By Steve Powell
ARLINGTON – “Downtown” Peyton Brown is not only ready for her senior season at Arlington High School, she’s already looking beyond.
The shooting guard – the best Joe Marsh has ever coached – signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play for Central Washington, with their new coach Randi Richardson of Arlington at the helm.
Another Eagle, Gavin York, a standout for the baseball team, also was scheduled to sign a letter of intent early, on Thursday, after our deadline. Roark expected to sign to play for Seattle University.
Peyton’s dad, Nick, who coaches the Arlington boys basketball team, said he’s thought ever since his daughter was 4 that she’d play college ball.
“I raised her like a boy,” he said. “She’s been on my bench since she was 5.”
Most athletes wait until spring to sign letters of intent. That way, if they have a great senior year, they might get some better offers. But Peyton said she wanted to play at CWU. “Ellensburg is a great town – it reminds me of Arlington,” she said. “I fit in.” Her dad added, “She wants to get away a little bit.”
Peyton said she plans to major in either education or physical therapy.
She said she’s glad to have the signing out of the way. “It’s a relief. It takes away some of the pressure” from the senior year, she said.
“We can focus on the team and not my individual success,” Peyton said.
She said she would like to make first team All Wesco this season, after making the second team last year.
Brown said she should fit right in at CWU. “She’s a hard worker, treats other people well, humble and a good leader,” Brown said.
Marsh said he expects a lot from Peyton this year, but expects others to step up. He said last year teams keyed on her defensively. He is hoping this year’s squad is more balanced.