Seven Tigers set their college plans
On a day when winds outside in Minden gusted up to 90 mph, seven Douglas High School seniors were recognized for their achievements of signing national letters of intent to compete in college.
Five of the signees were soccer players, including Lexi Von Schottenstein with Eastern Washington (Cheney, Wash.), Hannah Coverley with College of Idaho (Caldwell, Idaho), as well as Gabby Vega, Silvia Fernstrom and Caitlin Jones with Academy of Art University (San Francisco). Corryne Millett has committed to College of San Mateo to play basketball. Another student-athlete recognized, Kaleb Foster, signed to play baseball at Nevada in November.
Foster was named Northern Division I Defensive Player of the Year for Douglas in 2014. He logged a .385 batting average with 31 RBI and seven home runs, plus he was named second-team all-state catcher by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
“Kaleb is a very talented player on both sides of the ball,” Wolf Pack coach Jay Johnson said. “He is a very polished left-handed hitter who can hit for both average and power and is developing as a solid defensive catcher. We are very excited about having Kaleb at Nevada.”
Foster also earned first-team all-region honors as a linebacker during his senior football season (he returned two interceptions for touchdowns).
Von Schottenstein was honored as the Sierra League’s co-Offensive Player of the Year last fall and Midfield Player of the Year in 2013. She also received first-team all-league recognition as a forward in 2011, only to miss her sophomore season due to a knee injury.
“Lexi really caught our eyes with her athletic ability,” coach Chad Bodnar said of Von Schottenstein. “She runs extremely well and is powerful in and around the goal and with the ball at her feet.”
She was one of 14 signees Bodnar announced Feb. 4. Eastern Washington is coming off a season in which it appeared in the Big Sky Conference Tournament for the first time since 2009.
Von Schottenstein has the ability to fill a number of the team’s needs in the future, Bodnar noted.
“Lexi is a very versatile player that I can see possibly playing in several spots for us as she gets comfortable and finds her way here,” he said. “There is a huge upside to her defending and tracking of players that allows her to be valuable in multiple ways for us.”
Coverley was a four-year varsity veteran at Douglas (first-team all-league defender in 2013 and ‘14, all-league midfielder in ‘12). She is now moving on to play for the Southern Idaho Yotes, who were 7-6-4 and appeared in the Cascade Conference Tournament quarterfinals last season.
Jones, Fernstrom and Vega are looking to contribute for a building Academy of Art University program that has compiled 3-14-1 records the last two seasons. Jones earned first-team all-league honors as a defender last season. Vega enjoyed her moment in the limelight when she scored the decisive goal for Douglas in its 1-0 victory against Galena in the Northern Division I Region Tournament championship game. Fernstrom was a first-team all-league midfielder in 2014. The Douglas girls compiled a 24-1 overall record en route to the Sierra League and region tournament titles.
Millett is a fourth-year player on the varsity basketball team and currently leads the Tigers in scoring.