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Boulder Creek’s baseball signees Friday included (front row left) Riley Joyce, Garrett Grant and Garrett Osterode. They were joined by assistant coach Jeff Osterode (top left) and head coach Joe McDonald.
Boulder Creek honors scholarship athletes
MARC BUCKHOUT ~ MANAGING EDITOR~ 2/6/2013
The Boulder Creek Jaguars celebrated eight of their athletes that recently signed letters of intent to accept athletic scholarships for next season during a ceremony Friday.
Among that group were cross country athletes Jake Prickett and Jessica Anderson.
Prickett, who capped his senior season on the cross country team by winning the Deer Valley Unified School District Cross Country meet, has selected Grand Valley State, a Division-II program in Allendale, Michigan.
Although he said he had some Division-I schools interested Prickett was drawn by the chance to contribute at one of the top Division-II programs in the country, which happens to be in an area where he has family, proved the deciding factor.
“I contacted them my junior year and have kept in touch since then,” Prickett said. “I spent a week back there for a camp this summer where I got to know the team. The proved to me that it was a good fit.”
Before he leaves Boulder Creek Prickett is hoping to have another impactful season on the track team after being named the track team’s MVP as a junior.
The senior said his goals include qualifying for state in the 3,200, an event where he already holds the school record of 9:33. This year he said he’s hoping to break 9:30. In the 1,600 meters he is looking to qualify for state, with a goal of setting the school record. His current best is 4:33. Prickett said he think he can get to the range of 4:24.
While the Jaguars boys track team expects to be able to count on Prickett the girls team is similarly excited about what Jessica Anderson will bring to the table. Anderson, who drew interest from Pac-12 programs Colorado and Utah, instead chose to continue her cross country and track careers at Arizona Christian University.
“It’s a little intimidating thinking about competing at the college level, but I’ve already done some training with them,” she said. “I believe I can help.”
Jaguars coach Andrea Williams said Anderson’s future at the college level could include a new event.
“I really think she’s athletic enough to compete in the heptathlon,” Williams said.
While she has spent time running the 800, the 4x400 relay and distance events where she showed off her cross country skills, Anderson said her favorite track event is actually the high jump.
“I think that’s my best, but I just like competing whatever the event is,” she said.
Along with a pair of track athletes the spring season in Anthem will see a trio of Jaguars baseball players that are headed to the college ranks.
In the last seven years of the Jaguars baseball program Boulder Creek has sent 23 scholarship athletes to the college ranks.
This year’s class includes Garrett Osterode, Riley Joyce and Garrett Grant. Osterode may have the most unique situation. When he signed his letter of intent it was with the Div-II Antelopes. Since then Grand Canyon has been upgraded to a Div-I program.
“My sister goes to Grand Canyon and I’ve always liked the school,” he said. “The fact that it’s going to be a Div-I school is both exciting and a little scary. I’m going to have fun.”
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Boulder Creek Jessica Anderson (front left) and Jake Prickett (front right) will continue their cross country career at the college level after signing letters of intent on Friday.
Teammate Riley Joyce will be joining Central Arizona College when his prep career comes to a close.
“I’m excited to have a chance to join such a successful program,” Joyce said of going to the preseason No. 2 team in the nation.
Senior Garrett Grant follows a host of Jaguars that have moved to the West Valley to compete at the college level, going to Glendale Community College.
Grant said having the opportunity to continue playing both as a pitcher and as an outfielder for the Gauchos helped make his decision.
“I really didn’t want to be pinned down,” he said. “I’m not sure which I would have picked if I had to make a choice between being a pitcher and being an outfielder.”
Grant said he consulted with multiple Jaguars graduates who have gone on to play with GCC.
“All of them that I talked to have enjoyed their experience so I expect I’ll enjoy playing there too.”
Aside from the spring athletes Brenden Bone and Alec Bone from the Jaguars golf team also signed letters of intent. The duo helped the golf team to a sixth place finish at the state tournament on Oct. 29 – 30.
Playing at Aguila Golf Course, Alec finished in a tie for 10th individually while Brenden finished five strokes back in a tie for 25th.
Brenden has accepted a scholarship to the Air Force Academy while Alec is going to Colorado State University.
The last member of the Jaguars scholarship group is Samantha Young from the Jaguars girls basketball team. The team’s center is in the midst of a senior season in which Boulder Creek is 18-9. Young is the team’s leading scorer at 13.3 points per game, the team’s leader in rebounds at 9.2 per game and the leader in block shots at 3 per game.
Young will take her skills on the hard court to Cal State Northridge to join the Matadors.