5 MG girls to play sports in college (slide show)

MARYSVILLE – Five girls at Marysville Getchell High School announced at a ceremony Monday night where they plan to play sports in college.

Hannah Jones will play soccer at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. Makinna Van Horn will play softball at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Emmaline Savage will swim for Concordia University in Minnesota. Oshinaye Taylor and Hayli Huhta did not make the ceremony. But Taylor plays to play soccer at Alabama A&M, while Huhta will play soccer at Simon Fraser.

“This is the first time I’ve seen anything like this,” MG swim coach Jaci Legore-Hodgins said as she introduced the signees. She said their families, MG and the community support them. “We appreciate all the hard work you put in” to be successful, she added.

Jones will be going to PLU not only with her high school diploma, but also with an associate’s degree from Everett Community College as a Running Start student. She received an academic scholarship to become a Lute. She attended a soccer camp there previously and liked the atmosphere. She added that she plans to major in kinesiology.

Softball coach Mike Moran said Van Horn came from Tri Cities to MG when she was a sophomore. She lettered three years. “She put in a ton of hard work and sacrifice,” he said.

Van Horn said she has family back east and has vacationed there many times, always wanting to go to college back there. She plans to go into nursing.

Savage picked Concordia in part because both her parents went there. She also said its pre-med program has an 89 percent acceptance rate, so that was another factor. She also said she will be allowed to perform in theater.

“I get to do all these things I love,” she said with her ever-present smile.

Legore-Hodgins mentioned that all three girls were captains for their Charger teams. “They are the movers and shakers of the future,” she said.

Speaking of shaking, Legore-Hodgins surprised the girls with hula hoops. Some might wonder why?

“Their core is the most important part of their success,” she said.

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