Salem Academy Signs Seven To College Athletics

By Jeremy McDonald

SALEM, Ore.–  Following their quick assembly for their ASB Election, Salem Academy recognized seven student-athlete’s for their Letters of Intent to the collegiate level.

Of the seven, two were going to the next level for music as Emilie Reed and Clara Williams signed their Letters of Intent following their third-place State Choir Finish this year.  The finish was a total shock said Reed about the finish for them this past season.

“It was an amazing feeling because we got to put in the work and the end result was amazing.  We had no idea that we were going to get third, it was a shock to everyone like ‘wait.  That’s our name’,” starts Reed.  “Yeah but it feels so good to put in the effort and get the results that we were hoping for.

“I know our whole choir has put in a whole ton of effort, especially Kent Wilson for putting in a ton of effort and a ton of work just getting us to where we need to be.”

Reed has committed to Abilene Christian in Abilene, Texas and will be majoring in Vocal Performance while Willams will be attending Corban University.

“Just being confident who I am and what I have learned,” said Reed. “Just knowing my abilities and being able to grow in my abilities as well and just listening to all the professors that I have that are going to be speaking to me.  I’m really excited, it’s going to be an adventure hopefully and grow into my abilities as well in college so just be ready to learn whenever I can.”

Josh McMyne (left) and Hayden Wakefield (right) listening in before signing their Letter of Intent Wednesday morning (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

Joining the two Music-commits are Hayden Wakefield, who’s going to Multnomah University for Basketball and Track.  Wakefield finished eighth in the 400 meters, fourth with the 4×100 relay team and ninth with 4×400 relay team this past weekend at Mt. Hood Community College at the 3A State Track Meet.

Josh McMyne committed to the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California.

Three more Lady Crusaders Basketball athletes joined the college ranks, making it 10 total athletes in the past few years to sign their LOI’s as Grace Brown, Kristen Koehnke and Jamie VanderStoel all signed.

Koehnke’s going to NAIA Power Carroll College, the Saints went 26-8 this past season and 14-4 in the Frontier Conference in 2019 and was a four-year starter, spending the last two years with the Crusaders.  VanderStoel is going to Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa while Brown is staying In-State with Northwest Christian Unviersity in Eugene.

Grace Brown (left), Kristen Koenhke (center) and Jamie VanderStoel (right) join a list of Crusader basketball players to have committed to play basketball at the College Level (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

For Brown, who and VanderStoel were four-year Varsity athletes for the Salem Academy Girls basketball team, to continue the trend of Crusader ballers to the next level and share it with her friends and teammates is awesome.

“Just sharing with them is such a blessing and honor to play with these girls. Our hard work has really paid off.  Our effort is the reason why we we’re able to sign these and get looks from colleges and go there,” said Brown.  “Hard work and believing that we can do this and take it all the way to State and stuff.  Believing in ourselves, each other and God it’s so important and I’m really grateful to be able to do this today.”

Koehnke and Brown both are playing in the 2A/3A/4A Senior All-Star Games at West Salem High School June 14 and 15.


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