Three Tahoma athletes commit to compete in college | Slide Show
By KRIS HILL
Covington Reporter Assisitant Editor
November 10, 2011 · Updated 2:49 PM
A trio of Tahoma High students signed their athletic national letters of intent this week.
Jordan Walley, a right-handed pitcher who bats lefty, and Hayley Beckstrom, both committed to play college fastpitch this week.
Walley signed a letter of intent to play at Western Washington University on Thursday. She earned South Puget Sound League North First Team honors in the spring at the Designated Player position. Walley was 3-0 in the circle with just one error, and hit .373, including seven doubles and seven home runs while drawing 15 walks.
Beckstrom, a shortstop on the Bears fastpitch squad, will play at Seattle University and signed on Wednesday. She was named Second Team SPSL North at shortstop in the spring, committing just nine errors in the field while batting .373, eight doubles and just two strikeouts along with four stolen bases in five tries.
Walley and Beckstrom helped the Bears to a pair of South Puget Sound League North division titles the past two seasons.
Beckstrom joins 2011 Tahoma graduate and former teammate Lisa Maulden, a first baseman who walked on with the Redhawks this fall, on the Seattle U fastpitch team.
Joey Palmer, a transfer from Rogers High in Puyallup, signed to wrestle at Oregon State University. Palmer, who won the 4A state title last season in the 125 pound weight class, was pursued by a number of schools including Virginia Tech. He chose Oregon State because it's closer to home and he liked the coaching staff.
He joins a talented Tahoma squad loaded with veterans this season and he plans to wrestle at 132 pounds this year. The Bears should contend for a state title in 4A at Mat Classic in February.Contact Covington Reporter Assisitant Editor Kris Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 432-1209, ext. 5054.