Sports

Area athletes make commitments to colleges

By COLE COSGROVE

Associate editor

Wednesday was the last day of the NCAA’s early signing period for national letters of intent for high school students planning to play sports in college.

Two Federal Way-area athletes, Katie Street and Tawnya Guthrie, signed letters of intent. A third, Chelsea Hunt, verbally committed and plans to sign a letter during the February signing period.

Street, a senior at Decatur, committed to play golf at Boise State University.

“Out of the schools I was looking it, it was the best overall choice,” Street said. “I went and visited and (the coach) was my favorite coach overall. And they get to play at five different courses, which is a nice variety.”

Street’s full-ride scholarship is based on 50 percent athletics and 50 percent academics. She has a 4.0 grade point average.

“I used my time wisely and was very organized,” Street said of how she balanced academics with athletics.

Street is playing in this spring’s high school state golf tournament, where she has finished eighth the past two years. Her sophomore year at Decatur, the team went undefeated in the league. Street has also finished second at the Washington Junior Golf Association state tournament and was awarded the Joan Teats Inspirational Award for performance both on and off the course.

Guthrie, a senior at Jefferson, committed to play fastpitch softball at Wichita State University in Kansas.

She played catcher on Jefferson’s undefeated South Puget Sound League champion fastpitch softball team that placed fifth at state. She was also a first-team, All-SPSL selection.

“Ever since I started softball I knew that’s what I was going to do, play collegiately,” Guthrie said. “I went for a visit there, I liked the program and coaches and what they had to offer. They had a lot of nice facilities and they’re rebuilding a lot of stuff. They have new coaches and they’re building their program from the ground up.”

The past three summers, Guthrie played in the ASA “A” national tournament, this past year for Lake Breeze out of Lake Stevens.

Guthrie carries a 3.91 gpa, despite taking some International Baccalaureate classes at Jefferson.

“You pretty much just know your priorities,” Guthrie said. “You know when it’s time to do homework and when it’s time to practice.”

Hunt, a senior at Jefferson, verbally committed to play soccer at the University of San Francisco.

“I liked the coaches and the team and the whole atmosphere of the city,” Hunt said. “I liked the feeling when I got there.”

Hunt is the state’s class 4A leader in career goals with 109. She was the SPSL MVP last year and is expected to be again this year. This season she led the Raiders to an SPSL South championship. She plays on the Federal Way Reign club team.

Hunt said she is looking forward to learning more about the game in college and “becoming a better player. Just getting the extra time and coaching.”

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