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M-P athletes sign letters of intent

From left Jake Luton, Amanda Klep, Deion Stell, Dante Fields, Alex Gray and Mackinzie Nolte sign their letters of intent on Feb. 5. - Courtesy Photo
From left Jake Luton, Amanda Klep, Deion Stell, Dante Fields, Alex Gray and Mackinzie Nolte sign their letters of intent on Feb. 5.
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MARYSVILLE — Marysville-Pilchuck athletes signed their letters of intent to play in college on Feb. 5.

Former M-P quarterback Jake Luton signed for University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, as his school of choice.

“I feel really prepared,” Luton said about attending the NCAA Division 1 School. “I have had the greatest coaches and mentors.”

Luton still plans on playing quarterback at UI, with his intended studies focusing in sports psychology and exercise science.

Luton started for three years as M-P’s quarterback. “I had a great individual year and so did our team,” he said about his senior year.

M-P soccer players Amanda Klep and Mackinzie Nolte signed their letters of intent for their respective colleges as well. Nolte signed for Central Washington University and Klep signed for Concordia University in Portland, Ore.

“Concordia won the NAIA National Championship, and that kind of led me toward that,” Klep said.

At Concordia, Klep will continue to play soccer and study athletic training.

Alex Gray signed his letter of intent to play football for CWU while studying engineering. Gray intends to play outside linebacker.

“It’s my best offer,” Gray said. “I like the coaches and players.”

Gray said his football experience at M-P will benefit his athletic career at CWU.

“We do the same thing here on defense as they do,” Gray said. “We play in the same spot, but I’m going to step up my game when I get there.”

M-P basketball player and football player Dante Fields signed his letter of intent for CWU. “They want me to play tight end there,” Fields say.

At CWU, Fields wants to study law and justice. “I want to become a police officer or a federal agent,” he said.

Fields said M-P has prepared him both academically and athletically. “All the coaches are great. They love the sports they coach, especially football,” he said. “And, academically, I had great teachers. I learned a lot.”

Deion Stell also signed his letter of intent for CWU. “It was a place I felt comfortable with,” he said.

What particularly drew Stell to become a Cougar was the balance between independence and still being close to home. “I like the proximity of the homes,” he said. “I’m far enough away to be isolated to feel a change, but I’m also close enough to come home.”

Stell plans on playing corner and kick return for CWU while studying business. “I’m not sure what it will be in, but it will be business,” he said.

M-P head coach Brandon Carson was pleased with four of his football players signing their letters of intent. “They all have worked very hard,” he said. “Their work ethic is what got them to where they are now.”

 

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