ARLINGTON – Little did Ali Krediet know when she was kicking a ball around in Alaska growing up that she would be playing soccer in college in Wyoming, with a stop in-between in Arlington.
Krediet signed her letter of intent recently to play at the two-year Northwest College in Powell. “It’s another Arlington,” she said of the small town.
Also, Ben Spores signed to play baseball at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minn., and Jonathan Schroeder signed to play Lacrosse at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio.
Krediet, who received $20,000 in scholarships, she hopes to transfer and play at a four-year college after that.
“Soccer’s been my life,” she said. Krediet said she will be leaving in late July for Wyoming as the women’s soccer team plays in the fall. She said she probably will play forward there, but she also played midfield for the Eagles. She also plays on a select team so she plays soccer basically year-round. She’s been playing when she was 6, of course indoors during winter in Alaska.
Krediet said her sister who helps coach the team helped her get a tryout. After the practice, she said the coach messaged her. “He liked how I played,” she said.
Meanwhile, Spores will play shortstop and second base for his school. He played mostly first base this season, hitting .231.
He said he has been working hard at the game since he was 14. “I knew if I wanted to play at the next level I had to put in the work now,” he said. He put information about himself on a recruiting website. “There are a bunch of them out there,” he said.
Spores said he wanted to go to a Christian school, so he contacted some that had spots open. He visited the campus in St. Paul and met the coach. “It was a good fit for me,” he said, adding he will head there Aug. 23.
As for what his coaches expect of him now, he said, “Gain weight, workout, get bigger and get better.”