By Jeremy McDonald
AURORA, Ore.– It is an awesome spectacle to think about, three athletes going in the same grade committing to go to the same college after their prep careers come to a close after this year.
North Marion’s Nic Iliyn, Grant and Griffin Henry all found themselves committing to Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington for their talents they shown on the baseball diamond.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun, we have good chemistry. It’s going to be a fun ride, I’m excited for what’s to come ahead of us,” said the southpaw lefty Griffin Henry.
Regardless if it’s for one-, or two-years, knowing that there’s someone there to help make the adjustment on the field as well as the classroom goes a long way as they prepare for their Senior Year as Huskies.
“It’s awesome, it really means a lot. I think going to Lower Columbia gives me a chance to see how I can mature as a player and after the two-years, or the one, we’ll see how it goes and go from there,” said Iliyn on his commitment to LC. “It’s obviously rare to have three from the same High School, it’s going to be really fun and continue to grow friendships and relationships. It’s going to be a great time.”
As for finishing up their Senior Year strong and building off of their Semi-Final appearance as Juniors:
“Just continue to build off of last year and continue to grow, not just as teammates but as a team. That’s what it’s really about every day, just keep grinding every day and if we do that, we’ll have a great chance.”
The lone female North Marion athlete that was Signing on this Wednesday afternoon was Paige Martin. Martin, the Tri-Valley Conference Player of the Year, was the top prospect for NAIA’s Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and mentioned how easy the decision was through her unofficial and official visits helped build relationships with the coaching staff.
“I could tell when I got there, I just loved the environment. The team and the coaches are really cool and I really liked the campus,” said Martin. “So I could tell right away that it was a good fit, so it was a pretty easy thing.”
And as the six-foot-one-inch Senior Huskie helps the North Marion Girls basketball team, she mentioned too how important working with her club in the NW Power will help her stay sharp on the court with her skills while working on her leadership skills during this club season.
“It’s more like the fine tuning of my skills, just making sure that I’m not rusty…conditioning in a way,” said Martin. “My passing and my defense I really want to work on that and my leadership skills. I was a captain for High School but I hadn’t get the feel for a captain until the end of the season and it was over. So I kind of want to improve on that.”