Which McQueen Lancers have signed for varsity teams?
It turns out McQueen will graduate as a two-sport athlete in college, but not the one everyone thought it might be last year.
McQueen senior Talia Marini will play two sports — football and basketball — at Peninsula College in Washington this fall.
She played goalie on the McQueen football team that won North Region 5A last fall and was the basketball team’s point guard, taking over after a teammate was injured and missed the season.
Marini was one of several McQueen athletes to sign for the university in a ceremony at the school on Wednesday.
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McQueen’s Robby Snelling planned to play football and baseball in college last summer, before deciding that playing linebacker, his primary football position, would be too hard on his body and he decided to concentrate. about baseball after high school.
Marini’s two-sport effort was born after an impromptu workout when she visited college in Port Angeles, Wash.
She borrowed a pair of shoes and went out and played in two-on-two scrums, beating players currently on the peninsula team.
Marini begins soccer practice on August 1. She will have a week off after the soccer season this fall before the start of basketball.
“We ended up winning the two-on-two, me and the post that was there, against the whole team, so they were like, ‘We definitely have a place for you,'” Marini recalled. , ‘Perfect.'”
Also signed to McQueen on Wednesday:
- Boden Callison, Oregon State, lacrosse
- Gavin Flak, Baldwin-Wallace, lacrosse
- Shylee Moxey, Black Hills State, softball
- Jack Armbrecht, University of Ottawa (Arizona), swimming
- Benjamin Miller, Doane, wrestling
- Adam Frank, Hawaii-Hilo, soccer
- Ava Reich, Willamette, swimming
- Arianna Martinez, Dubuque, soccer
- Samuel Lindley, Utah, swimming
- Kaley Whalen, Oregon Institute of Technology, volleyball
Miller won his 131-pound weight class at the regional wrestling tournament last winter and then finished fourth in the state while recovering from a brief illness.
He said taking sixth place in a national high school meet, against a field of about 100 wrestlers in his class, helped him get noticed by college coaches.
He started wrestling in seventh grade and said going to college for the sport was always one of his goals.
McQueen signed four athletes to the university last fall: Robbie Snelling, LSU, baseball; Cydonah Blackman, UNLV, women’s soccer; Ashton Hayes, California, soccer; and Shawn Klingler, Nevada, football (favorite walk).
Jim Krajewski covers high school and youth sports for the Reno Gazette Journal. Follow him on Twitter @RGJPreps. Support his work by subscribing to RGJ.com.