Spanish Springs had four athletes sign for college Thursday


Spanish Springs high athletes students sign letters of intent to attend colleges in their sport on Thursday Feb. 15, 2018.

Shortly after her dream season ended in disappointment Tuesday night, Kierra Johnson received some of the best news of her life.

Johnson a senior on the Spanish Springs girls basketball team, got a call from a college basketball coach who wanted her.

Johnson signed her Letter-Of-Intent to play basketball at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, N.D., at a ceremony at Spanish Springs on Thursday.

She said the coach was watching a live stream of her game Tuesday and liked how Johnson played.

“She offered a full-ride scholarship, so I was like, there’s no better opportunity than that,” Johnson said.

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She will study to be a physical therapist.

Also signing Thursday at the school were Kayla Guzman, soccer, Blue Mountain Community College; Gray Paholke, football, William Jewell College in Kansas City, Mo.; and Rylee Retzer, softball, Sacramento City College.

The Cougars season ended Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the girls Northern 4A Regional tournament as No. 4 seed Damonte took a 40-34 win over top-seed Spanish Springs.

Paholke will play kicker and punter at William Jewell. He said he chose the school based on its academics and he pans to study communications there.

He found the school on Twitter and contacted the coaches through the social media site.

Retzer will play outfield at Sac City. She likes that it is close to home.

“I went and visited the college and really loved it,” she said. “My family can come watch me play.”

She plans to study kinesiology/health science.

Guzman said she did not have much attention from college coaches, at first, but several recruited her recently.

She is undecided on what she will study, but said she wants to go into the medical field.

Also Thursday, Incline High senior Madison Wallner signed to play soccer at Vassar College next year.

Wallner was first-team all-league and first-team all-state twice at Incline. She scored 41 goals and had 20 assists. She led her teams to the regional playoffs all four seasons. Incline was state runner-upn the 2014 season. 

“Madio brought a high level of effort and a fierce competitive spirit to every contest she participated in for the Incline High School soccer program,” Incline soccer coach Tom Canino said