Athletes sign their (high school) lives away


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Four athletes from Jefferson and two from Federal Way signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday to commit to attending colleges. All said they made their decisions based on the coaches and the atmosphere of the college teams.

Federal Way High football players Andre Piper-Jordan and Anthony Dotson each committed to attending Eastern Washington University on a football scholarship.

“We always said we wanted to go somewhere as a package deal,” Dotson said. “The guys get along up there and the team is like a family, too.”

“I feel like I got a big weight off my shoulders,” Piper-Jordan said.

Jefferson’s Chris Sanders, a two-year All-SPSL performer, will play soccer at the University of Portland.

“Darren (Sawatzky) and Wade (Webber) are both coaches of mine who played there,” Sanders said of the two Jefferson graduates who went to Portland before playing professional soccer. “There’s been a tradition to go from TJ to Portland. Since I want to play professionally, it seemed like a logical step.”

Jefferson’s Chelsea Hunt, a two-time SPSL MVP, will play soccer for the University of San Francisco.

“The coaches and team seemed natural,” Hunt said, also noting she liked the city atmosphere. “It wasn’t like they were trying too hard.”

Jefferson swimmer Caitlin Friedhoff, who finished second at state twice and competed in a number of national events with her club team, will attend San Diego State University. She said she was looking forward to getting away from the rainy Federal Way weather.

“The campus was nice and they had an outdoor pool,” Friedhoff said. “The team seemed like people I could get along with.”

Jefferson fastpitch catcher Tawnya Guthrie, who had a .537 batting average in helping Jefferson to the SPSL championship and a fifth-place finish at state, will attend Wichita State University.

“It feels very fulfilling to achieve a lifetime goal you’ve been working toward since you were 10 years old,” Guthrie said.

Decatur senior Katie Street signed a letter of intent during the early signing period in November to play golf at Boise State University.

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