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COLLEGE SIGNINGS: Beamer's Stumpf inks with Virginia Commonwealth; Others also sign
Megan Stumpf proved to be one of the best volleyball players in the area despite never playing in the postseason.
The Todd Beamer High School senior recently inked her national letter to play volleyball at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. The Rams play in the competitive Atlantic 10 Conference.
The 6-foot-4 middle blocker was a terror in the South Puget Sound League for the Titans. Stumpf was voted the SPSL South's Blocker of the Year for a team that finished out of the playoff hunt in one of the best volleyball league's in the state.
"She's a really strong kid that is also very versatile," said VCU head coach James Finley. "She's got a block and good shot selection. She hits really well around the block. She's also a very mature kid."
Aside from her exploits on the volleyball court, Stumpf has racked up numerous academic awards and citations in the classroom. She was a member of the National Honor Society and was named a Washington State Principals Scholar award.
Stumpf plans to become a research oncologist focusing on alternative treatment methods for Lymphocytic Leukemia and chose VCU based on the school's impressive medical and biomedical programs.
Stumpf, who plays outside of school with KJ Volleyball Club, was one of five members of VCU's 2012 recruiting class. She will be joined by Martina Samadan (Croatia), Sami Blaze (Florida), Romana Kriskova (Slovakia) and Saige Gallop (San Diego).
Virginia Commonwealth finished 17-17 last year and reached the CAA Championship Match for the fourth time in seven seasons under Finley. The Rams will be looking to make an immediate impression in their first season in the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2012.
Stumpf was one of several Federal Way school district student/athletes to sign with colleges this spring.
Michaela Patton — The Raider second baseman had a monster senior season and is headed to Savannah State University in Georgia.
Patton led Jefferson to the state tournament for the fourth-straight season after setting an all-time TJ record for hits in a season with 57 and tied for highest batting average at .559. She also had a team-best 40 RBIs, scored 44 runs, 13 doubles, seven triples and one home run. Patton was also 9 for 9 in stolen bases.
Savannah State finished the 2012 season with a 26-24 record, but won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Southern Division title.
Lexi Goranson — The Thomas Jefferson senior centerfielder will head to Portland State University in the fall.
Goranson was a huge part in leading the Raiders to the Class 4A State Softball Tournament all four years of her career and hit over .500 during three of those seasons.
This season, Goranson hit .517 with 38 RBIs, 37 runs and five home runs, leading the Raiders, who finished in fourth place at state.
As a junior, Goranson finished fourth in the SPSL North Division with an eye-popping .565 batting average and was a first-team, all-league selection by the league's coaches.
Portland State finished 28-25 and won the Pacific Coast Softball Conference championship, advancing into the NCAA Division I Tournament. The Vikings played in the Eugene Regional and finished 1-2 with losses to Oregon and BYU.
Kainoa Rosa — The Thomas Jefferson senior will join his older brother, Makoa, on the University of Hawaii at Hilo in the fall. Rosa was able to stand on the podium the last three seasons for the Raiders.
As a sophomore and junior, Rosa finished in the top-four in the doubles' competition with his brother and this spring Rosa finished seventh in singles as a senior.
Hawaii-Hilo finished 3-11 with wins over Western New Mexico, Brigham Young-Hawaii and Willamette University.
Axa Molina — The Federal Way senior will wrestle at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. The Lions compete in the Women's College Wrestling Association.
Molina ended her wrestling career with a sixth-place finish at 118 pounds at Mat Classic.
Sean Rigney — The Federal Way High School midfielder will play soccer at Pacific Lutheran University in the fall. Rigney was a first-team, All-SPSL South selection this year after being named the league's offensive player of the year.
Rigney led the Eagles to second place in the SPSL South and a trip to the district tournament with 15 goals and 13 assists.
Darah Huertas-Vining — The Federal Way senior will play basketball at the University of Great Falls in Montana. The 5-foot-2 point guard played in four state tournaments, bringing home three trophies, including second- and third-place.
During her four years running the point at Federal Way, the Eagles were a combined 93-23. Huertas-Vining is a three-time first-team, All-SPSL selection and the division’s Player of the Year as a senior. During her career, she scored 1,431 points during her career. She has also led the SPSL in assists for three seasons.
This year, Huertas-Vining averaged a team-best 15.7 points a game. She poured in 13.3 last season, 14.6 points as a sophomore and tallied 8.2 points a game during an impressive freshman year.
Other student/athletes signing with colleges:
• Amanda Ditzhazy, Jefferson — Will run cross country at Colorado State University.
• Leah Kiyohara, Jefferson — Cross country at the University of Louisville.
• Sadie Bynum, Federal Way — Softball at Edmonds Community College.
• Lamonica Jackson, Federal Way — Basketball at Edmonds.
• Jasmine McEachin, Federal Way — Basketball at Edmonds.
• Tanisha McGruder, Federal Way — Soccer at Edmonds.
• Tania Velasco-Bono, Federal Way — Basketball at Edmonds.
• Christy Kullberg, Jefferson — Basketball at Green River Community College.
• Destiny McDonald, Beamer — Softball at Green River.
• Charisma Toilolo, Decatur — Volleyball at Green River.
• Aja Ybarra, Jefferson — Soccer at Green River.
• Dyesha Belheumer, Federal Way — Basketball at Highline Community College.
• Isaiah Forward, Federal Way — Cross country at Highline.
• Oscar Iraheta, Jefferson — Cross country at Highline.
• Chelsa Jensen, Jefferson — Soccer at Highline.
• Jordan McCloud, Decatur —Basketball at Highline after transferring from North Idaho College.
• Jacob Thoreson, Jefferson — Soccer at Highline.
• Brett Johnson, Decatur — Baseball at Pierce College.
• Darrien Moran, Federal Way — Baseball at Pierce.
• Brett Oyer, Beamer — Baseball at Pierce.
• A'yesia Rogers, Decatur — Basketball at Pierce.
• Ashlyn Bruin, Jefferson — Soccer at Highline.
• Vanessa Church, Jefferson — Cross country/track at Spokane Falls Community College.