Douglas High athletes Moss, Sullivan, Murphy sign with colleges |

Douglas High athletes Moss, Sullivan, Murphy sign with colleges

by Charles Whisnand
Fro left, Alexa Moss, Ayden Murphy, Sierra Sullivan.
Ron Harpin

Three athletes. Three different sports. Douglas High’s versatility was again demonstrated on Wednesday when three of its athletes made it official during a signing ceremony at the school.

The three athletes signed in different sports as Alexa Moss will play women’s soccer at the Division I level at Sacramento State; Sierra Sullivan will play volleyball at College of Southern Nevada; and Ayden Murphy will also play baseball at the community college level as he will go to the Midwest after signing with Minnesota West.

Moss originally committed to Northern Arizona last summer but when that program’s coach left the school, she de-committed.

“That was the main reason why I was going there,” said Moss about Northern Arizona.

The former Northern Arizona coach informed Sacramento State Moss was available. Sacramento State made Moss an offer and she committed to the school in December.

“I’m going to go in there and work as hard as I can,” said Moss about her freshman season this fall. “I’ve always wanted to play Division I soccer. It’s nice all the hard work has paid off.”

Moss also said she had a lot of people to thank.

“My family, especially,” she said. “My soccer coaches and club coaches.”

Moss, a striker, scored the winning goal in a 1-0 win over Spanish Springs that sent Douglas to the State Tournament.

“Soccer is not really a personal sport,” she said, “It’s a team game. It meant a lot. It just felt really good to know that I scored the goal the winning goal.”

Moss was a four-year varsity starter at Douglas and a three-time all-Northern Region first team pick. She has a 3.8 grade point average and plans to major in nursing.


Sullivan also said she had a lot of people to thank.

“Friends, family, teachers, coaches,” she said.

The chance to play at CSN came about this spring when CSN staff watched her play for her club team, Reno’s Northern Nevada Juniors, and liked what they saw.

Sullivan brings to CSN versatility as she can play libero or outside hitter. That versatility was demonstrated last season for the Tigers when Sullivan had 140 kills, 116 digs and 256 service receives in being named to the all-Northern Region second team. And her obvious goal is to move on to the four-year level.

“I’ll play my two years there and transfer to a four-year college,” said Sullivan, who plans to study psychology or radiology.


Murphy’s chance to play at Minnesota West came about over the winter through an online recruiting website in which the school found out about him. Of course, Murphy too would like to move on to a four-year school after Minnesota West.

He had an outstanding year in the just completed season for Douglas, hitting .348 in being named to the all-Northern Region second team as a third baseman.

“Hard worker,” said Douglas coach Don Amaral about Murphy. “Tremendous hitter. Improved unbelievably at third base. I think he’ll be a great third baseman.”

Amaral also said he expects Murphy to be a .300 hitter at Minnesota West and “knock in a whole bunch of runs for them.”

“It’s a huge opportunity,” Murphy said. “I’m glad to have the honor.”

Murphy said he would like to become a teacher and a coach after college.