Puyallup High School honored five of its student-athletes last week during a ceremony to recognize their commitments to play college sports.
Sierra Carrington (Boise State University, soccer), Quinn Rawson (University of New Mexico, baseball), Tyler McDowell (Washington State University, baseball), Hailey Smoot (Pacific Lutheran University, soccer) and Marcus Wilson (Adams State University, soccer) were celebrated on Dec. 3 at the Puyallup High School library.
Carrington, who plans to play center-midfielder at Boise State, said the school was her first choice.
“I’m so happy I’m committed there and am really excited about the future,” Carrington said. “I’m prepping for the speed of play in college. I know it is going to be a lot quicker. I’m going to keep working hard and do my best.”
Smoot said she’s excited about playing college soccer at PLU in Parkland.
“I love soccer, and I can’t wait to be a Lute,” Smoot said. “The location is really nice and is close to home so I can come home whenever I want to. I’m hoping to play somewhere in the midfield, but wherever they need me is fine with me.”
McDowell said committing at Washington State, a Pac-12 school, was a dream come true. He plans to pitch and play first base for the Cougars.
“I started with baseball when I was 3 years old,” he said. “My dad got me that orange Wiffle ball bat, and we were outside in the yard playing, non-stop.
“I have been working hard throughout my whole life for this. Growing up, I played so many different sports, and that got me to be a more rounded athlete.”
Rawson plans to play first base at the University of New Mexico.
“Hopefully I will get a starting spot my freshman year,” he said. “I’m working hard right now for that.”
Rawson said there is some unfinished business the Vikings have this spring. They’ll return a multitude of players and will be considered favorites to win their first state championship in May.
“I don’t want anything less than a state championship,” Rawson said.
“Coach (Marc) Wiese deserves a state championship. There is no doubt about that. This year’s senior class is very hungry and want it bad this year.”
Wilson’s move from Alaska in 2010 has paid off.
“When I was in ninth grade, my parents sent me down here to live with my cousin,” he said. “They did that because I wanted to play soccer at Puyallup.”
Wilson thrived for the Vikings and is excited about playing soccer at Adams State University in Colorado.
“Not having me there (Alaska) during high school was probably tough on my parents, but it is all paying off now,” he said.
Wilson said Puyallup head coach Matt White is the kind of person any athlete would want to play for.
“He’s a great guy and pushes you like a father figure,” Wilson said.
“He is always comedy, but when you’ve got to get serious, he gets down to work.”