eventually play softball at a university.

The friendships that playing softball have brought her are the best part of the sport, she said.

"I still talk with people I played with when I was 8, even people who do not play with me anymore," said Mckenzie.

Her favorite moment playing for M-PHS was beating Edmonds-Woodway out of the losers bracket in her sophomore year, heading to state and placing fifth.

"It was a really awesome time getting to go down there with the whole team," she said.

Peyton Nolte will be heading to Everett Community College to play soccer.

"I'm really excited. I've been working really hard for it," said Peyton. "It's a good chance to show what I can do."

Soccer is a way to be competitive for her, she said. "I'm just a competitive person and I like winning and pushing myself," she said. "I like facing new obstacles."

She said she was proud to make it to the district competition with her team.

"We lost, but just making it to districts and being there is one of my favorite memories," she said.

She wants to study speech pathology with a minor in communications and plans to eventually transfer to a university.

Kee-an Ballard will play football for the University of Puget Sound.

He said he is "super excited about playing with a new group of players and a new coach," and getting to train at the university's facilities.

Kee-an said he is going to miss all of the high school spirit at M-PHS. "Just seeing people come down and support us in their spirit gear," he said.

"Just the overall feeling of coming out to the field and knowing it's your home. Hopefully I can feel that eventually at my university as well," he said.

Kee-an wanted to thank those who supported M-PHS football.

"Thank you to the community for all the support and I'm excited to see what the [M-P football] underclassmen can do next year," he said.

Olivia Lee will play soccer at Highline Community College.

"I'm really excited to get better and to play at the collegiate level," she said. Olivia said she has been playing soccer since she was 4 years old.

After playing with M-PHS for the last few years, Olivia said she will miss the school and "her teammates and coach."

"I like that high school feel of the games and having my friends come out and watch me," she said.

Olivia said that she will be studying elementary education in college.

"I'd like to be a third-grade teacher," she said.


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